Tuesday, August 22, 2017

“Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection,” At Cooper Hewitt








Fall Exhibition Brings 150 Avant-Garde Works to the Public, Showcasing the Limitless Potential of Jewelry Design
 

“Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection,” opening Nov. 17, celebrates the recent gift from the renowned collector to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. On view through May 28, 2018, the exhibition, co-curated by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and Cooper Hewitt, features 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets and rings, and traces radical developments in jewelry from the mid-20th century to the present. Works on view highlight jewelry design’s expressive and innovative achievements, ranging from works that make a political statement by eschewing silver and gold for industrial materials, to pieces that employ found materials to tell a personal narrative.

“It is with much gratitude that Cooper Hewitt has accepted this collection of modern and contemporary jewelry from a champion of the field,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the museum. “The Susan Grant Lewin Collection significantly expands the range and depth of Cooper Hewitt’s jewelry holdings to encompass the inventive approach of the studio jewelry movement and the impact of later groundbreaking conceptual and materials-driven contemporary jewelry design.”

The exhibition captures the diversity and achievement of modern and contemporary jewelry designers from Holland, Japan, Israel, the United States and elsewhere. Many of the pieces confront social, political or personal concerns using unconventional materials and techniques. Contained within a ring may be a history of the mathematical proportions of the Palladian villas of the Veneto, as in the case of Giampaolo Babetto. Within a bracelet may be a rejection of the cult of the precious, as seen in Otto Künzli’s “Gold Makes You Blind,” where an 18-karat gold ball is encased in a rubber bangle.

“I have been collecting jewelry for decades and it only becomes more exciting as the field of conceptual jewelry design continues to flourish,” said Susan Grant Lewin. “I meet designers from around the world, so the collection is international in scope. I like to find the leaders and innovators—the most experimental jewelry designers—and I am thrilled that Cooper Hewitt is exposing their revolutionary work to the general public.”

Highlights of the works on view include:
  • Intricate beading by 2016 MacArthur Fellow Joyce Scott, who depicts moments of sexism and racism and calls attention to their engendered violence
  • A silver and acrylic kinetic ring by Friedrich Becker, 1993, designed to axially rotate in response to the gestures of the hand that wears it
  • Ted Noten’s rejection of habituation and embrace of the unexpected, as seen in his 2003 pendant necklace, “Fred,” which encases a fly and a pearl in his signature cast acrylic
  • Kiff Slemmons’ narrative necklaces, including her 2008 piece, “Reliquary of My Own Making,” constructed of photographs that document her design process
  • The tongue-in-cheek, conceptual smoking instrument, “Manhattan Piece,” 1987, by Otto Künzli; a tubular design allows the wearer to exhale cigarette smoke through a brooch or button
  • Pioneering assemblage pieces that were the first to make curious whimsy out of the everyday, such as Ramona Solberg’s 1989 necklace featuring two dominos on a leather cord
  • Brooches and body ornamentation by American jewelry pioneer Arline Fisch, who applies an innovative technique of weaving metal
  • Abstract, painterly brooches from Thomas Gentille, who uses materials such as gold-flecked bronze, aluminum and eggshell inlay
  • A necklace made of coal and recycled paper feathers from Attai Chen’s “Compounding Fractions” series, 2010, which portrays decay as delicately beautiful
  • Work by Jamie Bennett, whose gold and enamel brooches act as canvases for abstract imagery reminiscent of vegetal Persian tapestries or paintings by Joan Miró
“Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from the Susan Grant Lewin Collection” is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, Helen W. Drutt English, and Kim and Al Eiber.

Public Programming
The exhibition will include a series of programs and workshops that explore topics in contemporary jewelry and how designers have revolutionized the field, including a two-panel afternoon symposium (Nov. 17), a jewelry workshop (Nov. 18) and a Tea and Talk with prominent jewelry collectors (Dec. 12). For a complete roster of events, visit cooperhewitt.org/events.

Publication
An accompanying 176-page publication, with an essay by Ilse-Neuman, will be published by Cooper Hewitt and distributed domestically by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. and internationally by Arnoldsche Art Publishers. Featuring hundreds of full-color illustrations, the catalog will explore the groundbreaking techniques and materials used by over 100 world-class jewelry designers, with their accompanying process statements. Retail price: $40.

Jewelry of Ideas: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection is made possible in part by the Rotasa Fund, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Gallery Loupe, Sienna Patti, William P. Short III, in memory of Nancy Jean Fulop Short, Helen W. Drutt English, and Kim and Al Eiber.
This publication is made possible in part by the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Publications Fund.

ABOUT COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Housed in the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansion, Cooper Hewitt showcases one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. The museum’s restoration, modernization and expansion has won numerous awards and honors, including a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, a Gold Pencil Award for Best in Responsive Environments and LEED Silver certification. Cooper Hewitt offers a full range of interactive capabilities and immersive creative experiences, including the Cooper Hewitt Pen that allows visitors to “collect” and “save” objects from around the galleries, the opportunity to explore the collection digitally on ultra-high-definition touch-screen tables, and draw and project their own wallpaper designs in the Immersion Room.


Cooper Hewitt is located at 2 East 91st Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City. Hours are Sunday through Friday10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden and Tarallucci e Vino cafe open at 8 a.m.Monday through Friday, and are accessible without an admissions ticket through the East 90th Street entrance. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Public transit routes include the Lexington Avenue 4, 5 and 6 subways (86th or 96th Street stations), the Second Avenue Q subway (96th Street station), and the Fifth and Madison Avenue buses. Adult admission, $16 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $18 at door; seniors, $10 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $12 at door; students, $7 in advance via tickets.cooperhewitt.org, $9 at door. Cooper Hewitt members and children younger than age 18 are admitted free. Pay What You Wish every Saturday6 to 9 p.m. The museum is fully accessible.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Pierre Hotel 2017

On a very HOT day in July, my friend and I visited The Pierre Hotel for afternoon tea. We had scored a groupon which was a very good deal including champagne. Champagne on the menu always makes me happy. 
The Two E Bar and Lounge is a very relaxing place to dine 

Catskill Smoked Salmon on Rye Bread, Balsamic Onions & Sour Cream
Portobello, Brie and Red Pepper Wraps 
Spiced Chicken Tartlet
Mini Lobster Rolls 
American Caviar & Buckwheat Blinis
English Cucumber with Dill Cream Cheese
Deviled Eggs Brioche Buns with Red Sorrel

Cranberry Scones
With Devonshire Cream, Raspberry Preserves and Fresh-made Lemon Curd
Walnut Cream Sugar Squares
Lemon Apricot Sandwiches
Chocolate Sand Cookies

Fresh Raspberry Tartlets
Red Cherry Financiers
Fresh Blueberry Tartlets
Grand Marnier Chocolate Madeleines
Coffee Opera Cake
Lemon Meringue Tarts
Coffee & Strawberry Macarons

I just love the bubbly! 
Our selection of scones, sandwiches and desserts 
Scones were very good, a bit tiny, but good 
I so prefer caviar with something like salmon or cream cheese than by itself between 2 blinis 
Little Egg Salad sandwich was tasty 
Such elegant food items! 
The salmon was with cream cheese and a balsamic onion 
The smallest lobster roll in the world! 
Curry chicken salad was quite tasty 

This mini wrap was quite good 
Since I have been doing so many Afternoon Teas in the city, this one is good but I don't feel worth the full price. If you can get the groupon for it, it is worth the money. I really prefer the tea at The Plaza Hotel and The Peninsula Hotel on New Year's Day was top notch. 
The Rotunda is a place where we would like to check out for brunch on the weekends 
The setting is just lovely and the menu looked very interesting 

The Pierre Hotel 
2 East 61st Street 


Two E Daily operational Hours: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Afternoon Tea Service: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Light Bites Menu: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
Live Jazz Performance: 6:30pm – 9:30pm every Thursday - Saturday


Two E Bar/Lounge - The Pierre Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Visiting the Brooklyn Flea

A few weeks ago, I finally headed to the Brooklyn Flea ......it had been on my "to do" list for ages so glad to scratch this off the list....this was my view from the bus heading to Brooklyn  

I am really thrilled they also opened a flea in Soho, and have that on my to do list to check out this fall ! 
It was a very hot day when we arrived......in the morning......I so prefer visiting this flea in the fall season 
look at these vintage cameras!! how cool !! this is one of the best flea's and started around 2008..... 
loved this for the dapper guys out there!! their website says they have about 125+ vendors but I thought it was smaller than what I was expecting.....this was the Sunday flea as they also have one on Saturday  
I loved this neat hanging lamp ....the colors were great and the design very interesting......You can purchase some really unique items here, no doubt !!  
just about anything you can think of vintage would be here as well as handmade jewelry and food items  
okay, these doughnuts were amazing! I can't even begin to explain but they were so light and fluffy...like eating nothing but air .....the food will be it's own separate post......... 
this reminded me of my mom's jewelry box...I hated the fact they were mostly clip and those clip earrings are quite the painful but oh so pretty !!  
this painting was really neat.....didn't ask the price but would love to hang in my home  
How cute is this guy?? Overall I enjoyed the experience, would like to go back when not as hot or in the winter when it is indoors so I can take the time to look more slowly. 
With views like this, we were not complaining too much.....it was nice to sit and relax and just enjoy a Sunday in Brooklyn, New York. 


Brooklyn Flea DUMBO
10am-6pm • Sundays
Manhattan Bridge Archway – 80 Pearl St.


Brooklyn Flea Soho
10am-6pm • Saturdays + Sundays
100 Avenue of the Americas and Watts Street (near Broome Street) 

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday "Statue of Liberty Arm 1876"


1876 The Statue of Liberty’s right arm and torch is put on display for the next 6 years in an effort to raise funding to complete the statue’s construction.

French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi had originally planned to have the statue ready for presentation to the U.S. on July 4, 1876, when the nation would be celebrating its centennial. Delays prevented that, however, and the work continued in Bartholdi's Paris studio. Still, the torch and giant right arm (the index finger alone is 8 feet long) had been completed and that part of the statue was shipped to Philadelphia, where it was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. Later that year, the arm and torch were sent to New York and installed at the northern end of Madison Square Park as part of a campaign to raise funds for the construction of a pedestal.

There it remained for the next six years and though the upraised arm with its golden torch was destined to become perhaps the most iconic symbol of freedom in modern history.

In 1885 fund raising efforts were at a standstill, until a push from Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the World garnered nearly 120,000 donations, enabling the completion of the pedestal and the assembly of the Statue of Liberty in place on Bedloe's Island.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Best Fall Activities in New York City 2017


I think I must say Fall is my favorite time of the year. I am not a fan of extreme heat and humidity, I just love the whole theme of Fall. New York City can be very hot in the summer months. I would tell any tourist that the best time to visit would be September and October. I am a huge lover of all the flavors of Fall as well, pumpkin anything makes me happy! I thought it would be nice to give you an idea of some of the best Fall activities in New York City. There are lots of great choices, for just about everyone. In no particular order, here is your list :

Fall Foliage - which is great in Central Park or on a sightseeing cruise to experience in the Hudson Valley.

Columbus Day Parade  - October 9, 2017 - The parade honors Italian-Americans' contributions to New York City and draws around million spectators and 35,000 marchers. The parade travels from 44th Street to 72nd Street and marching bands will perform along its length, and there's also a "red carpet" area between 67th and 69th Streets for stage acts—special passes are needed to get up close.

Fest of San Gennaro - The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from September 14, through September 24, 2017, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

Halloween - Fabulous parade in Greenwich Village as well as amazing decorations displayed in the Upper East Side and throughout the city

NY Comic Con - takes place in Javits Center October 5 - 8, 2017

US Open Tennis Tournament - in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park August 28 to September 10, 2017

Open House New York -  a five borough wide celebration of architecture and design will take place on October 14 to 15 2017. OHNY Weekend, which is becoming a New York City tradition, engages the public in the built environment by offering free access to hundreds of sites that exemplify New York City's diverse architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.

NYC Biking Tours - you can google NYC biking tours to see other companies as well

NY Fashion Week - to be held September 4 to 14, 2017 showing Spring 2018 collections - people watching near the shows is a great pastime if you cannot get a ticket inside!

The German American Steuben Parade - In 2017, it's 60th year takes place on Sept. 16th AND Oktoberfest in Central Park at East 72nd Street on Sept. 16th starting at 1:30pm to 7:30pm.

PLUS 1 more - Food Network Wine and Food Festival  -  This year’s 10th anniversary celebration is set for October 12 through October 15, and the events are slated to be bigger and better than ever. The cast of Chopped is kicking off the festival with a rooftop Smorgasburg event on Thursday, Oct. 12, while the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a longtime favorite event hosted by Rachael Ray, will take place on Friday night atop a Midtown Manhattan rooftop as well. On the weekend, it’s all about wake-up-worthy brunches, back-to-back Grand Tastings, featuring demos from chefs like Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, and late-night soirees under the stars.


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