Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bakeries, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Bensonhurst isn't pretty at all, but it has a lot of pathos. It's a busy suburb that feels forgotten by the rest of the city. There are dated Italian pastry shops filled with elaborate cakes and the huge roads are clogged with traffic. Above, on the afternoon I visited, storm clouds gathered.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Recommendations: Sophie Calle's 'The Chromatic Diet', 1998

I really enjoyed Art and Food: Rituals Since 1851, the section of the Milan Expo dedicated to art, held at the Triennale. It's a huge exhibition — we had about four hours there, and had to really rush through the second half. The exhibition begins with impressionist paintings of markets, dinners and chefs, moves through a late nineteenth century Campari bar, early and mid-century design, some fun Lichtenstein sculptures, before moving on to recent, playful pieces like Tom Sach's 'Nutsy McDonalds'. There are clips from films playing throughout, and a wonderful cabinet of nineteenth century menus and books about food.

I particularly liked Sophie Calle's 'The Chromatic Diet,' which I hadn't seen before.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

London Summer


I spent two months in London this summer; these are some pictures (from my cellphone, again).

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Selgascano's 2015 Serpentine Pavilion

I went to see Selgascano's Serpentine Pavilion today, with a friend. I liked it and, now, a few hours later, I like it even more — because I keep thinking about it and enjoying it and wanting to go back, again, to see it at different times of day. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Last Days in Paris

I left France on the 27th of July, and so today, it seems, marks a month since my last day there. The last day was a Sunday, and Nick and I spent the afternoon on the Île de la Grande Jatte.* We walked in the rain and visited the Maison de la Peche et de la Nature, where fish ate out of our hands and we were introduced to a crayfish named Alice.