today in the LES

Saturday May 30, 12–6 PM

One hundred cultural and community groups will come together to share their ideas through hands-on workshops, performances, tours, and exhibitions—all free to attend!

Street Program
One hundred organizations from Lower Manhattan will take over the neighborhood and transform it into a city of ideas, with performances, installations, walking tours, and more.

NEW INC and Deep Lab: Deep Dive Showcase
Showcasing the results of their weeklong residency at NEW INC, Deep Lab will present new research, interactive projects, walking tours, and a hackathon.

ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion
ETH Zurich will bring a cutting-edge artifact of the future to the East Village: a pavilion created from waste materials.



With the opening of the new Whitney Museum some people have mentioned to me they don't  feel welcome. They find art museums as pretentious and expensive. Art museums exist for the public so no one should feel this way. Many museums regularly have "pay as you wish" and  most have regular weekly free nights in order to make everyone in the community feel included.

Do not ever feel like you don't know enough about art to visit a museum. when visiting any museum enjoy the work while respecting it.  Always ask before taking photographs and NEVER use a flash or physically touch the work.  The oil from our hands as well as flash photography weakens the archival quality of the work.  Typically if a work is in the museums permanent collection you may take a non-flash photo. If there is not a docent or tour guide on duty, the museum guards often are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the art .


Here are my favorite NYC museums; 

ALWAYS FREE (or pay what you wish):American Museum of Natural History 
Brooklyn Museum 
Metropolitan Museum of Art P.S.1 MoMA Studio Museum in Harlem 


9/11 Memorial Museum 5-8 pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New Museum of Contemporary Art 7-9 pm

Museum of Modern Art 4-8 pmNeue Galerie 6-8 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art 6-9 pm

Japan Society 6-9 pm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am-noon

Frick Collection 11 am-1 pm (pay what you wish)Studio Museum in Harlem

Brooklyn Museum (First Saturday, 5-11 pm)
Neue Gallerie (First Friday, 6-8 pm)

converging realities and internal struggles

Frida Kahlo is perhaps one of the most well-known female artist today.  She completed many self-portraits in her short life depicting her own reality and internal struggle.

She had relationships with men and women, most notably was her passionate and volatile relationship with Diego Rivera.

I have always felt a kindred spirit with Kahlo through converging realities in different eras


The Dinner Party


my moms been telling me to read this book "the invention of wings".   

It references Judy Chicago's feminist installation "the dinner party" located at the brooklyn museum  

really enjoyed seeing that installation, it highlights many important woman in different industries throughout out history.


oh how i love his work...


While I don't lend much credence to magazine lists, I was impressed with Times top 100. Mostly because if felt deserved and unexpected. Specifically I am stoked to see the inclusion of painter Chris Ofili.

Ofili physically creates all of his own work and lives a life of anonymity in Trinidad.  This is a huge contrast to much of the mid to later career "Art" which employee many assistants and artisans to actually complete the paintings or sculptures

There is a dichotomy to his work as it is figurative and abstracted, painting and mixed-media; he blends all of these elements to create incredibly complex physical explorations of sexuality, hip-hop culture as well as a commentary on the continuation of systematic social injustice.

I absolutely adore his work and bravo to the New Museum for one of the best exhibits I have seen.

check this out

really enjoyed seeing martha cooper's photographs at the museum of the city of new york.  some really amazing documentation of 80s and 90s hip hop music and culture