Rainy Day

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts
Fri, March 25 – Wed, March 30, 2011
Park Avenue Armory – presented by the American Folk Art Museum

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety …

“My husband asked me what I wanted. I told him, two things: something I had never seen before, and a gift for New York City. I thought, one thing I’ve never seen is these quilts all at once.” So began the installation of Mrs. Joanna Semel Rose’s six hundred fifty-one red and white quilts. Truly amazing sight to see. Wonderful patterns – spiraling through the cavernous Armory. I’m not really into quilting but I was totally into this show. Go see it!

Her views on collecting are notable and interesting– “I’m not a collector.” “We used to say I’m an accumulator, but I’m a treasure hunter. A collector is always bettering what he has. I only have accumulations of things.”

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Bill Cunningham New York | Film by Richard Press

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tonight’s the night! I’m an avid reader (and watcher) of On the Street, who isn’t? So I’m looking forward to catching the documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, at Film Forum tonight. Playing through Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

ABOUT THE FILM
(from zeitgeist films)
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

Film Website

NPR Review: Bill Cunningham: A Humble New York Skirt-Chaser

NYT Review: Capturing a ‘Look at Me’ Milieu With Impish Modesty

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