Curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography and the Prints and Drawings Department Britt Salvesen talks about the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium on view at LACMA through July 31, 2016.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali'i, representatives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno, an indigenous group from the Los Angeles area, welcomed the brilliantly covered garments, headdresses and lei to their land. Dancers from the renwoned Hula Halau ‘O Lilinoe, Na Pua Me Kealoha, performed a Kahiko (ancient hula).
This video follows Clarissa Esguerra, Assistant Curator, and Melinda Kerstein, Mount Maker in the Department of Costume & Textiles, while they get a mannequin dressed and ready for the exhibition Reigning Men. The ensemble shown here features a a silk embroidered coat that was made around 1800 in France.