Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves at The Museum of Modern Art

November 25, 2013–February 17, 2014

The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, second floor

Ten Thousand Waves (2010) is an immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors’ movement through the space. The original inspiration for the recently acquired, 50-minute moving image installation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest England.

Isaac Julien. Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves). 2010. Endura Ultra photograph I, 180 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Isaac Julien. Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves). 2010. Endura Ultra photograph I, 180 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Julien poetically interweaves contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths—including the fable of the goddess Mazu (played here by Maggie Cheung), which comes from the Fujian Province, from where the Morecambe Bay workers originated. In one section, the Tale of Yishan Island, Julien recounts the story of 16th-century fishermen lost and imperiled at sea. Central to the legend is the sea goddess figure who leads the fishermen to safety. In a preceding section, shot at the Shanghai Film Studios, actress Zhao Tao takes part in a re-enactment of the classic 1930s Chinese film The Goddess. Additional collaborators include calligrapher Gong Fagen, the film and video artist Yang Fudong, cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi and poet Wang Ping from whom Julien commissioned “Small Boats”, a poem that is recited in Ten Thousand Waves.

Isaac Julien. Ten Thousand Waves. 2010. Installation view, Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Nine-screen installation, 35mm film transferred to High Definition 9.2 surround sound, 49’ 41”.  Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph: Peter Haroldt

Isaac Julien. Ten Thousand Waves. 2010. Installation view, Bass Museum of Art, Miami. Nine-screen installation, 35mm film transferred to High Definition 9.2 surround sound, 49’ 41”. Courtesy of the artist, Metro Pictures, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Photograph: Peter Haroldt

The installation is staged on the streets of both modern and old Shanghai, and includes music and sounds that fuse Eastern and Western traditions. The installation’s sound structure is as immersive as its sequenced images, with contributions from, among others, London-based musician Jah Wobble and the Chinese Dub Orchestra, and an original score by Spanish contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear.

London-based Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. After graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1984, he came to prominence with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston, a poetic exploration of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Informed by his film background, Julien’s gallery installations form fractured narratives that reflect a critical thinking about race, globalization, and representation. In 2008 MoMA MoMA_Logocoproduced Julien’s film Derek (2008), a filmic biography of the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.

Ten Thousand Waves was conceived and created over four years. In a reflection of the movement of people across continents, audiences move freely around the Marron Atrium with the ability to watch from whatever vantage points they choose.

It was organized by Sabine Breitwieser, former Chief Curator (until January 31, 2013), with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, major support for the exhibition is provided by Leila and Mickey Straus. Additional funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, and the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.

Holiday 2013: Be Well-Equipped For Holiday Food Preparation

Kitchen knife experts recommend five knives for the holidays And Other Ultimate Kitchen Tools for Holiday Entertaining

The season for chopping, slicing and dicing is almost upon us and with that thought in mind, the experts at CUTCO Cutlery advise that you have the right tools for the upcoming holiday cooking frenzy.

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays.    (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Chef knives are go-to knives for all the chopping, dicing and mincing required during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

From creating multi-course holiday dinners to simple finger foods for cocktail parties, these five knives are holiday essentials,” said Kathleen Donovan, senior public relations coordinator for CUTCO. “Having them on hand and making sure they’re sharp will help make food preparation run more smoothly.”

The following are essential tools for preparing your Thanksgiving, Christmas and other meals. These knives were selected by CUTCO’s culinary advisory board and its fans on Facebook as the most essential for the holidays:
Paring knives for trimming vegetables and meat, peeling and cleaning potatoes, and sectioning citrus fruit.
Chef knives or santoku knives (an Asian-inspired knife) for chopping and mincing onions and celery for the stuffing, cubing hearty squash and cutting other veggies.
— A bread knife for slicing warm breads and rolls for the dinner table, and slicing crusty baguettes for appetizers.
— A carving knife for disjointing turkey legs, carving the turkey and slicing ham.
— A cheese knife for creating a party platter of cheese, salami and tomatoes.

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays.  (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

Carving knives are must-haves for all of those carving needs during the holidays. (PRNewsFoto/CUTCO Cutlery)

If you’re on a budget and just beginning a quality knife collection, the chef’s knife and paring knife will get you through all your holiday prep,” said Barbara Seelig-Brown, cookbook author and host of the PBS show Stress Free Cooking. Continue reading

Halloween 2013: Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash October 25, 26, 27 and 31st, 2013 at the Miami Seaquarium

Little ghosts and goblins get set for big fun at Miami’s biggest kid-friendly Halloween Extravaganza – Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash returning for its 19th year on October 25 – 27 and 31st, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m to the Miami Seaquarium ( www.miamiseaquarium.com).  A 50% discount on day or evening Monster Splash admission is available until October 22 at www.miamiseaquarium.com/monstersplash.

With more ghoulish treats and ghostly fun than ever before, this year’s event features trick-or-treating at Sharky’s Sweet

Miami Seaquarium Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Miami Seaquarium Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Miami Seaquarium)

Tooth Station; kiddie rides and bounce houses at the Little Monsters Play Area; the Monsters in the Mangrove Haunted Walk; Flipper’s Dance Party and the only place in Miami to enjoy Halloween themed marine animal shows.  Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash is a safe Halloween alternative for kids and their families.

Halloween themed marine animal shows to give guests a fright during Monster Splash Daytime Splash & Nighttime Bash includes a daytime Superheroes Killer Whale Show, Flipper’sThrills and Chills, Finding Nemo sea lion show along with the splashy fun of the Swashbuckling Pirate Top Deck Dolphin Show.

Admission for the Daytime Splash is regular park admission which is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). Special admission price for the Nighttime Bash is only $24.95 plus tax after 5:00 p.m. for adults, and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years) after 5:00 p.m. For more information on Miami Seaquarium, please call 305-361-5705 or visit www.miamiseaquarium.com.

Miami Seaquarium, a privately owned company, is an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, an international organization committed to the care and conservation of marine mammals. Accreditation by the Alliance means this facility meets or exceeds all the standards of excellence for marine mammal care, husbandry, conservation and education.

The Votes are In: Conde Nast Traveler Readers Name Wynn Las Vegas and Encore the Number One Resort in Las Vegas

TOP DISTINCTION AWARDED FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have been voted  “Best Resort in Las Vegas” in the 26th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. A record-breaking 79,268 readers participated in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. Over a million votes were cast for more than 16,000 properties around the world to determine the world’s best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines and airlines. Wynn excelled in the Top 10 Hotels in Las Vegas, securing no. 1 in this category.

Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious

Wynn Las Vegas logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

Wynn Las Vegas logo. (PRNewsFoto/Wynn Las Vegas)

guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 15 restaurants, a nightclub, spa and salon, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

Encore, an expansion of Wynn Las Vegas, opened on December 22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and features a 2,034 all-suite hotel, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 6 restaurants, 2 night clubs, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail outlets.

The 12,000 members of our Wynn family are so focused on creating memorable experiences for our guests, it’s truly gratifying to all of us to be recognized by frequent and sophisticated travelers,” said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. “Making our guests happy is what we enjoy doing every day.”

Readers rated the resort’s dining options, location, overall design, rooms, service, and activities/facilities. Wynn and Encore scored an overall rating of 92.2. Survey participants praised the resort’s “outstanding rooms” noting, that the “suites are meticulous about every detail” and that “the hotel has amazing facilities.” For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, visit http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco Launches Special Treatment Line with Natura Bissé

The mandarin oriental, San Francisco

The Mandarin oriental, San Francisco

The Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco (www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco) is delighted to announce its partnership with Spanish skincare company, NATURA BISSÉ and unveil new treatments at the hotel’s award-winning spa beginning November 18, 2013. Each quintessential beauty treatment focuses on facials and body treatments to regenerate and energize the skin.

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The 158-room Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco is located in the heart of the city and offers unparalleled panoramic views of the bay and beyond from the top 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building, 345 California Center. Having recently completed an extensive refurbishment during its 25th Anniversary year with the addition of Brasserie S&P restaurant and bar, and an 8,000 square foot Spa and Fitness Center, the hotel is consistently ranked among the world’s top hotels by leading authorities. Features include Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ 2013 and Readers Choice Awards 2012 ‘Top 25 Hotels in N. California’, Institutional Investor’s ‘World’s Best Hotels 2012’, Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best Hotels’ Awards 2011, U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Hotels in the USA’, and is one of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report’s 2011 ‘Top 20 City Hotels in the World’.

NATURA BISSÉ www.naturabisse.es founded in 1979 by Ricardo Fisas Mulleras, is a prestigious Spanish luxury skincare company. A leader in research, development and innovation, NATURA BISSÉ’s formulas are created with the maximum concentration of cutting-edge, highly effective, active ingredients and is the International choice of A-list celebrities, their stylists and make-up artists, with a wealth of the world’s most beautiful and photographed women using the products as part of their secret beauty. Continue reading

New Yacht, Cheoy Lee’s Alpha Series Express- The 87′ Express Sportbridge, to Debut at Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show:

Cheoy Lee’s www.cheoylee.com Alpha Series Express Yacht  www.cl-alpha.com line adds a new 87 Express Sportbridge, debuting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 31-November 4 at Face Dock 6, Bahia Mar.

The 87′ Express Sportbridge’s open cockpit resembles the sleek Alpha 76′ Express Flybridge Yacht, providing versatile options for navigation and passenger pleasure. The dual platform hull configuration, created by Michael Peters Yacht Design, melds Cheoy Lee’s history of building high-speed transports with Peters’ expertise in designing race boats and

Alpha logo. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

Alpha logo. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

luxury yachts. The first aerodynamic and powerful Alpha 76 Express earned the prestigious 2012 World Yachts Trophy in Cannes.

Peters compares yacht design to a beautiful woman.  People may agree she is beautiful without pinpointing her qualities.  “It is the designer’s job to know why a yacht is beautiful.  The hull and deck lines must work together harmoniously–combining proportion, detail and form. Cheoy Lee gave us a free hand in design and did a beautiful job of execution.”

The exterior flows into the Luiz de Basto-designed interior, adding international, contemporary styling and clean, functional lines. De Basto’s megayacht work and preference for luxurious wood, leather, marble and glass, complement the building expertise of Cheoy Lee.  “It is difficult to find workmanship of this caliber in yachts of this size,” he says, “We wanted to establish the Alpha brand in an upscale position and Cheoy Lee embraced the idea. The custom sliding glass doors open completely, offering seamless flow from the salon, bar and galley to the aft deck–even the floor pattern integrates the formal interior and open space.”

Cheoy Lee's Alpha Series Express Yacht. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

Cheoy Lee’s Alpha Series Express Yacht. (PRNewsFoto/Cheoy Lee Shipyard)

On the aft deck lounge, spacious facing settees offer socializing and sunning space; an awning retracts into the pilothouse roof, providing weather or sun protection. Twin stairs lead from the aft deck to the swim platform and garage that can house a 10′ tender; above is an optional hot tub–or with cushions, a sun pad. A port staircase flows up to the flybridge with an unobstructed view where pilot and passengers enjoy the sizable exterior lounge and forward settee.

Four state rooms with en suite heads and showers offer luxurious comfort and privacy. The full-beam master has a king size bed, lounging space, walk-in closet, vanity, walk-in shower and double sinks.   A queen VIP stateroom, also forward, complements a queen guest cabin to port and a twin cabin to starboard, all lushly furnished, providing unusual spaciousness and storage.

Easily accessible crew quarters boast the same luxurious appointments and lead directly to the engine room which houses impeccably rigged mechanical fixtures, all conveniently accessed for service. Performance is key to this yacht, powered with C-32 Caterpillar 1900 hp ACERTS; 30+ knots is expected given the powerful pedigree of the Alpha 87 hull.

The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach Collection – Legendary Hotel’s Evolving Visual Art Collection with Art from James Turrell, Ai WeiWei and Tracey Emin, Among Others

A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience.  A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guest rooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges including three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants 6fa6b84f08610848eb51cdcef53b7e86Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues including the world-famous LIV Nightclub; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas and sun loungers; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes.

Since opening in 1954, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach has been an icon of Miami style and design, and a revered architectural landmark in the city.  Following a $1 billion renovation and expansion in 2008, the hotel, under the direction of Jacquelyn Soffer, has since cultivated a world-class visual arts collection that will debut a commissioned piece from British artist Tracey Emin during Art Basel Miami Beach in December. In the coming month, the program will be formally unveiled as The Art of Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Designed to attract, entertain and educate its guests, Art Basel Miami Beachwill also provide global recognition of Fontainebleau’s brand as an innovative force in the visual arts.

Soffer is a natural fit to spearhead The Art of Fontainebleau. Her expertise in bringing unique installations to the public is evident through her work at the nearby Aventura Mall.  Soffer is a principal of Turnberry Associates, a company with holdings that include both Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Aventura Mall. Recognizing the positive impact that art has on the community, Aventura Mall embarked on a cultural initiative named Turnberry for the Arts, led by Soffer. Combining contemporary art and education, Turnberry for the Arts features works throughout the mall by renowned international and South Florida artists in a variety of mediums. On display are installations by Louise Bourgeois, Donald Baechler, Gary Hume, Julian Opie, Jorge Pardo, Jaume Plensa, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Arsham, Tom Otterness and Friends With You.

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Bringing her expertise, personal relationships and a passion for contemporary art to her role at Fontainebleau, Soffer has curated the resort’s multi-million dollar collection with work that is unique, original and site-specific. With care and attention paid to the integration of each piece into the resort’s total architecture and design, The Art of Fontainebleau Collection is defined by a select number of world-class visual artists and thinkers, each with a significant impact on the look and feel of Fontainebleau.

The opportunity to build an art collection within a space that is itself a work of art is incredibly rewarding.  The resort provides such an iconic backdrop that I wanted to make sure the art didn’t upstage the environment and at the same time, that the design of the hotel didn’t take away from the impact of the art,” noted Soffer. “I also wanted to give Fontainebleau’s global guests and Miami locals the chance to see some of the foremost talents of contemporary art at every turn during their visit,” continued Soffer.

The Art of Fontainebleau Collection includes more than 20 pieces, with the next acquisition to debut in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. Fontainebleau along with The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to create new limited-edition works to commemorate her first U.S. museum exhibition Tracey Emin: Angel Without You. The items, which include a limited-edition beach towel, flip-flop sandals and T-shirt, will be available for purchase at the MOCA Shop and at Fontainebleau Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach week in December.  In addition, to celebrate the collaboration, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has acquired the neon work I Followed You to The Sun, (2013) by Emin for installation at the resort.

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel's evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work "I Followed You to The Sun," (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach.  (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

Jacquelyn Soffer curates legendary hotel’s evolving visual art collection. The latest installation Fontainebleau Miami Beach acquired includes the neon work “I Followed You to The Sun,” (2013) by Tracey Emin, which will debut at the resort in December during a special event with the artist during Art Basel Miami Beach. (PRNewsFoto/Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

The resort is currently developing a booklet with a self-guided tour for The Art of Fontainebleau Collection. It will include the details of each work, their location in the resort and significance to the property to educate guests on Fontainebleau’s collection. Highlights of Fontainebleau’s permanent artists and works on display include: Continue reading