BYU Museum of Art

Yesterday I found that I had a few free hours while I was up in Provo.  I decided to go to the BYU Museum of Art .  I'm so glad that I took the time to go.

Right now the main exhibit is of costumes from movies.  They had Jack Sparrow's pirate costume, Marianne Dashwood's dress from their lunch outside, Jane Eyre's wedding dress, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson's outfits, Christine's dress from Phantom of the Opera, and many more.  Most of the costumes were from period pieces.  They had information that described the process the designers and creators went through to make the costumes as authentic as possible, detail about what social status the wearer had depending on the type of fabric used or how it was embellished, and how anything that is on the outer layer (seen by the audience) has to be created by hand to make it as authentic to the period as possible.  The costumes are so close that you can see the extensive bead work and embroidery on many of the outfits.  Unfortunately they did not allow photography in that section.  Some of the embroidery was amazingly beautiful.  I would imagine that people interested in fashion would love to view that exhibit.  They did not allow photography in that area, so I don't have any pictures of the beautiful costumes to share with you.

The rest of the museum has rotating smaller exhibits. There was one about personal history and family history. One person had created a unique family history chart to keep track of their ancestors.  They used rice paper and put names on each little piece.  Then they started with one piece representing themself, then added two next to it representing their parents, then added more back for each generation.  This picture was the finished product.

Another interesting exhibit they had was about the Hindu religion and Vishnu.  They had quite a few art pieces with a history of the area, the art, and the religion.  They even had an interactive section with a video of their ritual of morning prayers, you could smell the incense they use, ring a bell, and see pictures of people in their culture.  It was a neat exhibit.

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