Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Georgia O'Keefe in Brooklyn

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum through July 23, 2017  is organized in sections that run from her early years, when O’Keeffe crafted a signature style of dress that dispensed with ornamentation; to her years in New York, in the 1920s and 1930s, when a black-and-white palette dominated much of her art and dress; and to her later years in New Mexico, where her art and clothing changed in response to the surrounding colors of the Southwestern landscape.

The final section explores the enormous role photography played in the artist’s reinvention of herself in the Southwest, when a younger generation of photographers visited her, solidifying her status as a pioneer of modernism and as a contemporary style icon.

It was an intimate visit with Georgia OK - I felt as if I was going thru her closets and shopping with Georgia at Marimekko.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland


Norman Kleeblatt's masterfully curated show of Charlemagne Palestine's vision is full of humor. Bear Mitzvah, at the Jewish Museum, is contemplative and bursting with a rainbow of color and whimsy.

The teddy bear’s invention in 1902 by an immigrant couple in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where Palestine was born has become a near obsession for the artist. The first bear was hand sewn by Morris and Rose Michtom as a tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt following his much publicized hunting trip during which he refused to shoot a bear cub that had been readied for his aim. The incident was popularized by the prominent illustrator Clifford Berryman’s cartoons in the Washington Post. The Michtoms, along with the rest of America, became fascinated by the story and thus dubbed the newly invented toy “Teddy’s bear.” The bear’s invention quickly became a commercial and media success

Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland, March 17 - August 6, 2017. The Jewish Museum, NY.

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK Birthday

                                                                                                   Gordon Parks

I was raised in Mobile, Alabama. Today, on Martin Luther King's birthday, I happened upon a Gordon Parks photo - a true miracle.  “Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, Mobile, Alabama,” (1956).  Mr. Parks has captured the feel and texture of that time in Alabama.

This photo was taken at the entrance of my family's department store.

Segregation Story: Gordon Parks continues at Salon 94 Bowery (243 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan) through January 17. Photos from the same series are currently also on view in Gordon Parks: A Segregation Story 1956 at Rhona Hoffman Gallery (118 North Peoria Street, Chicago) through February 20.