FRIDAY Fast Five: Big, big world

Do I have Emilia stuck in your head now? Sozzy, not sozzy. 

Last weekend I went to Melbourne with my sisters and had a great time. The only GLAM-related thing we did (apart from glamorous dressing/shopping) was that we went to the late night NGV to check out the Dior show. And so this Fast Five is all about scale and the big wide world.

Speaking of scale, I probably have more sisters than you. Here I am with the other four Williamses:


1. Dior at the NGV/the NGV/overseas museums

I die. I couldn't get over how slick and sexy the whole late night event was. Parts of it felt a bit lol-worthy (I think there was a red carpet and velvet ropes but we were so late that they weren't in use), but overall it was just so jawdropping. The gallery that Dior was in had been transformed to reflect the actual atelier (I think, I didn't pay much attention to the segmental labels because I was a bit sozzled) and the dresses were grouped by designer (I think). One of my favourite little quirks was the headdresses made for each grouping in that they had matching things stuck to their bald mannequin heads. Very subtle but they reinforced the groupings. Pictorial evidence:


2. Unsure what to wear to an art event?

While we're on the topic of museums and fashion, here's a handy little guide for what to wear to an art fair (easily translated into other GLAM things methinks). I like the outfits and feel like a fraud with my curatorial lack of coloured lens sunglasses. Thanks to Man Repeller.

3. Museum diversity. Scale: America.

On my highly scientific scale that I just made up about scale, the extreme end of bigness in terms of museums is America. I think China might also be in there too. Anyway, this article about diversity of museums was fascinating/depressing. In yet another way, Thelma Golden is holding it down, creating change from a position of power (not just talking about the need for change) and bringing people to the table. The scale of the problem in American museums is such that the New York mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an ultimatum that people will lose funding if they don't change.

Just to hype Thelma Golden again, I loved her line about being proud of people that they've trained who have moved on to bigger institutions. There's no ownership in terms of these people, or demand that they remain loyal: "We have actively trained curators and enthusiastically sent them out into the world. When I have a curator, I'm thinking that from the beginning."

4. 'Neutrality is a fiction'

I love this. This is community work on a whole other scale. Imagine closing your museum in protest against a xenophobic new leader and then to invite the community in to partake in making protest art. That's goals right there. The rad director of Queens Museum, Laura Raicovich.

5. Clock man

I'm sure there's a tenuous link that could be drawn here about scale but I can't be bothered. Instead, here's an old man that likes to repair clocks. Chime on Bill.


To round out the week, and to recognise te reo Māori operating on an INTERNATIONAL scale, here is Moana - Reo Māori. I'm so glad they kept in Opetaia Foa'i!