The Athenaeum presents ‘Zandra Rhodes: Some Artworks’ in La Jolla
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Field of Lilies (detail), 1988, from Zandra Rhodes: Some Artworks.
Field of Lilies (detail), 1988, from Zandra Rhodes: Some Artworks.

The Athenaeum is presenting “Zandra Rhodes: Some Artworks” exhibiting a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints, along with small items hand-painted and designed by Zandra Rhodes. All of these fabulous items will be for sale. She has been a lifelong friend of The Athenaeum and has previously featured several exhibitions here, which were “The Kaleidoscopic World of Zandra Rhodes” (1996), “Making Magic in San Diego” (2001), “Diving for the Pearls in San Diego” (2006), and “Verdi’s Aida Through the Eyes of Zandra Rhodes” (2010).

The Athenaeum is asking that people call and make an appointment because they can’t have a lot of people in attendance at once. They expect to show exhibitors around in small groups. Currently they have an exhibition about the pandemic and the protests at their branch in Logan Heights and this is also by reservation only.

The Athenaeum has scheduled local artists for the whole 2021 year and hopes they will be able to show exhibitions again by the beginning of the year. They also have their annual juried show and an exhibition concerning the Stuart Collection on the UC San Diego grounds. It is the 40th anniversary of the Stuart Collection and the 50th for the Geisel Library this year.

If you are not familiar with Rhodes, Sandra Maas just interviewed Zandra in her London home. Maas is a talented veteran journalist and newscaster and this was for her Trailblazing Women series with the Women’s Museum of California. This amazing interviewer gives you an in-depth look at Rhodes via zoom during her illustrious career and asked Zandra questions you have always wanted to know the answer to.

Questions such as what is your favorite accessory that you can’t live without? She said that it was jewelry by Andrew Logan and she held up one of his pieces that she was wearing. Another question was if you could dress anyone who would it be and what movie star would you like to dress? Take a peek at this interview for the answers to these and more questions, trailblazing-women-with-sandra-maas.

Zandra just recently celebrated a retrospective named “50 years of Fabulous” at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. It was due to open in Scotland this month but has been postponed until next year. Rhodes also just celebrated her 80th birthday after 50 years in fashion and has a launch scheduled in 2021 with IKEA. Some of the stand out achievements for Rhodes was being bestowed the title of Dame Zandra Rhodes by the Queen.

In addition to being a fashion designer she has designed the costumes for the opera: The Magic Flute, the costumes and the sets for the operas Pearl Fishers and Aida.

To make an appointment to view or purchase items in this exhibit, call 858-454-5872. Ask for Jocelyn from Monday-Thursday and Courtney on Friday.



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