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: “Trans…Chair” by the Campana Brothers

transplastic trans chair cooper hewitt campana brothers

Last Tuesday, June 12th, was the Museum Mile Festival in NYC, which many art and museum lovers know as the best three hours to be in on 5th Avenue in Upper Manhattan.

During the festival, a variety of museums along the 5th Avenue strip are free admission, including the MET, the Guggenheim, and The Jewish Museum. As you may have guessed, the smaller the museum, the less people can get in, so the line for the Guggenheim wrapped all the way around the block to Madison Avenue.

Needless to say, my friends and I did not bother waiting to get into the Guggenheim. Maybe next year.

We did get to visit the MET, Cooper Hewitt, and the Museum of the City of New York.

At Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, we came across this wicker chair called “Trans…Chair” by the Brazilian Campana Brothers (Fernando and Humberto). Part of a collection called TransPlastic, the chair is transformed with some interesting objects that have become attached to it.

This is one of those museum pieces you can’t just walk by and not stop to examine. I mean, come on, there’s a flip flop and a baby doll’s leg jutting out of the chair for crying out loud!

Learn more about the chair here.

Gallery Mondays: Peace

While strolling past a school under construction in East Harlem, I saw this adorbs crochet peace sign made of yarn on the fence.

Even though crochet reminds me so much of winter, this peace sign screams spring with its florals and vibrant colors.

I’m not sure who created it―much less if it was just one person or a combined effort―but I think it’s such a nice touch amidst all the scaffolding, dumpsters and construction tools on the site.

See the floral peace sign for yourself on the corner of Lexington Ave and 104 Street!

Gallery Mondays: Brigadier General William Mitchell & His Spad

Brigadier General William Mitchell Udvar Hazy Air Space Museum

Today we remember heroes like Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell.

I saw this sculpture of him at the Chantilly, VA Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in July last year. I think I was drawn to it because of the brigadier’s stance. He appears so poised and confident.

Born in France to a wealthy Wisconsin family, Billy Mitchell fought in World War I and was a huge advocate of military aviation. At the museum, he stands next to his Spad XVI.

It took me about two hours to figure out that this was a sculpture of Billy Mitchell because I took this photo at an angle that made the info display card wording blurry.

Bravo photography skills, Dana!

Anyway, I’m glad I took the time to investigate.

However, I’m still not entirely sure who created this sculpture, but it looks a lot like the Brigadier William Mitchell Memorial by Jerry McKenna in Colorado.

It seems I’ve got some more Google stalking to do.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and if you’re near the Steven Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia or DC you should totally check out the amazing aircraft on display!

Gallery Mondays: #25 by Wane Cod & Lucky Liz

wane cod lucky liz garfield graffiti

I turned 23 this past weekend, and it truly occurred to me how old I am when I just looked up when the last Garfield movie was released.

More than 10 YEARS AGO.

What even?!

Anyway, I see this truck by Wane Cod and Lucky Liz every time I run an errand for my boss near 32nd Street and Broadway in Midtown, NYC. On it, Garfield the fat cat looks cool as ever in a pair of dark shades against Cod’s infamous “WANE” stamp.

If this is #25, then I better start hunting for the other 24 trucks!

See more of Wane Cod’s work at www.waneone.com.

Gallery Mondays: Ribbonesia @ #ShindoUSA

ribbonesia shindo usa NYC

I walked passed Shindo USA in the Garment District of NYC today, and I came across this amazing fox by Ribbonesia made out of ribbon.

I can’t imagine how much patience it takes to make something like this, but it’s gorgeous!

I’m not sure if Shindo USA added the green tie to this fox, but it surely is a nice touch.

Ribbonesia is an artist duo that specializes in making cool ribbon art. See more of their work on Instagram!

Gallery Mondays: “Catching Lines” by James Yang

james yang catching lines mta subway art

I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry, they’re all there, even the S!

I saw this MTA subway art card for the first time back in March, and have continued to see it on various trains since then. Called “Catching Lines,” the piece was created by Brooklyn-based artist James Yang.

His inspiration for this piece came from overhearing people giving subway directions, the result sounding to him as a Jetsons-like world of train lines floating above New York City.

I’d totally be okay with having trains fly. Do you know how much faster I’d get to work every morning? I mean, unless the MTA figures out a way to make signal malfunctions a thing in the sky too, it could be pretty awesome.

I just have one question for James Yang: What’s with the R being the only line showing up twice?

See more of Yang’s art at www.jamesyang.com, and you can buy “Catching Lines” here.