The sparkle of a diamond signaling a commitment to marriage. The gleam of chrome and glossy paint on a brand-new car or motorcycle. The sequined shimmer of a stage performer’s costume. The glitter of crystal and sparkling silverware at a formal dinner party. The sheen of real gold on just about anything. Nearly everyone would agree that shiny or sparkling things are eye-catching. But, what is it about them that makes them so attractive?
In its spring exhibition, “All that Glitters—Spark and Dazzle from the Permanent Collection”, the Gregg Museum not only showcases some of the most visually stunning objects in its holdings, but also uses them as points of departure to probe some of the deeper cultural, psychological, and even evolutionary impulses that may have brought about their creation in the first place.
“All that Glitters—Spark and Dazzle from the Permanent Collection” explores theories like this while taking full advantage of the sheer delight that brilliant objects can provide. Embroidered silken banners that once graced walls in imperial China form backdrops for never-before-exhibited dragon robes. A sequined flag used in Haitian voodoo (vodun) ceremonies to call forth the spirits contrasts with staggeringly ornate cloth-of-gold vestments once worn by a Mexican priest. Rhinestone- or bead-encrusted flapper dresses recall the fast-paced glamour of the “Roaring” 1920s. An array of twinkling evening bags vies with a gathering of bejeweled hats for sheer charisma. You’ll see it all!
While the exhibition is educational, it doesn’t stint on pure eye-candy, for even if it’s true that what makes it all so attractive has to do with primal survival instincts, that doesn’t detract from how enjoyable it is to see it now. The exhibit’s opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at 6 PM!
To learn more about this exhibit, please visit www.gregg.arts.ncsu.edu.
If you feel like escaping The Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.
Thursday, January 23, 2020—6:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
Gregg Museum of Art & Design
1903 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607