Tonight I had the pleasure of previewing Dalí: The Late Work as consulting curator and Dali scholar, Elliott King, led a tour of the High's soon-to-open exhibition. When I arrived at the door, I was presented with a fake moustache and soon found myself doing a double-take on the elevator as I rode next to a classically dressed guest with a black satin evening shoe secured atop her head. She said it was an homage, sort of a visual non sequitur. It wasn't a typical museum tour, but with Dalí being the focus, I didn't expect it to be. The surprise was that, hours after soaking up the show, I began noticing the artist's influence in unexpected places. I plan to do a post about that later this week. For now, I want to quickly help spread the word about King's Saturday talk:
Opening day, August 7, from 2 to 3 p.m., King will give a free public presentation about Salvador Dalí's legacy and his impact on 20th century art. In particular, states the High, the curator will talk about Dalí’s later style, his reinvention as a “classicist,” and his long-lasting interest in science and optical illusions.
[Shown above, the artist's iconic portrait of C.Z. Guest can be seen in this interior illustration that appeared in Southern Accents, March-April 2006. Todd A. Romano decorated the room for Guest's daughter, Cornelia. Story by Molly Pastor.]
Dalí: The Late Work will continue through January 9, 2011. Those of you who are fascinated by Dalí’s society portraits will be happy to know that I spotted roughly five or six, including one of Jack Warner with his dog. (When I got home, I flipped through my files to refresh my memory of Dalí’s portraits of Carolina Herrera's father-in-law as well as C.Z. Guest.)