The Art of Scent at MAD

January 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Art of Scent at MAD
Olfactory art in an interactive salon!

I was at the Museum of Art and Design last night for an AIGA event which luckily was running late. So I had the opportunity to cruise up the stairs checking out, floor by floor, the exhibits. I was so charmed by the Art of Scent on the third floor. The interactive installation designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro was the major reason I loved this exhibit.

I walked into the room to see 12 rather beautiful depressions in the walls. At first they looked like organic space pods and then they looked like men’s room urinals. I chose to see them as pods. As I approached the wall a projection appeared displaying the title and explanation of the work. Looking around, I see other curious vistors placing their heads into the pods. Okay, what? I put my head in the rounded space, which triggered a slight mist of perfume. Yep, it was Drakkar Noir and then I immediately thought about an old college boyfriend, French Denis, who so sweetly picked me up at Charles de Gaulle and never said a word about my newly dyed “fire engine red” and newly permed hair and my little sister who “helped” me with the dye/perm job on comet view court in san diego and how I cried and dreaded going to Paris the next morning to see French Denis and meet his French family who smoked and seemed to only eat desserts. All that from one mist.

So go see this show. Museum is open to 9:00PM on Thursdays and Fridays. I suppose there might be less people milling about in the evening.



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Richard Serra Verb List

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ryoji Ikeda at the Armory

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

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The Hispanic Society of America

May 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Not sure what to do with your Summer Fridays?! I suggest you get your El Greco on and go to The Hispanic Society of America.
613 West 155th Street
Open Tue-Sat 10am-4:30pm; Sun 1pm-4pm

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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John Baldessari | Pure Beauty

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

John Baldessari: Pure Beauty
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hooray ~ I finally made the 15 min walk across the park to see the Baldessari exhibit. Thanks to @newyorkology for the heads up the exhibit was closing today. Got a few coat check pics- no photography in the exhibit.

Baldessari (b. 1931, National City, California) turned from an early career in painting toward photographic images that he combined with text, using the freeways, billboards, and strip malls of Southern California as his frequent sources. In his groundbreaking work of the late 1960s, he transferred snapshots of banal locales around his hometown onto photo-sensitized canvases and hired a sign painter to label them with their locations or excerpts from how-to books on photography. Throughout the whole of his career, Baldessari’s sharp insights into the conventions of art production, the nature of perception, and the relationship of language to mass-media imagery are tempered by a keen sense of humor. The exhibition brings together a full range of the artist’s innovative work over five decades, from his early paintings and phototext works, his combined photographs, and the irregularly shaped and over-painted works of the 1990s, to his most recent production. The exhibit was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with Tate Modern, London.

Great interview here

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