This post is almost cruel to write.
I just barely made it the the New Museum’s amazing “The Generational: Younger than Jesus” show on its very last day, but it was just too good to keep to myself.
The theme was simple: artists from around the world aged 33 and younger. Unlike the Whitney Biennial, which concentrates on America’s new art talent, this inaugural triennial is a worldwide view of the next generation of artists. And in my opinion, every three years will not be enough.
The exhibit was a fascinating indication of our times. A cacophony of themes: war, violence, government corruption, materialism and social media. I missed Ryan Gander’s white track suits embroidered with blood stains worn by the attendants, but I definitely didn’t miss the installation of a woman asleep on a bed in the middle of the gallery. She didn’t move an inch. It was fun to stand nearby and see the looks on people’s faces as they circled the bed not noticing the sleeper until … surprise! a person’s in there. I later learned that Chu Yun’s piece is made up of the materials: “female participant, sleeping pill and bed.” No wonder she didn’t move.
Here’s a run-down of my favorite moments in exhibit:
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Tagged Elad Lassry, Gutherie Lonergan, Katerina Seda, Liu Chuang, Matt Keegan, New Museum, New York, Ryan Trecartin, Shilpa Gupta, Stephen G. Rhodes, The Generational: Younger Than Jesus
The newly opened High Line park is part of the return-to-nature going in New York with parks, green markets and cloth bags everywhere.
Architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the only architects to ever win a MacArthur “genius” Award) and landscape architects James Corner Field Operations designed a heavily planted and interesting promenade. Aside from some benches and a few double-wide wooden recliners, there isn’t much sit and hang space. It’s more of a stroll and view — and what a view.
Who knew New Jersey could look so good.
I love the idea of being just a few stories above the city. Close enough to see, smell and hear it all but in a removed, tranquil spot.
The project took 10 years: two area residents formed the Friends of the High Line in 1999. In June Section 1 opened from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 2oth Street in Chelsea, between 10th and 11th avenues. Continue reading
After a bike ride to the Fort Greene’s Brooklyn Flea on Saturday I was darn parched so I rolled up to these fine ladies doling out exotic tonic and got myself a frosty glass of … hibiscus tea!
The taste: Slightly sweet, a bit tart, a little cranberryish. Perfect at $2.
The Effect: People drink hibiscus tea all over the world, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s sometimes used as a mild medicine and it’s been found to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Even better.
Goodbye to our adorable but small-for-Richmond 1,000-square-foot house
and hello 500-square-foot, third-floor-walkup apartment in Brooklyn.
(Half the size and twice the price!)