The Antiques at J. Crew

If you took notice of the photo that appeared with yesterday’s post “Can Antiques Make You Happy,” it was one of several I took on a trip to the mall over the weekend. They are from inside a J. Crew store. It’s interesting to see sweaters stacked on old leather suitcases and clothing interspersed with camera’s and typewriters. The “Parian”  made with plaster was also a nice touch.

I wonder if the people who shop here also like to decorate in this manner. I also wondered about the possibility of having an antique show in a mall. Perhaps furniture retailers like Pottery Barn would have an objection, but it would seem to have potential to introduce antiques to a generation that I think may be used to seeing, but not used to purchasing antiques.

Don’t forget, less than a century ago, major department stores had antique departments.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.


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