It’s rare to experience a Saturday with such abundance of culture. Last week, Sheloa and I set out to see the Nina Leen exhibit in Chelsea and discovered a nine-floor building with endless galleries. Behind every door we discovered a new artist and behind one door in particular we found in artist in the flesh. Scotto Mycklebust invited us and we watched him paint. I don’t “get” contemporary paintings and when asked what I thought, I put on an awkward smile and imagined my nine-year old cousin producing the same thing. Give my Goya any day but put me in front of something experimental and my mind goes numb.
But of course, iPhone in hand, I couldn’t resist taking pictures of those around me…Sheloa. Thank goodness my friends get this about me now – that I’d rather take photos of people over objects. And so, with the epic natural light streaming into the galleries, I snapped a few photos as we wandered around the artistic spaces.
When it comes to art, I usually stick with the classics like Goya, Degas, and Picasso. Rarely do I entertain modern art – partly because I just don’t understand it – but was surprised by how much Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibition moved me.
Jess took me to the Brooklyn Museum a few weekends ago and before the big Anna Holmes (Jezebel) and Gevinson (Rookie) talk, we ambled about and found ourselves amongst Kehinde’s towering paintings. I was moved. I still can’t quite put my finger on what moved me so, but perhaps it was the stark reality and acceptance that I was seeing “people like me” or people I recognize from my past in such juxtaposing backgrounds of the classic paintings I am used to enjoying.
My favorite collection of his was in “An Economy of Grace” and within it the particular painting, “Princess Victorie of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” You see, he models his paintings from existing classics (like the 1839 version by Sir Edwin Landseer) and inserts modern, black protagonists in them. It’s great. And sad at the same time for I never knew that “we/me” could exist in such a way.
His works are on display at the Brooklyn Museum til May and they’re worth checking out.
There’s nothing like a fresh pair of shoes to adorn your weary feet. One thing I learned for the past nearly three years now in NYC is that shoes wear down fast. Clothes too. New York is tough and I’ve definitely raised my standards for quality and durable fashion. I’ve swapped my Gap Jeans for the likes of Madewell and JCrew and now my shoe game is getting an upgrade.
While I’ve never worn Lucky Brand before, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these slanted flats. They give off an air of Everlane meets Madewell and I’m hopeful I can make them last the season. I also bought a more modest and standard pair of ballet flats too so between the two, I’ll be having a black, flat spring.
For more fashion awesome might I suggest my friend’s new blog Flair Apparent. She has so much fun with it!