Poster House @ Tekserve

Musings, thoughts on art

A museum dedicated to posters is opening in New York AND it’s going to be housed in the old Tekserve store—both these things makes me so happy! I find poster design somewhat daunting—it can be anything, I like more boundaries—so I’m always impressed when I come across great posters. In general, they remind me of being back at Pratt, where our professors would show us all these inspiring examples….

Okay so back to Poster House—I’m giddily checking out their website, super excited for a new design museum to be opening in NYC and thinking it’s so cool that they will be in an iconic location. The logo is designed by Paula Scher and then I read the letter from their president, Val Crosswhite, and it ends with her unknowing shout out to Mother:

…I walk past a barbershop in Port Authority that has a dozen posters in their window of different hair models. All have the strangely evocative words ‘Love, Mother’ in the corner, which I assume is the name of the company that produces them. The models are diverse in race, age, and hairstyle, but all of them are so vividly expressive, such clear characters as if ripped from the pages of an epic novel—so much of themselves is written on their faces. These posters have never induced me to get a haircut at this shop and they never will, but I look forward to seeing them every day. They make my day better.

I’m so excited! While I wait for their first pop up exhibition to open in September, I’ll be perusing the moving poster site for something a little similar and a little bit different.

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Giant boob to make a statement on women feeding their children in public

Grey London & Mother London Killing it

Musings

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!

 

art does change the world

New Ways of Seeing

Musings

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!

Miranda J dressed up as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Miranda July as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Biennial

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.

Tavi G and Douglas Coupland, his art deals with facial de-recognition software


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…

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work it

advice column

Musings

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.