Rhinestones and Talking Mannequins-A Walk Inside Gaultier

Hello sensory overload! Last night, I braved the crowds of the monthly Dallas Arts District Art Crawl and DMA late night, to wander through the halls of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Walking into the museum, you immediately know something incredible is going on. Everyone at the front desk is donning the Gaultier, white and blue sailor stripe shirts, and behind them the entire wall is fashioned to match their shirts.

Looking in on the exhibit from the outside, gave me goosebumps. As I began to walk into the blue lit entrance of an exhibit, it proved to take the visitors breath away. Absolutely no cameras were allowed in this exhibit, and there was a disclaimer on the wall stating that the content was not appropriate for young audiences. As I walked into the main room, the eager viewers were greeted by a dozen or more mannequins that all assumed a Mona Lisa effect. The exhibit designers had a rigged system of projectors that showed images of different models talking by moving faces onto the blank mannequins face. There was audio playing in the sea-themed room, where Mr. Jean Paul Gaultier greeted you as you walked in. His mannequin was made to interact with the audience and give a background story as to what was happening in this room, and what we would see as we made our journey through his archive of pieces from his collections. The front room set the tone for the rest of the rooms. Each mannequin in this room had a projected face that would move and interact with other mannequins that gave an added intrigue to the perfected, over-detailed garments that they were wearing. The walls were covered with large framed photographs that accompanied the theme the models were wearing. Continue reading

“Enfant Terrible” of fashion

If you’re a lover of fashion perhaps you have heard of the little design house of Jean Paul Gaultier. Jean Paul Gaultier is living proof that fashion can be walking art work, and the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing some of his most influential pieces to an exhibit. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, you can be up close and personal with avant-garde couture fashion that has left its everlasting mark on our society.  This is the first exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art that will explore the world of fashion. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art will open to the public on Sunday, November 13, 2011. The cost of admission is $12.00 for students, but please don’t forget that you must pay $5 student admission to the museum first. At this exhibit you will see 30 animated mannequins, including one of Jean Paul Gaultier himself, and will feature approximately 120 ensembles. This is an event that no college fashionista will want to miss; fashion from the sidewalk to the catwalk event will run until February 12, 2012.

Blowing Your Brains Out….

Chuck Palahniuk took the stage at the Dallas Museum of Art with such authority Tuesday night. He stood in front of loyal fans and aspiring writers to, in his words, “blow your brains out.” He came into the auditorium wearing saddle colored leather pants and a blue button down. He guided us on a tour and we were willing and ready to go on his journey. I, of course, was ready for this journey with blackberry in hand to live tweet through the entire event for the Undergrad Society Twitter followers.

His theme for the night was to “blow our brains out” and he wasn’t kidding. He had interactive games for the audience as he threw inflatable brains with his signature and date on one side. The idea was that the first two people to inflate their blow up brain would receive a copy of a book by an author he liked. Luckily, we caught a brain and began to blow…sadly, we did not win.

3 photos from Chuck Palahniuk DMA reading

Thank you Lauren Von Eper for the photo

After he had fun running around the auditorium throwing out brains, Chuck sat down to read the short story he wrote especially for this tour. The story was called, Romance. Oh, it was a Romance, and did it ever live up to the Chuck Palahniuk style of writing. There were twists, turns, profanity, and a level of disgust you can only receive from Palahniuk. We laughed, we identified, we may have been embarrassed at moments but the story touched each of us in different ways.

Chuck finished with a question & answer section. The majority of people asking questions were aspiring writers themselves and wanted to tell Chuck how much his work meant to them. We learned about the release of Choke, the movie, and how his mother was dying of cancer at the same time, and how he handled the situation. We learned that it prompted his newest book, Damned. At the end of the Q&A, he had another game for us. Chuck threw out blow up skeletons and again had books to give away. He made it interactive and fun for everyone in the audience. We left the DMA feeling a little bit more connected to our favorite author and had a better understanding of how and why he is as dark and witty as he is.

The total event cost me a whopping $10. I had to buy a signed copy of Damned, which was $27, but was worth every penny!

We are NOT a beautiful & unique snowflake

If you haven’t seen the cult classic Fight Club then you most likely do not have an obsession with Chuck Palahniuk like the other Y Generation cronies. Chuck Palahniuk has been writing since 1990 and among his works are Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Snuff, Haunted, Tell All, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Pygmy, Stranger Than Fiction, Fugitives & Refugees, and his newest Damned. Palahniuk does a wonderful job of being dark and satirically honest; most of his novels are categorized as media res. We can get up close and personal with the cult god at the Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Although this event is currently sold out there is overflow seating available. The DMA is hosting additional events in this Arts & Letters Live Series with Dava Sobel and Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith. Students get access to these events for a whopping $10 which is a steal considering the normal price is $25. The DMA is also close to the DART red line, so don’t forget to use your UTD DART pass and ride downtown for free. The DMA does a wonderful job of creating interesting and intellectual events that fit perfectly into a college student’s tight budget.

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