(Columbia, SC) – The Columbia Museum of Art is thrilled to announce the upcoming exhibition, Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, a captivating exploration of the 13-year friendship and creative collaboration between the late Lee Alexander McQueen and French photographer Ann Ray. On display from Saturday, October 7, 2023, through Sunday, January 21, 2024, this major fashion and photography exhibition, curated and organized by Barrett Barrera Projects, invites viewers into the intimate world of two artistic icons.
McQueen continues to endure, inspire, and fascinate, and this exhibition gives rare access to be up close to a designer who transcended the world of fashion. The intimate portraits Ann Ray captured of her friend reveal genuine moments of the designer’s creativity, strength, vulnerability, and individualism, giving viewers authentic moments of the person versus the persona.”Jackie Adams, CMA Director of Art and Learning
About the Exhibition:
Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous delves into the profound bond shared between the late British designer Lee Alexander McQueen and French photographer Ann Ray. The exhibition showcases over 60 photographs taken by Ray between 1997 and 2010, providing an intimate glimpse into McQueen’s design process and the behind-the-scenes magic of his runway shows. Alongside these images are garments gifted to Ray by McQueen over the course of their 13-year collaboration.
The exhibition also features over 50 spectacular McQueen pieces from Barrett Barrera Projects’ collection, the largest private collection of McQueen’s work, and the owner of Ray’s complete McQueen photographic archive. Together, these elements weave a narrative that unveils the intertwined artistic journey and genuine friendship of this iconic duo.
About the Artists:
Lee Alexander McQueen, born in 1969, revolutionized modern fashion with his avant-garde designs and expressive runway presentations. His legacy endures through the iconic pieces and conceptual depth he brought to luxury fashion until his untimely death in 2010.
Ann Ray, a multidisciplinary French artist, filmmaker, and author, began her career working for Givenchy in Japan. Her artistic viewpoint, influenced by Japanese culture, laid the foundation for her 13-year creative partnership and friendship with McQueen. Her works have been exhibited globally, and she continues to contribute to the arts on an international scale.
Exhibition Sponsors and Supporters:
The exhibition is organized and produced by Barrett Barrera Projects, with generous support from Haute Couture Sponsor: Generous anonymous support to celebrate the extraordinary life of Joe Blanchard; Platinum Sponsor: Melissa Blanchard; Gold Sponsors: Joyce and George Hill; Silver Sponsor: Cool Care Heating, Air, Plumbing & Refrigeration; Bronze Sponsors: Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges, Truist, Barbara B. Boyd. Benefactor Sponsors include Joseph Bruce, Toni Elkins, Sandy and Sam McGuckin. Media Sponsors: Grace Outdoor, WXRY 99.3 FM. Grantors include City of Columbia, Experience Columbia SC, Richland County Government, South Carolina Arts Commission, Discover South Carolina.