Friday, January 27, 2012

Busy in the City

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.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Steven, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed our show. If you leave your contact information at, we will be happy to send you announcements about future exhibitions at Ubu Gallery.