behind

things are so busy for us mba1s right now.  with corporate presentations, a ton of class/group work, conferences, club things, social activities, talking to mba2s for advice, and networking/conducting informational interviews it’s pretty hectic.  even though we don’t have class on fridays and i don’t have class until 1:30 pm on monday/wednesday, i find myself not getting to sleep in like i love to do–usually doing something career/school related.

school’s kinda kicking my butt…i’ve never liked numbers and i’ve never taken a business class so, as i expected, i’m struggling.  i have no clue what’s going on in finance or accounting.  i really hate accounting because that class is definitely the most work out of all my classes; our weekly homework assignments take even the people who know what they’re doing like 3 hours so you can only imagine how painful it is for a newb like me.  and we have diagnostic tests like every other week and group cases every few weeks.  midterms are coming up pretty soon too.

i feel so behind in like every single aspect of my life.  i should be working on my cover letter, or reaching out to my network for internship/job opportunities.

i feel bad since i’ve been telling people to visit me and i have a really good friend coming this week but i won’t be able to spend as much time with her as i was hoping to.

i’ve been trying to be good about cooking and started bringing lunch to food and it’s made a noticeable impact on my spending, which is great.  i don’t eat very healthy, but when have i ever.  i recently got a bike and while i’m pretty out of shape, i do enjoy riding it–although it’s pretty scary.  the second time i took it out, i was almost hit by a cab.  i probably won’t be able to ride it too much since it’s getting pretty cold (for me, anyways) and it rains too.

i’m thinking about what classes to take next term and all the marketing classes seem the most interesting; i guess i really am meant to stay in marketing.  now just need to beef up my analytical/big data skills.  i need to take an excel workshop too because i don’t really know how to use it.  sometimes i really wonder what i’m doing at business school and how i even managed to fool the adcom into letting me in.

i was at a “speakeasy” bar last week that was pretty cool and ran into this guy who was doing a corporate presentation like the day before so that was pretty funny.  and on thursday night i went to this lounge for macaulay culkin’s ipod–it’s literally macaulay culkin playing music off his ipod.  seth green was there too.  i should’ve talked to and/or gotten a photo with him/them.  i’m sure he could care less but i love the home alone movies (only the ones with him count) and actually sorta recently watched them again.

there’s a group case project due for marketing this week and i don’t have a good feeling about it…

but anyways, here are some pretty cool animated gifs of banksy work:

this one makes me think of home

there are couple more at high snobiety.  i still need to check out the fireflies over the water exhibit at the whitney museum…i should see when it’s leaving.

time to get ready for dinner with my block/cohort and the weekly birthday thang.

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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