Of the many simple pleasures that we look forward to once the lockdowns are fully lifted, wandering through galleries and museums is definitely high on the list. Until then, thanks to institutions like MoMA and the Met, which have been offering virtual tours since March, many of us have been getting our cultural fix digitally.
Certainly, some shows were delayed until things are back in order, but in truth Glen Luchford is doing the opposite. The celebrated photographer, known mainly for Alessandro Michele's immersive Gucci advertisements, chose to have his new show digitally on view, so that everyone can try it from their homes.
Opening today, 1990-2020 Selected Works captures 30 years of photographs of Luchford, from his early years shooting Amber Valleta for Prada (when the world first came to notice) to his most famous campaigns with Kate Moss, Stella Tennant and Kristen McMenamy. Users will be able to explore the interactive show at their own speed or take a guided tour, as they would in the real world.
"For some time I have been meaning exhibiting elements of my work," explains Luchford. "Covid-19 made me think in different ways of showing work that can be viewed from isolation and during this period of ongoing social distance. Certainly, nothing can replace the sensory impact of wandering through a gallery or museum, but this virtual gallery gives me the opportunity to see the work in a space and look for as long or as little time as I want, and I'm very happy to be able to do it.
We were wondering how would virtual galleries of Andre Courreges or Thierry Mugler would look like back in the 70s if there was an ongoing lockdown and if the modern technologies of today would have been available back then?
The exhibition is open now on ArtPartner.com until June 30, 2020.