Grey London has re-established itself as Valenstein & Fatts (the surnames of its two Jewish founders) as a call for diversity for the next 100 days.
It’s 1917. New York is booming. Two young Jewish entrepreneurs, Lawrence Valenstein and Arthur Fatt, set up a company. But anti-Semitism is rife. Their names could cost them business. So they call it Grey, after the color of the wallpaper.
Great idea ~ hopefully it will actually make an impact.
And recently Mother London also made a strong statement—about women feeding their children in public— by creating a giant inflatable boob and placing it atop a building.
London Agencies are killing it!
I uncharacteristically decided to click on an ad—a Tiffany & Co. paid post on the New York Times website—because it mentioned Miranda July AND the Whitney Biennial. Color me impressed!
It’s a video series featuring artists included in past Whitney Biennials (Catherine Opie, Miranda J, Kehinde Wiley &more) and other art folk (Jerry Saltz, Tavi Gevinson). They talk about where art comes from, it’s meaning, systems of art making, the Biennial, the role of digital art, etc. So far only the first 3 videos seem to be available and I’m looking forward to watching the 2 others.
The film series is inspired by John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, which was probably the most insightful book I read in college and has really stuck with me. I’ve just watched the 4-part BBC television series—it feels good to flex that Art History muscle a bit!
In the 44 years since the program aired, the discussion of what constitutes art has only become louder and more provocative. It’s a debate with many views.
According to the site, Tiffany’s founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, served as an original trustee of the Metropolitan Museum and the company is still a patron of the arts and will be sponsoring the next 3 Biennials. I think these films are a pretty nice way to promote this partnership, though I found the actual micro site itself lacking and too scroll-y.
I must get to the Whitney and see the Biennial soon. I also would I’d like to see The Seasons in Quincy, a movie about Berger later in life. And a few weeks ago while walking passed Tiffany’s I told my sister that I had never been inside and she couldn’t believe it. So maybe now I’ll actually to go in (won’t be purchasing anything though)! Lots of activities to add to my to-do list…
Recently I’ve been getting contacted by design students and recent grads asking questions about job getting and internships etc. I am no pro on this subject and think they are reaching out mostly because I work at Mother New York and they are interested in Mother Design. But I do know a little bit about working, job searching, and real life so I try to answer and advise as best as I can…
Back in 2015 I participated in a round table type panel discussion for current students during Pratt’s Alumni Day. It was cool to meet other alumni and see what they were up to—I feel like I may have gotten even more out of it than the current students. For the round table I had made handouts with suggestions and tips for newly minted worker bees (& everyone else) and thought I’d dust them off and share them here.
They are best practices/what we all should be doing, but it can be really hard to make yourself actually follow through. It takes a whole lot of work and oftentimes Netflix is much more appealing or you have another job to do! But it feels good to review this list now and think about what I could be doing, even if only a little bit, better. I’d love to hear any other advice you would give and/or good tips to help with actually following through.
Saw this scary smart piece outside the Whitney a few weeks ago. It is hard to believe that this other trump sighting was now close to a year ago…his horribleness just keeps on getting worse and worse and yet he has supporters. There are going to actually be woman voting for him — that makes me sad and confused.
I am a nervous about what is going to happen and just made a donation to help fund cab rides to the polls for people in swing states. It better work!
They are giving us the day off on Tuesday, which I’m thankful for. It really should be the norm so that voting isn’t a hassle to squeeze in, but actually something to celebrate…
Not too much else to say for now, other than I’m most definitely with her!