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The CF To-Do List: October

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from Paris to NYC – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

Courtesy of Palais Galliera

Coco Chanel Retrospective

The city’s foremost fashion museum, Palais Galliera, has hosted many a memorable exhibition in its day – think Givenchy, Lanvin, Balenciaga and others of their ilk. Following a two-year renovation, the Palais Galliera is reopening to the public with a blockbuster retrospective on… drumroll… Coco Chanel. With over 350 dresses, accessories and jewels on view (plus a room, devoted to Coco’s trademark scent Chanel No. 5) Gabrielle Chanel, Fashion Manifesto is sure to beguile its fashion-hungry visitors. Relaunching with an exhibit that traces the career and fashion catalogue of the woman behind one of the world’s most pre-eminent labels, it seems Palais Galliera is back with a boom.

Courtesy of Christie's

The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman

Two words. Jayne Wrightsman. The American philanthropist, and fine- and decorative-arts collector, was the doyenne of New York society in her day. Of all her attributes, the arts patron was perhaps best known (and most praised) for her exquisite sense of taste – her grand apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue can be summed up simply as “legendary”. Following Mrs. Wrightsman’s death last year, Christie’s is presenting an auction of 210 decorative pieces from her iconic home, which will be sold to benefit her ongoing philanthropy. A connoisseur’s collection of Old Master paintings, sculptures, European furniture, Chinese ceramics, carpets, and more feature in Wrightsman’s lots which go on sale at Christie’s New York location on 14 October.

Courtesy of Apple TV+

On the Rocks

This comedic drama starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, oozes with star power. Jones stars as Laura, a writer who becomes suspicious of her husband’s busy work schedule and frequent travel. Cue a New York City wide game of cat and mouse – the mouse being her husband, the cat(s) – Laura and her larger-than-life father Felix (Murray). Generational differences between Laura and Felix bring about certain obstacles and the marital detective work soon detours into other territories. A charming, funny, bittersweet watch that makes a real case for subscribing to Apple TV+.

Death of England: Delroy

Clint Dyer and Roy Williams’ new one-person play Death of England: Delroy comes to The National Theatre. It follows on from Death of England, a play which was staged at the National’s Dorfman Theatre earlier in 2020 and starred Rafe Spall. In the theatre’s first production since lockdown, the 90-minute one hander will be performed by Giles Terera (of Hamilton fame), who plays Delroy (the best friend of the protagonist from the first play). Exploring what it’s like to be a working-class black man in the UK today, the play explores the truth and confrontations of one man’s relationship with Great Britain.

Courtesy of TIFF

I Am Woman

Unjoo Moon’s bio-portrait of the Australian vocalist, Helen Reddy, begins in 1966, when single mother Reddy (Cobham-Hervey) leaves her home in Australia, hoping to find success in the music industry in New York. A nuanced story of stardom and setbacks follow. Primarily, the film focuses on the definitive work of Reddy’s career and explores how the film’s titular song – the 1970s hit I Am Woman – took on a life of it’s own and became the anthem of the feminist movement. One worth seeing on the big screen.

© Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman at the Fondation

Over 300 of Sherman’s photographs are now on show at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, including some previously unseen works by the performance artist. The major retrospective – a version of which was originally staged at London’s National Portrait Gallery last summer – traces Sherman’s output from 1975 to 2020, in which the artist transforms herself into a host of characters and figures for various series. Alongside the extensive exhibit of Sherman’s own work, Fondation Louis Vuitton presents a concurrent exhibition entitled Crossing Views, featuring portraits from the foundation’s own collection, selected in collaboration with Sherman. Artists like Andy Warhol, Louise Bourgeois, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Gilbert & George are included in the exhibition, each drawing parallels between Sherman’s own practice of interrogating identity and character through portraiture.

Grace Jones, NYC, 1970s. Photograph by Anthony Barboza

Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio

Painting a multifaceted portrait of the iconic musician, Grace Jones, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio focusses on themes of race, gender and performance (concepts interwoven with her eclectic identity). The exhibit departs from the iconic singer’s career and her collaborations with artists, designers, photographers and musicians to question black image-making and gender binarism as well as both performance and the performance of life. Alongside historical background and contemporary views of Jone’s image-making, the exhibition also delves into stage design, music and fashion. Presenting itself as an alternative way to write and tell art history, the display crosses between fan-fiction, study and biography. Magical musings abound.

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