the site-specific installation for Leonor Antunes’ first solo show in New York divides and subdivides the first floor gallery through woven, transparent nets and grids. The play of transparency and concealment choreographs movement for the eye and body amongst these objects which drop delicately from the rope grid above or chassé, freestanding, across the floor. The details of Antunes’ objects linger in the work of the hand which shows through in the expert manipulation of materials of natural and industrial provenance. She sites Maya Deren and Anni Albers as key references to specific objects within the installation, but the perceptual gesamt of the exhibition is, undoubtedly, a nod to Bauhaus subjectivities at large. - Laura Salazar
pictured: Leonor Antunes, a secluded and pleasant land in this land I wish to dwell, 2014 (detail). Installation view: 8th Berlin Biennial. Courtesy the artist and Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo. Photo: Nick Ash
Chrysler Building. Turtle Bay. This Art Deco style skyscraper is located on the east side (42nd and Lexington) of Manhattan. It is perhaps my favorite building not just in Manhattan, but in the world. At 1046 feet, it was the world’s tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It still holds the title of the world’s tallest brick building. After the 9/11 attacks it became the second tallest building in the city until 2007 when the Bank America Tower raised it’s sphere pushing the Chrysler building back to third place. The New York Times building on the west side of Manhattan was completed in 2007 and is the exact same height as the Chrysler. All of these buildings were pushed back a notch when One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
An interesting fact is that the building was used as Chrysler’s headquarters but the company never paid to build it or own it. It was built for Walter P. Chrysler who paid for the construction and owned the building so his family would eventually inherit it. While it was built very quickly (four stories per week), no workers died during it’s construction. The building was in competition as the world’s tallest building with 40 Wall Street which was being built at the same time Downtown. When 40 Wall street was completed, construction crews erected the Chrysler building’s sphere which was hidden in four huge pieces inside the ‘completed’ Chrysler. The 125 foot sphere was erected through a hole at the top of the building in a matter of 90 minutes instantly giving the world’s tallest title to the Chrysler to the surprised dismay of 40 Wall Street.
In 2005, New York’s Skyscraper Museum asked 100 architects, builders, critics, engineers, historians and scholars to choose their favorite building. The Chrysler building came in first place as 90% of them placed the building in their top 10 favorite buildings. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and a New York City Landmark in 1978.
The building is visually stunning day or night as it’s ‘crown’ reflects a lot of light during the day and is beautifully lit at night.
did you start DJing - and what or who were your early influences?
started to DJ about 7 years ago, mostly inspired by my friends who are all
mostly musical or working in the music industry. I was influenced by
everything I came into contact with in NYC: hip hop, R&B, house, disco,
funk, boogie - even things I heard coming out of peoples’ cars or in movies.
was your first gig?
first official gig was in a raw, possibly-abandoned warehouse-ish space in
Brooklyn called the Booty Bodega.
the last song or mix you listened to?
get myself in the mood for this yacht-themed party (and sometimes just ‘cause),
I’ve been listening to one of my favorites mixes, DJ 7L’s Step
Into The AM, from about 4 years ago.
would you describe your fashion style?
I can be fun and quirky one day, and totally minimal or even preppy the next.
was the first concert you went to?
aunt Katie took me to a Journey concert when I was 14.
is your favorite cocktail?
dirty Hendricks martini.
can we find your work outside of the New Museum?
spin on Thursday nights at Von (3 Bleecker St.) and Friday nights at Hudson
Common (356 W. 58th St.). I also have some mixes on my Soundcloud.
This year’s White Party is nautical and yacht-themed,
what is one theme-inspired piece you will be wearing?
A yacht captain hat, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one.
Check out DJ Lily Vanilli’s exclusive mini-mix for the New Museum’s yacht-rock inspired 2015 White Party here.