Well hi there! How have you been?
One of the great things about taking holidays on a work day is that you get to go to the museums when they're empty! So today I took advantage of that and went to 3. Well not really 3, more like 2 and a half (The ABC centre isn't really a museum, but it did have an exhibit!)
So I started the day with quick peek at the Doctor Who (Celebrating 50 Years of Adventures in Space and Time) exhibition
Did you know I was a Whovian? well you do now!
This exhibit was free - just in the public area of the ABC centre and featured a timeline, a TARDIS, Dalek and Cyberman as well as on of David Tennant's suits (Tenth Doctor) and The Doctors alternate outfit from the episode Amy's Choice (Eleventh Doctor)
|Doctor Who Timeline, TARDIS, David Tennant's suit|
This particular exhibit will be on display till the 31st of January 2014
From there it was a short walk down to the Powerhouse Museum. The Powerhouse Museum is Sydneys Design and Technology museum and often shows student exhibitions, the design awards as well as other exhibits along those lines.
This exhibit showed the work of the great furniture designer, George Nelson.
George Nelson was one of the many designers who worked at Herman Miller in the 50s and 60s along side people like Charles and Ray Eames. His modernist style influenced many other designers then and still to this day
|American National Exhibition Moscow, sketch model 1959|
Comprehensive Storage System with clocks 1959, Posters etc designed by Nelson, Herman Miller Nelson swag leg desk (1958), Tray and Tea set 1950
|Desks chairs etc, Comprehensive Storage System 1959|
|Panorama featuring Coconut chair (Blue), DAF White (Top Left), Pretzel Chair (far top corner) 1952|
|Executive Office Group L Shape desk 1950, Action Office 1 1960 - 1964|
While not many people might own an original piece of his work, the details and style were replicated throughout the industry. One of the museum staff members mentioned to me that he had never known who George Nelson was, but when he saw the pieces come in, it immediately reminded him of the furniture in his childhood house.
|George Nelsons Clocks for Howard Miller 1947 - 1980s|
|All these clocks need to be on my wall|
|Marshmallow sofa 1956, Various graphics for Herman Miller and other companies|
This exhibit is on until the 10th of January 2014. More info here
Another rather exciting thing to mention is this...
They were finalising the sound and testing the video for its opening on Saturday when I took this photo.
Now what kind of 60s fan would I be if I didn't make plans to attend this exhibition as soon as it opens? Watch this space!
After a quick lunch I made the trek from the Powerhouse to the State Library of NSW. On the way I walked through Hyde Park, past the beautiful Art Deco War Memorial and through Hyde Parks Central avenue, shaded over by the Hill Fig trees. The trees are probably the most well known part of the park, but sadly a lot of them are sick and many have become hollow and fallen over in strong weather. This is due to the fact that when they were planted back in the 30s they were planted in poor quality, shallow soil.
The council are being very good and trying their hardest to prolong the life of the trees, removing those that are a danger of falling over and banning events from being held underneath the trees.
If you manage to visit Sydney in the next few years, be sure to make a visit!
|Sydney War Memorial|
|The Fig trees over the Hyde Park central avenue|
The purpose of visiting the NSW State library was to see 2 exhibits - Selling Dreams, One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography and Australian Glamour
The first exhibit focused on Fashion photography and its history, featuring the work of many famous photographers including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, William Klein and Irving Penn
Once only the rich, the Establishment set the fashion. Now it is the inexpensive little dress seen on the girls in the high street...
Mary Quant 1966
|Evelyn Tripp, Isabella Albonico and Nena von Schlenbrugge. Photo: William Klein for Vogue, 1962|
Maxime McKendry and China Machado with Members of the French Press. Dresses by Lanvin-Castillo and Heim, Paris Studio - Richard Avedon 1961
|Marisa Berenson Photo David Bailey 1960|
|Penelope Tree wears Yugoslavian embroidered dress and velvet belt, British Vogue - David Bailey 1968|
|Plane Crash - Ossie Clark - Photo by Jim Lee 1969|
Along side this, was the small exhibit - Australian Glamour. This display only took up one room but featured a lot of images and magazines from the early 1900s through to this year
The good thing about this exhibition is that its supported by the libraries app - Curio. You can download it and have a look through the images from the magazines yourself!
|Flair Magazine 1967, POL Magazine 1969. Neither of these magazine are in print now|
|Article from Flair Magazine 1967 - Flair's Ten top models of 1967|
|Scary looking Twiggy in the Marble staircase|
Well I hope you enjoyed that (sorry a bit long) insight into my day.
Do you have any exhibitions in your town that have been particularly good? Share the link below to your blog post so we have all have a looky-loo!