Monday, July 3, 2017

Calder: Hypermobility - Whitney Museum Exhibit - June 9–Oct 23, 2017

The best time to visit the Whitney Museum is during the summer, when you can explore amazing modern and avant-garde art and round off your day there with their amazing view of the Meatpacking District on their super spacious rooftop.

For fans of mobile sculptures, check out their current exhibit: Calder: Hypermobility, which focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. 

Alexander Calder (1898 1976), The Arches, 1959. Painted steel, 106 × 107 1/2 × 87in. (269.2 × 273.1 × 221 cm)

This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures for an opportunity to experience the works in motion. Regular activations of sculptures will occur in the galleries, revealing the creative kinetic nature of Calder’s work. 

Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Untitled, 1942. Wood, wire, glass, and string, 52 3/4 × 26 × 12 in. (134 × 66 × 30 cm)

Calder’s sculptures are influenced in part by the artist’s fascination with choreography and performance; as reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.

The exhibition is organized by Jay Sanders, Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance, with Greta Hartenstein, senior curatorial assistant, and Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant.

Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Aluminum Leaves, Red Post, 1941. Painted sheet metal, 60 3/4 × 40 3/4 × 42 1/2 in. (154.3 × 103.5 × 108 cm). The Lipman Family Foundation

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Chef's Counter Club Opening - Soho, New York City

The "fine-fast" dining concept is quickly proliferating in the restaurant scene of New York City as the industry tries to find ways to build a sustainable business in an environment of rising storefront rents.  A number of well known fine dining restaurants of renowned chefs have closed in New York City in the past several years, notably the closing of Tom Colicchio's CraftBar restaurant in the Flatiron district. 

One of our favorite casual fine dining restaurants in New York City is the newly opened Chef's Counter Club in Soho.  You can go and sample quick and affordable options for tasting popular dishes from some of the world's finest chefs.  The menu is curated by Didier Elena, a 20 year Alain Ducasse alumnus. 

Didier Elena, Jean-Georges Vongeritchen posing with the staff of Chef's Club Counter

So what's unique about the Chef's Club Counter?  It's not your usual artisanal foodcourt where some dishes may be instagram popular but taste amateurish.

Eggslut : Originally a pop up food truck in Los Angeles, Eggslut has quickly gained a following for their original egg dishes that include the Fairfax, the Slut, and the Soho Salmon.  Most notable is the Slut, which is eggs poached in a glass jar with silk smooth potato puree, which reminds us of an amuse bouche dish you would get at a really fancy meal.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten : Here you can get a JG burger slider, any burger we've ever had at a Jean-George restaurant is a burger you wish you can have, well all the time!  The JG Burger has avocados, pepperjack cheese, and Russian dressing.

George Mendes's Aldea : Portugese Food - one of the finest heartiest cuisines in the world is generally not too easy to find even in New York City.  We can only wish we saw more casual yet delicious Portugese food in NYC but this is a good start indeed.

Duck Rice Dish from Aldea