Monday, April 4, 2011

What's red and white all over?

These last few days have been chock full of goodness. First we went to the the "Infinite Variety, Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts" show at the Park Avenue Armory. The show was made possible by Joanna S. Rose who gifted her collection of quilts to the American Folk Art Museum. When you walked into the Armory it was a magical experience with the quilts floating all around like a house of cards. Thinc Design conceived the installation. Admission was free as part of Ms. Rose's gift to the City of New York and it was only on display for six days, I'm so glad I got to see it. If you missed it the American Folk Art Museum with the curator, Elizabeth V. Warren will be copublishing a fully illustrated catalog of the event.

Next up, I took advantage of Free first Saturday of the month at the Brooklyn Museum and saw the Norman Rockwell show which was A M A Z I N G! The show is only up until April 12th and I highly encourage everyone to see you don't need to be a fan, or artist to appreciate the work. The show exhibits his use of highly directed photography to create his illustrations next to the paintings, preliminary sketches, and magazine tears from the Saturday Evening Post. And for those photgraphy dorks like myself they have a couple of pieces of photography equipment that Rockwell used in created his stills. He always acted as art director in his pictures and he hired professional photographers and paid friends and neighbors to pose for the photos. The picture below was the only photograph that Norman Rockwell was hired to direct by Eastman Kodak for a Colorama Ad.

I checked out two other exhibitions while at the Brooklyn Museum, "reOrder: An Architectural Environment" by Situ Studio. The Great Hall was transformed into glowing giant mushroom like fabric sculptures which also function as places to sit and relax. Situ Studio was founded in 2005 by five Cooper Union architecture students. The third show was a small group of photographs by Sam Taylor Woods: "Ghosts"of the Yorkshire Moors, inspired by Emily Bronte's, Wuthering Heights.

Saturday and Sunday I took advantage of the mild weather and took my bike out for a spin. I spent the early part of the day in Prospect Park on Saturday but yesterday I rode down to Red Hook, stopping in to the Brooklyn General Store, a sweet little crafty needs shop. Their supplies consist mostly of yarn and knitting supplies, not much for crocheters and a little collection of fabrics. Of course I picked up some superwash yarn in a sunny yellow, I want to make a new hat for next winter with the new pattern book I got in Japan, Star Crochet (will post later)

Brooklyn General Store

Red Hook

Getting there:
Brooklyn General Store
128 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY

Take the F or G to Carroll St Station

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