Detroit museum to host traveling ‘Star Wars’ exhibit

Detroit museum to host traveling ‘Star Wars’ exhibit


The Detroit Institute of Arts is preparing to host a traveling exhibition of “Star Wars” costumes that explores the artistry behind their creation.

The exhibit, “Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” features more than 60 costumes including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, droids and others. It’s scheduled to run May 20 through Sept. 30.

More than 150 pieces and sketches documenting the creative process also are part of the display. The museum’s director, Salvador-Salort-Pons, says the exhibition “allows visitors to explore the creative processes behind the art of costume design.”

The costumes are from the first seven “Star Wars” movies. Videos showing designers and actors also are part of the display.

Sesame Place theme park staff trained in autism awareness

The Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania has been designated a certified autism center, with staff trained in autism sensitivity and awareness by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

The credentialing board is an industry leader in autism training for professionals and educators. Sesame Place is the first theme park to receive the board’s certification.

Sesame Place added information to its website for parents such as a sensory guide that explains how each attraction might impact a child with sensory processing issues.

The park is also opening two quiet rooms on Sesame Island with adjustable lighting.

One of Sesame Place’s walk-around characters is Julia, a Sesame Street Muppet with autism.

The park, located in Langhorne outside Philadelphia, opens April 28 for the season.

Baltimore exhibit will feature art of filmmaker Waters


An exhibit set to open later this year at the Baltimore Museum of Art will be the first major retrospective of filmmaker John Waters’ art in his hometown.

The exhibit on Waters – best known for the movies “Hairspray” and “Cry Baby” – will open in October and run through early 2019.

“John Waters: Indecent Exposure” will feature more than 160 photographs, sculptures, sound works and video he’s created since the early 1990s.

The art museum said in a news release that the exhibit will be organized around themes of popular culture, the movie industry, the contemporary art world and the artist’s childhood and identity.

Exhibit looks at history, influence of French parks


Just in time for spring, a section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been transformed into a sort of 19th century palm garden encircled by colorful galleries featuring still lifes, landscapes and other works – complete with Parisian-style signage and park benches – that trace the history of French parks and gardens.

The exhibit makes a case that France’s parks and gardens, particularly their dramatic transformation under Napoleon III, had a huge impact on art, horticulture and the concept of outdoor leisure.

“Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence,” on view through July 29, consists of 175 paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books and even period watering cans and gardening tools.

Associated Press