Art That Talks Back

10 Dec

“Hey you, what are you looking at,” the mannequin barked in a thick French accent.

I simply shrugged off his words. By then, I had grown accustomed to the roaming eyes and random utterings of the 30 life-size dolls donning Jean Paul Gaultier’s duds.

It was “Night at the Museum” mannequin-style.

The much awaited exhibit in the Dallas Museum of Art projects pouts, snarls and smiles on the blank mannequins’ faces. Speaker systems rigged with a revolving list of phrases and questions give voices to the stiff creatures. One would expect nothing less from the eccentric designer’s namesake exhibition.

The entrance is guarded by two mannequins rocking Western wear on a platform that is signed “For Dallas with love,” by the famed Gaultier.

In the first room, a replica of Gaultier himself welcomes guests to the exhibit as a chorus of mannequins hum softly in the background.

The exhibit itself is divided into six themed collections that would make any fashionista gasp. Clacking heels echoed in the chambers as flocks of fashionable women and men pranced to and fro, surveying the masterpieces.

My favorite item? The outfit worn by Beyonce in the music video for “Video Phone,” that is placed on the revolving runway.

The exhibit is in Dallas until February and is the U.S. debut of the first exhibit devoted to Gaultier’s works. It was definitely worth the twenty bucks.

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2 Responses to “Art That Talks Back”

  1. Bill Chance December 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I have been wondering whether I should go to the DMA for this – thanks for the recommendation.

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