"Dressed to Kill: Glam and Gore in Theatre"
When:Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through June 5
Dressed to Kill explores the provocative pairing of glamour and gore in the theater. Drawing upon the McNays Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, this exhibition focuses on stylish seductresses and fashionable fiends that are among the most memorable characters of the musical stage. Designs for Mozarts Don Giovanni, Bizets Carmen, Puccinis Turandot, and Elton Johns Lestat reveal one of the great strengths of the Tobin Collection: suites of costume drawings for entire productions. Early in his collecting, Robert L. B. Tobin acquired Eugene Bermans costume sketches for the Metropolitan Operas production of Don Giovanni. That tradition continues today with the recent gift, from the artist, of Susan Hilfertys costume designs for the Broadway musical Lestat, inspired by Anne Rices novel Interview with a Vampire. Paired with costumes borrowed from theater companies themselves, the drawings reveal connections between theater design and haute couture. Robert Perdziola suggested Carmens character in a series of different fashion looksfactory worker, gypsy dancer, matadors favorite. Tazeena Firth and Timothy OBrien costumed the legendary Chinese princess Turandot and her court with bejeweled splendor worthy of a runway show.