Monday, February 23, 2015

Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural at the Met

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Imagine how inspiring your meetings would be if they were held in a conference room covered in colorful scenes depicting American history. Painted in 1930-31 to decorate a boardroom at the New School, the ten panels by Thomas Hart Benton currently on view at the Met show the United States through the 1920s, from the labor that fueled the nation to the advent of the railroad to the rise of the flapper and Wall Street big wig.

It's a marvel, of spatial relations, of murals, of being simultaneously critical and patriotic. We thought of a very different work of art as we strolled about the room, the poem "America," written by Allen Ginsberg several decades later: "America I've given you all and now I'm nothing . . . America after all it is you and I who are perfect not the next world. / Your machinery is too much for me. / You made me want to be a saint. / There must be some other way to settle this argument." 

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Thomas Hart Benton, America Today

Saturday, February 14, 2015

SCRATCHbread

Pecan sticky bun, SCRATCHbread

So, tomorrow's supposed to be the coldest day in two decades. No matter. Thanks to multiple trips to SCRATCHbread, in Bed-Stuy, we've got enough carbs to last us through spring. Easy. 

Chocolate orange scone, SCRATCHbread
  

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Reinier Gerritsen's The Last Book at Julie Saul Gallery

Reinier Gerritsen, The Last Book

Reading on the subway is an art form: it takes great skill and training to hold a book and turn the pages with the same hand while using your other hand to grip the pole and/or subtly push the idiot next to you who can't be bothered to take off his backpack full of bricks. Reinier Gerritsen's show The Last Book, at the Julie Saul Gallery through February 7th, celebrates these underground Abramovics. His photographs, combinations of multiple rapid exposures that bring everyone in the frame into focus, celebrate the diversity of the city's readers and show the still-astonishing ability of the printed word to make the outside world fall away. 

  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Trains to Montreal

Biosphere, Montreal

Plateau, Montreal

All dressed bagel with Nutella, St-Viateur, Montreal

Old Montreal

Luminothérapie, Montreal

Maple syrup, Marché Jean-Talon, Montreal

Habitat 67, Montreal

Plateau, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal

Poutine l'inferno, La Banquise, Montreal

Place d'Armes, Montreal

Old Montreal

Place d'Armes, Montreal

Monday, January 19, 2015

Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Bhavan grilled thali, Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Could there ever be enough South Indian restaurants in New York? Of course not; that's like asking if there could ever be enough cat videos on the internet. Adyar Ananda Bhavan doesn't break any new ground with its bhavan grilled thali (above, featuring a masala dosa, vegetable uttapam, and other assorted goodies), its South Indian thali, or its bhel poori, but all are tasty and filling and would be welcome in any (read: our") neighborhood. 

Royal Mumbai thali, Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Bhel puri, Adyar Ananda Bhavan

Monday, January 12, 2015

Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, at the Brooklyn Museum, presented the work of 35 artists or artist collectives currently working in and around Brooklyn. The results were easy on the eye and heavy on the whimsy.  

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

Crossing Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

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