JR, in sharp focus

The first major North American exhibition of works by French artist JR will open Oct. 4 at the Brooklyn Museum.

WAG’s September fashion-themed issue will include a feature on “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion,” a retrospective on the famed fashion designer that continues through Jan. 5 at the Brooklyn Museum.

We were invited to tour the expansive exhibition during the press preview and ever since, have been considering going back to savor it all again.

We now have an additional reason to make that return visit since the museum has announced it will be presenting the first major North American exhibition of works by French artist JR.

“JR: Chronicles,” featuring the artist’s most iconic projects from the past 15 years, will also mark the premier of a new “monumental mural,” as described in advance materials, called “The Chronicles of New York City.” The mural features more than 1,000 people who were photographed and interviewed in New York City during the summer of 2018.

The exhibition will fill more than 20,000 square feet of the Museum’s Great Hall from Oct. 4 through May 3, 2020 and is curated by the museum’s Sharon Matt Atkins, director of Exhibitions and Strategic Initiatives, and Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian curator of photography.

Sawyer, also in advance materials, notes that, “Over the past two decades, JR has emerged as one of the most powerful storytellers of our time. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement and street art, his collaborative public projects have allowed participants to choose how they would like to be represented in both their communities and the global media.”

And if the name JR is familiar, perhaps it’s because you were as charmed as we were by “Faces Places,” the award-winning 2017 documentary that chronicled JR’s “road-trip” project through rural France with director Agnès Varda, who died in March of this year.

For more, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

– Mary Shustack

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