Finally went to see the “Youth and Beauty” exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Friday. There was an event called “Speakeasy” that included Dr. Sketchy’s, food, wine, cocktails — Dark and Stormy was the cocktail du jour — and everyone dressed up in the style of the 1920s. I just wore my purple kimono, but I was glad to have an event to wear it out where I didn’t look too strange. It was great seeing everyone dressed as flappers or variations on Great Gatsby characters.
I didn’t get too many photos with my crummy phone camera, but here are some pictures.
The set-up for Dr. Sketchy…
my friend Michelle Muldrow in front of the banner (wish I had gotten a better shot of her dress!)
my quickie attempt while trying to hold a cocktail in one hand!
Mark Cole the curator did a great job. I wasn’t really a fan of most of the landscapes for some reason; even my friend Cathie said they all looked really rigid and uptight. I’m a figurative and portrait painter, so of course most of my favorites were in those sections.
Does anyone have the artists and title of this portrait? Because I couldn’t find it online anywhere, and I think he’s my favorite of the show…
More Aaron Douglas.
I thought this Gerald Murphy was a print at first, but it’s a painting!
I have done Dr. Sketchy in Miami during Art Basel (remember that flash mob in 2009?), and in New York, but this was my first Cleveland one. I hope the museum lets Dr. Sketchy come and do this again, it was a great area we had right where the construction was happening, with soaring ceilings and great light.