Nov 28 Mon 6.30pm Poet Jean Valentine reads old and new works at Sulzberger Parlor at Barnard for Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
and Women Poets at Barnard
invite you to a literary evening
A Poetry Reading by JEAN VALENTINE
Monday November 28, 2016
Sulzberger Parlor
302 Barnard Hall, Barnard College, New York City
Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate of the Barnard College campus at Broadway and 117th Street.
Refreshments to follow

Named State Poet of New York in 2008, Jean Valentine is the author of ten books of poems. Her first collection, Dream Barker and Other Poems, won the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1965. Her Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, won the National Book Award in 2004. Her most recent book of poems is Shirt in Heaven, from 2015. Valentine has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Bunting Institute. The Poetry Society of America awarded her the Shelley Memorial Prize in 2000, and in 2009 she received the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

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Nov 17 Thu 6-8pm Women In The Sky: Jon Schueler Masterpieces at Berry Campbell 530 West 24 St (Nov 17 to Dec 23)

Woman in the Sky: Jon Schueler with model 1966 (Photo by Robert Bernhard)

Big bold and deep
Like firesides warming several living rooms, or suns shining through windows, the big, bold but extraordinarily deep and complex painterly nudes of the late Jon Schueler glowed down at the well dressed crowd at Berry Campbell last night in ways which warmed the heart as well as the mind, bringing renewed attention to an exceptional artist whose place in the first rank has long been assured by his quietly penetrating evocations of Scottish skies which in mood and abstracted form seem to stretch forever beyond the immediate, and in this new Centennial exhibition of his rarely seen physical closeups of his female models his pursuit of the internal seems equally exploratory well past the surface drama of women’s bodies in blatantly frontal poses in which nothing is held back or obscured by anything but the forceful energy of his brush, and the variety of his compounded colors and tonal landscapes which slowly unfold nested emotional meaning to the attentive observer, all stretching forward in line with his theme of carrying them toward the same Scottish skies, and the flow of sophisticated viewers attracted by attention grabbing glimpses of these exciting canvases through the glass of this young but prominent street front gallery on Chelsea’s art hub of 24th Street built to a peak of crowding that paid deserved tribute to an artist whose reputation this year has been spreading far beyond appreciative connoisseurs, joining in what seems to be a gathering swing of the pendulum of attention back from the abstract to the human experience taking place in Manhattan galleries and museums and carried forward this year with exhibitions such as the stunning Max Beckmann at the Met.

JON SCHUELER (1916-1992)
October 17, 2016:
The 2016 Schueler Centennial Year will culminate with:
Jon Schueler: Women in the Sky (1960’s)
530 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011
November 17 to December 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 6 to 8pm.
Contact: Christine Berry or Martha Campbell (212) 924-2178,

Jon Schueler’s work which incorporates the human form– or the memory of the body in all its mysteries — has rarely been seen since 1967, and never in any depth in New York. The exhibition at Berry Campbell of 18 oils and 8 works on paper will now bring this area of his work to the fore.

Jon Schueler in studio 1965 (Photo by Maren Heyne)

Since his student days at the California School of Fine Art the figure has been present in Jon Schueler’s thinking and is prominent in the works on paper. At times, in New York, he joined informal groups of artists who shared the expense of models for drawing sessions in their own studios.
Then in August of 1962 he decided to incorporate the figure, and specifically the woman into his oils. He underscores the significance of his choice in his autobiographical writings of that year:

“There are two things I want to paint about and two things I want to write about — Nature and Woman….Now I realize that Woman is in New York, and I can paint about that with as much passion as I painted about the sky in Scotland. I’ll bring the two together.” (The Sound of Sleat: A Painter’s Life, Picador USA, 1999, p. 135.)

Jon Schueler – Phyllis

In October 1962 Schueler moved into 901 Broadway at 20th Street, with 15′ high ceilings– a much larger space than his previous studios on East 12th in New York. Between 1963 and 1967 he drew on girlfriends and paid models, friends and acquaintances to produce his most extensive group of “Woman in the Sky” paintings and works on paper. His own words reveal the importance of this development for both present and future work, whether the figure remained visible or not:

“The woman was naked. She was lying with her head back. She was in an attitude of love or an attitude of birth. She was sensual and passionate. Her legs were spread. She was larger than life…. My intention was to gradually push her into the sky so that figuration would disappear. This I did, so that by 1967 one could possibly still feel the sensuality of the woman though the figuration was no longer evident. And for some reason, in a very profound sense, she made me feel the architecture of a painting.” (The Sound of Sleat, pp.318-319.)

The works on paper in pen and ink, charcoal, graphite or crayon convey the delight of exploring the single body, or the bodies of two women together, and occasionally a man is included. These are not studies for the paintings though their themes and preoccupations are similar: a fierce attention to the line and gesture and an acute sensitivity to the materiality of the medium. As in the oils, portraiture of a particular model is subordinated to the larger concern for mood and the drama of the forms.

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Nov 14 Mon-Wed 23 10pm-12pm Soundbreaking Series on PBS – How Musicians, Producers and Technical Advances Created Modern Recorded Sound

Joni Mitchell is beyond any producer

Soundbreaking (Trailer) explores the nexus of cutting-edge technology and human artistry that has created the soundtrack of our lives.

Soundbreaking (Site)
The eight-part series explores the art of music recording, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists of all time, WNET Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music airs weekdays PBS, November 14 Mon-23 Wed 10/9c.


Ep 1 | The Art of Recording (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/14/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
Soundbreaking begins where a recording does — at the intersection of inspiration and execution. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, “The Art of Recording” offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches.
Producing Joni Mitchell Isn’t Realistically Possible (Preview)
1:04 Video duration: 1:04 Aired: 11/14/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
Producer Peter Asher explains how an artist like Joni Mitchell is impossible to produce. We look back to a live performance of the song “California” to see Mitchell in action, an inventor of her own unique musical language and expression.
The Recording Studio As A New Tool of Black Empowerment
2:07 Video duration: 2:07 Aired: 11/14/16 Rating: TV-PG
Video has closed captioning.
In the first episode of Soundbreaking, music writer Jason King suggests that the recording studio gave Black artists to tools to raise their own voice as producer. Q-Tip and Arthur Baker express their infatuation for Sly Stone’s ability to take control of his sound and create a unique brand of funk that continued to bubble under popular music and in modern day productions.

Ep 2 | Painting with Sound (Clip)
53:30 Video duration: 53:30 Aired: 11/15/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“Painting with Sound” chronicles a watershed event in the history of music: the moment when the recording studio itself effectively became an instrument and gave rise to sounds that could never be reproduced live.
The Elevated Musical Consciousness of The Beach Boys
4:15 Video duration: 4:15 Aired: 11/15/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
In the second episode of Soundbreaking, we trace the evolution of the Beach Boys through the seminal album “Pet Sounds” and the single “Good Vibrations.” Producer Don Was and music writer Chuck Granata discuss Brian Wilson’s punishing process in the studio layering the results of multiple sessions into a final track. With commentary from musicians Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye.

Ep 3 | The Human Instrument (Clip)
53:30 Video duration: 53:30 Aired: 11/16/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments, “The Human Instrument” surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world’s most renowned vocalists—from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers.

Ep 4 | Going Electric (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/17/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“Going Electric” tells the story of how electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, tracing both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music.

Ep 5 | Four on the Floor (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Aired: 11/18/16 Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
If the vocal track is the heart of a song, the rhythm track—the beat—is its body. It is the sonic element that taps into the most primal part of us and makes us want to move. “Four on the Floor” breaks the beat down, and examines the endless experimentation that has taken place at its core, the very bedrock of all music.

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Ep 6 | The World is Yours (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Airing: 11/21/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
“The World is Yours” looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling—a kind of musical equivalent of Adam’s rib. Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Rick Rubin), the episode tracks the way in which the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records created a new genre.

Ep 7 | Sound and Vision (Clip)
52:30 Video duration: 52:30 Airing: 11/22/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG Video has closed captioning.
Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Sound and Vision tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video’s role in the popular music of today.

Ep 8 | I Am My Music (Clip)
53:00 Video duration: 53:00 Airing: 11/23/16
Passport Expires: 11/28/16 Rating: TV-PG
Video has closed captioning.
“I Am My Music” shifts the focus from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own.


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Nov 14 Mon 10am-1pm Frick Spectacular: Masterpieces by Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court

Perfection that touches the heart
Gold might seem a material that blinds the eye to the aesthetic beauty of any sculpture with its assertive glow and high monetary value, but when wrought and then gilded by Pierre Gouthiere, who lived from 1732–1813. for the likes of Marie Antoinette and Madame Du Barry in the reigns of Louis XV and XVI, it achieved an astonishing peak of perfection which easily transcends its appeal to cupidity, although there are infra red alarms in the basement exhibition rooms of the Frick now devoted to an unprecedented collection of the table (owned by the Frick), candlesticks, ewers (pitchers), and other household objects all of which can be certainly ascribed to his hand from a milieu when he was widely copied, since his achievement was considered on a par with Fragonard and other painters of the time in France, and indeed he matched their prices, with decorative handcrafted works which include the most impressive here, the living portraits of goats, faces and what seemed to us to be the superb pair of tiny human nudes that appear immediately on the left when entering the right hand exhibition gallery, whose extraordinary beauty seems to transcend the material plane and give them a poignant quality where human art and craftsmabship touches the ideal where an inanimate work seems to live and touch our hearts as well as minds.

attendnyc-nov-14-16-mon-pot-pourri-vase-detail-gilt-bronze-by-pierre-gouthierePot-pourri vase (detail), Gilt bronze by Pierre Gouthière, ca. 1770−75, Chinese hard-paste porcelain, eighteenth century, Each, 11 × 12⅝ × 7½ inches, Musée du Louvre, Paris; photo: RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court

FIRST EXHIBITION ON REMARKABLE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ARTIST PIERRE GOUTHIÈRE: VIRTUOSO GILDER AT THE FRENCH COURT November 16, 2016, through February 19, 2017 Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813) was one of the greatest French artists of the eighteenth century. A master chaser-gilder, he created opulent objets d’art that were coveted by the wealthiest and most important figures of pre- revolutionary France, including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XV’s mistress Madame Du Barry, and the Duke of Aumont.

Like a sculptor, he made his own models and had them cast in metal. Using dozens of specialized tools, he then created patterns and textures on the surface of the metal objects before gilding them.

So exceptional was his talent that his work commanded amounts equal to, and sometimes greater than, those asked by the era’s most famous painters and sculptors. Furthermore, such was the popularity and prestige of this work that over the last two centuries, many

Pot-pourri vase (detail), gilt bronze by Pierre Gouthière, ca. 1770−75, Chinese hard-paste porcelain, eighteenth century, Musée du Louvre, Paris; photo: RMN- Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

French eighteenth-century gilt bronzes have been erroneously attributed to him.

This fall, New York’s Frick Collection presents the first exhibition devoted to Gouthière, a project that brings together twenty-one of his finest masterpieces, drawn from public and private collections across Europe and the United States. Many of these remarkable objects—from firedogs, wall lights, and doorknobs to elaborate mounts for rare Chinese porcelain and precious hardstone vases—have never before been shown publicly in New York, and their assembly in an exhibition will provide the basis for a fresh understanding of his oeuvre. With new art historical and technical research by leading experts in the field, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue shed fresh light on the life, production, workshop, and clientele of this incomparable

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Nov 10 Thu 7pm-11pm House of Finland Broome Street Gallery on 345 Broome Street.

Finns need heart warming fodder

With a population of 5.5 million, Finland has a global footprint larger than its fair share, with its Nokia brand in mobile and smart phones one of the great names in the history of technology before the company’s absorption by Microsoft, and its small scale product festival in an art gallery in Broome Street this weekend featured a hanfdul of impressively high quality items which included a fashion shopping app, Ivalo, hand painted designs for scarves and pillow cases by Susanna Sivonen, the famous Finnish vodka Finlandia, mildly garlic flavored supersoft and spreadable Black Garlic cream cheese, firm Cheddar cheese and the purest butter from cows fed by Finnish grass, and a song released the same day by Gea, who sang it to the assembled downtown hacks apologising if it depressed them because, she said, she plumbs her life for her songs and in this case had passed through a dark period while writing it, thus adding to our impression of Finns as a people of great sincerity and hard work, the two features quoted by Susanna when asked what distinguished her native society.

The HOUSE OF FINLAND – a Finnish Art and Design Festival

See the debut of new Finnish avantgarde art pop act GEA, the latest illustrations, art and design from the internationally acclaimed Susanna Sivonen; experience a unique sound installation The Routes of Helsinki by Mikko H. Haapoja; see the latest fashion from CHAÎNE, a new fashion and art brand.
Music performances:
Meriheini Luoto
The Routes of Helsinki
Project Vainiolla
The House of Finland will descend on New York City this November for a four day pop-up, showcasing Finnish Design and Art. It will include a multi-content exhibition, concerts, film screenings, workshops featuring artists and cocktail receptions to showcase the variety and richness of Finnish design and art scene.

Attendees are invited to come and interact with artists, designers and musicians during a series of daytime and evening events. The festival will take place at Broome Street Gallery in the heart of New York City’s Nolita district.
The “invitation only” opening night on Thursday (Nov 10th), includes a debut single release gig by avantgarde indiepop act GEA. GEA sounds like the landscape of the singer-songwriters’ native Finland; cool, cascading, vibrant and serene. GEA’s sound is light and airy, full of magic and mystery. GEA performs also as part of the Saturday evening’s program. Friday evening introduces modern, experimental Finnish Folk music featuring Project Vainiolla and Meriheini Luoto. Saturday evening highlight is a Fashion party with a Finnish fashion app Ivalo, representing 70 most interesting and upcoming Finnish fashion brands. Additionally Finnish startup CubiCasa “the spotify of real estate” – redefining real estate marketing and digital indoor space services will be present in the events. CubiCasa offers a complimentary BETA program for NYC real estate agents, starting in pre-selected Manhattan districts. Attendees are encouraged to not only experience the festival but interact with the artists, designers and musicians displaying their work.
Another highlight of the festival will be international illustrator and textile designer, Susanna Sivonen who will be showcasing her latest collection, which was created to capture beautiful, articulate details in art and life.
The festival is sponsored by
Finlandia Vodka
Finlandia Cheese
Arctic Light Hotel
Ogletree Deakins
Aller Media
Red Flower
November 10 – 13 / 12-6pm daily, evening events each night
345 Broome St
More information at,

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Nov 3 Thu 6pm-8pm Saving Venice From Floods at ICI

So much for tourism

AFTER THE FLOOD – Venice and Save Venice 1966-2016

AFTER THE FLOOD – Venice and Save Venice 1966-2016
The vulnerability of Italy’s artistic treasures became appallingly clear during the devastating floods of November 1966. The damage wrought in Florence and Venice that month catalyzed supporters around the world to protect and preserve architectural and artistic treasures. What began as an immediate response to the floods in 1966 has evolved into a sustained effort by private organizations in many countries to preserve Italy’s artistic patrimony.
This lecture will explain the dramatic 1966 Venetian flood and its aftermath that led to the birth of Save Venice Inc., and also underscore the enormous importance of Venice’s artistic patrimony and its influence worldwide. Recent restoration projects completed to commemorate the flood will be illustrated, as fifty years after the catastrophic events, the American organizations Friends of Florence and Save Venice Inc. proudly joined forces on the conservation of drawings by the Venetian artist Gianbattista Tiepolo in the Horne Collection in Florence and the restoration of a Tuscan work in Venice, the Maestà by the Master of Badia a Isola in Venice’s Galleria Palazzo Cini.
With the participation of:
Melissa Conn, Director Venice Office, Save Venice Inc.
Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection.
Grazie per aver prenotato l’evento.


Date: Thursday, November 03, 2016
Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm
Organized by : ICI
In collaboration with : Save Venice
Entrance : Free

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Oct 27 Thu 10am-Noon Met: Selected Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection (Oct 28 Fri to Mar 19 Sun)

As in building churches in Europe the community spirit gives rise to transcendent beauty in Native American artifacts

Unrecorded Yup’ik Artist. Dance mask, ca. 1916–18. Hooper Bay, Alaska. Wood, pigment, vegetal fiber. Collection of Charles and Valerie Diker (788) © Charles and Valerie Diker Collection. Photo by Dirk Bakker

Art from two hands
As in building churches in Europe the community spirit gives rise to transcendent beauty in Native American artifacts of the level collected by Valerie and Charles Diker, who in a long enduring marriage of like minds have partnered in seeking out the very finest examples (“we told dealers that we wanted to see only tens”) over 55 years of Native Indian woven bowls, buffalo skin costumes, blankets and other woven and carved gear that may be nearly two centuries old yet miraculously preserved from a mobile wigwam and outdoor culture that was in fact sufficiently peaceful to give rise to the finest hand craft with the colors still vivid and glowing in decorative motifs of the highest aesthetic order.

Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection
October 28, 2016–March 19, 2017

Exhibition location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 359, The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing
Press Preview: Thursday, October 27, 10 am–noon

A selection of exceptional Native American works of art from New York’s Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—one of the most outstanding and comprehensive private collections of its kind—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning October 28. With artworks ranging in date from the second to the early 20th century, Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection will explore important achievements by artists relating to culturally distinct traditions from across the North American continent. The works of art—carefully selected by the collectors and Met curators—reflect the unique and innovative visions from these traditions in a wide variety of aesthetic forms and media. Their presentation at the Met this season celebrates the conclusion of their national tour as part of the exhibition Indigenous Beauty, organized by the American Federation of the Arts, and the return of the Diker Collection to New York City.

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Oct 26 Wed GMHC AIDS Panel at New York Public Library

Larry Kramer is not aware of the science which makes his work problematic

Staying the course
The HIV horror fantasy continues in its 36th year and the GMHC leads the way, although as public alarm over AIDS dwindles its distinguished panel addresses a number of empty seats in the palatial setting of the 42nd Street Library’s first floor Trustees Room on Wednesday evening, and the insistence of Larry Kramer that it still be characterized a “plague” unwittingly reminds us that the source of the ailments of the immune system suppression laid to HIV looks all too familiar in terms of the major symptoms suffered by the dead still counted by the CDC under this heading which include mainly the liver and kidney disease for which drugs rather than HIV must be the cause, but as usual we find any suggestion that the overall premise of AIDS science might be reexamined results in horrified evasion by those who imagine they personally have been rescued from death by the current regimen, which is certainly kinder than the early high doses of the DNA chain terminator AZT which were finally recognized as doing more harm than good, so as a result patients are relieved of the worst side effects obtaining even in the earlier protease inhibitor cocktails introduced in the nineties, and we see that while the blacks now bear the main brunt of concern, the policy bandwagon rolls on a little slower each year but still with the nominal backing of every politician on every level and every official including the new head of the New York State Health Department AIDS Institute, who spoke too, in a still numerous army under the direction of scientists who now include a leader rejected by the Nobel committee as falsely claiming to have discovered the deadly biological miscreant when in fact he found it twice in the mail from Paris, since the first sample sent he lost.

Library & Leaders: 35 Years of AIDS

The New York Public Library proudly welcomes GMHC’s founders, government officials, and community leaders for an important discussion on 35 years of the AIDS epidemic.
Larry Kramer, GMHC original founding member
Dr. Lawrence Mass, GMHC original founding member
Kelsey Louie, GMHC CEO and moderator of the discussion
Johanne Morne, Director of the New York State AIDS Institute
C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
GMHC is the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

Wed, October 26, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees Room
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

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Oct 24 Mon 11am-1pm Frick Shows Masterpiece The Repentant Magdalene of Guido Cagnacci

Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663), The Repentant Magdalene, ca. 1660−63, Oil on canvas, 90 1/4 x 104 3/4 inches, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California

Bold physicality at the Frick
A visit to the Frick to see this great canvas close up is very worthwhile, for the remarkable Guido Cagnacci mixed religion, beauty and bodily appeal in a manner more alive and masterly than almost any painter either now or in the past, although he worked in Rome and Vienna four centuries ago, and as an attendee at the press review remarked, “ten years ago no one could show this painting in America”.

Uodate: Experience the museum that is a masterpiece, FREE, 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday evening of every month (except January). Enjoy free entrance to the galleries, programs, sketching, and events. (Children under 10 will not be admitted.) For more information, visit

Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663), The Repentant Magdalene, ca. 1660−63, Oil on canvas, 90 1/4 x 104 3/4 inches, Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California
Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”:
An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from
the Norton Simon Museum

Remarks will be offered at noon

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Oct 24 Mon 10am-Noon The Met Breuer Shows Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955). Untitled (Studio), 2014. Acrylic on PVC panels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Gift, Acquisitions Fund and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Gift, 2015 (2015.366) © Kerry James Marshall

Black and powerful
Humanism comes back into current art with a vengeance at this stunning exhibit at the Whitney building now the Breuer of the Met – a Niagara of big canvases in a show with more power and emotional reality to it than anything the anemic Whitney ever did with its whitey generated choices!

Marking the artist’s largest museum exhibition to date, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, a retrospective of paintings by Kerry James Marshall will span the artist’s remarkable 35-year career, to reveal the complex and compelling creative output of one of today’s most important living artists. Marshall (b. 1955, Birmingham, Alabama) is a history painter whose work reflects and challenges the time and culture he inhabits. Driven by an examination of the historical dearth and relatively recent appearance of the black figure in Western painting, he is immersed in the past and present of painting—particularly the century-long conflict between figuration and abstraction. He is also committed to a vision of American history that represents the narratives—triumphs and failures both—of individual African Americans as well as the concept of blackness as a whole. In the grand scale of the Old Masters, Marshall creates works that engage with themes of visibility and invisibility, portraiture and self-portraiture, religious iconography, the politics of Pan-Africanism and black militancy, and the ethics of painting.

The exhibition is accompanied by the complementary installation, Kerry James Marshall Selects—a selection of approximately 40 objects chosen by the artist from The Met collection.
When: Monday, October 24, 10 a.m.–noon.

Remarks at 11 a.m. The artist will be present.
Where: The Met Breuer, 3rd and 4th floors
945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street
Contact: For interview requests, please contact Alexandra Kozlakowski at 212–570–3951 or

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Oct 19-22 Wed-Sat Javits PhotoPlus Expo 2016 Includes Day Long Drones Seminar

Excitement over new cameras has competition at PDN Photoplus

Annual camera fest
Photoplus Expo NYC is the annual must attend fair for all comers interested in camera choosing and using, and even with the drain of smart phone camera technology advancing to ever greater heights it remains a must see for all those professionals and amateurs who yen for the extraordinary abilities of current SLRs and point and shoots to handle problems which only the expert could solve in years past, resulting in unprecedented quality for all who keep up with the latest, and this year it will be especially interesting to see exactly how powerfully the latest round of mid range hand helds with their low light conquering and instant catalogue of motion choices from one press of the shutter will bless the amateur and perhaps curse the professional with continuing drain of the need to hire the expert, though of course they will never automate the artistic response of the distinguished practitioners of the art form and the impossibly revealing results they achieve.

Press preview shows stars

Quality from France and Poland! DXOOne iPhone cams from France plug straight in for big lens results, La Cie from Paris storage beauties plug in both ways up and down (small but useful idea) in RAID x5 duplication, and back to the future retro Woody Woodclick handcrafted Forest Stewardship Council certified pleasantly light Alder wood cases for photo mailing bring tactile pleasure of last century back to fingertips. Five stars to each.

BenQ America Corp
Carl Zeiss, Inc.
DxO Labs Corp
Higbee & Assoc.
Kenko Tokina USA
Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation
Sky-Watcher USA
Sound Devices LLC
Sound Shark Audio
WhiteWall (Avenso Photo Art Inc)
Wildwolf Technology LLC
Woody Woodclick
Global Drone Union
Think Tank Photo

WINNERS- 2nd Annual Lucie Technical Awards

Best Speedlight: Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
Best Camera Bag: Lowepro StreetLine BP 250
Best Photo Editing Software: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5)
Best Software Plugin: Alien Skin Exposure X
Best Large Format Inkjet Printer: Epson SureColor P8000
Best Industrial Design: DJI Phantom 4
Best Continuous Light Source: Fiilex Matrix
Best Light Modifier: Profoto OCF Beauty Dish
Best Instant Camera: Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
Best Fixed-Lens Compact Camera: Sony RX1R II
Best Action Camera: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker
Best Wide Angle Prime Lens: Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Best Standard Zoom Lens: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
Best Telephoto Zoom Lens: Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS
Best Telephoto Prime Lens: AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED
Best Small Format System Camera: Nikon D500
Best Medium Format System Camera: Phase One XF 100MP
Best Full Frame System Camera: Nikon D5

Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier
Keynote: Beneath the Thin Blue Line
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Sony
A keynote presentation Beneath the Thin Blue Line by National Geographic photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, co-founders of SeaLegacy, an organization dedicated to creating powerful media to change the narrative around our world’s oceans and to inspire the global community to protect them. Their joint lecture will take the audience on an underwater journey to some of the most remote and beautiful corners of the ocean, and will explore how visual storytelling can help protect the last wild places in the sea. With a special focus on climate change and the fate of coastal people and marine ecosystems, the lecture will showcase the incredible biodiversity of the underwater world. Photos: Cristina Mittermeier

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 21,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, the Official Portfolio Review presented by the Palm Springs Photo Festival, the Lucie Technical Awards, and over 250 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare.

Drone+ Seminar
Saturday, October 22 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Drones are more than just the latest craze. They are a new source of revenue for your business where the sky is the limit. Drone+ at PhotoPlus has gathered all the industry experts and resources in one location to answer questions about features, functions, and general use of drones and how to navigate through FAA regulations to legally operate a drone. Seminars and panel discussions addressing all aspects of drone use will be conducted throughout the day including a panel featuring former FAA counsel Loretta Alkalay, NTSB Examiner John Goglia, DJI’s VP of Policy Brendan Schulman, and others to discuss the current state of drone regulation and what to expect in the future.

Join award-winning photographer George Steinmetz when he shares his amazing aerial films and explains how drones have helped this 25-year veteran best known for his exploration of the unknown, charter new territories never before possible.

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Oct 17 Mon 10am-Noon Met Previews Max Beckmann Show Oct 19

Max Beckmann’s self portrait has the intense flavor and vitality of all his work

Max Beckmann in New York, Opening at The Met on
October 19, Will Spotlight the Artist’s Special Connection
with the City

Exhibition Overview
This exhibition will put a spotlight on artist Max Beckmann’s special connection with New York City, featuring 14 paintings that he created while living in New York from 1949 to 1950, as well as 25 earlier works from New York collections. The exhibition assembles several groups of iconic works, including self-portraits; mythical, expressionist interiors; robust, colorful portraits of women and performers; landscapes; and triptychs.

During the late 1920s, Max Beckmann (1884–1950) was at the pinnacle of his career in Germany; his work was presented by prestigious art dealers, he taught at the Städel Art School in Frankfurt, and he moved in a circle of influential writers, critics, publishers, and collectors. After the National Socialists labeled his works “degenerate” and confiscated them from German museums in 1937, Beckmann left the country and immigrated to Holland, where he remained for 10 years. In 1947, he accepted a temporary teaching position St. Louis, Missouri, and in September 1949, he moved to New York City, which he described as “a prewar Berlin multiplied a hundredfold.” Life in Manhattan energized him and resulted in such powerful pictures as Falling Man (1950) and The Town (City Night) (1950).

In late December 1950, Beckmann set out from his apartment on the Upper West Side of New York to see his Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket (1950), which was on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition American Painting Today. However, on the corner of 69th Street and Central Park West, the 66-year-old artist suffered a fatal heart attack and never made it to the Museum. The poignant circumstance of the artist’s death served as the inspiration for this exhibition.

Max_Beckmann_– Carnival – Oil on_\ canvas

Exhibition Dates:
October 19, 2016–February 20, 2017
Exhibition Location:
The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199

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Oct 7 Fri noon-6pm The Big Chocolate Show (Sat Oct 8 and Sun Oct 9)

Chocolate Lovers Find Smooth Dark Amid Choice Array

Air brushed in beautiful designs this array from Christopher Elbow from Kansas City costs $185 a box but if you have the cash they will transport you to chocolate heaven -unless you are afraid of dyes

If perfection is possible in chocolate making it may have been achieved in all but one respect by Christopher Elbow of Kansas City, whose offerings welcomed visitors at the first table at the Big Chocolate Show this weekend in the vast ground floor show space at the Terminal Stores at 11th Ave and 27th St, where Elbow’s glorious pictorial array of delicately hand and air brush painted round and square morsels were lined up in $185 gift boxes or in a parade of three prime selections for visitors to taste and discover the extraordinary delicacy of their supersoft, light cream ganache filled interiors wrapped in variously sourced chocolate otherwise set off by grey French sea salt and enjoy the clarity and brightness of novel flavors ranging from fresh mint, fresh lemon, real bananas to real strawberries climaxing in “lemon marmalade” globes in colored cocoa butter and white chocolate, all succulent enough to persuade the most dedicated high cacao content fanatics to stray from continuing their search for the ideal in the upper percentages of cocoa content, which are too often a little bitter for the rest of the world to wholeheartedly enjoy, possibly enough to prompt such visitors in search of the ideal to turn on their heels right then and go home convinced they have found it…

Moran Etstein of DrizzleNYC concocts chocolate beauties which may be too good to eat straight away

except perhaps for the small point that their finely varied decoration is not organic, which is a concern of some consumers today, but if so they would have missed other strong rivals for attention at this extensive show, such as the beautifully costumed chocolate torso dolls by Moran Etstein of DrizzleNYC, whose modeling is so lavish and exquisite to the eye that she has packed them in boxes which can be mounted vertically for display if you can’t bear to consume them, which is likely, or the chocolate bars in clean modern design G logo’d covers and the more substantial if less subtle olive oil based quanache of Ron Paprocki ….

Cooking up chocolate bars in a corner of the Gotham kitchen, Ron adds a big G in various forms to his smart cover designs

who cooks his creations up up in a special corner of the kitchen of the Gotham Bar and Grill just off Union Square at 12E12St, or the 100% cacao bar of Pacari, pure but still astonishingly smooth flavored chocolate,

Pacari is one of the crop of new tree-to-bar makers who prove that even 100% cacao can still taste smooth and mild instead of too bitter

The light roast of the cocoa beans may account for the acceptably palatable choclate that results from Pacari even in the pure cacao bar

or the very promising Angovi chocolate from the Ecuadorian company formed last year and devoted to making “the best chocolates in the world” by five high school friends from Ecuador, after they had worked in high finance (J.P. Morgan) and in law as well as in their family plantations, ….

If sheer energy and enthusiasm can propel Angovi chocolate to be the “best in the world” then the IncaKaw brothers in arms from Ecuador will do it

whose Chocolate Bianco bar, for example, contains only 35% cacao yet manages to get away with it in the warm splendor of self indulgent comfort that may envelope you as you eat it, but of the five Ecuadorian tree-to-bar entities at the show the very best chocolate seemed to be the range labeled Minka from the Shiwa Urku Community, of which the 43% dark-and-milk was exemplary in achieving a fine sweet milk without a trace of sugary bloating….

Minka is a community chocolate which achieves the ultimate in sweet plus clear basic bean to please all but the dark fanatics

rivaled at the show only by the communal Grenada cocoa farmers’group Jouvay bars, whose name implies the arrival of a new day for chocolate and certainly backed it up ….

Another example of how dark chocolate can still be light and smooth even at the 70% cacao level.

with their 70% cocoa content bar which achieved a fresh and smooth flavor even at that level of advanced darkness, which otherwise so often loses a wide audience because it passes their boundary of bitterness, although aficianados with a yen for urban sophistication which combines chocolate punch with satisfying substance to the level of real food may find exactly what they love from De Martini in their Praline with Barolo purple wrapped shells of dark chocolate with aromatic filling juiced with Barolo, the reigning royal of wines from Piedmont.

Chocolate is a real food with the aroma of Barolo wine in the purple wrappings from Milan’s De Martini

The Big Chocolate Show


Discover a world of chocolate at the Big Chocolate Show, October 8 & 9, 2016 in NYC! Meet the greatest chocolatiers, artisans, chefs and pastry chefs from around the world.
Discover exceptional chocolate creations, attend live demonstrations, take part in a variety of delicious gourmet activities for both adults and children.

West Chelsea / Manhattan
Terminal Stores – The Waterfront NY
269 Eleventh Avenue (B/W 27th & 28th Street)
New York, NY 10001

Press preview is this Friday, October 7th, from noon to 6. You are also welcome to attend the general admissions sessions on Saturday and Sunday. Visit our website for all the info :


Saturday: 9 AM – 1:30 PM / 2:30 PM – 7 PM
Sunday: 9 AM – 1:30 PM / 2:30 PM – 7 PM

Saturday Main Stage Schedule:
10AM White Chocolate, Pecan, Cranberry and Orange Bark with Kathryn Gordon, Institute of Culinary Education
11AM Hand Rolled Chocolate Truffles with Jessie Riley, Institute of Culinary Education and CityTech
12 PM Breakfast Brownies with Sarah Chaminade, Institute of Culinary Education
1 PM Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookie with Penny from Sugar Couture
3:30PM Chocolate Center Piece: Technique and Decoration with Jacques Torres
4:30PM Five Things I Didn’t Know about Chocolate Before I Started Making It with Michael Laiskonis, Institute of Culinary Education
5:30 Bean to Bar Chocolate -Making at Home with Erin Andrews, Indi Chocolate

Sunday Main Stage Schedule:
10AM GF Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Chocolate Bourbon Sauce with Michelle Tampakis, Whipped Pastry Boutique
11AM Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse inspired by Hervé This, presented by Tamara Stechmach, pastry instructor
12 PM Bean to Bar Chocolate-Making with Erin Andrews, Indi Chocolate
1PM Vegan Buckeyes with Jen King and Liz Guttman, Liddabit Sweets
3:30PM Hot Chocolate Cheesecake with Melanie Underwood, Institute of Culinary Education
4:30PM Bean to Bar Chocolate-making at Home with Erin Andrews, Indi Chocolate
5:30 PM Holiday Spirits from Marie Brizzard

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((Oct 7 Fri Film: ‘Theo Who Lived’ at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas))

Can Theo survive captivity and torture at the hands of Al Quaeda with grace and humor?

Theo showed it is possible to survive captivity and torture at the hands of Al Quaeda with grace and humor

THEO WHO LIVED Director: David Schisgall

In the late fall of 2012, Theo Padnos, a struggling American journalist, slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Because he spoke fluent Arabic, his captors suspected he worked for the CIA and, for months, brutally tortured him during interrogation sessions. But his fluency, coupled with his remarkable personal expansiveness, also led to an extraordinary engagement with, and understanding of, his captors. By the time of his release, twenty-two months later, he had become a confidante of al-Qaeda’s top commander in Syria. In THEO WHO LIVED, Padnos returns to the Middle East and retraces the physical and emotional steps of his harrowing journey, performing his memories, and enacting the fantasy world he created as means of mental escape. A gripping narrative that includes betrayal among the imprisoned, unlikely friendships, and thwarted escapes, THEO WHO LIVED is an intimate portrait of personal resilience, and grace in the face of hate.

THEO WHO LIVED will open in New York on October 7 and Los Angeles on October 21. New York Held Over Thru Oct 20 Thu.

Theo Who Lived

Trailer Theo Who Lived

Web Site Theo Who Lived

NY Mag Article by Theo

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Oct 6 Thu 10-11.30am Morgan shows Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and other Printed Material

The monk from nowhere who defeated the Pope with the printing press

Dissenter who changed church dogma
The Morgan has apparently scooped up the core assets of Germany’s three traveling exhibitions in the US (the others are simultaneous in Atlanta and Minneapolis) celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther, history’s most heroic example of a successful modern dissenter who came from nowhere to lead the Reformation, a revision of the sixteen centuries old dogma of a vast group, the powerful and rich Roman Catholic church, which he had joined as a monk to avoid his father’s plan to make him run the family farm and mining business, by arguing that the Scriptures were the only authoritative text, and after nailing his daring Ninety-Five Theses rudely challenging the Pope’s authority behind indulgences, which raised money for the church coffers by letting off sinners from post mortem punishment, to the Wittenberg castle church door in 1517, though only to start a university debate, which never happened, he refused to back down in his 1521 Diet of Worms trial by Emperor Charles V and his nobles for heresy, was hidden by his supporters and in the end led a huge portion of the congregation to form the separate Protestant belief system in a war of ideas which was essentially won by the newly invented printing press, which also printed his newly popular and more accurate translation of the bible, and his sermons and suggestions how to hold services, and enriched his friend and supporter Lucas Cranach the Elder, the Saxony court painter, who lived down the street in Wittenberg, then a town of only 3,000 souls, and when his writings provoked ten nuns to leave their convent nearby and needed help in finding some other way to live, Luther at 40 married one of them aged 27 and had five children, whose descendants form a large association today, and her support very much helped him achieve his Reformation, and continue the comfortable home life of his childhood amid many artifacts discovered in recent archaeology, such as an inkwell, and decorative tiles, which are included in the Morgan show as evidence that Luther was not as poor as he sometimes claimed in public, which implication that he was not himself totally a saintly man is joined by the tendency toward anti-Semitism he expressed in his later preachings.

The PR:


Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation
October 7, 2016 through January 22, 2017

**Press Preview: Thursday, October 6, 10–11:30 am**

New York, NY, September 9, 2016 — Five hundred years ago a monk in a backwater town at the edge of Germany took on the most powerful men in Europe—the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope—and he won.

Martin Luther’s Reformation ranks among the most successful religious movements in history, altering western society and culture forever, and was a testament to his creative use of communications, notably rapidly evolving print technology, to promote his views. To mark the historic anniversary of Luther posting the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation, a new exhibition opening at the Morgan Library & Museum on October 7, explores the evolution of his movement and its triumphant propagation in text and art. The exhibition will remain on view through January 22.

Word and Image includes more than ninety objects, highlighted by one of the six existing printed copies of the Ninety-Five Theses, and nearly forty paintings, prints, and drawings by the celebrated German Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. Also on view will be Luther’s manuscript draft of his famous Old Testament translation, sculptor Conrad Meit’s exquisite statues of Adam and Eve, and over thirty of Luther’s most important publications. The majority of the works in the show are loans from German museums and have never before been exhibited in the United States.

“The Morgan is internationally recognized for its outstanding collections of early printed books and Northern European prints and drawings, so an exhibition on Martin Luther’s deft use of such material to spread his views is an important and exciting opportunity for us,” said Colin B. Bailey, the museum’s director. “Luther understood that his ideas and public image required textual and visual support on a large scale to engage a mass audience. He took advantage of new developments in printing and befriended accomplished artists such as Cranach the Elder to help him in this effort. The result was a sophisticated melding of word and image, that helped launch a religious and cultural revolution.”

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