Fashioning Beaton Portraits:1928-1968 exhibition
I enjoyed your presentation very much, especially it’s combination of museology, exhibition design history, fashion and photography (so many of my favourite things). I particularly relished the critical letters about the shortcomings of the display strategies, which seemed to veer from the theatrical and immersive to the deliberately antagonistic and distracting (almost literally smoke and mirrors). You gave a convincing reading of the exhibition’s achievements in the period but to my contemporary eyes it looks amateurish. What do you think were its shortcomings? What did Buckle do afterwards? What curatorial strategies did he continue to deploy?
thank you so much for your interest in my presentation and your comment very relevant.
As it is a bit long to explain, you will find enclose my answer. I hope it can answer to your questions!
All the best,
Marvellous Marlene! Thanks for such a full reply. I’m now fascinated by Buckle who I had only come across in relation to ballet history previously... Great to read those extra quotes too. Thanks again, Bella