Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial

I am so excited to take you to a new museum today! The Museum of Arts and Design, or the MAD museum, is a really cool place in a cool location. I love Columbus Circle, there are so many things to do in the area, from shopping to eating to visiting the MAD museum and Central Park is right there as well. It is not a far walk from 5th Avenue, and I encourage anyone who has not visited this area to make it a point on your next visit. 

Museum History

The Museum first opened its doors in 1956 as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, with an original mission of recognizing the craftsmanship of contemporary American artists. Nurtured by the vision of philanthropist and craft patron Aileen Osborn Webb, the Museum mounted exhibitions that focused on the materials and techniques associated with craft disciplines.

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In July 2014, the Museum of Arts and Design inaugurates NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, an exhibition that spotlights the creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. The first exhibition to be organized under the leadership of MAD’s new Director Glenn Adamson, NYC Makers showcases the work of 100 makers—highly inventive artisans, artists, and designers who create objects or environments through exquisite workmanship and skill. Exemplifying the Museum’s ongoing commitment to craftsmanship across all creative fields, the exhibition serves as a platform not only for makers who typically display their work in a museum setting, but also those who operate behind the scenes.

The 21st-century maker has flattened traditional hierarchies and escaped rigid categories of production through post-disciplinary practices and the innovative application of skill and technique. NYC Makers presents a sweeping cross-section of the cultural production of these inventive individuals, living and working within a single city. Makers were nominated by a pool of over 300  New York City-based cultural leaders and civic figures from a range of trades and disciplines, including museum curators, choreographers, academics, chefs, musicians, and journalists, with final participants selected by a jury led by Adamson and exhibition curator Jake Yuzna. From world-renowned cultural leaders to emergent enfants terribles, every maker selected demonstrates the highest level of skill in their respective field, whether by fabricating furniture or fashion; creating artworks, films, and architecture; inventing new possibilities for food; or reshaping educational and social gatherings.

The entry way was really quite gorgeous with lots of color which I just love  

You still have about a month to see this exhibit. This museum is such a fabulous place for those who are into any type of craft, art and design. Their gift shop has some really neat merchandise, many, one of a kind, makes for great gifts for friends and family back home. They are also the home of the most fabulous restaurant, Robert, with to-die-for views of Columbus Circle. You can visit the restaurant without going through the museum, but while you are there, makes sense to visit the museum as well and all it's amazing works of art.

NYC Makers
The MAD Biennial
July 1, 2014 to October 12, 2014

Museum Hours
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
closed Mondays and major holidays
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday's Quote of the Day for September 16, 2014

So miss Julia Child! This quote is so true, as foodies are the most amazing people! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday and that you enjoy something that tastes luscious!! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Met Museum Costume Institute's Spring 2015 Exhibit on Chinese Imagery in Art, Film and Fashion

Exhibition Dates: May 7–August 16, 2015
Member Preview: May 5-May 6
Exhibition Locations: Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center 
Press Preview: Monday, May 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

(New York, September 12, 2014)–The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition will be Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion, on view from May 7 through August 16, 2015 (preceded on May 4 by The Costume Institute Benefit).  Presented in the Museum’s Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, the exhibition will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, re-translations, and mistranslations.  In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

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“I am excited about this partnership between these two forward-thinking departments that will undoubtedly reveal provocative new insights into the West’s fascination with Chinese aesthetics,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Met.  “The artistic direction of acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will take visitors on a cinematic journey through our galleries, where high fashion will be shown alongside masterworks of Chinese art.”

In celebration of the exhibition opening, the Museum's Costume Institute Benefit will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Silas Chou will serve as Honorary Chair.  The evening’s co-chairs will be Jennifer Lawrence, Gong Li, Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and Anna Wintour.  This event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.  Additional financial support for the 2015 exhibition and benefit is provided by a group of Chinese donors.

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with fantasy, romance, and nostalgia,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in The Costume Institute.  “In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of ‘Telephone’–which the British call ‘Chinese Whispers’–designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a fantastic pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.”

Exhibition Overview
This is The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with another curatorial department sinceAngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion in 2006, a partnership with the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  Chinese Whispers will feature more than 100 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history.

The Anna Wintour Costume Center’s Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery will present a series of “whispers” or conversations through time and space, focusing on Imperial China; Nationalist China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s; and Communist China, with an emphasis on changing images of Chairman Mao.  These 'whispers,' and others in the exhibition, will be illustrated with scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai.  Distinct vignettes will be devoted to “women of style,” including Madame Wellington Koo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong May-Ling), and Empress Dowager Cixi.

Directly above the Anna Wintour Costume Center, the Chinese Galleries on the second floor will showcase fashion from the 1700s to the present, juxtaposed with decorative arts from Imperial China, including jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain, mostly drawn from the Met’s collection.  The Astor Court will feature a thematic vignette dedicated to Chinese opera, focusing on the celebrated performer Mei Lanfang, who inspired John Galliano’s spring 2003 Christian Dior Haute Couture Collection, ensembles from which will be showcased alongside Mr. Mei’s original opera costumes.

Designers in the exhibition will include Giorgio Armani, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen), Roberto Cavalli, Peter Dundas (Emilio Pucci), Tom Ford (Yves Saint Laurent), John Galliano (Dior), Jean Paul Gaultier, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Picciolo (Valentino), Craig Green, Ground-Zero, Guo Pei, Marc Jacobs (Louis Vuitton), Mary Katrantzou, Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Ralph Lauren, Ma Ke, Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen (Givenchy), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte), Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Isabel Toledo, Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Laurence Xu, and others.

Exhibition Credits
The exhibition, a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, coincides with the Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the Asian Art Department, which was created as a separate curatorial department in 1915.  Chinese Whispers is organized by Andrew Bolton, Curator, with the support of Harold Koda, Curator in Charge, both of The Costume Institute.  Additional support is provided by Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman; Denise Patry Leidy, Curator; and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator, all of the Department of Asian Art.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Wong Kar Wai will be the exhibition’s artistic director working with his longtime collaborator William Chang, who will supervise styling.  Creative production company 59 Productions (exhibition designers for David Bowie is at the V&A Museum and video for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony) will serve as the exhibition’s production designers.  The design for the 2015 Costume Institute Gala Benefit will be created by Wong Kar Wai and William Chang with 59 Productions, and Raul Avila, who has produced the Benefit décor since 2007.

“William Chang and I are pleased to be working in collaboration with The Costume Institute and the Asian Art Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on this exciting cross-cultural show,” said Wong.  “Historically, there have been many cases of being ‘lost in translation’–with good and revealing results.  As Chinese filmmakers we hope to create a show that is an Empire of Signs–filled with meaning for both East and West to discover and decipher.”

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A publication by Andrew Bolton will accompany the exhibition.  It will be produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and will be available in early May.  

A special feature on the Museum’s website,, provides information about the exhibition.  Follow us on,, and to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala benefit.  Use #MetChineseWhispers and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

September 12, 2014

Image caption: John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), fall/winter 1997–98. Photograph by Nick Knight, Nick Knight / Trunk Archive


Main Building

10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The Cloisters museum and gardens

10:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
November-February10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Both locations will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, and the main building will also be closed the first Monday in May.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Furniture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

My love for the Metropolitan Museum of Art is really huge. I have been going to this museum since I was little, and it seems surreal that I now attend press events here for the blog! I think taking children to museums when they are young, is a great way to introduce them to art right from the beginning. I feel the best part of the Met is there are so many different exhibits, it is easy to find something where everyone has an interest. I thought I would show you today some of the gorgeous furniture displayed at the Met. I was taken away by them while visiting recently, and felt you would really enjoy to see as well. 

Sorry for the blurr on this one but it was one of my favorites and I had to show you 

The gold detail was gorgeous and the painting was just so lovely as well 

Always try to make time when in the city for a visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wonders await you!!

The recommended fees below are just that, if you can only afford $10, they will accept that to visit the museum. They are one of the few that do this on a daily basis which I think is wonderful. Please try to pay the full if you can as it helps maintain the museum and bring new exhibits for everyone to enjoy.


Open 7 Days a Week
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.*
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.*
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May
Saturday evenings are made possible by the William H. Kearns Foundation.
*Galleries are cleared fifteen minutes before closing.


Fee includes admission to the Main Building and same-week admission to The Cloisters museum and gardens. There is no extra charge for entrance to exhibitions.

Seniors (65 and older)$17
Members (Join Now)Free
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult)Free

To help cover the costs of exhibitions, we ask that you please pay the full recommended amount.
As of July 1, 2014, advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 10 or more, and for any third-party guided tours, regardless of size.
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Today is the last day to enter the Outer Spice Giveaway HERE to make your dishes taste wonderful ! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats, English poet (1795-1821)

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