Virginia Overton: Winter Garden at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Winter Garden, which will be presented on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery, expands upon her installation featured there this summer, which explored the concept of the sculpture garden through a system of windmills pumping air into large containers filled with thriving aquatic plants. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2016, through February 5, 2017.


Installation view of Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 10–September 25, 2016). © Virginia Overton. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

To reflect the change of season, Overton has re-imagined the “sculpture garden” as a sonic rather than botanic environment. Her practice often involves the repurposing of materials, and the new installation takes elements from the summer’s and redefines each of their functions. Emptied of water, the overturned containers become natural amplifiers for the sounds generated from the wind as it is pumped from the windmills through pneumatic tubing. By activating these materials, Overton creates zones of unusual aural experience throughout the outdoor site.

Throughout her career Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) has used the languages of physicality, displacement, and minimalism in her sculptures, videos, photography, and installations. Overton creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her personal background in rural Tennessee. She recently created thirteen site-reactive sculptures and a video for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, which will be on view through February 2017. Overton has also had recent solo shows at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Power Station, Dallas, TX.

Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, and Laura Phipps, assistant curator. Generous support for Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is provided by Bob and Pam Goergen.

Tommy John Underwear to Now Feature The Dallas Cowboys Star

Tommy John, the premium men’s underwear company, has announced a product line extension with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys that will see Cowboys branding featured on Tommy John underwear.Tommy John Logo

As a part of the partnership, Tommy John launched Dallas Cowboys men’s underwear that is being sold in the pro shops at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, select Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops, Fans United stores, online at, as well as


Tommy John/Dallas Cowboys Cool Cotton Black Boxer Brief

Tommy John‘s Cool Cotton and Second Skin Trunks and Boxer Briefs will be emblazoned with the famous Cowboys Star allowing fans to show their support for their favorite team, while being supported by premium underwear. In addition, Tommy John will be exposed to millions of devoted Cowboys fans through Cowboys digital and radio platforms as part of the partnership.


Tommy John/Dallas Cowboys Cool Cotton Navy Trunk

The Dallas Cowboys are proud to partner with Tommy John to place a premium product inside not only AT&T Stadium, but also in our Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops as well,” said President of Dallas Cowboys Merchandising Bill Priakos. “When looking for brands to partner with, we look to join together with companies with innovative and premium products to reach our fans, and we believe we’ve found that with Tommy John.” Continue reading

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Presents “Holiday at the Arboretum” Featuring The Claus Collection Santa Exhibit and “The 12 Days of Christmas”

Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum, one of the 15 most breathtaking gardens in the world, according to Architectural Digest, and one of the South’s Best Holiday Experiences according to Southern Living Magazine.

Celebrate Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 6 to January 8, and the new Claus Collection Santa exhibit, November 25 to December 31 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.Print

For The 12 Days of Christmas, 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos displayed in the 66-acre-garden are filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to its “music box” quality, depicting the old English carol from the Victorian era.

Four Calling Birds

Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum

Everything is bigger in Texas, including our holiday displays,” said Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. “Live music, special holiday performances, appearances by our favorite North Pole residents, and holiday treats make this evening display a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be missed family outing.”

Wednesday through Sunday evenings, the garden re-opens for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which displays the illuminated gazebos for magical viewings. With 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead, including a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at the center of property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of holiday guests this season.

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Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson. The Pear Tree has gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge sits “center stage,” intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree revolves with the partridge in it.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum. The Two Turtle Doves cuddles on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves are intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading is decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs. Day three reflects the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base turns. The hens, black-and-white with red accents,sits in gold straw nests.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum The Four Calling Birds sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds are multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings. The Five Golden Rings feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring has a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar balancing a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear is surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan The Six Geese A-Laying is set in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone “rocks” are piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese are sitting on nests, two are standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two are nested in the trees. The geese have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland The seven swans float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or “frozen” pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, are around the fountain.

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop This gazebo feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There are four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids are carrying pails.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea. Nine Ladies Dancing feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies are costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation. This gazebo features ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor is a frozen pond. The lords are dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum.

The pipers are dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper plays bagpipes. The ceiling is draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers also move in this gazebo.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Sponsored by Myron K. Martin.This gazebo is a spectacular choice to the exhibit. The drummers are dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.

In the historic DeGolyer House, lavishly decorated for the holidays, experience the new Claus Collection Santa Exhibit. Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Papa Noel, you’ll see the many artistic representations of the jolly gift-giver surrounded by beautiful decorations, on loan from the Junior League of Dallas. The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours, and on Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners at 7 p.m. on these Wednesday evenings.

The Schedule of Events and Exhibits for the Holiday Season includes the following: Continue reading

Target Announces Spring Collaboration with Victoria Beckham

Limited-edition collection reflects the charming, yet functional essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham womenswear line and includes the designer’s first foray into childrenswear

Target this past week announced its limited-edition spring collaboration with designer Victoria Beckham. Available April 9, 2017, at all Target stores and, Victoria Beckham for Target reflects the essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, including original designs and inspiration from iconic silhouettes, with apparel and accessories for women, girls, toddler and baby. The collaboration with Target also marks the designer’s first foray into the kids’ product category. Select pieces from the collection will be available for sale internationally via

Victoria Beckham is an internationally-known businesswoman, fashion designer and style icon. Since launching in 2008 at New York Fashion Week, the Victoria Beckham brand has developed into a celebrated mainstay of the fashion industry. In 2011, following the success of her mainline collection, Beckham launched Victoria, Victoria Beckham, a free-spirited companion to the original Ready-to-Wear collection, offering softer silhouettes and a more playful fashion perspective. With each collection, Victoria adapts her own personal style to the needs and desires of the international women who swear by the label’s luxurious and flattering garments. (For more information on Victoria Beckham, please visit

Victoria Beckham for Target, with more than 200 items featuring soft pastels, bright pops of color and pretty spring prints, is feminine and functional and reflects the designer’s commitment to quality craftsmanship. Ranging in price from $6-$70, with most items under $40, Victoria Beckham for Target will be offered in sizes XS-3X for women and NB-XL for girls, toddler and baby. Standout pieces include easy-to-wear dresses, rompers and playful tops and bottoms for women, with corresponding styles for girls, toddler and baby.

Working with Target has been a really exciting process, and this partnership allows us to share the essence of Victoria, Victoria Beckham with more people than ever before,” said Beckham. “I was inspired to create the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line when I was pregnant with Harper, and since its launch, the category has evolved into an established lifestyle collection. With both the line and my daughter turning five, I felt it was the perfect time to extend into a more accessible price point and to celebrate both milestones by opening the range up to include childrenswear for the first time.”


Victoria Beckham is an internationally-known businesswoman, fashion designer and style icon. (Image courtesy of Target)

The Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, or “VVB” as it’s often called, is a lifestyle range incorporating all the pieces my customer needs in her wardrobe—at a more accessible price point,” continued Beckham. “I always describe VVB as the younger sister to the Ready–to–Wear. It’s a range that reflects what I think of as the more ‘playful’ side of my own style. The collections within VVB are fun and full of character, but always stay true to the refined brand spirit. The line of women’s and childrenswear that I have created with Target perfectly encapsulates the spirit of VVB and features some of the earlier silhouettes that the category originally became known for. From the outset of my brand, I have always designed clothes that I want to wear, and that’s exactly what I have done here, but this time there are also clothes that my daughter would love to wear, too! Continue reading

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 Exhibition at The Met to Focus on Rei Kawakubo and the “Art of the In-Between”

Costume Institute Benefit on May 1 with Co-Chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour; and Honorary Chair Rei Kawakubo

Exhibition Dates: May 4–September 4, 2017

Member Previews: May 2–May 3, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2

As expected (and the most gossiped-about morsel of news during the European leg of the Spring/Summer 2017 womenswear fashion shows), The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017 (preceded on May 1 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities—self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion—Kawakubo’s work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, the thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.


Image: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design…by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion…imbalance… unfinished… elimination…and absence of intent.

The exhibition will be curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who will collaborate on the exhibition design with Rei Kawakubo. Nathan Crowley will serve as exhibition production designer for the fifth time, working in collaboration with The Met’s Design Department.


2. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the examples will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in interstitiality or “in-betweenness”. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries, but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors.

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3. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Blue Witch,” spring/summer 2016 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”


4. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Not Making Clothing,” spring/summer 2014. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

In celebration of the opening, The Met‘s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening’s co-chairs will be Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo will serve as Honorary Chair. Raul Avila will produce the gala décor, which he has done since 2007. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.met-logo

Special support for the exhibition and gala will come from Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino.

A publication, authored by Bolton and designed by Fabien Baron, will accompany the exhibition. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

A special feature on the Museum’s website,, provides information about the exhibition. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala. Use #MetKawakubo, #CostumeInstitute, and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

New Season, New Ambitions, New Footwear Arsenal: Under Armour And Stephen Curry To Launch The Curry 3

Set To Drop October 25, The Newest Addition To The Reigning MVP’s Signature Collection Is Powered By Breakthrough Technology And Infused With Game-Changing Design

Stephen Curry returns to the court this season with a renewed drive, hunger and focus on the future. Fueled by Stephen’s unwavering will to always take his game to the next level, Under Armour will drive the game of basketball forward with the latest addition to Curry’s signature footwear collection, the Curry 3.

Being able to work directly with my team at Under Armour on the Curry 3 has been an incredible experience,” said Curry. “Our team’s knowledge and expertise on the science of building a shoe is unparalleled, and pairing with what works for my body and my game, I know that we have created something really special. Working in collaboration with my UA team from start to finish on inspiration, design and fit will without question drive us to success.”

Constructed with proprietary technologies and designed to drive the league’s back-to-back MVP to new heights, the Curry 3 is the optimal combination of lightweight support, balance, speed and durability. Powered by Under Armour’s newest breakthrough in fabric technology, Threadborne™, Under Armour and Curry have created a new shoe that breaks the mold of what to expect from basketball footwear, with innovative technology and design.


The New Curry 3-Dub Nation Heritage colorway from Under Armour

Tech Specifications:

  • Threadborne™ is a new technology created by Under Armour’s innovators after examining a parachute, specifically paracord, a strong piece of material that is at the equipment’s core. Within the weave construction of paracord, Under Armour discovered ultra-durable yarns and rebuilt them into a fabric engineered to withstand the rigors of an 82 game season and support the two-time MVP as he transcends the limits of the game. The Curry 3 Threadborne fabric is comprised of braided thread that wraps around a larger, corded panel, delivering unparalleled lightweight directional strength and infinite support.
  • Meta-Wing lines the heel of the Curry 3 to expressly support the subtalor joint—the joint that connects the ankle and heel bones, and is crucial in terrain balance, pivoting and shock absorption. The shoes create a snug fit that is unrivaled in stabilizing the foot, ensuring the most complete and efficient way to cut and move laterally on the basketball court.
  • Anafoam is constructed on the medial to deliver body-mapped fit, lightweight structure and support.
  • Charged Cushioning™ is a unique foam technology, which absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst, making each stride or change of direction explosive.
  • Herringbone Traction: The return of Herringbone traction on the sole of the Curry 3 amplifies stability, grip and support on the court.

Stephen is an exceptional basketball player whose talent is only exceeded by his will to be better every day, on-and-off the court,” said Dave Dombrow, Chief Design Officer. “Our team is inspired by Stephen’s passion for the game and his ingenuity has driven our partnership to create the world’s most technically innovative shoe in the Curry 3, and to keep driving performance footwear forward in-step with the back-to-back MVP.UNDER ARMOUR, INC. LOGO

The Curry 3 mid style retails for $140.00 and debuts globally at and the UA Shop App on October 25 with the “Dub Nation Heritage” colorway. The “SC Camo” colorway follows with a release at retailers worldwide on October 27.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum Opens Its New Galleries for Folk and Self-Taught Art

59 Recent Acquisitions Are Featured

The Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s collection of folk and self-taught art represents the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists. Represented in the museum’s collection are pieces that draw on tradition-such as quilts-and artworks that reveal a more personal vision. The museum has re-imagined its permanent collection galleries to feature 59 recent acquisitions, an expanded presentation of the beloved “Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly” by James Hampton, reopened historic windows and new oak floors. The galleries opened to the public today, Friday, Oct. 21.


James Hampton, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, 1950-1964, mixed media. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of anonymous donors; Gift of Margaret Kelley McHugh, Nancy Kelley Schneider and William H. Kelley; Gift of Harry Lowe.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has long recognized folk and self-taught art as integral to the greater story of American art,” said Betsy Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “The museum’s mission to tell the story of America through the art of its people is particularly relevant at a time when museums everywhere are realizing that an expanded narrative of what American art is is necessary for engaging and satisfying contemporary audiences and accurately portraying the scope of creativity in this country.”


Emery Blagdon, The Healing Machine, 1955-1986, mixed media. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment; Gift of Dan Dryden, friend of Emery Blagdon; Gift of Kohler Foundation, Inc.; Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, from the Margaret Z. Robson Collection.

Recently acquired works by Consuelo Gonzalez Amezcua, Emery Blagdon, David Butler, Ulysses Davis, Ralph Fasanella, Clementine Hunter, Dan Miller, Joe Minter, Eddy Mumma, J.B. Murray, Achilles Rizzoli, Melvin Way, Charlie Willeto, Clarence and Grace Woolsey, Purvis Young and Albert Zahn join visitor favorites by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Martín Ramírez and Jon Serl. A striking presence in the galleries is a display of more than 60 sculptures and paintings by Blagdon that represents his constantly changing “Healing Machine.” It is the second-largest installation of his work on public view in the United States.


Clementine Hunter, Melrose Quilt, 1960, fabric. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase through the Barbara Coffey Quilt Endowment.

“The first-floor galleries for folk and self-taught art should have a powerful impact on visitors, conveying not only the museum’s commitment to diverse American narratives and manifesting the tremendous quality, depth and power that art by untrained artists can have, but also affirming its rightful position in a museum of great art,” said Leslie Umberger, the museum’s curator of folk and self-taught art.

Since it acquired Hampton’s “Throne” in 1970, the museum has been recognized internationally as a leader in championing the importance of works by artists who have no formal art training. Subsequent acquisitions, including major collections from Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr., Chuck and Jan Rosenak, and David L. Davies in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as recent selections by Umberger, have resulted in the museum becoming one of the only major American museums to clearly advocate for a populist and uniquely American voice within the context of great art. Continue reading