Why “through the looking glass”?
Curating at its best
Moon in the Water
By far, one of our favorite rooms had a moon like projection on the ceiling that was reflected into the pond beneath. The costume draped manikins stood on platforms through out the reflecting pond.
from the museum’s website:
The exhibition’s subtitle, “Through the Looking Glass,” translates into Chinese as “Moon in the Water,” a phrase that alludes to Buddhism. Like “Flower in the Mirror,” it suggests something that cannot be grasped, and has both positive and negative connotations. When used to describe a beautiful object, “moon in the water” can refer to a quality of perfection that is either so elusive and mysterious that the item becomes transcendent or so illusory and deceptive that it becomes untrustworthy. The metaphor often expresses romantic longing, as the eleventh-century poet Huang Tingjian wrote: “Like picking a blossom in a mirror/Or grabbing at the moon in water/I stare at you but cannot get near you.” It also conveys unrequited love, as in the song “Hope Betrayed” in Cao Xueqin’s mid-eighteenth-century novel : “In vain were all her sighs and tears/In vain were all his anxious fears:/As moonlight mirrored in the water/Or flowers reflected in a glass.”
So, that’s your crib notes version of the costume exhibit at the Met. Do you like these types of blog posts? I enjoy writing them although they don’t directly relate to my art but I am sure that the exposure will find its way into the creation of a future artwork
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