An exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design and style celebrates the perform of Ralph Pucci, whose mannequin styles chronicle alterations in visual culture more than much more than 30 years (+ slideshow).
Photograph by Butcher Walsh Ralph Pucci: the Art of the Mannequins occupies a floor of the Manhattan museum, and includes a selection of mannequins dating from the 1980s to the 2000s, as well as a mini sculptor’s studio for live model-making demonstrations.
“In this sense they are type of like the frames on paintings you see in museums – critical to the visual impression but frequently overlooked.” Birdland, 1988 The 24 mannequins selected from Pucci’s archive for the show contain Birdland – a collaboration with Cuban-American artist Ruben Toledo from 1988 – a dark grey headless and armless form on a silver metal claw-like base, with a solid curved reduced half like a wasp’s body rather of legs.
Swirley, 2000 Other pieces incorporate Swirley, a purple cyclops mannequin from 2000 produced in collaboration with American artist Kenny Scharf, and the Olympian Goddess – a gold amazonian figure from 1986, created with French product designer Andrée Putman.
The mannequins are displayed towards a red background, with a smaller group on a circular white plinth.
Diane Von Furstenberg, 2013 “When the objective of the object is to mirror how we want to see ourselves, it is not difficult to have excellent stories to inform,” explained Gifford.
Hamilton, 2001 “As we heard the stories behind Ralph Pucci’s mannequins, we realised that our visitors could get a sort of cultural tour by way of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s whilst viewing them.