It was great to see this statue from a totally different perspective. Up close and personal with the 13 foot Columbus did not disappoint. One highlight was when an older woman knelled and peeked under the garment to find nothing but a crease in his trousers. The guard quickly responded to her disappointment – “well it’s 120 years old- probably fell off”.
Mad. Sq. Art presents three site-specific installations by Jim Campbell on view from October 21, 2010 through February 28, 2011 in Madison Square Park.
FAIL. I was expecting the installations to be interactive, like Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Park or more engaging like Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon. Instead I found 3 “site specific” pieces to be really static and time stamped.
Art Production Fund presents “White Ghost” by Yoshitomo Nara in two locations on Park Avenue. This public art installation coincides with the first Nara retrospective “Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool” at the Asia Society.
I’ve never been so torn! I promised to see the show with Tom – but here I was standing in front of the Asia Society on a Sunday afternoon without him. I walked into the lobby – only 10 bucks- thinking he would never have to know. I could just see it twice, right? Oh sweet temptation. In the end I resisted, cuz that’s how I roll. For today I was satisfied seeing the “White Ghost” installation on Park Avenue. Tom and I will H A V E to see this show soon.
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My weekend Netflix Instant Play Party continues!!!
HERB AND DOROTHY
Saturday started with Herb and Dorothy. A documentary that tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed, with very modest means, to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. This is how it worked: Dorothy’s salary was for rent, bills, and food and Herb’s salary was for buying art. !!! They had two requirements when purchasing art: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. It’s such a fantastic story of the Vogal’s shared passion and commitment that redefined what it means to be an art collector. I wonder if I could build one of the most important collections of “something” on my salary? Hmmmm?
THE ART OF THE STEAL
Sunday I popped in The Art of the Steal. Another documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. Barnes was an unusual collector. First, he displayed the collection in a way that expressed his own aesthetic vision rather than grouping canvases by artist or era as in a typical gallery. You might find a Picasso displayed next to an African mask. Second, he restricted attendance to the gallery because he was more concerned with educating serious students in his vision than reaching tourists. Third, he refused to loan paintings to other institutions.
Hurry and visit the Barnes collection in its original setting – at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. It is scheduled to move to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012.
So, who wants to organize a trip to Merion this summer?
Last month I got a key to the city.
This afternoon I opened my first lock in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. The opened padlock took us to The Baptistry, a gift from the descendants of Peter Stuyvesant, the last governor of New Amsterdam. I quickly noticed there were other doors (open and unlocked) leading to the Baptistry and it suddenly seemed a bit silly. Lets hope other sites are truly under lock and key.
The best part of the trip was an unexpected view of Keith Haring triptych, The Life Of Christ. It is a bronze and gold alterpiece based on a traditional Russian icon. It was Haring’s last work of art, two weeks before his death in 1990.
Poems & Pictures I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings and Other Cuttings
Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001
July 7, 2010 – September 11, 2010
Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed on Sundays
Went to the opening tonight with Sue ~ and what a joy. The exhibit focuses on how the art of cutting: pochoir (stenciling), relief printing, paper cutting, and other related techniques are used to convey content, form, text, and image. Don’t leave without a class schedule. Itching to take a letterpress class.
“The Feast” is a cross-disciplinary series of programs addressing social innovation and new ways to make the world a better place. Last night alldaybuffet.org hosted their second Feast Salon including leaders in the field of social change, high-impact entrepreneurship, and social product development.
Ami Dar // Idealist
Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Action Without Borders, the organization that maintains Idealist.org. Launched in 1996, Idealist is one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 55,000 organizations around the world, and over 40,000 visitors every day. Ami was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Peru and Mexico, and worked as a waiter, translator, and marketing manager at a software company before starting AWB.
Ari’s presentation focused on the idea of realizing the gap between our ‘good intentions’ and ‘our actions’. He referenced the ease of commercial ventures that have successfully closed the loop between having money and buying something. For example Amazon closes this loop with it’s one click purchases. So why can’t we do that? Especially with all that is available to us today, we should be able to do more. Sometimes we have a conflict between our gut and our head. His advice is to trust your gut – define a goal, agree on the goal, and work together. We need to align ‘what we feel is possible’ closer to ‘what we think is possible’. In order to do this he suggests changing the terms of our debates, “don’t focus on issues, focus on closing the gap (between our ‘good intentions’ and ‘our actions’).” He mentioned Freud’s narcissism of small differences where people tend to take pride from the “small differences” that distinguish us from others that closely resemble us. He used an example of a group of women rights advocates who come together and might get distracted on the differences among their particular missions. Our problems are connected but we aren’t connected and we need to change this.
Elmira Bayrasli // Endeavor
Elmira Bayrasli is the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Outreach at Endeavor, a New York-based non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Before joining Endeavor, Elmira was the Chief Spokesperson and Director of Press and Public Information at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. In 1994 she joined the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, working for then Ambassador Madeleine K. Albright.
Elmira started her talk with a simple request. When meeting someone for the first time don’t ask, “what do you do.” Instead ask “what do you like to do or what do you care about?” She challenged the group and said, “What do you do to make people happy? If you don’t – do something else!” She gave a personal talk about her efforts in trying to do good. She recounted stories about her days in Sarajevo where she found herself discovering a divide between what she thought was helpful and what the people of Sarajevo considered helpful. We think we are helping, but are we really? Her solution to this was to listen to the people you want to help.
Ben Kaufman // Quirky
Ben Kaufman is the 22 year old founder of Quirky, a newly launched web-based collaboration and decision-making platform. Born of simpler roots – Mophie, an iPod accessory company relying heavily on its customer base in the design and development process – and Kluster. He seeks to foster the same principals in these projects by engaging consumers to conceive, design, brand, and launch new products.
Ben Kaufman began his presentation with the statement that Quirky is the result of five years of failure. He pushed the idea that a lot of good things can come out of failure. One good thing he realized was that collaborative decision making was key to his new idea, Quirky.
Lesson 1: You need a lot of eyeballs. Consult as many people as you can with your idea/product development.
Lesson 2: Do what you want not what your investors want.
Lesson 3: People have ideas.
Lesson 4: People will pay for good ideas.
Lesson 5: Influence comes from a lot of places.