I was recently at LACMA and in addition to seeing The Sympathetic Imagination, I also saw the Frank Gehry exhibition which includes an incredible collection of architectural models of Gehry’s life’s work. Included was the model for Fondation Louis Vuitton , one of his most recent creations which opened its doors in Paris in 2014.
The Fondation is a museum dedicated to contemporary art and was funded by the LVHM Group which owns brands such as Celine, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, among others. I can’t wait to visit it the next time I am in Paris!
(First photo by me, second photo by Iwan Baan for Fondation Louis Vuitton.)
Do you practice a nighttime ritual? I do. It involves some of the same things which I suspect yours does, if you have one. I wash my face, brush my teeth, lather night cream on my face and read a book for about 45 minutes to an hour. I’m currently reading this. Recently, I’ve added one other thing, I started to use a 5 minute meditation app. It’s great, it gets me in a total state of relaxation. While I am very fortunate in that it has never taken me very long to fall (and stay) asleep, this app has made my sleep even more deep and I love it! I suspect it’s how babies sleep before waking up crying off the top of their lungs to be fed or changed.
Before I discovered this app, I would close my eyes and think of places where I feel happy and relaxed at (see the photo above) then I would begin to drift off to sleep after a few minutes. Now, I simply start knocking out even before the 5 minute meditation is over! You should try it, especially if you have trouble falling asleep. I also recommend this one. Sweet dreams tonight.
(Photo by me)
This past weekend I saw The Sympathetic Imagination by Los Angeles-based artist Diana Thater. The exhibition is a survey of her film and video work. I’d read about it and had been wanting to see it and am so glad I finally did.
The LACMA website describes the works as, “…dynamic, immersive installations.” It goes on to say that they “challenge and invert accepted positions and realities through the deployment of color, movement, scale, and architecture.” It is an extremely accurate description. The colors and images make you feel fully immersed and as though you become one with them. I can’t recommend this exhibition enough.
If you live in LA or plan to visit, go see it. It’s on view until April 17.Luckily for me, I am member of the museum and can return again to see it as many times as I want before its run ends.
(Photo by me of Big Red Sun, 2000 by Diana Thater)
I’ve been watching Downton Abbey since the very first season and am sad to see it end in two weeks. TWO WEEKS!!! As much as I love all the characters and storylines, the one thing that I particularly enjoy seeing is all the clothes. The clothes this season have been particularly gorgeous, especially Lady Mary’s. She looks so modern and chic in every episode. I find myself wanting to wear her outfits every week! You can see some of the clothes worn by her and the other women this season, here. You can also see outfits from last season here.If you watch the series, whose clothes do you most covet?
(Photo by: Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for Masterpiece via Fashionista)
January has come and gone and it flew by, as did the amount of time since I last posted here. A lot has happened since July but I’ll leave the catching up for another day. Today, I am interested in knowing what your favorite movies are. Yesterday was a rainy and very windy day, and I proclaimed it a “lazy day.” I spent it reading and catching up on DVR recordings, as well as updating my Netflix queue.
Earlier in the day I had come across a list of critics’ choices for the top 250 films of all time and while some of my favorites were included such as The Godfather, Parts I & II, Los Olvidados and Annie Hall there were many movies, I’d never heard of that seemed worth watching. While I love films and have many favorites, my absolute all time favorite is Cinema Paradiso. I’ve seen it more times than I care to admit!
What are some of your favorites?
(Image via IMDb)
One of my clients is a ballet company, so I am somewhat immersed in the world of ballet, which isn’t a bad thing to be immersed in at all! As a result, I keep tabs on ballet related news and the other day, I came across this and other photos by Kyle Forman, former New York City Ballet corps de ballet dancer, who has turned into a photographer. His photos show various dancers from New York in different architectural settings, which is not the way most photographers photograph them and which makes Forman’s images unique and interesting to look at.
You can see more photos included in a video here, however, if you’re in Massachusetts, you can see Forman’s exhibit, Bodies/Buildings at Jacob’s Pillow Dance.
(Photo by Kyle Forman via Vanity Fair)
This is indeed, a great historic day!