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JEROME ROBBINS AND NEW YORK

“My beautiful city is set on rock between two flowing paths of water that run to the sea. My city is tall and jagged—with gold-slated towers… My city chokes on its breath, and sparkles with its false lights—and sleeps restlessly at night. My city is a lone man walking at night down an empty street watching his shadow grow longer as he passes the last lamp post, seeing no comfort in the blank, dark windows, and hearing his footsteps echo against the building and fade away.” — Jerome Robbins

Admired, disparaged, beloved, feared, Jerome Robbins (1918–1998) was one of the great choreographers of the twentieth century. Arthur Laurents told Robbins he was “a shit” for naming names as a “friendly witness” for HUAC. (Robbins feared being exposed as bisexual.) Yet Laurents continued to collaborate with him, most notably on West Side Story. (Stephen Sondheim, the show’s lyricist, said that Robbins was one of the only geniuses he’d ever worked with.)

Through his work with the American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, and on Broadway—On the Town, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof, to name just three shows among dozens—Robbins was indelibly associated with his home base and muse: Manhattan.

A new exhibition curated by Julia Foulkes marks Robbins’ centenary and his lifelong celebration of the city, and includes dance films and videos, diaries, paintings, story scenarios, press clippings, and extensive photographic documentation.

VOICE OF MY CITY—JEROME ROBBINS AND NEW YORK

Through March 30.

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City.

From top: Sharks and Jets dance in West Side Story, on tour in Europe in the early 2000s; the original Fancy Free cast—Muriel Bentley, Janet Reed, Harold Lang, John Kriza, and Jerome Robbins—in Times Square in 1958, with photographer Gordon Parks leaning over his tripod, courtesy the Jerome Robbins Dance Division/The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; Mikhail Baryshnikov in the New York City Ballet production of The Four Seasons (1979), choreographed by Robbins; Antoinette Sibley rehearses Afternoon of a Faun with the choreographer, photograph by Michael Childers, courtesy Dance Magazine; Damian Woetzel and Tiler Peck dance Robbins at Kennedy Center, 2017; Carmen de Lavallade, Robbins, and Yves Saint Laurent—photograph by Whiteside—and Robbins in 1944, both courtesy Dance Magazine.

DENEUVE’S SAINT LAURENT

They met in 1966 on the set of Belle de Jour—each making indelible contributions to Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece—and the following year she was the first to wear the designer’s “le smoking” tuxedo.

In the decades that followed, the relationship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent bridged friendship, creative expression, and commerce—she was his greatest ambassador.

For Thursday’s live auction at Christie’s, the star has emptied her Normandy closets of over 120 YSL couture pieces. (An online auction the day before will focus on prêt-à-porter.)

CATHERINE DENEUVE

YVES SAINT LAURENT—

DE MODE ET AMITIÉ

Thursday, January 24, at 2:30 pm.

Christie’s

9 avenue Matignon, 8th, Paris.

From top:

Helmut Newton (foreground) photographing Yves Saint Laurent and Catherine Deneuve in 1981. Photograph by Bruno Bachelet/Paris Match via Getty Images. Image credit: Christie’s.

Deneuve at Saint Laurent. Photography credit: Botti/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images.

Above, from right: Zizi Jeanmaire, Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, and Elsa Martinelli at Saint Laurent, 1967. Image credit: Getty Images.

Below: Saint Laurent and Deneuve, 1968.

OLIVIER MEYROU’S CÉLÉBRATION

Documentarian Olivier Meyrou was imbedded within the house of Yves Saint Laurent from 1998 to 2001, the designer’s last years at the maison he founded with Pierre Bergé. Unsurprisingly, neither of the principals was in top form during these years of final decline, and—displeased with the results—Bergé suppressed the commercial release of the footage.

Since his death all legal barriers have been cleared, and the paradoxically titled CÉLÉBRATION opened this week in Paris.

CÉLÉBRATION

Through November 20.

MK2 Beaubourg

50 rue Rambuteau, 3rd, Paris.

MK2 Parnasse

11 rue Jules Chaplain, 6th, Paris.

Q & A’s with Olivier Meyrou at Beaubourg on November 15 and 20.

Stills from Célébration. Image credit: Hold Up Films.

ANTONIO LOPEZ

“Antonio didn’t record—he rendered.” — Joan Juliet Buck

ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970—SEX, FASHION & DISCO—an exquisite time capsule directed by James Crump—takes viewers back to the would-be golden age of the early 1970s for an exploration into the lives of artist Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) and his personal and creative partner Juan Ramos (1942-1995) as they navigated the art and fashion worlds of Manhattan and Paris.

With the flashy exuberance that characterized Antonio’s life as well as his drawings, the documentary features extensive on-screen interviews with Antonio discoveries Pat Cleveland, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, Patti D’Arbanville, Jessica Lange, and Corey Tippin.

Editors Grace CoddingtonJoan Juliet Buck, and Bob Colacello explain Antonio’s various entanglements within the distinct yet overlapping Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld “families,” and the late photographer and Lopez-Ramos confidante Bill Cunningham walks away with the film, giving the last word on Lagerfeld’s final betrayal and Oscar de la Renta’s heroism.*

ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970—SEX, FASHION & DISCO

Through Thursday, October 4.

Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

 

Through Thursday, September 27.

Laemmle Playhouse, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

 

Post-screening Q & A with director James Crump, Corey Tippin and artist and Lopez estate-director Paul Caranicas

Friday, September 21, at 7:30 pm.

Laemmle Royal

theantoniolopezbook.com

bookdepository.com/Antonio-Lopez-Instamatics

* See Alicia Drake, The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris for an in-depth look at the Antonio LopezJuan RamosKarl Lagerfeld saga.

From top:

Antonio Lopez in Paris, 1970. Photograph by Bill Cunningham.

Corey Tippin, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, and Jay Johnson in Paris, 1971.

Lopez in the Jardin du Luxembourg, 1971. Photograph by Juan Ramos.

Cunningham and Lopez. Photograph by Ramos.

Jessica Lange. Photographs by Lopez.

Lopez, Tippin, and Jordan.

Image credits: The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, and Film Movement.

GARDEN OF MEMORY

Curated by Mouna Mekouar, GARDEN OF MEMORY is an “ongoing conversation” exploring “bodily communication and intimacy” between the poet and painter Etel Adnan, the sculptor and collagist Simone Fattal, and the theater artist Robert Wilson.

Music by Michael Galasso—played under Wilson’s reading of Adnan’s poem “Conversation with My Soul (III)”—provides an additional element to the exhibition.

GARDEN OF MEMORY

Through September 16.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Rue Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle, Marrakech.

Robert Wilson on Pierre Bergé.

Top and below: Garden of Memory installation views, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. Images courtesy the museum.

Above: Simone Fattal, YSL, 2015, collage. Image courtesy of the artist and Balice Hertling.