Brock Jobe, Greg Landry, and the second-year fellows from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture visited MoMA's conservation labs as a stop on their annual New York trip. I was flattered to be included in their program. Their itinerary is always jam-packed with behind the scenes tours of the city's most important museums, auction houses, and galleries. My classmate, Stephanie Oman, was accompanying the trip for a couple of days. I enjoyed catching up with her, as well as picking her brain about treatment options for one of my projects.
Georges Hugnet: The Love Life of the Spumifers at the Ubu Gallery is the best show that I have seen this month. I had read about the show in the New York Times and immediately knew that this was one not to be missed. I walked down a tight sprialing staircase to a below-ground gallery and was greeted by a room full of vibrant and naughty little creatures painted on early twentieth-century photo postcards, depicting "mademoiselles." Each image was accompanied by text that poetically and humorously described the mating habits of fantastical creatures.
I was invited by Tim Andreadis, a good friend from Winterthur, to attend the Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night at the Park Avenue Armory. It was a posh event with a few celebrity designers (ie, Nate Berkus), many movers and shakers, and a gauntlet of photographers in the entry foyeur. For an antiques show, I was surprised by the variety of dealers, each filling a different niche in the marketplace. Booths featured antiquities, americana, and abstraction. One dealer specialized in vintage wallpaper; another specialized in miniature portraits. Unlike at a museum, guests could pick up pots, sit on furniture, or try on jewelry. I enjoyed testing my eye and hunting for restorations. All in all, it was a wonderful evening.