a few weeks ago amy and i trekked into the city for a girly day that included lunch at E.A.T (followed by a seriously amazing eclair from the to-go side of the shop) and a visit to the MET to check out “playing with pictures: the art of victorian photocollage“. i’ll be honest, when it comes to most things victorian, i’m usually not the most enthusiastic girl on the block. i think i’m missing that gene that makes me love victorian art, jane austen adaptations, and anything horse/riding related. but man am i glad that amy suggested we go. from the moment i walked in i was completely glued to the walls, staring at each of these amazing little collages.
when i think of victorian women, my rather limited knowledge of the era makes me think of stuffy ladies in corsets sitting around sipping tea. but this show taught me that not only were the doing more than sipping tea, they were spending their time creating amazing photocollage albums that combined cut photographs of their families with whimsical illustrations and watercolors of landscapes and household objects.
my favorite pieces from the show focus on actual objects, rather than landscapes- and i’m bummed that i couldn’t find an image of my favorite piece- an image of family members perched atop croquet balls and mallets- but these pieces with the cards and letters are a great example of that style. thought the show features over 45 works from the 1860s and 1870s, amy and i kept saying to ourselves how the show felt somehow modern, as if i could have stumbled upon something like this at a williamsburg gallery as much as i could at the MET. the art & craft world’s current interest in collaging and mixed media felt so at home with this collection that the entire show felt somehow more retable and personal. so, if you’re in the nyc area between now and may 9th, i highly highly suggest you pop by the MET to check out the show. click here for more information on the show, and here to check out the book i picked up as part of the show.
CLICK HERE for more images from the show after the jump!