Jacki Lyden http://wvasfm.org en A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway http://wvasfm.org/post/modern-twist-mexican-tradition-hits-runway In a small shed in Tenancingo, Mexico, partly open to the sky, about a half-dozen men stand behind huge wooden looms. They pedal side-by-side, their churning feet making a beautiful harmony as they craft handmade <em>rebozos.</em><p><em>Rebozos</em>,<em> </em>long rectangular shawls that came into style in Mexico in the 16th century, and the <em>huipil, </em>a woven and embroidered blouse or dress of pre-Columbian origin, are the main elements of Mexican traditional dress.<p>Today <em>rebozos</em> and <em>huipiles</em> bridge the past and future of Mexican garments. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 50524 at http://wvasfm.org A Modern Twist On Mexican Tradition Hits The Runway The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met http://wvasfm.org/post/art-lost-american-couturier-display-met Thursday in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art officially reopens its fashion galleries after a $40 million, two-year renovation.<p>Named for <em>Vogue</em> magazine's editor, the Anna Wintour Costume Center features an inaugural exhibit of the work of Charles James, a flamboyant designer considered America's first couturier. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:07:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 47670 at http://wvasfm.org The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met 'Baby Jane' Holzer's Flight From High Society To Warhol Superstar http://wvasfm.org/post/baby-jane-holzers-flight-high-society-warhol-superstar <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmW4zME8n3o</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 44688 at http://wvasfm.org 'Baby Jane' Holzer's Flight From High Society To Warhol Superstar The Ebony Fashion Fair: Changing History On The Catwalk http://wvasfm.org/post/ebony-fashion-fair-changing-history-catwalk The Johnson Publishing Company, and its flagship publication, <em>Ebony Magazine,</em> helped to fashion the black middle-class in America for five decades. For 50 years, from 1958 until 2009, the Ebony Fashion Fair traversed the country.<p>The coast-to-coast show was a pageant of haute couture that created aspirations wherever it went. It was a rite of passage for black women, who flocked to it. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 43150 at http://wvasfm.org The Ebony Fashion Fair: Changing History On The Catwalk Poems As 'Stepping Stones': Remembering Seamus Heaney http://wvasfm.org/post/poems-stepping-stones-remembering-seamus-heaney The poet Seamus Heaney died Friday. Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and has been described as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats." Heaney was 74 years old. Host Jacki Lyden spoke to Heaney in 2008, and has this remembrance. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 21:04:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 34002 at http://wvasfm.org Florida's Highwaymen Painted Idealized Landscapes In Jim Crow South http://wvasfm.org/post/floridas-highwaymen-painted-idealized-landscapes-jim-crow-south Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>And if you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.<p>In the winter of 2012, I came across a story on a drive through central coastal Florida in the town of Fort Pierce. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 32888 at http://wvasfm.org Audio As Art At New York Exhibit http://wvasfm.org/post/audio-art-new-york-exhibit Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARPEGGIO)<p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>Arpeggios ricochet through three speakers and envelop us. We're on the modernist Bauhaus staircase at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, listening to techno-inspired electronica. This piece is part of a new exhibit, "Soundings: A Contemporary Score," that opens today.<p>BARBARA LONDON: I wanted work that pushed limits, pushed boundaries.<p>LYDEN: That's curator Barbara London. She invited 16 young artists from around the world to participate here. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 32887 at http://wvasfm.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit http://wvasfm.org/post/bespoke-suits-and-perfect-cravats-dandy-exhibit When you hear the word dandy, what do you think of?<p>Maybe the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War, and compares the colonists to foppish, effeminate idiots: the dandies.<p>But a summer exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, closing Aug. 18, aims to reclaim the term. It explores dandyism through the ages, linking to the cutting edge of men's fashion and style. The name of the show is "Artist, Rebel, Dandy: Men of Fashion" — which does still leave you wondering what you might see.<br /> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 32460 at http://wvasfm.org Bespoke Suits And Perfect Cravats At 'Dandy' Exhibit The Landscape Art Legacy Of Florida's Highwaymen http://wvasfm.org/post/landscape-art-legacy-floridas-highwaymen If you traveled by way of Florida's Route 1 in the '60s and '70s, you might have encountered young African-American landscape artists selling oil paintings of an idealized, candy-colored, Kennedy-era Florida. They painted palms, beaches, poinciana trees and sleepy inlets on drywall canvases — and they came to be known as the Highwaymen. The group made thousands of pictures, until the market was saturated, tastes changed, and the whole genre dwindled.<p><strong>Roadside Innovation</strong><p>The story of the Highwaymen is one of beauty and heartbreak. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:54:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 15541 at http://wvasfm.org The Landscape Art Legacy Of Florida's Highwaymen Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter http://wvasfm.org/post/meet-al-black-floridas-prison-painter In the 1960s, Al Black could be found cruising up and down Route 1 in his blue-and-white Ford Galaxy — with a trunk full of wet landscape paintings.<p>At the time, he was a salesman who could snatch your breath away and sell it back to you. As artist Mary Ann Carroll puts it, he could "sell a jacket to a mosquito in summer."<p>"A salesman is a con-man," Black readily admits himself today. He's a storyteller. And does he have stories to tell.<p>Black was born on a plantation in Mississippi. One day, he says, a crew boss came by, needing more hands to pick crops. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:15:00 +0000 Jacki Lyden 10918 at http://wvasfm.org Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter