jess appreciation week || day six: au situation • 70s au

Jess Mariano lives in New York City and works nights at his bar, which is a popular underground location for up and coming punk bands, when he meets Rory Gilmore, who’s struggling to make it as a female journalist in the 1970s. They become fast friends but when their attraction for each other threatens to complicate things they strike up an agreement; keep it clean; no strings attached. Unfortunately this isn’t as easy as it sounds.

just opened:

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY

first solo presentation of Kahlo’s work in New York City in more than 25 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Kahlo’s intense interest in the botanical world. Featuring more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this six-month engagement also reimagines the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, her lifelong home in Mexico City.

pictured: Frida Kahlo. Self-Portrait with Monkeys. 1943.


Animal Crossing is one of my favorite games of all time! I think Nintendo has done a fabulous job with the creation of all of the cute villagers. I spent a few days on a plane ride playing this game and I decided to draw a few of my favorite villagers but I think this might be the only one I post. 


the second life of flowers
 Sirikul Pattachote
The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie St., NYC

first New York gallery exhibition of Thailand born painter Sirikul Pattachote. “The brittle decomposition of a flower at the end of its purpose is a slow and lonely, bittersweet journey. We can use words like this to describe the action because it is so familiar to our own human experience. Just as the flower serves its purpose we serve ours, we both flourish in the sunshine and grow uniquely beautiful before we leave our legacy and drop our petals along the path to becoming a memory. The ephemeral quality of life and matter is a central theme in Pattachote’s work. Through her paintings, she attempts to record and preserve certain memories and impressions that highlight the potential good that lies in everyone and everything.” - thru Aug 7


“Fashion is a reflection of the current state of things, not the other way around.”

Gogo Graham is a transgender fashion designer living and working in New York City. Her most recent collection debuted at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel in September during New York Fashion Week and featured all trans femme models wearing one-of-a-kind designs individually tailored in a celebration of trans femininity. In the words of Gogo, she creates pieces specifically with the trans femmes in mind that she designs for, “so their individual presences permeate the designs and become inextricably linked to the garments and the look.” Read the interview below to learn more.

Read on for more from Gogo Graham here. 

(Photo Source: GUANG)

Fri, Feb 21, 3p:

Theodore’s Drawing Salon
 by Ted Barrow, curated by Alise Tifentale
Engineer’s Office Gallery, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, NYC (bt 48th and 49th St)

These Drawing Salons began with a fascination of 19th century parlor culture combined with an innocuous and particular pleasure taken from drawing with friends. The project will involve a group of artists meeting at the Engineer’s Office Gallery, touring the galleries of Christie’s and drawing a selected group of objects or images on auction, then installing their renditions of these images in the space provided. The drawings, once installed, can be photographed and documented however each artist wants, but left in the space with the understanding that they will likely be taken down and destroyed by a third party. Although the format and size of the paper will not be regulated, ink drawings are a must. Theodore’s Drawing Salon is an attempt to reflect on the seemingly victorious digitalization of the present-day culture. As a comment to the era of easily accessible tools of digital image-making and platforms for image-sharing, the Salon proposes an explicitly analog image-making and image-sharing environment. Yet the Salon will have its online presence and the team will happily engage in discussion and dissemination of the drawings.

pictured: William-Adolphe Bouguereau, The Oreads, 1902