Gallery Mondays: Macy’s Flower Show 2018 NYC

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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!

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Gallery Mondays: “The Fall” by Anja Niemi

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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

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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

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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

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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: ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ #MLKDayofService

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On this sunny Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I volunteered with City Year New York at Patrick Henry Prep (PS/IS 171 Manhattan) to paint this book cover of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in one of the school’s stairwells for #MLKDayofService.

I was invited to help out with #MLKDayofService by my guy, David. He served with City Year in 2015-16.

As soon as I saw the outline for The Fault In Our Stars in the stairwell we would be working in, I immediately knew I wanted to work on it for the day. I haven’t read the book, but I love John Green, and yes, I’ve seen the movie adaptation.

Now, David and definitely are not Picassos, but I think we did a pretty good job with this. Some other books that were painted as murals in the stairwells included Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Maya Angelou’s I Know Where the Caged Bird Sings. Other community service projects for #MLKDayofService involved painting college pennants, putting together health and hygiene packages, and more.

I’m really happy that the students at PS/IS 171 will come back to school tomorrow to find inspiring artwork to look at throughout the day. I know I would have loved it as a kid.

Learn more about City Year, and check out NBC’s news video that features footage of the day’s volunteer work at PS/IS 171.

P.S.: David and I are in the auditorium scenes!

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Gallery Mondays: ‘Happy City’ by Peter Sis

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Happy New Year!

I snapped a pic of this giant eye-shaped subway art at 86th Street on the 4, 5, 6 line last January. The piece is part of Czech-born artist Peter Sis’ Happy City.

From afar, this simply looks like a blue eye, and probably nothing more. However, if you get closer to it, you’ll notice a few intriguing details.

The first fun detail about this eye-shaped art is the fact that it’s outlines with the New York City skyline. In the blue sclera of the eye, there are a bunch of stars shining, which leads me to believe it represents the sky or a reflection of the night sky in a river or something.

Finally, there’s the part surrounding the iris, which features a few animals such as a pig, unicorn, and duck. There’s also a compass in the pupil.

I’m not sure what this all means, but to me it’s a sign to look closely. Things might end up being more than they seem in 2018.

Learn more about Happy City.