Let's Not and Say We Did: @Large

Let’s Not and Say We Did: @Large

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A visitor passes "With Wind," an installation by Chinese artist Ai WeiWei that is part of @Large: Ai WeiWei on Alcatraz - AFP Photo by Noah Berger

“With Wind,” an installation at @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz – AFP Photo by Noah Berger

Let’s Not and Say We Did is a new Babes At The Museum series that reviews art exhibits without actually attending them.

Why peel off your pajamas and physically drag yourself to a museum, when our eyeballs are so tightly fastened to our multifarious display screens that a noteworthy chunk of our art consumption and critique is absorbed through some of our favorite portals like Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

In this first installment, our bodacious ink slinger Marie-Clare Treseder Gorham ”attends” the Ai Weiwei’s @Large exhibit at Alcatraz and culls some of social media’s yays, nays, and whatevs to offer a glimpse into what people —who actually attended the show — are saying about the artwork.

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We Spent Halloween at the New Museum

We Spent Halloween at the New Museum

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Pari Dust at New Museum Halloween 2014 by Xavier Aaronson

Pari Dust bodaciously skeletal Gerard & Kely’s “P.O.L.E.” installation

 

Last Friday, the New Museum hosted an early evening Halloween party. They invited its members and handpicked je ne sais qui from NYC’s art, film and fashion circles. 

That day, I guzzled the Halloween Kool-Aid and got swept down a river of costume frenzy upon which I was swimming madly as a party-thirsty shark.

There’s something eerie and bemusing about creeping through a museum as overgrown children donning masks and temporary face paint bumble around the galleries.

There was a medusa, two Frida Kahlhos,  double unicorn action, a six-foot tall weed leaf, and a too-lifelike-for-comfort Bret Michaels. Far from dastardly, the ghoulish festivities were filled with well-mannered chatter and excited curiosity over each others’ elaborate and sometimes obscure costumes, all while surrounded by large-scale paintings by Chris Ofili and an installation by Lili Reynaud-Dewar.

I wouldn’t call it a rager but it was the snackiest of warm-up parties with the right kind of early evening punch to the sternum before heading into a long night leading into an early grave.

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Janelle at MoMA PS1

Janelle at MoMA PS1

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Janelle Anne Standing at MoMA PS1 photo by Xavier Aaronson
Finding the measure of a babe is as much about the intangible charms that light up an interaction as the clothes that keep them incandescent.

Janelle was leaving the museum just as we were entering it. She offered us a generous u-turn after asking if she’d join us on a whimsical stroll through the Maris Lassnig exhibition. Who would have known our brief encounter would be crowned with an impromptu tango.

Janelle is a writer and when the computer screen make her eyes feel like their melting, she punches bags until her hands hurt.

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Janelle Anne Dancing at MoMA PS1 photo by Xavier Aaronson

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Jennifer at Pace Gallery

Jennifer at Pace Gallery

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Jennifer Showstead at Pace Gallery for Tara Donovan

We spotted Jennifer completely engulfed in Tara Donovan’s razor-sharp fuzzball installation at the Pace Gallery. So engrossed in fact, she took a bow to acknowledge applause of Donovan’s ability to create a structure that changes your perspective as you navigate around its entire surface.

 


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Amber at Whitney Museum

Amber at Whitney Museum

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Amber Case at Whitney Museum by Madelyn Dressler

Museum wanderer Amber harmonizing swimmingly with Jasper Johns’ Three Flags in her snazzy Francine Dressler tee.

 


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Security Guard at Met Museum

Security Guard at Met Museum

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Security Guard photo by Jonne Kingma

Why is it that we love a man in uniform so much? (photo by Jonne Kingma)


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Rachel at MoMA PS1

Rachel at MoMA PS1

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Rachel Rector at MoMA PS1 with Marisa Lassnig photo credit Xavier Aaronson

 

In large, anonymous cities there are moments when being open to an unexpected stranger promises an encounter that’s routinely brief, largely banal and occasionally unforgettable. Rachel was one of those fortunate meetings that we have all too rarely but that linger with us for longer than we expect. It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and we crossed paths at the MoMA PS1 in Queens, NY. It’s hard to explain what lured us to her; it could have been her flourishing yet holed-up sweatshirt or perhaps her vibrant choice of lipstick, which contended well with Maria Lassnig’s intensely hued artwork. Only lasting a handful of minutes, our bracing interaction with Rachel was like a vivid blur. Soon after, she excused herself, explaining that she should hurry back to her studio, where she planned to use that day’s museum stimulation to work on some new designs for her lingerie label. (photo by Xavier Aaronson)

 

Rachel Rector at MoMA PS1 with Marisa Lassnig photo credit Xavier Aaronson

Rachel Rector at MoMA PS1 with Marisa Lassnig photo credit Xavier Aaronson

 



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Sam at Lu Magnus Gallery

Sam at Lu Magnus Gallery

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Samantha Giordano (founder and designer of Dolores Haze) photo by Ashley Lake

 

Samantha Giordano is a NY-based designer and founder of the freshly launched women’s label Dolores Haze. Her prep-school meets garage-grunge style caught our radar while she walked past a piece by Emily Noelle Lambert at the Lu Magnus gallery in New York’s Lower East Side.  What we liked about her casual demeanor and cute frock was that neither were screaming for attention and yet they both made us come to a full, slack-jawed tire screech halt. When not modeling her designs for gallery-goers, the Columbia and Parsons grad is hustling between her home in Chinatown, sketching in her studio in Bushwick, meeting with seamstresses in Manhattan’s garment district, and sourcing fabrics in London’s garment district. (photo by Ashley Lake)

 

 


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Pari at MoMA PS1

Pari at MoMA PS1

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Pari Ehsan with Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1 photo by Xavier Aaronson

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pari is kind of like our muse.  On her own blog, she’s taken the intersection between fashion and art to another level by putting her own stunning twist to dressing for the arts.

Pari pairs her style with the exhibition she plans on visiting. Last weekend, we stretched our own rules that narrow down who we babe’out with. Instead of bumping into some art-gawking style maven by chance encounter, Pari and I actually scheduled a rendezvous at the MoMA PS1. 

I’m not proud of our code-breaking orchestration but sometimes you gotta bend the law for an opportunity to achieve something exquisite. And in this case, Pari is too ill for the law. 

(photos by Xavier Aaronson)

Pari Ehsan with Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1 photo by Xavier Aaronson

Pari Ehsan with Korakrit Arunanondchai at MoMA PS1 photo by Xavier Aaronson

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Tara at AMNH

Tara at AMNH

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Tara Chacon of Soft Lit at AMNH photo by Sam Deitch
At the heart of the Rose Center for Earth and Space in the American Museum of Natural History is a babe with a crepuscular style that beams like a ray of light. Her name is Tara. During our visit, she tried to sneak into the Planetarium but was unsuccessful because museum guards take their jobs very seriously (and bless their sweet hearts for doing so.) Instead, the closet cosmologist, decked out all in black, let us take some quick pics of her walking along the spiraling pathway that surrounds the astro theater dome. 

 

Tara Chacon of Soft Lit at AMNH photo by Sam Deitch
When Tara’s satisfied her cravings for astrophysics, she’s spends her talents making music and flexing her pipes. She’s one half of Brooklyn electronic-pop duo Soft Lit and also a member of the party fun disco dance ensemble Motion Studies. Her latest jam is called “Ocean King” and it’s just one of the many excellent songs coming out of the kaleidoscopic label GODMODE.

And if you haven’t heard of Motion Studies, then I urge you to correct that deficit and to check them out live on Wed, April 9th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. (photos by Sam Deitch)


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Anaël at Holon Design Museum

Anaël at Holon Design Museum

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Anaël Peguine at Holon Design Museum photo by Sarah Peguine of Oh So Arty

 

Simplicity always wins.  After a brief tour of the Free Wheel bicycle exhibition at the Holon Design Museum, the sprightly Anaël comes gunnin’ straight for us camera with her perfectly paired getup.  The beautiful bending architecture you see in the background is  a creation by museum designer Ron Arad. Here’s to a sublime start to the Spring. (photo by Sarah Peguine)


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Marlene at Guggenheim

Marlene at Guggenheim

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Marlene Matha at Guggenheim photo by Xavier Aaronson

 

Marlene Matha at Guggenheim photo by Xavier Aaronson

 

Style is much like a sword that is sharpened over time. Marlene was a charming staff member who had the most elegant touches we’ve ever seen at the Guggenheim. Here she is photographed during her shift, lookin’ straight gorgey. (photos by Xavier Aaronson)


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