I still refuse to watch this show #iran #shahsofsunset
I have been following Banksy’s work for many years now, and I am very happy to report that I have finally seen one of his original works in NYC. The “Concrete Confessional” is right in front of Cooper Union. Maybe Banksy is trying to gear this work towards the design and art students at Cooper Union? I also can’t believe he recently sold his works for $60 a piece in Central Park. I hope to spot another one of his works soon.
Newspaper street art is my kind of installation. Spotted in Greenpoint on Bedford Avenue alongside McCarren Park, I liked the juxtaposition between the newspaper and the tree. So many trees die because we waste paper. Putting the very natural source of paper next to a newspaper snake reminds the viewer that our printed news information is first birthed from mother nature.
Despite the swampy night we are experiencing, fall is here. My life smells like crisp books and new notebooks once again. This is my last year of graduate school at NYU. And yes, you can theorize on what constitutes a “revolution.” My note above is trying to emphasize the contradiction that the author is trying to make. For a revolution to occur, a structural change is necessary in the social and political realms, but what the author here Cornelius Castoriadis is trying to distinguish is that revolutionary theories cannot necessarily explain the historical activity of diverse groups that mobilize over time to launch a revolution. Castoriadis is making the point that no theory can logically define revolution, one must look at the historical experience of the actors involved as well.
The Iran Modern show at the Asia Society Museum is fantastic. The diverse collection features the first major U.S. exhibition of modern Iranian art. Myself and a friend are reflected in Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s epic mirror mosaics. Farmanfarmaian’s work is influenced by Iran’s historic palaces first built during the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736) and later renovated and further embellished by the Qajars. An example is Golestan Palace in Tehran, where small mirror pieces cover whole walls and ceilings in geometric patterns that sparkle like diamonds.
Being in nature is the most calming and relaxing way to feel temporarily liberated from living in a big city like New York. NYC has a lot of perks, but getting away in the woods surrounding Lake Michigan is quite mesmerizing. All of a sudden life becomes simpler. Taking in a breeze of fresh air, walking on the white sand, or hearing the hum of the cicadas and other bugs at night. Like the bubble featured in this photo that probably popped just minutes after I took this photo, my vacation into nature was pleasantly short lived. Now coming back to the hustle and bustle of the city, I feel renewed and ready.
Believe it or not being topless in New York State has been LEGAL since 1992, when the New York Supreme Court ruled “that baring one’s chest in public — for noncommercial activity — is perfectly legal for a woman, as it is for a man,” as reported by The New York Times. Here, two topless women sat around freely on Saturday afternoon in Prospect Park. One woman is laying down and the other woman, who is most visible here is sitting discreetly with her knees up. My intention in posting this picture is to make toplessness less taboo in our society. This woman is certainly not identifiable, and I do not want to disrespect her privacy. In seeing this picture, I hope that more people will become open to the idea that like men women can be topless in public.
It’s been one year since I’ve lived in Park Slope, and after a brief stint with trying to move, I feel so happy about staying put in this neighborhood known for glorious brownstones, Prospect Park, too many strollers, and celebrity residents like actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and comedian John Hodgman, who is a regular at Union Hall for bocce ball and booze. In a stand-up video at Celebrate Brooklyn, Hodgman talks about some myths about Park Slope, including that the children are in charge of the cult-like community. Yeah there are a lot of kiddies here, but there are also a lot of young twenty-somethings like myself. My roommate and I (featured above) are definitely going to continue to rock knee socks this fall.