Ai Weiwei’s fences take on borders and belonging in NYC exhibit
The exhibit, which spans the five boroughs, opens to the public on October 12 and is comprised of more than 300 pieces. Like the Robert Frost poem it references, the show examines the tension and contradictions surrounding borders and those excluded by them, inspired by Ai’s concerns about the global refugee crisis and related geopolitical conflicts. Many of the city sites selected by Ai, once a New York immigrant himself, also have close ties to histories of immigration, protest, and free speech.
“The fence has always been a tool in the vocabulary of political landscaping and evokes associations with words like ‘border,’ ‘security,’ and ‘neighbor,’ which are connected to the current global political environment,”
“But what’s important to remember is that while barriers have been used to divide us, as humans we are all the same. Some are more privileged than others, but with that privilege comes a responsibility to do more,”
New York Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors will be on view October 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018 at sites throughout New York City.
Bonjour, Twenty years go by, and I want to thank you for being part of my journey. All my clothes start with a piece of fabric and then they become something else, I suppose like all of us do. I let them go and they form part of another story, so I’ve been wondering about these special moments so that we can make a guest book of memories, shared moments, how you felt when you first wore one of my pieces. Maybe one of these moments in life that you can hold onto and smile about, forever. To celebrate this milestone, I wanted to invite you to share with me a photo or short video about your Roland Mouret moment.
One doesn’t remember life as a whole but as just a string of theme moments.”
Caitriona’s moment in Mouret shared on her instagram account on August 19, 2017 “Congratulations on 20 years @roland_mouret … It’s been a pleasure to have known you for so many years and get to wear your incredible clothes. You know how to make a woman feel special ❤❤❤ #amomentinmouret”
On the left: Outlander mid-season 1 premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on April 1, 2015.
On the right: She is wearing the RM Burgundy and Black Malroy Gown in Velvet and Crochet Lace from the Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection while attending the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 2nd 2016.
Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765)
“Ancient Rome” (1757)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, City, USA
The painting depicts many of the most significant architectural sites and sculptures from Ancient Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Laocoön and His Sons, and Farnese Hercules. Both Panini and Panini’s patron the Count de Stainville make an appearance in the work, Panini sits in the armchair and the Count de Stainville stands holding a guidebook.
A season five finale fix-it, told from Shaw’s POV, in honour of it being her day today.
This is how it
The payphone rings and
you pause with Bear in the middle of the sidewalk. You debate whether answering
it is a good idea. You almost walk away but something holds you back. Your hand
stretches out to the warm black plastic and you pick it up, hold it to your
phone is set back down and you turn around with a new spring in your step.
You shoot the Machine a smile.
The apartment door is
slightly ajar. You enter with caution, hand on the weapon tucked into the
waistband of your jeans. Bear tugs on his leash. You let him go and the lights
The 56-story Art Deco’s Chanin Building. 122 East 42nd Street, on the west side of Lexington Avenue between 41st. to 42nd. Streets. Irwin S. Chanin-Sloan & Robertson, architects, 1928.
View looking southwest from 42nd Street and Third Avenue, in Spring, 1954. The parking lot in foreground, below Lexington Avenue will be replace by the future Socony-Mobil 45-story skyscraper.
Buildings behind Chanin Building are 275 Madison Avenue (Kenneth Franzheim, 1931) and 100 Park Avenue (Kahn & Jacobs, 1949) at left, and Lincoln Building (James Edwin Ruthver Carpenter, 1930) at rfight.
Photo: Wurts Bros.
Source: Donald Martin Reynolds, “The Architecture of New York City. History and Views of Important Structures, Sites and Symbols” (New York. Macmillan. 1984).
The geese never stop. You expect them to fly south for the winter, or north to Canada for the summer. Instead, they remain, unfazed. Your lawn is geese. Your playground is geese. You soccer field is geese. All is geese, and you are afraid.
In 1883, an Atlantic City shop owner’s taffy store was flooded by the ocean. He jokingly offered he ruined candy to a young girl, who old everyone she knew about this “salt water taffy”. The story serves as the origin of one of New Jersey’s best foods, and also as a testament of why you should ALWAYS take candy from strangers.
Wawa is not a convenience store. Wawa is not a Native American word for goose. Wawa is a lifestyle. Do not reject Wawa. If you do, the geese will know, and they will find you. The geese always find you.
Things happen in the Pine Barrens. You are not sure what. When asked by outsiders to explain why you fear the forest, you cannot elaborate, only describe the creeping panic you feel as you lose your way in the woods.
No one sees when you sneak out to the cranberry bogs on your camping trip to drink with your friends. Except the Jersey Devil. The Jersey Devil sees all, and will soon spirit you away in his great leathery wings if you don’t leave his grounds.
You go to college out of state, and whenever you come home, you feel that vague, polluted something creep back into your system. Your throat becomes dry, and your skin begins to break out in acne. You are convinced it is a curse from the Jersey Devil, or possibly the result of living near highway fumes.
People complain that New Jersey has too many roads, but you don’t understand. On those roads are businesses, and those businesses contain things you need. Everything you need is within 15 minutes of your home. You never have to leave. Ever.
When you do leave, you tell people where you came from. They give you a look of pity, and you wonder if they know something about your home that you don’t.
Your blood is tied to the sea. A summer without visiting the shore is a summer wasted, just like your body, wasting away as the call of overpriced gelato and brown ocean waves saps at your lifeblood. You cannot bear it anymore, you drive to Seaside Heights and dip in the same questionable tidepools as your forefathers: Pauly D and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. You pay them homage with a new bacterial infection.
Your home is trapped between D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. No national news covers New Jersey. No job posting sites give you New Jersey jobs when you put in your zip code. Nothing happens within the border of the Delaware River. New Jersey does not exist. It is not a place, but a void, an afterlife where your life’s savings are reborn as income tax.
The future site of Knickerbocker Village. The now defunct Hamilton St. (Lung Block) is on the left and Monroe St. is on the right. The rear of the new St. Joseph’s Church and its twin steeples can be seen on the right. The skyscrapers in the background are (left to right), the Cities Services Building (most recently the AIG building and 70 Pine St.), the Bank of Manhattan Trust Building (40 Wall St. - now a Trump Building), and the Singer building, located at the corner of Broadway and Liberty St., which was sadly demolished in 1968.