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travelandleisure.comThe Royal Wedding May Be Over, But London’s Gallery Scene Is the Real Reason to Visit This SummerFor fashion and design lovers, a quartet of style-minded exhibitions make this spring the perfect time to explore London. At the Design Museum, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier.” At the Fashion & Textile Museum, “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern.” At the Victoria & Albert Museum, two sartorially centered shows: “Fashioned from Nature” and “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.”
history.house.govGreat Britain’s Gift of the Magna Carta to the United States | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn this date, a U.S. congressional delegation to Great Britain received a gold-embossed reproduction of the Magna Carta in honor of the bicentennial of the United States. In an elaborate ceremony at Westminster Hall in London, the British Parliament bestowed a replica of the Magna Carta to House and Senate leaders, including Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma, House Majority Leader Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Massachusetts, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana. Considered the seminal document in British constitutional history and a major inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence, the original Magna Carta, signed by King John of England in 1215, called for restrictions on royal authority and outlined a series of rights which became the foundation for common law. “Nothing could be more symbolically important to the people of the United States,” Speaker Albert concluded upon receiving the document on behalf of the delegation and the U.S. Congress. “Had there been no Magna Carta in 1215, there would have been no Declaration of Independence in 1776.” In a continued celebration of the common roots shared by Great Britain and the United States, representatives from England traveled to the Capitol on June 3, 1976, to present Congress with an additional gift: a one-year loan of the oldest-known original copy of the Magna Carta. During the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, Speaker Albert called the gesture “the most significant part of our Bicentennial celebration, because it means that our Capitol will house, out of the generosity of the British Parliament, the most important single political document in the long history of the English-speaking nations.” After one year on display in the Rotunda, the prized document returned to the British Museum and was replaced with the replica given to Congress in honor of the Bicentennial.
cooperhewitt.orgGlass Rods, Like Slices of Candy, Add Color and Depth | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design MuseumTo celebrate the opening of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color (May 11, 2018-January 13, 2019), Object of the Day this month will feature colorful objects from the exhibition. This vase by Anzolo Fuga, was created using clear glass (cristallo) which was decorated with vertical rods of opaque white glass (lattimo) and multi-colored murrine. Murrine are colored patterns or images made from a glass cane, essentially a long thin rod, whose pattern is revealed when the cane is cut into thin cross-sections. Murrine can be made in infinite designs from simple circular or square patterns to complex arrangements. Canes are created by forming molten glass into rods stretched to long lengths and to varying degrees of thickness. Intricate patterns are created by carefully assembling many different colors of cane and fusing them together to obtain the desired effect. The technique for making this colorful, free-spirited glassware was developed on the Venetian island of Murano, a centuries