The Origin of Love poster

Thursday, June 27, 2019

I had made a poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s Origin of Love show in Australia last year, sharing stories and songs from Hedwig to raise money for his mom’s healthcare. Alzheimer’s is a beast.

When he said he’d be doing the show a year later in New York I enthusiastically put it on the calendar. I hadn’t realized it’d be in the swirl of Pride month and proximity to Folsom Street East.

So everything fell into place for this trip and I’m extremely grateful. As the date drew nearer, I wanted the artwork to be committed to ink on paper and enlisted the help of DIY Printing to make a traditional poster. Aaron made it pop with rich red and silver inks.

I went and saw the Saturday show and it was excellent to hear the stories from Stephen Trask and John about the journey to Hedwig. The night would have many special moments: real-time overhead projections by an artist to the side of the stage, and a rousing rendition of Dance This Mess Around with Lena Hall, Miriam Shor and Amber Martin.

Standing ovation.

Super Funland

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Museum of Sex was having a few interesting exhibitions: one related to punk artwork and another with photography by James Bidgood. Both were solid, but the part I really enjoyed was their new Super Funland area. Less for the content, more for this trippy corridor.

These dioramas in the waiting hallway were pretty great too.

Poster House

We’re not done with posters yet on this trip! A brand new museum dedicated to showcasing design, advertising, and the history of posters opened less than a week ago in Chelsea.

Poster House kicked things off with two exhibits and some of the most fun interactive components I’ve experienced in a museum. I was particularly fond of the work by cyan.

In this interactive bit, probably intended for kids, you can see how CMYK panels come together and form an image.

I normally bristle when I see interactive screens, but these “make a poster” workstations helped me understand color theory, stylistic eras and concepts. Plus also? It was fun!

You could even jump in front of a green screen and inject yourself into a poster. (I think Rachel is holding a large bottle of wine above.)

Count the water towers

I didn’t have a single slice of pizza during this trip. It was tremendously hard to resist, but I’m trying to be very particular about carbs and added sugars because pants. That also meant no donuts and regulating ice cream to a sample.

But the allure of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese was far too great. I had a grilled cheese and tomato soup which, even on a hot day, was delectable.

Hand lettering beats a vehicle wrap by one million percent.

Miley billboard

It’s a coworking space, it’s a coffee shop, it’s a restaurant, it’s a store! It’s THE FUTURE.

Count the water towers

Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim Museum

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.