Friday, July 22, 2016

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Extended through September 5 at The Met

Exhibition Dates:
May 5–September 5, 2016 (extended from August 14)
Exhibition Location:
The Met Fifth Avenue, Robert Lehman Wing

(New York, July 7, 2016)—Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been extended by three weeks through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, opened to the public on May 5, and has drawn more than 350,000 visitors in its first nine weeks.

"With the transformation of the Robert Lehman Wing into a breathtaking cathedral to couture, we want to give as many people as possible the chance to experience this exhibition," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. "The show invites visitors to explore the artistry of over 170 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles. It is a wonderful way to discover the magic behind the making of fashion."

To date, the exhibition's attendance is just behind China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) andAlexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), the Met's fifth and eighth most popular exhibitions respectively, both of which were also extended. All three were curated by Andrew Bolton, now Curator in Change of The Costume Institute. China: Through the Looking Glass attracted 815,992 visitors in total, and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty drew 661,509.

Though the gallery space is slightly smaller than the China exhibition's footprint, Manus x Machinahas 30 more ensembles, and visitors from around the world have viewed it without waiting in line.

Museum Members will have early-morning private access to the galleries on Friday, July 15, and                                      Saturday, July 16, from 9 to 10 am before the Museum opens to the public.

On July 22, MetFridays: Extreme Measures (5–9 pm) will include a number of related activities, including a special Drop-in Drawing session featuring live models wearing clothing inspired by the exhibition, a wearable art-making program on creating extreme hair accessories, and a participatory nail art workshop.

 Originally scheduled to close on August 14, the exhibition explores how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It addresses the distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the changing delineation between the haute couture and ready-to-wear. The exhibition is made possible by Apple. Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
The exhibition is featured on the Museum's website, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #ManusxMachina

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Triangle Waist Fire 1911"

I have been watching a very interesting documentary about New York City. From it's beginnings to modern times. I wanted to know more about this city I love so much, and it's history.

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories, and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers.

Learning of this horrific incident made me rather sick, these poor women. Some of those who died in the fire were as young as 14 years old. Thank goodness in 1913 child and labor laws were made so this would never happen again. All those who lost their life in the fire were true heroes.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe Summer Selections

One of my favorite new places in the city is Paris Baguette. When I stayed at Hotel Giraffe, they actually had a location a few streets down on Park Avenue South which was great to pick up some items and take back to my hotel. Their savory items are very good, I actually had a salad, but the summer strawberry desserts were something I had to share with you! 

This is a very unique item, I have yet to try one but really want to. I love unique food items that I have never tasted before. The desserts you find here are always so gorgeous and fresh.  

Paris Baguette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stroll on the Upper East Side with Me

I know how many of you love taking walks with me in the city. This was my stroll after I visited the Charles James exhibit press preview. Being in the city on a Monday is nice because you really don't have as many crowds as on the weekend. How fabulous is this view?? It was a gorgeous day! 
A light breakfast at Sant Ambroeus is a MUST. Trust me, and I know that you do, make a reservation so you are not disappointed if it is really busy. 
When I look up, and see views like this, I just smile 
How gorgeous is this architecture? 
This amazing place is the Harry F Sinclair House, or the  Ukrainian Embassy on 79th and 5th As many times I have seen this in person, it is always a joy each visit! 
This door is extraordinary! And very, very large, too!! 
Another view looking up which makes you go WOW ! 
You have to appreciate all these gorgeous homes on the Upper East Side. In person, you can see the size and such detail in the work in such a fabulous way! 
Doors in New York City are always stunning. This one was really one of my faves for the day and I just had to share with you! 
In the summer, flowers abound outside most of the residential buildings 
The work on this door was just unreal. Beautiful. 
Details are never far from you when you walk around the Upper East Side. 

What a marvelous brownstone! Details all over the place here. 
I wish my home could have flower boxes as I find them so lovely. 

I hope you enjoyed this little walk with me around the Upper East Side. Be sure you add this amazing area to your "to do" list when you visit the city. It is a great area to just take your time, walk around and explore the beauty. 

Today's Words of Wisdom: "New York is not a city. It 's a world" - Unknown 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Diane Arbus Exhibition The Met Breuer Opens July 12, 2016

Major Diane Arbus Exhibition Exploring Never-Before-Seen Early Photographs Opens at The Met Breuer July 12
Exhibition Dates:July 12-November 27, 2016
Exhibition Location:The Met Breuer, 2nd floor

As part of the inaugural season at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning will open on July 12, featuring more than 100 photographs that together will redefine one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. This landmark exhibition will highlight never-before-seen early work of Diane Arbus (1923–71), focusing on the first seven years of her career, from 1956 to 1962—the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized, praised, criticized, and copied the world over.
The exhibition is made possible by the Alfred Stieglitz Society.
Additional support is provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

"It is a rare privilege to present an exhibition this revelatory, on an artist of Arbus's stature. More than two-thirds of these works have never before been exhibited or published," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. "We sincerely thank the Estate of Diane Arbus for entrusting us to show an unknown aspect of this remarkable artist's legacy with the camera."
Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs, added, "Arbus's early photographs are wonderfully rich in achievement and perhaps as quietly riveting and ultimately controversial as the iconic images for which she is so widely known. She brings us face-to-face with what she had first glimpsed at the age of 16—'the divineness in ordinary things'—and through her photographs we begin to see it too."
diane arbus: in the beginning focuses on seven key years that represent a crucial period of the artist's genesis, showing Arbus as she developed her style and honed her practice. Arbus was fascinated by photography even before she received a camera in 1941 at the age of 18 as a present from her husband, Allan, and made photographs intermittently for the next 15 years while working with him as a stylist in their fashion photography business. But in 1956 she numbered a roll of 35mm film #1, as if to claim to herself that this moment would be her definitive beginning. Through the course of the next seven years (the period in which she primarily used a 35mm camera), an evolution took place—from pictures of individuals that sprang out of fortuitous chance encounters to portraits in which the chosen subjects became engaged participants, with as much stake in the outcome as the photographer. This greatly distinguishes Arbus's practice from that of her peers, from Walker Evans and Helen Levitt to Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, who believed that the only legitimate record was one in which they, themselves, appear to play little or no role. In almost complete opposition, Arbus sought the poignancy of a direct personal encounter. 

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side, Coney Island, and other areas. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and Fifth Avenue pedestrians are among the most intimate and surprising images of the era. From the beginning, Arbus believed fully that she had something special to offer the world, a glimpse of its many secrets: "I do feel I have some slight corner on something about the quality of things. I mean it's very subtle and a little embarrassing to me but I really believe there are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them."
Nearly half of the photographs that Arbus printed during her lifetime were made between 1956 and 1962, the period covered by this exhibition. At the time of her death in 1971, much of this work was stored in boxes in an inaccessible corner of her basement darkroom at 29 Charles Street in Greenwich Village. These prints remained undiscovered for several years thereafter and were not even inventoried until a decade after her death. The majority of the photographs included in the exhibition are part of the Museum's vast Diane Arbus Archive, acquired in 2007 by gift and promised gift from the artist's daughters, Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus. It was only when the archive—a treasury of photographs, negatives, notebooks, appointment books, correspondence, and collections—came to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2007 that this seminal early work began to be fully explored. 
Among the highlights in the exhibition are lesser-known published works such as Lady on a bus, N.Y.C. 1957Boy stepping off the curb, N.Y.C. 1957–58The Backwards Man in his hotel room,N.Y.C. 1961, and Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. 1961, as well as completely unknown additions to her oeuvre, such as Taxicab driver at the wheel with two passengers, N.Y.C. 1956,Woman with white gloves and a pocket book, N.Y.C. 1956Female impersonator holding long gloves, Hempstead, L.I. 1959, and Man in hat, trunks, socks and shoes, Coney Island, N.Y. 1960. Included among the selection of six square-format photographs from 1962 is the iconic Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962, a photograph that signals the moment when Arbus turned away from the 35mm camera and started working with the 2¼ inch square format Rolleiflex camera, a format that remained a distinctive attribute of her work for the rest of her life. The photographs from her early career reveal that the salient characteristics of her work—its centrality, boldness, intimacy, and apparent artlessness—were present in her pictures since the very beginning. Arbus's creative life in photography after 1962 is well documented and already the stuff of legend; now, for the first time, we can properly examine its origins.

diane arbus: in the beginning is curated by Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Met.
Exhibition design is by Brian Butterfield, Senior Exhibition Designer; graphics are by Anna Rieger, Graphic Designer; and lighting design is by Laura Mroczkowski, Lighting Designer, all of The Met's Design Department. 
Catalogue, Related Installation, and Programs
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue which includes two essays: "in the beginning" by Jeff L. Rosenheim and "notes from the archive" by Karan Rinaldo, Senior Research Assistant. The book is published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press (hardcover; $50).
Accompanying the exhibition will be a gallery devoted to a selection of works by Arbus's predecessors and contemporaries, including August Sander, Lisette Model, Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, William Klein, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander. An adjacent gallery will feature photographs from Arbus's portfolio A box of ten photographs, which the artist produced in 1970 and 1971.
Education programs include a Studio Workshop: Portrait Photography on July 16 and 23; a Sunday at The Met on September 25; family tours and exhibition tours.
Education programs for the exhibition are made possible by Joseph M. Cohen and Nellie and Robert Gipson.
The exhibition will be featured on the Museum's website, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #dianearbus and #MetBreuer.
Following its presentation at The Met Breuer, diane arbus: in the beginning will travel to SFMOMA (January 21-April 30, 2017).

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