feed the tourist

it hasn’t even been a month since business school started and it’s already so tiring and crazy.  i can’t imagine once fall recruiting begins.  i’m so behind and there’s so much to do.

labor day weekend was a couple weeks ago and a special person from california came all the way to visit me.  too bad for him the seasons changed suddenly after he left, because it was really hot and humid while he was here.

we did a lot but there’s still a ton more to do, so he should come back…and you should come visit too!

i’m a fat ass so it’s no surprise that a lot of the following photos are of food.  as of now, i still prefer ca but nyc does have a lot of great food and bars.

my hood…is not so nice. i’m pretty sure 2/3 of the buildings in this photo are projects…

yummy waffle from waffles + dinges

picnic @ central park

colorful macarons from the famous parisian maison laduree

so swirly, the guggenheim

of course, lots of pizza! ah-rue-guh-la

street art by the high line

the high line a la diorama…and more pizza a la artichoke

cloud city or new york city? @ the met

and of course, much more…bars, the book of mormon, y moooore food.

come visit, pretty please?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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savage beauty wrap up

did you really think i wouldn’t post yet again about the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibition at the met in its last week?  it’s coming to a close this sunday (8/07) and was a huge smash hit.  it was so successful that…

  • it was extended from ending on july 31st to august 7th
  • on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.
  • while the rest of the museum is closed on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, the exhibit is open for an extra $50
  • the lines/crowds have been pretty crazy (two-hour lines this past weekend)
  • it broke attendance records for a fashion exhibition at the met this past weekend with an attendance of +582,000
  • it’s open until midnight on its final two days

so if you’re planning to see it this week, you should probably sign up for membership to bypass the lines.

i’m sad i’ll never be able to see it, but at least i have the book (which i still need to read) and garance dore got photos!  this is a big deal since photography is prohibited in the exhibition.

see garance’s post for all her shots.

a peek inside louis vuitton voyages

i posted about the exhibition previously, but this is the first look i’ve seen inside.  looks amazing!

this photo was taken by luc castel at the national museum of china.  i was at south coast plaza yesterday and mentally noted how cute the hot air balloon display was at the louis vuitton boutique inside bloomingdale’s.

yet another reason i hate the gmat

i want to go to this harry potter tribute exhibition!!!  unfortunately, it’s the weekend before i take the stupid gmat.  so…if you like harry potter, you’re in the area, and you’re not taking a stupid exam…go!

nucleus art gallery & store
210 east main st.
alhambra, ca 91801
saturday, 7.09.11 – monday, 8.01.11

The Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition is a collection of work gathered through private invitations, open submissions and the common love for all things Harry Potter.

Opening in our gallery July 9 2011, a week before the final Harry Potter film, the exhibition will feature over 50 artists and nearly 100 tribute works in paintings, sculptures and installations.

ADMISSION:
$2 per person at the door,

  • FREE to those who come in costume
  • FREE entrance prize of exclusive exhibition buttons (available while supplies last)
  • FREE admission when you Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about the event before July 2

EVENT FEATURES:

  • Complimentary Butterbeer (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Harry Potter Trivia Contest (sign in at gallery entrance, contestants picked at random)
  • Snitch Seeking Competition
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways (hourly)
  • Mystery flavored Jelly Bellies tasting station
  • Hogwarts Themed Photo Booth
  • Costume Contest (contestants sign in at gallery entrance)(3 staff judges. Winner based on: Presentation, Likeness, Craftsmanship)
  • Pop up shop by Whimsic Alley


EVENT SCHEDULE:
7pm – Exhibition Opens
7:15pm – Photo Booth Opens
8pm – 1st Raffle Giveaway (Gryffindor Scarf & Beanie Set)
8:15pm – Trivia Contest Begins (Magic Wand)
8:15pm – Snitch Seeking Contests Begin ($20 gift certificate & more)
9pm – 2nd Raffle Giveaway (Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Exhibit Tour)
9:15pm – Costume Contest (The Sorting Hat)
10pm – Grand Prize Raffle Giveaway (Exclusive print by Mary Grandpré)

*all attendees will be sorted into houses via FREE door prize.

CONTEST DETAILS:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter/view/1397

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Abby Boeh
Adam McDaniel
ADi
Adolie Day
Alfred Paredes
Amy Kim Kibuishi
Ana Galvañ
Andrea Rossi
Bannister
Becky Dreistadt
Bill Perkins
Bob Doucette
Britni Brault
Brittney Lee
Cheri Scholten
Chuck Groenink
Corey Godbey
Cory Loftis
Dan Krall
Dan Santat
Ellen Kim
Felicia Cano
Graham Annable
Israel Sanchez
Jaime Zollars
Jake Parker
Jared Andrew Schorr
Jason Caffoe
Johane Matte
John Hendrix
Julianna Brion
Justin Gerard
Kaspian Shore
Kazu Kibuishi
Kei Acedera
Keith Noordzy
Manuel Arenas
Mary Grandpré
Mindy Lee
Nick Iluzada
Nicole Gustafsson
Patrick Moore
Peter Breese
Sebastien Mesnard
Shannon Bonatakis
Sean Chao
So Youn Lee Tran Nguyen
Tang Kheng Heng
Tim Wood
Tony Lombardo
Whitney Mitchell
William Stout
Wilson Swain
and more…

check out the blog:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter

submission details:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/forms/blog/8

here’s what one of my favorite artists, scott c. campbell, submitted:

ok, i didn’t read it too carefully until i started blogging it and now i REALLY want to go…maybe i will…

especially since i get free admission for blogging (purely unintentional)!

well, even though i won’t (shouldn’t be) able to make the opening reception…i’ll at least check out the exhibition since it runs until august 1st.

high fashion meets high art in christian louboutin’s fall 2011 look book

i’m loving (and geeking out over) christian louboutin’s fall 2011 lookbook!!  this lookbook, which is photographed by peter lippman, is inspired by classic portraiture style and features recreations of iconic paintings.

art history is one of the few classes i got an a+ in college so i’m pretty stoked.

** WARNING: the last image is nsfw **

christian louboutin's toostie bootie

james mcneal whistler's "arrangement in black & grey: the artist's mother" (better known as "whistler's mother")

christian louboutin's puck

georges de la tour's "magdalene and the flame"

christian louboutin's pigalle plato, gold strass & spikes, & catalina clutch

francois clouet's "elisabeth of austria"

christian louboutin's 8 mignons, amethyst suede

francisco de zurbaran's "santa dorotea"

christian louboutin's halte

jean baptiste-camille corot's "portrait of a girl"

christian louboutin's griffon artemis day bag

jean-marc nattier's "marquise d'antin"

christian louboutin's balda bootie

marie-guilleme benoit's "portrait d’une negresse"

and some of my personal favorites from his a/w 2011 collection:

alex lion paw pump

really liking the 1en8 in…

lace

houndstooth

strass

tweed

which material do you like most?  having a hard time deciding.  i think i like lace the most…but i already have lace shoes.

LOVING this:

markesling

louis vuitton voyages

an animated short by mineki films highlighting the “louis vuitton voyages” exhibition at the national museum of china in beijing.  marking the luxury label’s 20th anniversary in china, the exhibit takes visitors through its history, starting with its humble beginnings as a luggage shop.

art in the streets

** warning: photo heavy **

a couple of weeks ago, i went to the “art in the streets” exhibition at the geffen contemporary at the museum of contemporary art (moca) in little tokyo, los angeles.  i think the exhibit had already been running for 2 weeks so i was surprised that there was a lengthy line to get in–last time i was here for murakami i don’t think it garnered crowds of this size.  interestingly, shepard fairey, one of the street artists exhibiting and famous for obey clothing and his obama campaign posters, was there and showing actor john krasinki, who plays jim halpert on “the office”, around.

i have to admit that although i was looking forward to visiting, the exhibit completely blew me away–it’s the coolest.  ever.  as much as i’m dying to go to the “savage beauty: alexander mcqueen” exhibit that i won’t shut up about, i doubt that it’ll top this–although they’re very different.

what was so great and cool about the exhibit?  well for one thing, there’s just so much to see and it’s pretty big.  it was bigger than the murakami exhibit because they opened up another wing.  even though i already saw the exhibit, i already knew i wanted to come back another time and look more carefully.  there are so many different artists, covering different styles and time periods.  it’s really a very fun exhibit because of the nature of street art (art for everyone, in an accessible environment) and there were some installations that were setup in really creative, interactive ways–like the drum kit and guitar set, the skate ramp, and the “manhattan” microcosm.  i don’t claim to know anything about street art and i still don’t even know most of the artists that participated but i really enjoyed it nonetheless, and highly recommend it to anyone (yes, anyone!).

it’s funny that i took more photos here during my one-t0-two-hour visit here than i did during my 10-day trip to chicago, new york, and philadelphia.

art in the streets @ the geffen contemporary at moca

i really love this one

this is the line...mid-way through

my first invader sighting

"i see you...invader!"

shepard fairey with his daughter climbing onto him

john krasinski / jim halpert, the cool kid with the sunglasses on to the right

engage yourself with the art

"wow", indeed

i like this keith haring car

photos documenting all the tagged subway cars that no longer exist

i love how clever and witty he is

kneel in the house of banksy

it's like i'm back in new york

swoon's piece made me swoon

enter through the gift shop

andré

shepard fairey, obey, moca, art in the streets, street art, graffiti, geffen contemporary

2008: shepard fairey creates obama's iconic "hope" campaign poster

2001: fashion meets art with the louis vuitton x stephen sprouse collab

mister cartoon

os gêmeos

hello shepard fairey and john krasinski...we meet again

jean-michel basquiat

i thought the rammellzee battle station was really fun

kenny scharf

love how he subtly "invaded" the exhibition

what also made it really cool was the levi’s film workshop:

green screen effects

these guys were playing with the green screen, you can see what background shows up on the tv on the left

stop-motion animation station

the actual "adaptation" script written by charlie & donald kaufman

this week, i received an invitation to the premiere of outside in: the story of art in the streets, which is a film by alex stapleton in conjuction with the levi’s film workshop about the “art in the streets” exhibition.  the premiere was held at the historic egyptian theater in hollywood, followed by a q&a with the director, and an after party deejayed by shepard fairey, himself.

the doors opened at 7 pm, but after leaving work in irvine with my coworker, traffic, and making a pit stop to drop off his car at my house, we didn’t make it there until close to 8 pm, when the screening was supposed to start.  i had rsvp-ed ahead of time, but it was first come first serve and there was a long line.  and we didn’t get in!  but they said that they decided to have a second screening after the first at 9:30 pm if people wanted to come back…but it would be taking place at the same time as the after party.

so i had a dilemma: did i want to watch the screening for which we drove all the way out here for, or did i want to go to the after party with guest dj shepard fairey?  hm…i want to do both!  as we deliberated over some less-than-savory italian food nearby, i decided to go to the screening in hopes that we could catch the tail end of the after party.

we got back to the theater at around 9:20 and there were some people already lined up; we were toward the front of the line this time.  not too long after, people from the premiere were let out and the after party started with shepard fairey at the turn tables.  shepard fairey is a talented street artist, enterprising business man, father…and a horrible dj.  he was terrible, really.  after only 2 songs, we agreed that we had made the right choice to prioritize the screening over the party and that even if the party was still going on after we got out, we wouldn’t stay for long.

i’m really glad we went to the screening.  i don’t think it’ll be too accessible elsewhere and we also saw two trailers that were made at the levi’s film workshop prior to outside in.  watching outside in made me realize how much there was still left at the exhibit that i hadn’t seen and missed on my first trip and solidified my feelings of what an incredible installation it was.  i was definitely motivated to make another trip back.  it was pretty short…only about 45 minutes or so with the other 2 short trailers.

here’s the trailer for outside in: the story of art in the streets:

the documentary also showed the street artists’ points of view vs. law enforcement’s.  i can see both sides, although i think the punishment is pretty extreme for the crime.  i think you can get 7 months of prison or something like that.  2 of the artists that were part of the exhibition were detained and one of them is still serving time.

and it was interesting to hear how big street art is.  apparently it’s the largest art movement ever (or since pop art)…that’s huge!

the party was still going on, so we stuck around for a little bit to take a photo and drink some of the complimentary drinks from izze (have i told you that izze rocks?).

dj shepard fairey @ outside in

a better photo stolen from hypebeast

savage beauty extended to august 7th

the “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” exhibit has been such a smash hit for the met that they’ve extended the end date from july 31st to august 7th.  and they’re also only opening the exhibit on mondays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, when the rest of the museum is closed (for those willing to fork out an extra $50).

on opening day, about 5,100 people visited the exhibit and the museum was forced to suspend guided tours due to the crowd volume.  this was the most trafficked opening day for any exhibit in the museum’s history since it opened in 2005.

even with the extension, i doubt i’ll ever be able to the exhibit since i was just in nyc and just missed the opening.  thankfully, my friends bought the book for me for my birthday (thanks again!  this book’s actually sold out on amazon right now!).  i can’t wait to read it…you know, once i’m done studying and taking the gmat…

i haven’t taken it out of the shrink wrap yet but it’s pretty cool because it has a holographic cover.

also, alexander mcqueen has begun pre-saling for their first cut (40% off) of spring 2011 collection.  i already asked about the scarf i so desperately want, but since it’s limited edition, it won’t be included.  they said it’s only selling while the exhibit’s up and then any excess inventory after would be shipped to the met. =(  i’m considering getting it anyways but it’s so expensive…