in a benefit performance
The Fabric of My Life:
A Sartorial Autobiography
Sunday, February 10, 4-6 pm
At Dahesh Museum of Art Shop, 145 Sixth Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $25, $30 at the door, wine reception to follow
New York, New York- The Dahesh Museum of Art will present its first benefit event on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 4 to 6 pm, 145 Sixth Avenue at Dominick Street, one block south of Spring Street, just west of Soho in Hudson Square. The Fabric of My Life-A Sartorial Autobiography, a one-woman show by performance ar st and style icon Tziporah Salamon (tziporahsalamon.com), initiates programming by living artis inspired by the Museum’s19th-century art collection.
Tziporah Salamon is a New York City treasure. She has appeared numerous ￼ times in Bill Cunningham’s NYT columns, was featured in the fall 2012 Lanvin ad campaign, and in Advanced Style, a recently published book by Ari Seth Cohen that introduces readers to older, elegant women who are committed to dressing with idiosyncratic panache. People wave and smile as she rides her turquoise Bianchi through the streets of New York in one of her traffic stopping outfits, mixing an ￼ que and vintage pieces, exquisitely composed from head to toe. It’s as if she walked out of a Costume Institute vitrine, wearing museum-quality garments –from the 1800s to recent vintage –a living embodiment of the art of dressing. Her performance blends layers of personal, political, historical and aesthetic elements, giving the audience access to how her style evolved and why dressing is her art form.
According to Amira Zahid, founding Trustee of the Museum, “When we met Tziporah Salamon, we saw the Museum’s 19th-century aesthetic reflected in her multi-layered, carefully composed outfits, and were reminded of many canvases in our collection, especially in the lush color palette, unusual fabrics, and ethnographic styles, first depicted by European artists in the 19th century when they traveled to the East. That same jolt of visual pleasure, first experienced so long ago is made new again, and is something we want to share.”
Ms. Salamon agrees that the Museum is an ideal venue for her performance. “Years ago, I had the good fortune of discovering this gem of a museum, and it was a feast for the eyes: paintings of beautiful Oriental women bedecked in exotic and colorful garb; paintings that spoke to me of a bygone world, a world conjured to me as a young girl growing up in Israel; images in my mind’s eye as I read the stories of the Bible. It was an intoxicating pull for me, the same pull that lured me to live in Egypt for a year I now find in paintings in the Dahesh Museum of Art. I immediately felt at home.”