At the Victoria & Albert Museum, LGBTQ tours offer a queer history of the museum’s collections.
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Beyoncé Donates Bejeweled Butterfly Ring to Victoria & Albert Museum
The superstar’s scintillating Glenn Spiro ‘Papillon’ ring is now on view in the V&A’s jewelry galleries.
Go Behind the Scenes of 9 Museums With These Great Online Web Series
These nine museums are using online video series to take viewers behind the scenes of their collections.
19th-Century Peepshows Offer 3D Glimpses of the Past
Long before cardboard VR viewers, there were paper peepshows: pocket-sized stage sets with illustrated backdrops and paper cut-out scenes, which expand like accordion books to create an illusion of depth when you peer through eyeholes.
An Intimate Encounter with Paul Strand’s Photographic Journeys
LONDON — It’s always surprising when important artists get overlooked. It’s the case of Paul Strand in the UK, whose contribution to the history of photography might still slip away from the British public’s view.
V&A’s First Games Designer in Residence Takes On 19th-Century Textiles
Curiosity was piqued across the games and museum communities last May when the Victoria & Albert Museum announced their first games designer in residence. Now games designer Sophia George has unveiled her first project in the residency.
David Bowie Is Everywhere
BERLIN — It was impossible, having been born in the 1980s, not to memorize David Bowie’s song with Queen, “Under Pressure” (1981), as well as Bowie’s first top-five hit, at age 22, “Space Oddity” (1969) — a song that went on to actually be the first played in space. But I never had a direct relationship with Bowie’s music, the way I did with some of his contemporaries.
Stephen Jones Gives Good Headwear
“Does anyone still wear a hat?” This lyric from Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece musical Company, as crooned out by Elaine Stritch, rung in my head as I found out that master milliner Stephen Jones’s show Hats: An Anthology would travel across the pond from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Bard Graduate Center in New York City this Fall. Though English aristocracy continues to include interesting headwear in their luxe lexicon (remember the Royal Wedding?), are hats still so much a sartorial staple in the United States that they warrant an exhibition?