Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim Museum

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now. I don’t understand the title of this exhibition whatsoever, but I enjoyed the broad slice of Mapplethorpe’s work on display. Many pieces from The Perfect Moment that stirred up all that controversy in my hometown and my curiosity were on display.

The added bonus was seeing the museum again. Complex simplicity. As Thor mentioned, we’d seen two of the most significant pieces of architecture in America in the same day.

Notes:
1.) I forgot to post this on June 22 for some reason.
2.) I choose to make images black and white when color temperature is all over the place and want things cohesive, aka “artsy.”

The Center for Book Arts

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, the Center for Book Arts opened their doors for a poster printing session. Trying recall if I’ve ever turned the crank on a letterpress machine and I honestly have no idea.

They had three designs ready to go which relieved me somewhat. The original plan was to make your own message, but that would’ve been a logistical nightmare. This approach saved me from figuring out what to put on a sign when there are so many things that need to be said.

📸 Here we are with our prints.

Too fast to live, too young to die

Trips to New York can be overwhelming, there is simply SO MUCH TO SEE.

I’m trying to accept and enjoy all of it and ride these waves of inspiration. From monologues to movies, music and food, people watching, people moving, architecture old and new, the scaffolding, parks and of course, the museums.

I had dog eared this particular poster exhibit on my must see list and it did not disappoint.

The world needs more screen printed rock posters.

Such extraordinary light

Monday, June 24, 2019

Got a beer at the Stonewall Inn this afternoon with Thor, a bit of a pilgrimage you could say. We sat next to an incredibly kind woman and her husband. We exchanged hellos and and questions about where we were from and why we were in the city. She is from Orlando. Her name is Barbara. She mentioned a rally this Friday at Stonewall. The music was loud so it was hard to make out all the details.⁣

I asked for a photo when we left without knowing her full story.⁣

Found her bio later that evening: ⁣

Barbara Poma is the owner of the Pulse Nightclub, started Pulse as a clean beautiful place the LGBTQ+ community would be proud to bring their mother. Since the shooting, she has founded the @onepulseorg Foundation which is creating a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and endowed scholarships that open doors.⁣

⁣My heart leapt in my chest reading that.⁣

In darkness, there can be such extraordinary light. ⁣

There is love, and there are allies.⁣

It’s wonderful to know.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

An informative walk through the West Village with Oscar Wilde Tours and guide Professor Andrew Lear.

Above: One of the places Oscar Wilde lived while in New York.

Above: The Stonewall Inn, historic photo and now. (All the building with the orange banner is no longer part of the bar.)

Above: Part of Visual Impact 2019 at The New York City AIDS Memorial. More info about the installation.

Above: Also part of The New York City AIDS Memorial, where visual artist Jenny Holzer chose and arranged passages from “Song of Myself”, poet Walt Whitman’s transcendent celebration of hope, unity, and human dignity, which are engraved in the Memorial’s granite pavement.

The significance of this Art Deco building at One 5th Avenue? It was where Sam Wagstaff lived (in the penthouse, no less). He was an art collector with some significance:

After seeing the exhibition “The Painterly Photograph, 1890-1914” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973 and meeting Robert Mapplethorpe in 1972, Wagstaff became convinced that photographs were the most unrecognized and, possibly, the most valuable works of art.

It was the penthouse of this building that Mapplethorpe would create some of his most provocative work.

Unrelated to the tour, but beautiful antique tableware.

Thor at the corner of Christopher St. & Gay St.

Quad Cinema

This trip has turned into a mini-tour of Pentagram design. Their work for QUAD Cinema pushes so many good buttons.

Thor and I caught the Before Stonewall documentary because our hike of The High Line was cut off by construction closures. So we enjoyed some relevant history in air conditioned comfort and I finally got to see this case study of design come to life.

Vessel

It’s just Vessel. There is no article, like iPhone.

16 stories.
2,500 steps.
80 landings.

I have no idea what the structure means, but it was incredibly fun to explore the Escher-esque steps of this new landmark in Hudson Yards. It also activated a little bit of acrophobia… Going up 12 stories was more than enough for me, but every view was a treat, even with shaky knees.

Also a solid backdrop for selfies.

Looking up at Vessel upon entry.

A view of The Shed, a cultural and performing arts center next to the Vessel. It has a retractable shell that moves the enclosure to open up the space to the outdoors. It reminds me of the of the Sandcrawler from Star Wars with huge wheels along the base.

This photo isn’t that interesting, but just imagine how different this entire area will look in another few years. It has already transformed so very much.

Folsom Street East

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Super proud to work on the identity for Folsom Street East and enjoy the festival. It’s always a thrill to see work come to life. Extra wags for the pup that popped in this photo.

I did take more photos, they’re a bit risqué.