“June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite”, Now Open at The Whitney

June Leaf (b. 1929), Head, 1975.

june Leaf (b. 1929), Head, 1975. Pen and ink and colored pencil on paper, 13 7/8 × 19 7/8 in. (35.2 × 50.5 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

Opening today, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite presents the artist’s remarkable achievement in drawing over the past five decades. In addition to drawings, installed to suggest the way the works have inhabited Leaf’s studio, the exhibition also includes a smaller selection of the artist’s sculpture and painting.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Harvey, c. 2004–05.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Harvey, c. 2004–05. Pastel and charcoal on paper, 29 1/2 × 34 1/2in. (74.9 × 87.6 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

June Leaf’s vision is deeply personal and bravely frank in addressing the frailties of the human condition. Her work falls within a trajectory of the fantastic: the fraught, symbolic mental landscapes introduced into Western art by Hieronymus Bosch and continuing in various strains with Francisco Goya, James Ensor, Odilon Redon, and the Surrealists. Leaf’s imagery frequently suggests a direct and physical struggle between men, women, and unseen forces, with control up for grabs and outcomes uncertain. She often combines ink, charcoal, and chalk with acrylic paint in vibrant colors on mottled, distressed surfaces. With a skittering touch, she builds shape with an almost paradoxically unstable force—her forms can look as if they are in the process of becoming and might dissolve at any moment. Leaf lets the chance of splotches and splatters interact with more deliberate rendering, her virtuosity and control always present.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Man (Dreaming), 1972.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Man (Dreaming), 1972. Acrylic, and brush and ink on paper, 24 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (62.9 × 101 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

June Leaf (b. 1929), Mother-Ballroom, c. 1978 (detail).

June Leaf (b. 1929), Mother/Ballroom, c. 1978 (detail). Pen and ink, fiber-tipped pen, graphite pencil, rubbing, and colored pencil on paper, 27 × 21 in. (68.6 × 53.3 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

June Leaf (b. 1929), Robert Enters the Room, 1973.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Robert Enters the Room, 1973. Acrylic, collage, gelatin silver prints, and pen and ink on paper, 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

The show will be on view through July 17, 2016 in the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery on the Museum’s main floor, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge. June Leaf: Thought Is Infinite is organized by Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing, with artist Alice Attie.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Study for Woman Monument, 1975.

June Leaf (b. 1929), Study for Woman Monument, 1975. Pen and ink, and acrylic on paper, 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

June Leaf (b. 1929), The Tin Barrel, 2015.

June Leaf (b. 1929), The Tin Barrel, 2015. Acrylic, charcoal, and collage on paper, 30 × 22 in. (76.2 × 55.9 cm). Collection of the artist. Photograph by Alice Attie

Lands’ End Introduces Canvas by Lands’ End

This week, Lands’ End launched Canvas by Lands’ End, a youthful, modern collection for men and women. The line was designed in America and developed in Italy, with strong global influences in all aspects of the styling, design and fit; the Canvas by Lands’ End label is inspiring and attainable.

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Canvas by Lands’ End(TM). Available at http://www.canvasbylandsend.com (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

Brush strokes on dresses, star prints, and vibrant colors epitomize independence and individuality. The collection’s simple and chic approach allows the strong silhouettes to take center stage with versatile pieces that emphasize a comfortable ease in fit. Each piece can be worn day into night and week into weekend. Craftsmanship and elevated design is the cornerstone of Canvas by Lands’ End, featuring a range of fabrics woven in Italy, tailored by expert patternmakers with fit expertise, with original hand-painted graphic designs.

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Canvas by Lands’ End(TM), a youthful, modern collection for men and women. Available at wwwcanvasbylandsend.com (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

From designer styles to relaxed looks, the collection features dresses, sweaters, tops, pants and jackets for both men and women. Some of the favorites from the collection for women include the long sleeve silk tee, $85, the elbow sleeve dress, $165, the long jumpsuit, $175, the pencil skirt, $95, and the short swing parka for $275. For men, the long sleeve chambray shirt, $69, the cotton slub hoodie, $129, chambray suit trousers, $99, and the barracuda jacket for $169, are just a few of the great new styles available.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery April 2016 Programs

Program location is noted with each program. Programs are free and open to the public unless ticket information is noted.


Art Talks and Activities

Yoga in Luce

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6 – 7:30pm

Bring your mat and relax with this vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. Participants will be invited to reflect on a Luce Center artwork of their choosing before a credentialed instructor from Flow Yoga Center leads a one hour, all levels class.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: $10, Must pre-register online

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118351429 

Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 5:30pm

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for gallery conversations about artworks presented by an ASL gallery guide. For more information email wilsoncl@si.edu.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in F Street Lobby

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D117380432

Artist Talk with Janet Echelman

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2pm

Hear artist Janet Echelman discuss her immersive work 1.8, a suspended net that surges across the Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon in waves evoking a tsunami. Echelman discusses how she creates her woven pieces and how the Renwick’s architecture inspired this work.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112327

Luce Artist Talk with Soomin Ham

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1:30pm

Join Flashpoint Gallery’s exhibiting artist Soomin Ham at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center as she discusses her work in photography and mixed media and where it falls in the progression of art history.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D115173557

Artist Talk with Eric Serritella

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2pm

Hear a talk at the Renwick Gallery from ceramicist Eric Serritella, whose trompe l’oeil works challenge ideas about nature and the environment. He discusses the variety of processes he uses, including the wheel, hand-building techniques, carving, and firing.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 2nd Floor

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112383

WONDER Gallery Talk with Seán Brady

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, noon

Get a closer look at Jennifer Angus’s Renwick Galleryinstallation In the Midnight Garden with a talk from Seán Brady, chair of the Entomology Department at the National Museum of Natural History.

Location: Renwick Gallery, 1st Floor, Meet at Information Desk

Tickets: Free

Event Link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118112396 Continue reading

Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts Presents Inka Essenhigh’s Paintings of Dreamlike Environments, Linking the Ethereal with the Everyday

“Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds” May 27–October 9, 2016

Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds, on view in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery from May 27 to October 9, 2016, features paintings and prints created over the past decade that connect dreamlike visions steeped in mysticism with allusions to twenty-first-century reality. Evoking a wide range of folklore and allegorical traditions as well as surrealist approaches to tapping into the unconscious, Essenhigh’s work both delights and challenges viewers’ understanding of how nature and humanity, as well as time and distance, are entwined.

Inka Essenhigh. City Street, 2013.Oil on linen, 60 x 70 inches. Courtesy of Jacob Lewis Gallery and the artist, New York

Inka Essenhigh. City Street, 2013.Oil on linen, 60 x 70 inches. Courtesy of Jacob Lewis Gallery and the artist, New York

Inka Essenhigh. The Woodsman, 2012

Inka Essenhigh. The Woodsman, 2012. Oil on canvas, 72 x 68 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Inka Essenhigh

Born in 1969, Inka Essenhigh earned her BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her works are in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Tate Modern, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Inka Essenhigh. Saint in the Snow, 2011

Inka Essenhigh. Saint in the Snow, 2011. Painted monotype printed from a steel matrix, 17 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. Courtesy of Pace Prints and the artist, New York

Essenhigh was included in the Frist Center’s 2012 presentation of Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, which featured contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal, or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires, and fears. Addressing the recurring sense of duality in Between Worlds, Chief Curator Mark Scala notes, “In these paintings, boundaries are melted: interior becomes exterior; solid becomes fluid; the sensual overlaps with the absurd; plant becomes human; clarity and mystery coexist. Continue reading

Save The Date: The 38TH Annual Museum Mile Festival


Images by Robin Schatell

Now celebrating its 38th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival will take place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting seven of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening.museummile_banner_2

Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes a strollers’ haven for New York City’s biggest block party. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries and live music from jazz to Broadway tunes to string quartets is featured in front of several of the museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; The Museum of the City of New York; and El Museo del Barrio are the seven institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration.

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. The first festival, held in June of 1978, was an instant success. Not only did it expose New Yorkers and NYC visitors to an incredible collection of New York’s artistic riches, it also brought together disparate New Yorkers. From the barrios of East Harlem and the townhouses lining the Upper East Side, to the winding streets of the Village and the clustered neighborhoods of the outer-boroughs, people came to celebrate their shared pride in their city. Museum Mile Festival promoted public awareness through increased visibility, accessibility and attendance at all the museums, and brought many New Yorkers to upper Fifth Avenue for the first time.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at Night

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at Night

Museum Mile Festival’s reach now goes far beyond New York City. Thousands of tourists from around the country and world make their trip to Museum Mile Festival a yearly vacation tradition. Total attendance records over its thirty-seven years have surpassed one million visitors, and because of the success of the festival and the work of consortium, the City of New York officially designated Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets as “Museum Mile”­ further cementing the area as one of the city¹s major cultural resources.

The 2016 Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.

Additional street entertainers perform along Fifth Avenue all evening. Special Exhibitions on view include:

Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion, exploring the artist and designer’s daring exploration of race, gender and the body through fashion, at El Museo del Barrio;

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, featuring more than 200 works by this distinguished artist, and showcasing her keen eye for the absurdities and insecurities that permeate daily life, including many situations that are particular to New York City, at the Museum of the City of New York;

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History, the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur, at the Jewish Museum;

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, exploring aesthetic innovations through 250 works by 63 designers from around the globe, at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum;

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of László Moholy-Nagy to appear in the United States in nearly fifty years, revealing a utopian artist who believed that art could work hand-in-hand with technology for the betterment of humanity, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum;

Gustav Klimt‘s iconic portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I at Neue Galerie New York; and

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, exploring how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

(Details on the Festival’s complete offerings can be found at www.MuseumMileFestival.org._)


El Museo del Barrio: Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion; Figure and Form: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection; Joiri Minaya: Redecode; Sarah Zapata: Siempre X

Museum of the City of New York: Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs; New York’s Yiddish Theater: From Bowery to Broadway; Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700 -1860; and Activist New York

The Jewish Museum: Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History; Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist; Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes; Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait; The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends; Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey; for children, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial; Thom Browne Selects; Pixar: The Design of Story; Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection; Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood de Forest; Fragile Beasts; Immersion Room

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa; Moholy-Nagy: Future Present; Thannhauser Collection

Neue Galerie New York: Neue Galerie New York invites attendees of the 2016 Museum Mile Festival to visit the second floor gallery where Gustav Klimt‘s iconic portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) hangs on permanent display. This work is joined by a selection of landscape and portrait paintings by Klimt, and a display of Austrian decorative arts from the early twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

Participating museums offer programs and services for visitors with disabilities. Please contact the museums you plan to visit to arrange access accommodations and for further information. For details on the Festival’s offerings, the public may call 212-606-2296 or visit www.MuseumMileFestival.org.

Alamo Drafthouse to Open New Cinema in Downtown Brooklyn

Brand New, Seven-Screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Coming this Summer to the Heart of Downtown Brooklyn to Celebrate the Best in Film, Food and Drink

The Alamo Drafthouse , the Austin-based cinema chain, known for its strict “no talking, no texting” policy is pleased to officially announce their much-anticipated theater in Downtown Brooklyn, The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, is set to open Summer 2016.unnamed

Currently in its final phase of construction, the flagship theater, located at 445 Gold Street – at the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush Avenues – will be a movie-lover’s paradise featuring seven screens celebrating all forms of cinema. True to the brand’s roots, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will feature a diverse programming slate blending the best arthouse and independent releases with Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. With the ability to screen both 35mm film and digital formats, the theater will also boast a robust repertory program that salutes the classics and the obscure with equal fervor.

It’s been a long time coming but we cannot wait to bring the Alamo Drafthouse experience to Brooklyn,” said Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League. “The impact on film from this region is indelible and expansive. Hopefully, we can add to that rich fabric and give fans, new and old, a place to honor the joy of cinema.”

While this new location will feature the Alamo Drafthouse’s signature series Terror Tuesday, Video Vortex and Girlie Night, the programming will also champion the distinct tastes of Brooklyn and New York audiences. “As a local and avid moviegoer myself, I know New Yorkers are equally excited for the latest from Pixar as they are the first from Michael Haneke,” says Brooklyn Creative Manager Cristina Cacioppo. “This city has the most adventurous audiences of anywhere in the world and our screens will be reflective of that.

Like all of the company’s theaters, Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will match its love of movies with its love of food and drink to provide in-theater dining in all seven screens featuring a full menu influenced by local flavors and ingredients. The theater bar will also showcase a deep array of the best local beers on tap as well as the finest hand-crafted cocktails. And true to form, the ironclad “no-talking, no-texting” policy will be in full effect along with unique special events, multi-course film feasts, live performances and the extensive participation of filmmaking talent.

For more information on Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, please visit: https://drafthouse.com/nyc.