November 18, 2010–February 13, 2011 at The Whitney
L is for LeDray
The first three photos below were taken by me on our January trip to The Whitney Museum of American Art. I can't let any more time pass by without sharing a bit with you about this exhibition. It was truly amazing. While I don't have titles for these pieces (I wasn't even supposed to take pictures...ssh), I did listen to a portion of the guide's talk and I was able to approach her and ask a question. My question was whether Charles LeDray had the clothing sewn by studio hands. Her reply was that, no, he sewed each and every miniature article of clothing in the fabric exhibitions. She went on to say that LeDray spent three years making men's suits. This fascinated me, as my mother is an amazing tailor and seamstress. She would have loved this exhibition.
And while I did take these photos, I did not put my silly little copyright label on them because I'm not altogether sure it's appropriate to try to own a photograph that I wasn't supposed to have taken in the first place? It goes without saying that this lapse in character is strictly for educational purposes!
(if you'll notice the legs of the spectators above, it will give you an idea of the scale of the display)
This installation is meant as a miniature replica of a typical thrift store. Every item, including, I was told, the coat hangers, was made by LeDray.
Charles LeDray also works with ceramics and in two magnificent glass cases, his miniature ceramics were displayed. In one, and endless array of black porcelain vases, plates, bowls and other containers cast their tiny shadows upon the surface on which they sit.
I believe that the images and writing posted here fall under the "fair use" section of the U.S. copyright law http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107, as they are intended for educational purposes and are not in a medium that is of commercial nature.