Gallery Mondays: Vintage Motorola Model 57CF AM Tube Radio

Vintage Motorola Model 57CF AM Tube Radio compass music and art center vt

Over the weekend I visited Vermont with my parents, and we stopped by the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon where I saw this beautiful pink vintage Motorola tube radio.

The radio is from the late 1950s, and comes with a clock on the left side. I just love how adorably retro chic it looks with the cute golden radio dials. I can so imagine a group of high school girls going down to the beach with one of these to play some tunes while they relax on the sand.

If you’re visiting the Rutland County area of Vermont, you should totally check out the Compass Music and Arts Center’s permanent Phonograph Rooms exhibit. There are loads more vintage audio and video stuff to see there, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Gallery Mondays: ‘Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015’

1958 Unbranded: A Century of White Women Hank Willis Thomas

I just got back to New York after a week of vacation, and I’m going to be really honest: I wish I’d stayed longer.

I love NYC and all, but the city stresses are already creeping back onto me.

However, looking at this piece from Hank Willis Thomas’ Unbranded: A Century of White Women reminds me that someday soon I’ll be on a beach somewhere sipping on something delicious like this 1958 blondie.

Soon.

Oh, and if you’re wondering where I went, you can find out tomorrow here.

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 @ Jack Shainman Gallery

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 by Hank Willis Thomas @ Jack Shainman Gallery on W 24th

Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 by Hank Willis Thomas @ Jack Shainman Gallery on W 24th

After reading about this exhibit in New York Magazine a few weeks ago, I made it my business to see Hank Willis Thomas’ “Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015” at the Jack Shainman Gallery.

My obsession for the culture of the 1920s and 1950s really made me appreciate this exhibit. Interestingly, all of these portraits are advertisements striped of the words that go along with them. I wish I could go back in time to see Thomas’ earlier exhibit of the same concept, titled “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968-2008.” I’m sure it was amazing.

The exhibit really makes you think about how different picture ads would be without words. They just look like normal pictures you’d see in a history textbook or on the wall in a nice house.

Not surprisingly, some of my favorites in the exhibit were ads from the 1920s and the 1950s. And also the ones that featured couples. Can’t help my hopeless romantic eye!

1. 1922 (left)

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Ahh, courtship ❤

2. 1953 (far right)

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Mary Kay cosmetics?

3. 1929

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Why do I feel so concerned about them falling?!

4. 1939 

In another life, I think I would have had a thing for sailors.

In another life, I think I would have had a thing for sailors.

5. 1948 & 1947 (left & second from left)

Doesn't the woman in the middle look a bit like Natalie Portman?

Doesn’t the woman second from the left look a bit like Natalie Portman?

6. 1938

I'm glad Amelia Earhart was included in this exhibit :)

I’m glad Amelia Earhart was included in this exhibit 🙂

7. 1958 (right)

Pour it up, baby! (Probably some sort of beer commercial)

Pour it up, baby! (Probably some sort of beer ad)

Can we expect to see a “Century of Men” anytime soon Mr. Thomas?

Be sure to check out this exhibit before it closes on May 23rd!

Episode Review: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Goes Noir for “Shadow Play”

SPOILER ALERT: WATCH THIS AMAZING BLACK AND WHITE EPISODE BEFORE READING!

Even after seeing the preview last week, I completely forgot that this episode of Pretty Little Liars was going to be 1950s film noir style! I was so absorbed in the search for proof of Ezra being part of the A team that it totally slipped my mind.

The transition into black and white begins with Spencer standing over the sink, another dangerous pill in hand, as she watches an old Humphrey Bogart film.

Gunshots are fired in the movie and Spencer covers her eyes in fear. When she opens her eyes she finds herself in a black and white world, dressed in fancy 1950s attire.

Everyone was dressed so nicely in this episode! The men looked extremely dapper and the Liars strutted their stuff in the most gorgeous 1950s couture. I loved Emily’s look the most, especially her shiny jewels.

Here are some of the highlights from “Shadow Play”:

1. Toby and Spencer are back together (for this black and white episode at least). He keeps trying to get Spencer to stop taking those pills to stay awake but she’s addicted.

2. Ezra’s freckles. During the scene where Spencer goes to rescue Hanna in 3B, Ezra gives Spencer a few words. It’s so hard to hate Ezra while his freckles are glistening in the chiaroscuro!

3. Alison jumps out of the paining. Just as Toby predicted when he saw the portrait of Alison on the wall, “It’s as if she could jump out and kiss you, or laugh in your face.” I think we can all agree that she did the latter during her scene with Spencer.

4. The most passionate lesbian kiss ever. Enough said.

5. Ali is a showgirl? When Hanna takes the other Liars to find where Ali’s been hiding, it turns out to be a dressing room filled with boa scarves, tons of makeup, and several vintage vanity mirrors. Burlesque, maybe?

The exciting black and white world gets left behind when Toby screams at Spencer “Don’t look at the book, look at the pages!” The car that Toby and the Liars are in crashes, a bright light flashes, and Spencer is back at home in color.

There are a few things I was sort of confused about in this episode, one of the main ones being Emily and Paige’s relationship. Since the episode is set circa 1950, does that mean no one knows about their sexuality? Do Hanna, Spencer and Aria even know? Although there is a scene where Emily and Paige discuss their fears on the subject, they do not mention if their closest friends are aware that they are lesbians.

Despite that one little detail, this episode did not disappoint. All the hype was totally worth it.

I cannot wait to find out how Aria discovers Ezra’s big secret next week!