• Persol Magnificent Obsessions
    30 stories of craftsmanship in film

    14 June – 19 August, 2012
The second in a series of three exhibitions, PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film uncovers 10 powerful stories of obsessive workmanship within filmmaking. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen artifacts from some of cinema’s most legendary films as well as behind the scenes research notes, sketches, video interviews and materials used in the development process by some of the world’s greatest filmmakers.

Curated by Michael Connor (named as one of Time Out New York’s “Young Curators to Watch” in 2010), the exhibition aims to show that whether making a film or a pair of eyewear, it is only through the uncompromising drive for perfection that one can truly create a work of art.

Among the celebrated stories are those of Director Todd Haynes who made detailed color charts for his film Far from Heaven , precisely calibrating the emotional tone and aesthetic in each scene. And when helping to bring to life the story of controversial socialite Wallis Simpson (W.E. ), costume designer Arianne Phillips turned to Simpson’s own obsession with adornment to create a wardrobe that not only evoked the look and quality of historic haute couture but also captured the emotional tone of each garment.

Persol eyewear has always had a close affinity with cinema and played a leading role in iconic films such as La Dolce Vita, The Thomas Crown Affair and Casino Royale.

June 14th – August 19th, 2012
Tuesday–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (Free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)
Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

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