Gallery Mondays: ‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ by Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare Wind Sculpture (SG) I

I had some more internet troubles after my last post, so I wasn’t able to blog for a little while, but now I’m back with a long awaited Gallery Mondays!

I saw this piece a few months back while running for the M5 bus near Grand Army Plaza on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The vibrant colors caught my eye, and ever though I couldn’t tell exactly what the sculpture was, I knew it would be worth stopping (and almost missing my bus) for.

Called Wind Sculpture (SG) I, the sculpture was made by Nigerian- British artist Yinka Shonibare. It features an intricate shape, meant to resemble African fabric blowing in the wind. The fiberglass sculpture stands quite tall at Grand Army Plaza, and its vibrant colors make it very hard to miss.

When I first saw the sculpture, I thought it was a giraffe dancing on one leg. Maybe it was the height, or perhaps the orange color?

Either way, if you’re around the Central Park East area, definitely check this sculpture out. It’s on view until October 14, 2018!

Learn more about Wind Sculpture (SG) I.

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Gallery Mondays: Macy’s Flower Show 2018 NYC

macy's flower show 2018 once upon a springtime

I probably would have completely forgotten about the Macy’s Flower Show this year had I not walked toward the lower 30s on Broadway to go shopping last week. I’m glad I did, because the displays are phenomenal this year!

With its “Once Upon a Springtime” theme, the show manages to incorporate fantasy, medieval culture, and fairy tales into its enchanting floral arrangements. I was awestruck when I saw all the magic displayed before my eyes.

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There were so many people walking in and out of the cottage and castle displays that I couldn’t stick around long enough to take proper photos. I ended up making a u-turn on the way out to make sure I got enough shots of the displays I liked from different angles. Here are some of my favorites:

The Spring’s Castle Garden had ginormous purple mushrooms! I never get excited about mushrooms, but these were so gorgeous and almost alien-looking among the flowers that they caught my eye.

 

There were even some macabre elements featuring skulls as hanging flower pots.

Even a few costumed interpreters were dispersed across the ground floor to take photos with visitors. I’m sure they get quite the work out over the two weeks of this show while posing with tourists.

My two favorites are the hanging fairy tale book with pages floating above the escalators and the knight in the window display outside.

Nothing better than a good book and a strong knight to start out the spring season!

Be sure to check out the Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square, NYC or over in Chicago or San Francisco before it closes on April 8th, 2018!

Gallery Mondays: “The Fall” by Anja Niemi

anja niemi the fall she could have been a cowboy

The Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is exhibiting some pretty intriguing art lately, so I could not resist stopping by to check out She Could Have Been A Cowboy by Norwegian photographer Anja Niemi.

The exhibit features several photos (among other cowboy-themed photographs) of a woman in a blonde wig that covers her face. In some of the photos, she’s pictured in cowboy getup. In others, she’s in a pink dress or other feminine garments. When she’s dressed as a cowboy, she looks alive, moving her body in different ways. However, when she’s dressed in feminine wear (or sitting in the bath unclothed) she appears sad and still. The exhibit reminded me of the unhappy and unfulfilled 1950s housewife.

Of all the photos, “The Fall” stood out to me the most. The woman in the blonde wig is standing in the middle of the desert with a lasso in hand, wearing her sleek cowboy attire (loving the neutral pink-ish tan and brown palette, btw!), her body captured in a pose I guess one would strike if they were falling backward gracefully.

What is she falling from, though? There’s no horse in sight, so it must be something figurative. Is she falling back to into a reality where she’s not a cowboy, but instead a dreary housewife who has just taken off her sad pink dress to sit sulking in the bath?

Maybe I’m reading this wrong. Regardless, Niemi gives us some interesting material to think about this Women’s History Month.

Catch the exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery before it closes on April 14, 2018!

Gallery Mondays: Michael Jackson Eating Popcorn

Michael Jackson eating popcorn thriller bet museum of meme

For the BET Social Awards last month, BET had a fun Museum of Meme in Soho, NYC that I couldn’t miss checking out.

While several of the pieces were quite funny, the meme featuring a painting of “Thriller” singer Michael Jackson stuffing his face with popcorn in a movie theater (essentially inspired by the meme that stemmed from this) with two real theater seats stationed underneath really got me.

It’s brilliant.

The art card description next to the meme, titled Michael Jackson Eating Popcorn, features a quote from Dave Chapelle: “He wrote a Thriller. Thriller.”

I just thought it would be appropriate for Oscar Monday with its film themed humor, so, enjoy!

Learn more about the Museum of Meme here.

Gallery Mondays: Dogs at Fabiane’s Place by Tom Bob

#tombobnyc #fabianesplace

I was walking to South 4 Bar in Brooklyn for a Sob Sisters meeting that Ada Calhoun invited me to this evening when I stumbled upon this lovely street art next to Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry Shop by Tom Bob (@tombobnyc on Instagram).

As if the dogs of NYC weren’t cute enough, now there’s six little pups immortalized in street art outside a cute Williamsburg cafe.

Tom Bob depicts the dogs against a New York City skyline with a red house behind them featuring a yellow bird on top. Very Charlie Brown-esque.

It’s little things like this that make me love stepping outside of Manhattan, even if just for an hour or two.

P.S. I think my favorite is wide-eyed Indigo, who appears to be a tan poodle!

See more of Tom Bob’s work on Instagram.

 

Gallery Mondays: Marble sarcophagus lid with reclining couple

Marble sarcophagus lid with reclining couple MET museum 5th ave

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, so I figured it would be fitting to have some couple-themed art on this week’s Gallery Mondays.

I saw this lovely ancient Roman sculpture of a reclining couple on Museum Mile Day last year while visiting the Met Museum on 5th Avenue in NYC. The sculpture is from the Severan period (specifically 220 AD). I actually went back to the Met this weekend but the section of the museum where this piece is exhibited is roped off, so you can’t get too close to it anymore.

Made of marble, the couple, who are supposed to symbolize water and earth, rests on a sarcophagus lid. The face of the woman is said to have not been finish because her husband died before her.

Heartbreaking.

When I first saw this, I thought that this was basically the ancient version of Netflix and chill. Like, come on. Tell me that pose isn’t similar to the way couples rest on the couch or bed for a Netflix session.

The Met has plenty more romantic sculptures like this one, so if you’re looking for a date idea that isn’t Netflix and chill, you should totally head there for a day at the museum with your boo!

You can still enjoy a your Netflix and chill after you get back home, though 😉

Learn more about the sculpture here.

Gallery Mondays: “Sea Dreams” by Peggy Mach

sea dreams peggy mach babylon library

I’ve been to the Babylon Library a handful of times while back home in Long Island, but I’ve never stopped to take a proper photo of this sculpture in front of the building.

Called “Sea Dream” the sculpture was created by Peggy Mach and donated to the Village of Babylon in 1983. In it, a boy sits barefoot on a ledge with a book in his lap, staring out into the void.

I love how blissful the look on his face is. He must be having a wonderful day dream about whatever book he’s reading.

Speaking of, what book is he reading? The scrawls on the book cover aren’t really legible.

I guess I’ll never know.