The Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows continue their tradition of fantastical storytelling with a celebration of New York’s world-renowned cultural institutions. The 2017 windows, entitled “To New York With Love” capture the city’s appreciation for the visual arts, history, music, film and more by showcasing seven local organizations: American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Museum of the Moving Image, The New York Botanical Garden, New York Philharmonic, New-York Historical Society and UrbanGlass.
American Museum of Natural History:
In a sparkling, classical setting based on architectural features of the museum’s lobby, a band of bejeweled dinosaurs encircle their ringmaster, mesmerized by her luminous presence.
Museum of the Moving Image:
This window, with its eclectic visual references, pays homage to New York City in wintertime, to the history of filmmaking, and to the allure of mid-century Hollywood. A pair of icy film cameras flanks an extravagant Art Deco movie marquee, while a dazzling large-screen montage of black-and-white film clips adds visual motion. Spotlights illuminate the leading lady who awaits her cue.
The New York Botanical Garden:
As if in a dream, two gardeners rest in a surreal botanist’s library, amid a proliferation of soft-sculpture plant life. Trees, plants, and flowers have been hand-rendered in a variety of fiber arts by Burke & Pryde Studio, Brooklyn. The Latin nomenclature for the flora is presented in rich multicolored graphics. The effect is at once scholarly and psychedelic.
New York Philharmonic:
Standing before an astounding sculptural starburst of red neon musical instruments, a conductor leads her orchestra. The visual tempo accelerates dramatically toward a final flourish, and her audience demands an encore.
New-York Historical Society:
With a key to the city in hand, a tour guide presents a trove of New York City historical artifacts, both diminutive and monumental. This ensemble of vivid papier-mâché portraits and sculptures are actually witty reinterpretations of objects from the collection of the New York Historical Society, created specifically for this window by New York artist Mark Gagnon.
Four contemporary artists have been commissioned to create signature glass objects, which were fabricated at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. The works will be on display in a special Bergdorf Goodman Shadowbox window.
Brooklyn Academy of Music:
Four window vignettes in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store tribute to some of the art forms associated with historic Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): music, dance, theater, and film.
Video by Ernest Martin
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This video is about the 2017 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows inspired by classic NYC cultural institutions.