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Miles Davis’s Childhood Home to Become a Museum

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Though he made a name for himself in New York City, legendary trumpeter Miles Davis never forgot his roots. The son of a dentist, Davis spent his formative years in East St. Louis, Illinois—which is where he first began honing his craft and where, on his 13th birthday, Miles’s father presented him with a brand-new trumpet. Though the jazz great’s childhood home has been vacant for several years, a nonprofit group known as HOME (short for House of Miles East St. Louis) is planning to turn the storied property at 1701 Kansas Avenue into a museum and music education center for children.

The brainchild of Lauren Parks and Jasper Gery Pearson, the idea to transform the space began back in 2011, though reconstruction on the property didn’t begin until this month. The plan is to gut the property's interior, then restore it to what it looked like in the 1920s, when Davis called it home (he was born on May 26, 1926).

In addition to providing visitors with an intimate glimpse at how the budding musician lived, including his connection to the city, Parks and Pearson plan to develop a host of educational opportunities for kids that will include music classes, obviously, but history and community stewardship programs, too.

“We’re looking to give our kids a little sense of home,” Pearson told St. Louis Public Radio. “That’s why we called this place HOME, House of Miles East St. Louis. So when you think of home you think not only about the front door and the back door, but the whole community.” 

HOME is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to complete the project, which they hope to open to the public in the fall. Think of it as the birthplace of the Birth of Cool.

[h/t Curbed]

Get an Early Peek at Winter With This Touring Snowman Sculpture

Fall’s nearly here, but winter-loving art fans can still get an early taste of their favorite season by checking out Snowman, according to artnet News. The playfully “frozen” sculpture is on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, on a sunny terrace, until October 15, 2017. After that, it's slated to make stops at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Created by Peter Fischli and the late artist David Weiss, who passed away in 2012, the frosty installation is encased inside a nearly 7-foot tall vitrine, with an extension cord plugged into the wall. Technically, it isn't a bona fide snowman: “A copper snowman is used as a base, and filled with cooler liquid, and the box is filled with humidity and builds out after four or five days," Fischli explained to The New Yorker. Still, it looks enough like a wintry backyard creation to pass for the real thing.

Not that the piece is intended to be nostalgic. According to the Art Institute, the warm-weather snowman—which was originally created in the late '80s to stand in front of a German power plant, which in turn powered the glass display case—was designed to "confuse hierarchies and values by creating systems doomed to fail," DNAinfo writes. We can't think of a better way to snap out of our pumpkin spice spells.

[h/t artnet News]

Coming to London Next Year: Frida Kahlo's Fashionable Clothes

In addition to being an artist and activist, Frida Kahlo—with her corsets, hand-embroidered silk skirts, and flower-adorned hair— was also a fashionista. Now, more than 60 years after the 47-year-old Mexican painter’s death in 1954, The Telegraph reports that the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is planning an exhibition dedicated to Kahlo’s eclectic sense of style.

Called Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe, the exhibition is slated to run in 2018 from June 16 to November 4. Highlights will include the artist’s trademark Tehuana dress as well as paintings like My Dress Hangs There (1933); and hand-painted plaster corsets, which Kahlo—who was badly injured in a traffic accident when she was 18— wore to support her weakened spine.

Together, these statement pieces “will explore the development of Kahlo’s style as an amalgam of traditional Mexican garments, fashion from Europe and beyond, and demonstrate how her wardrobe was expressive of the complex relationship between her Mexican and Western heritage,” according to a press release for the exhibit. The museum calls its pairing of her wardrobe and self-portraits "unprecedented."

A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo shows her from the shoulders up.
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Red and Gold Dress, 1941, Oil on canvas, 39 x 27.5 cm
© Gerardo Suter/ The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and The Vergel Foundation

In addition to Kahlo’s garments and accessories, the exhibition will also include personal items that provide context for some of the artist's sartorial choices, including orthopedic devices and medicines, prosthetics (Kahlo's leg was amputated shortly before her death due to surgery-induced gangrene), and photographs and letters.

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe is billed as the first exhibition outside Mexico to feature Kahlo’s clothing and personal items. After Kahlo’s death, her husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, locked away his late wife's belongings in a bathroom in their Mexico City home, requesting that it stay sealed until 15 years after his death. Rivera himself passed away three years later, but the room would remain shuttered far longer than his initial request. The Frida Kahlo Museum didn't began to catalog the hundreds of items inside until 2004. They’ve since been displayed within Mexico, but this will be their first appearance internationally.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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