Last night, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London held an opening reception for Mentoring Courtney Love: David LaChapelle and Courtney Love, an exhibit of drawn self portraits by Courtney Love inspired by the photographic work of David LaChapelle. Love and LaChapelle were on hand to unveil their works, as the exhibit contained a few of LaChapelle's photos as well.
My friend Carol and I arrived around 6:30, and were greeted with a good number of people milling around on the museum's first level. To our left was the wine and cheese portion of the reception, and we spent a few minutes enjoying a couple free beers and naturally ate a bunch of cheese. Once we realized we could not bring our beers upstairs to view the art, we returned to the wine room where we could over hear people detailing their experiences up stairs. It seems Love was speaking in the gallery just before we got there.
Then we ended up trapped in the reception room because Courtney came downstairs and 80% of the people on the first floor crowded into the hallway outside the reception room to try to snap pictures and crowd everyone's personal space. My friend Latanya managed to work her way up next to Courtney so she could get a picture with her. Courtney told her to hold on, she'd be right back, and then she ran into a side room, grabbed her coat and kind of ran out. It was pretty weird.
But now that the crowd had dispersed, we were able to head upstairs to see the art. Here are some photos I sneaked while checking out the gallery:
Here, in the middle of all those people, is Courtney Love's head:
In one of the other galleries was this inflated boob/butt thing wearing cowboy boots, but I of course was too mesmerized to snag a photo. It was pretty cool all in all. Love's show is up till Aug. 10, so go check it out if you're up that way.