SMIRNOFF Gets Ready For Summer With New Limited Release – SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry Vodka Specialty

This summer the SMIRNOFF brand, the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling vodka by volume, is releasing SMIRNOFF(TM) Red, White & Berry, the newest offering to celebrate freedom and (hopefully) bring everyone together under one party.



For more than 150 years, the SMIRNOFF brand has delivered quality vodka to the masses. Beginning in 1941, SMIRNOFF Vodka revolutionized American cocktail culture with the creation of the Moscow Mule.

Delivering a blast of summer fun, this limited edition vodka specialty is a ridiculously delicious mix of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry flavors, and is perfectly enjoyed as a shot or mixed in your favorite summer cocktails–or even adult frozen treats! SMIRNOFF(TM) Red, White & Berry is decorated in the season’s best colors and captures the All-American spirit. It’s the ultimate party accessory for responsible drinking during patriotic summer occasions and is something we can all agree on this election season.

Now available on shelves nationwide, SMIRNOFF(TM) Red, White & Berry has a recommended retail price of $12.99 for a 750mL bottle and contains 30 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). SMIRNOFF(TM) Red, White & Berry is perfect served as a chilled shot, mixed into your favorite summer cocktail or creatively fused into any adult frozen treat recipe.

(No matter what flag you were born under or how you show your American pride, when enjoying SMIRNOFF Red, White & Berry this summer, please remember to always drink responsibly.)

Elizabeth Arden Introduces New Signature Digital Campaign

Introducing “From the Desk of Liz Arden”Featuring Chelsea Handler, Iris Apfel, Mia Moretti, Gabi Fresh, Shoshanna Gruss and Karlina Caune

Elizabeth Arden

Introducing @ElizabethArden’s new digital campaign, From The Desk of #LizArden, featuring Chelsea Handler, Iris Apfel, Mia Moretti, Gabi Fresh, Shoshanna Gruss and Karlina Caune (PRNewsFoto/Elizabeth Arden, Inc.)

Continuing the expansion of the brand’s digital footprint, Elizabeth Arden has unveiled a new multi-platform digital campaign paying homage to the entrepreneurial and inspirational voice of the brand’s eponymous founder. The campaign, entitled “From the Desk of Liz Arden,” will provide a fresh, personalized, behind-the-scenes consumer experience, while showcasing the brand’s rich and storied New York-centric heritage. The campaign will launch globally this month with a complete rollout by early June. It will be supported with extensive new content, paid media, and ongoing influencer partnerships.

Through a fictional character, Liz Arden, the brand’s new digital voice will personify the company and bring the spirit of its founder to life in a modern, fashion-forward way. Liz will offer insider brand perspective while giving fans direct access to her inner circle and business-minded yet cheeky attitude, all set against the backdrop of New York City. While Liz will remain behind the scenes, the world is seen through her eyes and the new voice will provide a more personal and slightly edgier tone. Bringing the brand’s core values to life, Liz will speak in the first person, directly with consumers, to strongly resonate with them and their active lifestyles.

Elizabeth Arden started her business as a dedicated advocate for women and as an innovative trailblazer, bringing cutting-edge products and services to market. Following in her footsteps, we are changing the way women discover and experience our brand in the digital ecosystem,” explains JuE Wong, President, Elizabeth Arden Brand.It is also a unique opportunity to communicate our inspirational–and ahead of its time–brand heritage that still resonates with consumers worldwide, while also showcasing that it’s a new day for the brand with a new voice and a new Liz.”

The campaign utilizes a carefully curated influencer set to represent individuality and celebrate women who carve their own paths. For the launch, Elizabeth Arden has partnered with comedian Chelsea Handler, fashion icon Iris Apfel, DJ Mia Moretti and style blogger Gabi Fresh. The campaign also features supermodel and Elizabeth Arden Brand Ambassador, Karlina Caune, and fashion designer and Elizabeth Arden Style Director, Shoshanna Gruss.

Elizabeth Arden refused to conform to society’s expectations or perceived limitations of women,” says Wong. “It was important for us to create a campaign that showcases the impact ambitious women can make on the world and inspires other women to do the same. We are excited to partner with these trailblazing women, who are leading by example, and look forward to introducing you to additional inspiring women throughout the campaign.”

To signal this digital makeover, the campaign opens with a video of Liz Arden moving into and decorating her new office. Liz taps a few of her likeminded friends to help reinvent the space with a blend of vintage items and new décor, with each leaving a small token for Liz to discover.

Through social media, Liz Arden will become a relevant resource of aspiration and information for the brand’s core demographic–active, professional women. Taking inspiration from Ms. Arden’s famous quote, the content will encourage women to “go out and make their mark” as she did by pioneering the beauty industry over a hundred years ago. Liz will also be featured across the all other digital touch points, including eCommerce and digital marketing programs. She’ll lend her voice to consumer emails and provide content and advice on the brand’s global websites, sharing not only her expertise but also that of her influential friends.


The Whitney’s 2016 Independent Study Program Exhibition, ON LIMITS: ESTRANGEMENT IN THE EVERYDAY, To Be Presented at The Kitchen

Starting May 24th through to June 11, 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program presents On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday, curated by the ISP’s 2015–2016 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows: Daniella Rose King, Viktor Neumann, Samuele Piazza, and Kari Rittenbach.

The exhibition takes place at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York. The hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm; Saturday, 11 am–6 pm. Admission is free.

On Limits: Estrangement in the Everyday features works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Francis Alÿs, Hannah Black, Merlin Carpenter, Enrique Chagoya, Kevin Jerome Everson, Claire Fontaine, Harun Farocki, Toril Johannessen, William E. Jones, Barbara Kruger, An-My Lê, William Leavitt, Yolanda López, Tracey Moffatt, Catherine Opie, Claire Pentecost, William Raban, Allan Sekula, Jason Simon, A.L. Steiner, Milica Tomić, and Taocheng Wang.

On Limits considers the many ways in which artists and artworks address contradictions in day-to-day reality, whether in an explicitly political register or in more subtle, even satirical, modes. By examining the ways in which we are estranged from others, the exhibition questions the limits placed on our ability to imagine alternative forms of social organization.

Rather than settle narrowly on a coherent theme or single issue, this experimental exhibition allows particular themes—from social reproduction to queerness or the environment—to be highlighted momentarily in correspondences between artworks that, for example, work with language, or the documentary mode; works that use the form of the advertisement, calling out to the viewer; works that play on presence and absence, or expose techniques of capture or surveillance; works that probe the cultural notion of waste or decay; and still others that survey the body, under siege, at work, on the run, and online. Continue reading

BACARDÍ® Announces Two New Flavors To Shake Up Your Summer Entertaining

The King of Rums Launches BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry with Share-worthy Punch Recipes

BACARDÍ®, the world’s most awarded rum, has unveiled its plans to heat up the season with the debut of two new flavors – BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry flavored rums. For those looking to mix up refreshing BACARDÍ Grapefruit or BACARDÍ Raspberry cocktails at home, the rum brand will be offering monthly specialty cocktails available to purchase through Cocktail Courier, a premier online cocktail delivery service.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit is a white rum infused with pink grapefruit flavors to create a sour and semi-sweet fresh taste, while BACARDÍ Raspberry is infused with citrus raspberry flavors to create a mouth-watering taste mixture of sweet and tart. Both new flavors are now available in 750ML size for a suggested retail price of $12.99, in addition to 50ML, 200ML, 375ML, 1L and 1.75L sizes.

With the official start of summer around the corner, the new flavors will be highlighted in signature punch cocktail recipes. Punch cocktails make entertaining and shared experiences with friends easy. In addition, large-format cocktails are the solution to frenzied hosting – make it ahead of time, and then savor party moments with friends as they happen.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry will join the rum leader’s portfolio of popular flavored rums including the core flavor lineup of BACARDÍ Tangerine, BACARDÍ Limón, BACARDÍ Pineapple, BACARDÍ Coconut, BACARDÍ Mango and BACARDÍ Dragon Berry. Each offering in the BACARDÍ flavored rum lineup begins with the recipe for BACARDÍ Superior, which uses the time-honored methods of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, whose innovative use of distillation and charcoal filtration set the precedence for modern rum-making.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry are easily mixable in any type of cocktail, and traditional flavors like citrus and berry continue to grow in popularity. (According to the Nielsen Pert White Spirits A&U study from March 2014, traditional flavors now represent 85% of flavored spirit volume–versus non-traditional fruit flavors–and two-thirds of flavored spirits volume is coming from millennial consumers.

Throughout the summer, BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry will be served at BACARDÍ House Party events across the country, including Governors Ball in New York City. The rums will be offered in their signature serves, the BACARDÍ Citrus Party Punch and the BACARDÍ Red Rum Punch.

BACARDI Citrus Party Punch

BACARDI Citrus Party Punch (PRNewsFoto/BACARDI)

BACARDÍ Citrus Party Punch

1 part BACARDÍ Grapefruit

1 part BACARDÍ Limon

2 parts orange juice

1 part grapefruit juice

4 lime wedges

METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a serving glass filled with ice. Squeeze two lime wedges into drink. Stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange slice.

BACARDI Red Rum Punch

BACARDI Red Rum Punch (PRNewsFoto/BACARDI)

BACARDÍ Red Rum Punch

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Raspberry

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Limon

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Superior

1 part Grenadine

4 parts Sweet & Sour

1 part cranberry juice

METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Cap with a tin and shake. Strain into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.

The new flavors, BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry, will cool down all your warm weather occasions, especially in fun summer cocktails like punch,” said Juan Coronado, National Brand Ambassador, BACARDÍ rum. “Punch is a communal way to reconnect with friends and share a fun bonding experience over a great cocktail.”

For more information on BACARDÍ rum and flavored rums and cocktail recipes, visit

Rooftop Films Announces 2016 Summer Series Lineup

Rooftop Films is happy to announce free movies, feature documentary and feature film line up for the summer of 2016. This year Rooftop will help produce over 30 free outdoor screenings, many of which are new, independent films– in partnership with Institutions Across New York City– that will screen as part of the 20th Annual Summer Series. Rooftop Films will also partner with multiple New York cultural institutions to screen new independent films along with classics and recent blockbuster hits.

Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films.

Highlights include four events with lululemon athletica, including a sneak preview of Anna Rose Holmer‘s Sundance Film Festival hit and Rooftop Films/Brigade Marketing Grantee The Fits, a danceathon screening of Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s The Living Stars, a special silent screening of Patrick Shen’s In Pursuit of Silence, during which the audience will listen to the film on headphones, and a Cinema Ramble at Storm King Art Center with multiple screens set up across the park.


The Bandit (Jesse Moss | USA | 82′)

Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham recount the strange, wild making of Smokey and the Bandit. Presented in Partnership with: CMT

Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson | USA | 102′)

Cinematographer Kirsten Johnson’s deeply poetic memoir, culled from footage shot for other films. Presented in Partnership with: The Film Collaborative

Danny Brown Concert Documentary (Title TBA) (Andrew Cohn | USA)

An intimate, behind-the-scenes adventure with Detroit-rapper Danny Brown during a hometown show. Presented in partnership with: House of Vans

Don Juan (Jerzy Sladkowski | Sweden/Finland | 92′)

A 4-sided love triangle, complete with autism & neuroses in the Russian city Nizhny Novgorod. Presented in Partnership with: IDFA and Swedish Film Institute

Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio (Matthew Conboy | USA | 82′)

The origins, influence and ultimate closure of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY music venues.

In Pursuit of Silence (Patrick Shen | USA | 81’)

A contemplative meditation that explores our relationship with silence, sound, and the impact of noise on our lives. The film will be presented as a special silent screening, with the audience listening to the film on headphones.

Life, Animated (Roger Ross Williams | USA | 91′)

A young man with autism discovers a way to make sense of world via classic Disney animated films. Presented in Partnership with: The Orchard, in theaters July 8

Los Punks: We Are All We Have (Angela Boatwright | USA | 79′)

All thrash, noise, and pits; meet the fans and bands of the thriving backyard punk scene in LA. Presented in partnership with: House of Vans

The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Morgan Neville | USA | 96′)

The extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective which was created by famed cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Presented in Partnership with The Orchard, in theaters June 10 Continue reading

Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Announces 2016 Line-Up

The ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) returns October 13 – 16, 2016. With more than 90 events taking place around the city, NYCWFF brings its signature mix of lifestyle experiences back to help Eat. Drink. End Hunger. To date, the Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to help in the fight to end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City.

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100% of the net proceeds from the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger-relief organizations No Kid Hungry(R) and Food Bank For New York City.(PRNewsFoto/Food Network New York City Wine)

We’re pleased to unveil the Festival’s 2016 event line-up,” said Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.This year’s program is one of our most diverse yet, featuring new themes and flavors, plus returning fan-favorite events and an all-star roster of talent.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds helping fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. (More information on the Festival can be found at

Between NYCWFF and its sister South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness and engage and inspire people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

NYCWFF will have an expanded presence in Brooklyn this year, with signature event Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg & Andrew Carmellini moving to the neighborhood and new events like Best of Brooklyn presented by MUNCHIES hosted by Action Bronson and Wingin’ It also making their debut there.

The popular tasting events synonymous with NYCWFF will continue on Pier 92 with Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast on Thursday, October 13, and the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray on Friday, October 14.

The iconic rooftop gets a makeover on Saturday, October 15, bringing the excitement of Food Network’s hit primetime series to life with a new evening tasting event, Rooftop Chopped, featuring more than 30 of New York City’s top chefs. Everyone’s favorite Chopped cast members – including Ted Allen, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, and Geoffrey Zakarian are confirmed and will select a judges’ choice winner, PLUS attendees will also get the chance to cast their vote for the best bite of the evening.

As NYCWFF continues to evolve and engage passionate followers of food culture, this year holds new opportunities for fans of all ages to see their beloved chefs and culinary personalities live at the Festival. For the first time, the Festival’s signature Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite, taking place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at Pier 94, will offer a special ticket option – the Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations Only Pass presented by MasterCard® – granting access to the fan-favorite culinary demonstration stages for gourmands of all ages to see their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel stars. The Festival’s other family-friendly event is Coca-Cola’s Backyard BBQ hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symon presented by Thrillist, taking place on Sunday, October 16 at Pier 92. Continue reading

KENZO x H&M: Introducing The Latest Designer Collaboration for H&M

H&M has announced that its next designer collaboration will be with KENZO, the vibrant and playful Parisian house that captures the energy of global culture to create its unique, youthful spirit. Creative Directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon will bring the spirit of KENZO to H&M, creating collections for women and men as well as accessories.Kenzo x H&M logo

Since joining the house in 2011, Lim and Leon have set their own fashion agenda with collections full of bold colors and vivid prints, revealed through high-impact shows, artist collaborations and creative digital campaigns. Global influences and traditions are remixed and fused with the energy of the street, resulting in collections that are both inspirational and accessible to their fans around the world.

KENZO Creative Directors CarolLim (left) and  Humberto Leon (right) with Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M (center)

KENZO Creative Directors Carol Lim (left) and Humberto Leon (right) with Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M (center)

We can’t wait to share with everyone the world of KENZO x H&M, with all of its creativity, fun and love of fashion,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

With this collaboration with H&M we want to think big, push the boundaries and bring the new energy of KENZO to everyone around the world,” adds Lim and Leon.

KENZO x H&M will be available in over 250 selected H&M stores worldwide, as well as online, from November 3, 2016.

Opening This Fall: The Whitney To Present Overview of 20th Century Cinematic Experimentation in Dreamland: Immersive Cinema And Art, 1905–2016

The Whitney LogoThis fall, The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, a landmark exhibition that focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot Neil Bluhm Family Galleries on the fifth floor, as well as the adjacent Kaufman Gallery, and will include a film series in the third-floor Susan and John Hess Family Theater. Dreamlands will be on view from October 28, 2016 through February 5, 2017.

As film historian Tom Gunning writes in his catalogue essay, “What is Cinema? The Challenge of the Moving Image Past and Future”: “Cinema, before it is anything else, before it is a story, a canvas for special effects, a display of the beauty and grace of stars, before it weaves a tissue of ideology or makes us laugh and cry, presents images that move. This is why it was invented, what separates it from the previous arts of depiction, and also what it shares with the torrent of emerging technological media. But this is also what we take for granted in watching movies and other moving-image media.


Hito Steyerl (b. 1966), Installation view of Factory of the Sun, 2015 (German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, 2015). Video, color, sound; 21 min., looped; with environment, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist; courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photograph by Manuel Reinartz; image courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

The exhibition features works by American artists and filmmakers (including , Trisha Baga, Frances Bodomo, Dora Budor, Ian Cheng, Bruce Conner, Ben Coonley, Joseph Cornell, Andrea Crespo, François Curlet, Alex Da Corte, Oskar Fischinger, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem and Pierre Joseph, Aidan Koch, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Anthony McCall, Josiah McElheny, Syd Mead, Lorna Mills, Melik Ohanian, Philippe Parreno, Jenny Perlin, Mathias Poledna, Edwin S. Porter, Oskar Schlemmer, Hito Steyerl, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stan VanDerBeek, Artie Vierkant, and Jud Yalkut, among others) and also includes a small number of works of German cinema and art from the 1920s with a strong relationship to, and influence on, American art and film. The exhibition, with works spanning from the early 1900s to the present, is the result of four years of intensive scholarly research by curator Iles, involving experts from all corners of the worlds of art and film. It will be the most technologically complex project mounted in the Whitney’s new building to date, embracing a wide range of moving image techniques, from hand-painted film to the latest digital technologies, some of which have been made especially for the exhibition.

The works on view will use color, touch, music, spectacle, light, and darkness to confound our expectations, flattening space through animation and abstraction, or heightening the illusion of three dimensions. Visitors will experience projections, sculptures, and installations that allow them to: walk through projection beams and reams of film stock; watch a video made with a 360-degree camera projected inside the ceiling of a cardboard geodesic dome, and on Oculus Rifts; view concept artwork made for Walt Disney’s Fantasia; view a synesthetic environment in which music is written according to color; see the visual futurist Hollywood designer Syd Mead’s colorful concept artwork for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner shown projected onto screens, creating a sense of the uncanny noir environment of the city; look at the world through 3-D glasses in installations; and step inside the screen and become part of it.

The exhibition is organized into three parts:

1905–1930s: The first part, beginning in 1905 and including a group of works from the 1920s and 1930s, shows some of the earliest experiments with cinematic space, and the way in which sweeping camera shots, abstraction, color, music, and kaleidoscopic space were used to create what Tom Gunning has called a “cinema of attractions,” in which the spectator is jolted out of the conventions of seeing. In a 1968 film reconstruction of Oskar Schlemmer’s classic Triadic Ballet (1922), dancers move across a flattened space of color like animated figures on a screen. In Fischinger’s 1926 work Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art), three screens project abstract color forms, including hypnotic spirals and geometric shapes, to percussive music, creating what Fischinger described as “an intoxication of light.

1940s–1980s: In the second part of the exhibition, which includes concept artwork from Walt Disney’s Fantasia (1940) as well as Bruce Conner’s spectacular CROSSROADS (1976), a collage of government film footage depicting atomic test explosions, the idealistic experiments of the previous decades give way to a darker and more fragmented experience of the cinematic. Drawings and watercolors from three key moments of Disney’s immersive sensory fusion of music and image clearly situate Fantasia as both part of the end of the pre-World War II utopian vision for cinema, and the beginning of a new media environment that followed the end of the war and the dropping of the atomic bomb. Projective installations by Jud Yalkut (Destruct Film, 1967) and Anthony McCall (Line Describing a Cone, 1973) detach the screen from its fixed position, dispersing it into a dark space in which the light beam becomes a sculptural form furthering the shift from image to surface that had begun in the 1920s. The simultaneous blurring of the boundary between technology and the human body, epitomized by the science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), can be seen in a group of production design paintings for the film by Syd Mead, specially assembled for the exhibition to reveal the cinematic space of the city as spectacle.

1990S–THE PRESENT: The third part of the exhibition articulates the breadth and complexity of more recent works in which cinematic space has been reassembled into new models by contemporary artists. The relationship between the body and technology has been recalibrated through the touch screen and virtual space, through a continual online exchange of images, visual styles, avatars, anime, and identities. The infinite manipulability of the digital image, now dominated by the graphic, animated form, special effects, and virtual reality, has produced a new visual ecosystem, in which artifice and reality have become versions of each other.

The fear and exhilaration around the idea of the organic living body becoming fused with technological elements, seen in the earliest robotic figures of Oskar Schlemmer, return here in the form of an artificial intelligence persona played by actress Tilda Swinton, who talks to viewers through a mirrored screen and a microphone in the pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson’s DiNA. In Ian Cheng’s “live simulations,” chat bots projected onto a large screen talk to each other, or to themselves, creating a narrative in a state of perpetual evolution.

Dora Budor’s new sculpture, made for the exhibition, is a large cube-shaped environment, whose shape evokes the Borg Cube from Star Trek. Its interior walls pulse with flickering light triggered by viewers moving through the space, which illuminates the ceiling above, a resin panel inside of which six thousand dead frogs—special effects props used in the film Magnolia (1999)—are suspended above our heads. Also included in the exhibition will be Hito Steyerl’s immersive installation Factory of the Sun, commissioned for the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and shown in New York for the first time here.

Dreamlands brings together a group of artists whose work articulates the profound shift that has taken place as technology has transitioned the moving image from analog to virtual,” states Curator Chrissie Iles, who is curating the exhibition. “The exhibition’s title refers to the science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimension, whose terrain of cities, forests, mountains, and an underworld can be visited only through dreams. Similarly, the spaces in Dreamlands connect different historical moments of cinematic experimentation, creating a story that unfolds like a map of dreaming. A series of immersive spaces fracture our assumptions of perspective, the horizon line, and a stable projected image.”

The exhibition will also include a film program, featuring artists and filmmakers from the earliest days of cinema to the most cutting-edge artists working with virtual reality and digital space. A catalogue will be published by the Whitney (distributed by Yale University Press) to accompany the exhibition, including essays by Karen Archey, Giuliana Bruno, John Canemaker, Brian Droitcour, Noam Elcott, Tom Gunning, J. Hoberman, Esther Leslie, David Lewis, and Chrissie Iles.

Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 is sponsored by Audi. Major support is provided by the Dalio Foundation, The Robert Rosenkranz Foundation, and the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Additional generous support is provided by Lori Chemla and Catherine Orentreich.


National Geographic Teams Up with to Develop Limited Edition of Collectible Coins to Benefit Africa’s Big Cats

For the first time ever, National Geographic and the South African Mint have partnered to release limited-edition sets of legal-tender coins. The National Geographic Big Cats Coin Program will benefit the Big Cats Initiative (BCI), a long-term effort supported by National Geographic that aims to halt the decline of big cats in the wild., one of the world’s leading sources of collectible coins, has signed on as the exclusive distributor. The collection is available for purchase on or by calling 1-800-642-9160.BigCats_SlvGold-634x370

The collection will feature on its coin face the cheetah, a native species of South Africa. Famously the world’s fastest land animal, cheetahs can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just three seconds. Their keen eyesight and ability to make quick and sudden turns also make them a fierce predator. The cheetah’s distinct spotted coat allows them to blend easily into high, dry grasses. Sadly, their population is dwindling due to human encroachment on the wide, open grasslands in which they live. It is estimated that only 7,000 to 10,000 of these big cats remain in their native eastern and southwestern Africa.

Struck at the South African Mint in 99.9 percent pure gold, each gold proof set contains four coins in tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce and one-ounce weights. All obverses feature the year and South African Coat of Arms depicting an eagle with a rising sun at the top and their motto. Each of the coins features four distinct cheetah designs created by the master artists at the South African mint. Coins are displayed in a beautifully crafted wooden case along with an official mint certificate of authenticity and booklet.

Since 1984, has been one of the world’s leading sources of collectible coins. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, is an official distributor for seven major world mints and offers collectible coins from over 120 countries. (More information at or call 800-642-9160.)

When we consider new editions, we try to choose subjects that we think will not only resonate with our collectors, but that also represent a direct connection to the countries issuing the coins,” said Bill Gale, founder of “South Africa is proud to feature the cheetah on its gold and silver coins, and shine a spotlight on such a beloved, iconic species.

Big Cats in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate,” said Andy Reif, head of licensing for National Geographic Partners. “It is the goal of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative to halt this decline through on-the-ground conservation and education projects. We are happy to support this work through the Big Cats Coin Program, through” also offers a one-ounce Sterling Silver Crown 2 Rand (R2) proof. Each silver proof includes the official languages of South Africa surrounding the South African Coat of Arms. Each comes encased in original packaging from the South African Mint, accompanied by an informative booklet.

Proceeds from the National Geographic Big Cat Coin Collection supports National Geographic’s programs, including the conservation of animals and their habitats. National Geographic Society receives funds from National Geographic Partners LLC, funded in part by your purchase. To learn more, visit

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit To find out more about the Big Cats Initiative’s work to stop the decline of lions, leopards, tigers and other big cats, visit

Danny Lyon: Message To The Future Debuts At The Whitney This Summer

The most comprehensive retrospective of the work of American photographer, filmmaker, and writer Danny Lyon in twenty-five years debuts at The Whitney Museum of American Art on June 17, 2016. The first major photography exhibition to be presented in the Museum’s downtown home, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where it will make its West Coast debut at the de Young Museum on November 5, 2016.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Self-portrait, New Orleans, 1964.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Self-portrait, New Orleans, 1964. Vintage gelatin silver print. 7 3/16 × 4 13/16 in. (18.2 × 12.2 cm). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

The exhibition is organized by Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Chief Curator at the de Young Museum. The installation at the Whitney Museum is overseen by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Tesca, Cartagena, Colombia, 1966.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Tesca, Cartagena, Colombia, 1966. Cibachrome, printed 2008. 10 1/8 × 10 1/8 in. (25.7 × 25.7 cm). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Shaped in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition provides a fuller understanding of Lyon’s motivations and accomplishments. The exhibition assembles approximately 175 photographs and is the first to assess the artist’s achievements as a filmmaker as well as a photographer. The presentation also includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives, including vintage prints, unseen 16mm film footage made inside Texas prisons, and his personal photo albums.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Self-portrait, Chicago, 1965.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Self-portrait, Chicago, 1965. Gelatin silver prints montage. 12 1/4 × 10 15/16 in. (31.2 × 27.8 cm). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Bill Sanders, Tattoo Artist, Houston, Texas, 1968.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Bill Sanders, Tattoo Artist, Houston, Texas, 1968. Vintage gelatin silver print. 8 3/16 × 8 3/16 in. (20.7 × 20.7 cm). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), John Lennon and Danny Seymour, The Bowery, New York, 1969.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), John Lennon and Danny Seymour, The Bowery, New York, 1969. Gelatin silver print; printed later. 11 × 14 in. Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

A leading figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon has distinguished himself by the personal intimacy he establishes with his subjects and the inventiveness of his practice. With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has presented a charged alternative to the vision of American life presented in the mass media. Throughout, he has rejected the traditional documentary approach in favor of a more immersive, complicated involvement with his subjects. “You put a camera in my hand,” he has explained, “I want to get close to people. Not just physically close, emotionally close, all of it.” In the process he has made several iconic bodies of work, which have not only pictured recent history, but helped to shape it.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Weight lifters, Ramsey Unit, Texas, 1968.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Weight lifters, Ramsey Unit, Texas, 1968. Vintage gelatin silver print. 7/8 × 13 1/16 in. (image). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Occupy Oakland, City Hall, Oakland, 2011.

Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Occupy Oakland, City Hall, Oakland, 2011. Archival pigment print. 9 3/4 × 13 in. (24.6 × 33 cm). Collection of the artist. © Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

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Stuart Davis: In Full Swing Opens at The Whitney Museum of American Art, June 10–Sept 25, 2016

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing features 100 artworks by an artist whose formal brilliance and complexity captured the energy of mass culture and modern life. The exhibition is unusual in its focus on Davis’s mature work, from his paintings of consumer products of the early 1920s to the work left on his easel at his death in 1964, and in exploring Davis’s habit of using preexisting motifs as springboards for new compositions.


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Colonial Cubism, 1954. Oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 60 1/4 in. (114.6 x 153 cm). Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; gift of the T. B. Walker Foundation, 1955. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

The exhibition departs in significant ways from earlier presentations of the artist’s work, in that it omits Davis’s decade of apprenticeship to European modernism (following his introduction to it at the 1913 Armory Show) in favor of the series of breakthroughs he made beginning in 1921 with his paintings of tobacco packages and household products, and continuing into his last two decades in which he employed abstract shapes, brilliant color, and words to evoke the ebullience of popular culture.


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Place Pasdeloup, 1928. Oil on canvas, 36 3/8 × 29 in. (92.4 × 73.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.170. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Report from Rockport, 1940. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection, bequest of Edith Abrahamson Lowenthal, 1991. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

One of America’s leaders of abstract art, Stuart Davis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother was a sculptor and his father was an art editor of the Philadelphia Press, working with Luks, Glackens, Robert Henri, and other members of the Eight. Inspired by the artistic environment at home, Davis left high school in 1909 to attend the Robert Henri School of Art in New York until 1912. Robert Henri was a liberal teacher, encouraging students to be spontaneous in their art. Davis responded to this progressive approach, which permitted him to absorb the new styles that were emerging at the time. Spontaneity in art extended to life, and Davis and his fellow students became fans of jazz, resulting in Davis’s lifelong sensitivity to both musical and visual rhythms.


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Swing Landscape, 1938. Oil on canvas, 86 3/4 x 173 1/8 in. (220.3 x 400 cm). Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; museum purchase with funds from the Henry Radford Hope Fund. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), The Paris Bit, 1959. Oil on canvas, 46 1/8 × 60 1/16 in. (117.2 × 152.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art 59.38. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Between 1912 and 1916, while supporting himself as an illustrator for several magazines, he began experimenting with cubist abstraction. Davis introduced a new style of cubism in the United States, basing his compositions on combinations of flattened forms, often abstracted from the urban scene. Drawing on familiar structures and objects, he he would reduce them to flat, sharp-edged shapes arranged in broad, colorful patterns and active lines that punctuate the composition.

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Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Egg Beater No. 2, 1928. Oil on canvas, 29 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. (74.3 x 92.1 cm). Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Davis exhibited five watercolors at the 1913 Armory Show, unusual recognition for a young artist, and in 1917 he had his first one-person exhibition in New York. His first solo museum exhibition was held in 1925 at the Newark Museum. The following year he was included in the “International Exhibition of Modern Art Arranged by the Société Anonyme for The Brooklyn Museum.”

In 1927 Davis’s abstract style reached its culmination in his Egg Beater series. Davis wrote to Duncan Phillips, who had purchased Egg Beater No. 4 (1928): “The ‘Egg Beater’ represents the best example of this series which enabled me to realize certain structural principals [sic] that I have continued to use ever since.” At the same time, Edith Halpert, a proponent of modern art and owner of the Downtown Gallery, became his dealer. ”

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Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Tropes de Teens, 1956. Oil on canvas, 45 1/4 x 60 1/4 in. (114.8 x 153 cm). Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Photograph by Cathy Carver

From 1928 to 1929 Davis lived in Paris, where he created many paintings and lithographs of cafés and street scenes. Upon his return to America in 1929, he moved to Greenwich Village and spent most of his summers in Gloucester, Massachusetts. From 1931 to 1932, Davis taught at New York’s Art Students League. He was a muralist for the Public Works Art Project from 1933 to 1939. Though Davis had an active and successful career as an artist, he continued his teaching, notably at New York’s New School for Social Research (1940-50) and at Yale University (1951).**


Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Town Square, c. 1929. Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper, 15 1/2 x 22 7/8 in. (39.4 x 58.1 cm). The Newark Museum; purchase 1930, The General Fund. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Stuart Davis has been called one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century and the best American artist of his generation, his art hailed as a precursor of the rival styles of pop and geometric color abstraction,” remarks Barbara Haskell. “Faced with the choice early in his career between realism and pure abstraction, he invented a vocabulary that harnessed the grammar of abstraction to the speed and simultaneity of modern America. By merging the bold, hard-edged style of advertising with the conventions of avant-garde painting, he created an art endowed with the vitality and dynamic rhythms that he saw as uniquely modern and American. In the process, Davis achieved a rare synthesis: an art that is resolutely abstract yet at the same time exudes the spirit of popular culture.

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Stuart Davis (1892–1964), Fin, 1962–64. Casein and masking tape on canvas, 53 7/8 x 39 3/4 in. (136.8 x 101 cm). Private collection. © Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Co-organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the exhibition will be on view at the Whitney from June 10 through September 25, 2016, and at the National Gallery of Art from November 20, 2016 through March 5, 2017. It will subsequently travel to the De Young Museum in San Francisco from April 8 through August 6, 2017, and to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, from September 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018.

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Experience Authentic Japanese Culture Through A Program Of Activities At The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Located in the heart of a city famed for its Zen temples, historic palaces and beautiful gardens, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, the city’s first international luxury branded resort, invites guests to uncover its best kept secrets and hidden gems. Providing more than meets the eye, guests will witness the property’s dedication to the destination and unparalleled attention to detail through all-encompassing guest activities and innovative keepsakes.


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HARMONIOUSLY ZEN: First developed during the 8th century to mimic the gardens of China’s Song Dynasty, Japanese Zen gardens combine the basic elements of moss, rocks, and white stones, representing the pure beauty of Japan and a place of quiet contemplation. Surrounded by many of these gardens, the property features a special white gravel garden neighboring the oldest lantern on site – a nod to the past blended with a contemporary minimalist aesthetic. To ensure the gravel garden is kept in its pristine appearance, Master Gardner, Suzuki-san meticulously rakes the white gravel each week, taking one hour every time to complete the task with expert precision. Learning from the master himself, guests are also invited to discover the art of garden-making by participating in his class, ‘Your Own Zen Garden,’ and create a miniature Zen garden – allowing their creativity to draw the lines of their own personal landscape.068

A FAN OF SCENTS: From the moment guests step foot inside The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, they are embraced with a sense of calm and tranquility, due in large part to the resort’s signature scent – a custom-blended green tea aroma. Exclusively designed for the property, the original fragrance features soft, refreshing notes of lemon, bergamod and cardamom, with hints of rose, thyme, and jasmine. A culinary master and surprisingly skilled artist, Chef de Cuisine Masahiko Miura of the property’s Japanese restaurant, Mizuki, has invented a unique way to allow guests to enjoy this scent long after they leave the property. Extending his creativity outside the kitchen, Chef Miura has become known for his colorfully decorated traditional Japanese fans which he presents to guests infused with the resort’s signature scent. Another option for guests to take home this unique aroma is by purchasing it in the form of aroma oil and room spray.

AN ODE TO SOAP: Unbeknownst to many, Kyoto is where the first Japanese soap was produced. Situated on the land where the soap was first made, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto honors the inaugural craftsmen by featuring special gold-flecked Kyoto Shanbon-ya handmade soap in every guest room.

Inviting guests to embrace the storied history, the property offers a ‘Handmade Soap Workshop’ where guests can try their hand at soap-making at Shabon-ya, Kyoto’s famous purveyor of natural, organic soap. In the process, guests can enjoy a relaxing foot bath in the shop or sample sweets and green tea in the in-store café while waiting for their soap to set.

A CULINARY MATCH MADE IN…KYOTO: Once a two-story villa originally built in 1907 for Denzaburo Fujita, founder of the Fujita industrial group, a historic local structure was re-assembled within The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto as a private dining room in La Locanda and preserved as a spiritual space for diners. It contains wood that is over 700 years old, nearly impossible to find anywhere else in Japan today. Dining in Ebisugawa-tei while wearing traditional kimonos is an incredibly unique experience, which connects to the rich traditions and history of Japan juxtaposed with delicious modern flavors from another world entirely.

TIME FOR TEA: As the birthplace of the tea ceremony and with the city’s rich Zen connections, Kyoto has long been admired as the ideal place to experience all things tea. Commemorating the time-honored tradition, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto seamlessly incorporates the celebrated drink into the guest experience. Upon arrival, guests are escorted to their room for a personalized check-in conducted over a cup of local Japanese tea to refresh the senses. At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, the sensory experience begins was matcha green tea is served. The spa’s signature treatment, Ryokucha Serenity Ritual, infuses rich anti-oxidant properties of green tea leaves from the nearby Uji region of Kyoto. Additionally, guests can learn about the world of tea with special tea brewing classes – offered seasonally – from a local tea master. Guests can also go the traditional route of indulging in Afternoon Tea in The Lobby Lounge, where seasonal teas, finger sandwiches, and sweets by French patisserie PERME HERMÉ PARIS delight the most discerning palette.

PARISIAN TREATS IN KYOTO: Known for revolutionizing modern pastry making, Pierre Hermé has invented his own original world of tastes and sensations, using pastry as a canvas to create stunning works of art. Home to the city’s only team of pâtissiers from PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto showcases these tasty creations throughout the property. Most notably, guests have the opportunity to be in full view of the masters at work at the property’s Vetrina Della Boutique in its Italian restaurant, La Locanda. A testament to Pierre Hermé’s deep connection to the destination, a must-have for guests is the ‘Incontournable Kyoto’ souvenir macaroon box made exclusively for The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Featuring illustrations of renowned landmarks in Kyoto by famed French artist Soledad Bravi that Hermé himself believes guests should see including the Golden Temple and the philosophy’s path, guests can choose from a selection of macaroons that rotate seasonally. Guests also have the unparalleled opportunity to work alongside the pâtissiers through the ‘Sticky Fingers’ activity as part of the property’s Ritz Kids program.

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Relax. Refresh. Repeat: The Ritz-Carlton Launch “Cultural Experiences for Purposeful Moments” with New, Indivdualized Spa Concepts

With a brand name synonymous for exceptionally high levels of service and care, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has now extended its talent for crafting tasteful and personalized journeys into the realm of spas. A new concept for The Ritz-Carlton Spa is being implemented around the world beginning with 20 hotels and resorts that include New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Amelia Island, Moscow, Vienna, Cairo and Budapest. Tailored experiences that artfully integrate individual guest needs into treatments will be anchored in local culture, employing natural and organic solutions.


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The Ritz-Carlton Spa concept is designed to extend even more of the unique and personal opportunities for wellness and indigenous experiences that our guests and global travelers seek,” stated Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

(A selection of the artful moments brought to life can be seen on this newly released piece of film.)

Guests in the Middle East were among the first to experience the newly launched concept at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre. Drawing on the quintessential Dubai experience, The Desert Reviver treatment takes inspiration from the city’s desert landscape and climate. A stimulating sand-based exfoliation is followed by a hot-stone massage that evokes Dubai’s sunny climes. The journey comes to a close with a cooling ritual that brings to mind a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.Spa-1

Treatments at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain are steeped in Middle Eastern traditions. Using regional ingredients such as Argan, Rose and Dead Sea salts, the spa pays homage to the sands of the East Arabian Peninsula, “the land where the sun rises” and the mystical, rugged ranges of North West Africa, “the land where the sun sets”, to create a selection of Arabian rituals that hark back to ancient beauty rituals and natural methods. Her Secret Sanctuary, features a series of age-old traditions, including the rose steam bath and black olive and lavender soap cleanse, to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and nourish the body whilst easing the mind. For a treatment that brings the sheen back to the skin, On The Banks of the Dead Sea, harnesses the highly re-mineralizing and detoxifying properties of Dead Sea salts to repair and restore.

Five new Russian treatments were developed for The Ritz-Carton, Moscow, with organic Siberian honey being used as the basis for the nourishing, signature experience. Utilizing its calming and moisturizing benefits, the Moscow Honey Treatment combines age-old Russian massage techniques, in a gentle body exfoliation, followed by a therapeutic full body massage using the golden honey itself, and finishing with an express facial and invigorating head massage.

Inspired by Vienna’s rose gardens and ‘Sisi’, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria who was renowned for her beauty, the Imperial Rose Ritual is available exclusively in The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. Fragrant rose geranium and sweet orange oils are used to both calm and harmonize the mind, while moisturizing the skin. A salt and oil scrub is first applied to cleanse and exfoliate, followed by a hot stone massage.

Allowing guests to connect to their surroundings is a focus on the spa menus across North America. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami offers the Tequesta Ritual, a Native American detoxifying ceremony to purify and balance the body and mind with a cleansing algae wrap followed by a relaxing massage ritual. The Citrus Scrub offered at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers a full body exfoliation featuring apricot and orange oils and a sumptuous application of orange infused cream to complete the Florida journey – and in Half Moon Bay California, the Pumpkin Facial utilizes a nourishing pumpkin enzyme masque from a 100% natural plant-based line high in beta carotene and vitamins A and C.

There is an innovative new location outside of the traditional treatment room at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island where guests can relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock massage. Time is the Essence at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples spa where a therapist will consult prior to the treatment and utilize a combination of services and locations to meet the guests’ needs and enhance physical and mental wellbeing. In Louisiana, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans’s Voodoo Massage evokes the magical and mystical soul of New Orleans by using aromas of incense and voodoo chants to set the mood. Experienced therapists perform more than 100 treatments, including indigenous therapies such as the Marie Laveau Voodoo Love Bath and the Essence of Lavender Mint and Massage. At The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia, spa treatments are inspired by the natural surroundings. The Oconee Rain Vichy shower treatment uses the therapeutic benefits of water which the Creek Indians from the region believe, “washes everything new again”.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa experience should be exceptional and memorable. Each and every treatment has been designed to give our guests an experience that is suited to their needs and yet employs time-tested methods. We have packaged tradition, location and culture into the experience to map out a spa journey that helps our guests relax, unwind and truly enjoy The Ritz-Carlton experience,” said Michelle Kelthy, Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida.

The Academy Focuses A “SPOTLIGHT On Screenwriting” In New York City

Screenwriting Series to Feature Films by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, An Evening with Walter Bernstein, and a Special Sneak Preview of “Ghostbusters”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “Spotlight on Screenwriting,” a summer series illuminating the art of writing for motion pictures, beginning May 15 at various venues in New York City. The programs include onstage conversations and screenings of acclaimed films spanning nine decades.

Hollywood’s Happiest Couple: Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett
May 15 and 16 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston Street
The series launches with a two-day celebration one of Hollywood’s most famous creative partnerships. 
Jim Moore, biographer and grandson of writer, producer and former Academy President Charles Brackett, will introduce three films co-written by the legendary team: “Ninotchka,” “The Lost Weekend” and “Sunset Blvd.,” all of which won or were nominated for multiple Oscars®.

Hollywood’s Darkest Moment: “The Front” Screening and Q&A
June 7 at the SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

A 40th anniversary screening of “The Front” will be followed by an onstage conversation with screenwriter Walter Bernstein, who received a 1976 Oscar® nomination for his original screenplay.  Bernstein, who was among dozens of screenwriters blacklisted during the 1940s and ’50s, will discuss his personal experiences and the lasting legacy of one of Hollywood’s darkest periods with Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics.

Ghostbusters: A Sneak Preview
July TBA at the 
SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd Street

The series will conclude in July with a preview screening of this year’s much-anticipated summer release “Ghostbusters.”  Screenwriter Katie Dippold will discuss the process of adapting the screenplay from the 1984 film of the same name.

For more information on “Spotlight on Screenwriting” and to purchase tickets, please visit the Academy’s event pages at 

National Park Service and National Geographic Society to host BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival in Greater Washington National Parks

Explore the Wild Side of Your National Parks!

From northern leopard frogs to eastern red bats, Greater Washington’s national parks are home to incredible biodiversity. Join the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society on May 20-21 for BioBlitz, a fast-paced expedition to discover and document the species that thrive in 13 nearby national parks. This free public event, nationally sponsored by American Express, will bring together more than 200 leading scientists and naturalists, more than 2,600 students and even more friends, families and future scientists to explore and celebrate biodiversity.Print

The 2016 National Parks BioBlitz is the culmination of a 10-year series of BioBlitzes co-hosted by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society at different national parks across the country, leading up the centennial of the National Park Service. The first in the series took place at Rock Creek Park in 2007. Other BioBlitz locations have included Biscayne National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. This year, 13 parks in Greater Washington and more than 100 national parks across the country will host BioBlitz events. A longtime partner of the National Park Service, the National Geographic Society helped draft legislation to establish the NPS in 1916. The Society has given many grants to create and sustain national parks across the United States, and has extensively covered the parks in its media for nearly a century.

The National Parks BioBlitz—Washington, D.C., is the cornerstone event for more than 100 BioBlitzes taking place across the country. The National Parks BioBlitz is the culmination of a 10-year partnership between the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, in the run-up to the National Park Service centennial August 25, 2016.

At the first National Parks BioBlitz in 2007, 1,000 BioBlitz participants recorded species findings with pen and paper. Today, thanks to the iNaturalist app, thousands of BioBlitz participants can share their observations and crowdsource identifications of flora and fauna at the press of a button. Whether you’re a curious kid or an expert botanist, iNaturalist allows you to share information with citizen-scientists around the world and to directly contribute data to national park species inventories. Past BioBlitz participants have added dozens of species to park inventories and even discovered one species new to science!

Because most people associate D.C. with memorials and museums, it may be surprising to learn that this area provides important habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals—the biodiversity here is unexpectedly rich,National Park Service Regional Director Bob Vogel said. “BioBlitz is a great opportunity for people of all interests and skills to discover these species and to contribute valuable information to national park scientists. We invite the Greater Washington community to join us in this exciting adventure.

More than 3,000 students from across our nation’s capital will participate in BioBlitz during their school day! Students ages eight and above will work alongside leading scientists to discover and document the biodiversity of our region’s national parks. BioBlitz provides classes with an opportunity to experience national parks, to learn about the wide biodiversity of species that inhabit our world and to gain first-hand exposure to the work of scientists.

Nine years ago at the first National Parks BioBlitz in Rock Creek Park, we had about 1,000 people documenting species on paper,” said National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell. “This year, for the National Park Service centennial, tens of thousands of people will join forces at more than 100 parks for the first nationwide BioBlitz. This massive effort to uncover the amazing natural resources in our parks dovetails with National Geographic’s longtime commitment to exploring and protecting our planet.”

To be part of a scientist-led inventory team, register online at Examples of species inventories include:

Early morning birding adventures on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Pollinator surveys in Piscataway Park

Meadow exploration and fish counts in Rock Creek Park

Wetland exploration in Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Spider surveys at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

Butterfly surveys in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Discovery of stream insects at Manassas National Battlefield Park

Acoustic bat inventory at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

A concurrent two-day Biodiversity Festival will be held at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall (17th and Constitution Avenue NW). The festival will feature hands-on science exhibits, food and art, yoga classes and family-friendly entertainment and activities. Constitution Gardens will also serve as base camp for the National Parks BioBlitz-Washington, D.C., and a connection to more than 100 BioBlitz and biodiversity events taking place at national parks across the country that weekend. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 20-21, 2016, with a special evening of science fun planned for Friday night.

American Express is committed to serving and preserving our nation’s parks and public lands,” said American Express Foundation President Timothy J. McClimon.As we gear up for the 2016 National Park Service centennial, we are excited to sponsor BioBlitz and empower volunteers across the country to discover and celebrate the wealth of biodiversity in our national parks.

American Express is a national sponsor of the National Parks BioBlitz and a premier partner of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. To learn more, visit Verizon, Southwest Airlines Co. and the Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation are also providing support for the National Parks BioBlitz–Washington, D.C.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art Commissions Virginia Overton To Create Site-Specific Installation

Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens opens June 10, 2016
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For the second commissioned project on the Museum’s fifth-floor outdoor gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art has invited Virginia Overton to create a new site-specific installation. Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens, to be installed on the Whitney’s largest outdoor space and in adjacent galleries, will explore the concepts of the sculpture garden as a cultivated setting for contemplating artworks and the garden sculpture as a vernacular ornament adorning lawns and gardens. Situated not in a verdant landscape but on a concrete-paved rooftop, Overton’s sculptures themselves will take the form of aquatic gardens, forging dialogues between the High Line’s plantings and the Hudson River’s waters.

On the outdoor gallery, Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens will feature two towering, prefabricated windmills to harness the site’s abundant natural power and pump air through crisscrossing pneumatic tubes to multiple water features planted with aquatic gardens. Throughout the course of the summer, Overton’s installation will attract insect and avian visitors, varying with the weather to emphasize our tenuous and unpredictable hold on the natural world.

In the adjacent galleries, Overton will choreograph a sequence of encounters that highlight and disrupt the connection between the Whitney’s architecture and the outdoors. The Goergen Gallery will be wallpapered with a landscape, while a hovering sculpture will both accentuate and bar the artificial panorama. In the Kaufman Gallery, a group of abstract sculptures crafted from industrial and natural materials, some salvaged from the artist’s family farm and past projects, will be on display. Open views will be provided between the Kaufman Gallery and the outdoor gallery, revealing publicly for the first time the transparency inherent in Renzo Piano’s design of these spaces.

Throughout her career Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) has used the languages of physicality, displacement, and minimalism in her sculptures, videos, photography, and installations. Overton creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her personal background in rural Tennessee. She has had recent solo shows at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Power Station, Dallas, TX.

Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator and assistant curator Laura Phipps.

Swing Into Father’s Day with Golf Getaways at “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All-Compare” Velas Resorts

This Father’s Day, treat Dad to an all-inclusive golf getaway at the “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta. Father’s Day Golf Packages at the Puerto Vallarta properties have it all – from accommodations and complimentary suite upgrades, to massages and most importantly rounds of golf on the area’s top courses. Guests tee off from either Vista Vallarta Golf Club, which features two 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf and home to the PGA World Cup tournaments, or Marina Vallarta Golf Club, that offers a Joe Finger-designed 18-hole course with spectacular views of Banderas Bay.

Casa Velas, the adults-only, boutique hotel located on Marina Vallarta, is the perfect getaway for two. Couples enjoy three rounds of golf including cart, green fees, taxes, tips, and range balls; 20 percent savings on food and beverages at the course and the latest gear in the Pro-Shop; a special golf gift; 50 percent savings on rental golf equipment; and a 50-minute massage per person to enjoy and wind down after hitting the links.

Walking distance from Marina Vallarta and minutes from Vista Vallarta, the family-friendly Velas Vallarta is the ultimate destination for a Father’s Day family getaway. Velas Vallarta’s Father’s Day Package includes a stay in a spacious Studio Suite with complimentary upgrade to a one-bedroom suite (upon availability), VIP roundtrip airport-hotel transportation, welcome cocktail, and two rounds of golf per person on either course.

Complimentary WiFi is included at both resorts to upload pictures and videos of fun times on the greens.

Rates for the Father’s Day Golf Package at Velas Vallarta starts at $235 per person, per night based on double occupancy and $295 at Casa Velas. A three-night minimum stay is required. All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, daily activities, nightly entertainment and live performances, Kids’ Club (Velas Vallarta), fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For more information on Velas Resorts or to book, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

Casa Velas has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for hospitality seven times and has been in the top two in TripAdvisor for Puerto Vallarta since 2010. Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 spacious suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. Spa Casa Velas encompasses treatment rooms for singles and couples, a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon. A novel service is a handbag bar where guests can enjoy use of a “loaner” designer handbag at no extra charge. Emiliano, the AAA Four Diamond rated a la carte fine dining restaurant, is in the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy dining privileges at the sister resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, with three gourmet specialty options.

Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive family resort located on 10 acres of oceanfront with lush gardens in Puerto Vallarta, walking distance of Marina Vallarta Golf Course and just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Situated on the emerald waters of Banderas Bay, Velas Vallarta features 345 suites in three eight-story buildings, a high-tech Convention Center that can accommodate up to 700 people, three swimming pools, a rejuvenating spa along with spa cabins seaside, fitness center, multiple restaurants, and an inviting lounge with live music. Nightly theme dinners and local specialties are sure to please even the most discerning palate, and room service is available around the clock.

When it comes to daytime and evening entertainment, guests can choose from an exciting and original array of activities and events, from making piñatas and jewelry, yoga on the jetty to Mexican fiestas and casino nights. The recently renovated Kids’ Club also welcomes children under 13 with supervised activities like treasure hunt, face painting, sand castles to crafting with beads, allowing parents to indulge in a choice of exciting or relaxing pursuits like a game of golf, a variety of excursions or pampering at the spa. In addition, the resort was one of the first in the destination with a Green Globe certification, dating back to 2008.

Puerto Vallarta features championship golf courses, world-class spas and magnificent beaches, not to mention various sports and activities up in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The possibilities for rest and relaxation, or fun and excitement, are endless.

Smithsonian Museums to Celebrate “America Now” This Summer

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America Now,” a collaboration of programs jointly organized by three Smithsonian museums, will create spaces for civic engagement and cultural connections under the unifying theme of “participation” since 2016 is an election year. The National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History and Smithsonian American Art Museum will present five programs this summer, between May 27 and July 9, designed to engage a variety of audiences in the American experience. To encourage participation in the country’s democratic system, the museums are also partnering with Rock the Vote, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on building political power for young people. Rock the Vote will assist all three museums to register voters at the events and to encourage their participation in the election process through volunteering and being informed about the issues.

The National Portrait Gallery will kick off the series Memorial Day weekend, with an evening program Friday, May 27. Events at the National Museum of American History will take place, Tuesday, June 14, Flag Day, and Saturday, June 18. The series will conclude Saturday, July 9, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. All events with one exception are free and open to general audiences. This second annual “America Now” collaboration on programming is made possible by the support of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation. Details are outlined below and at #AmericaNow and

National Portrait Gallery

“America Now” Cultured Snapshots and Cameos

Friday, May 27; 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Eighth and F streets N.W.

Jazz and folk musicians the Leyla McCalla Trio will perform songs from albums Vari-Colored Songs: a Tribute to Langston Hughes (2013) and A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (2016). McCalla, a Haitian American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, also plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Her trio includes Daniel Tremblay and Free Feral, who sing and play banjo, guitar and the viola. The evening will be rounded out with DJ Adrian Loving as he spins songs inspired by the American songbook, old and new. Visitors can jump into a photo booth created by the artist collective Manual Cinema. The booth will capture silhouettes of visitors as a memento for the evening.

National Museum of American History

“America Now” Naturalization Ceremony

Tuesday, June 14; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Flag Hall

Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

On Flag Day, June 14, the museum will host a naturalization ceremony in front of the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery to mark how America’s democracy is strengthened by the diversity and community of its citizenry. During the ceremony, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton will present the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal to an American who embodies values based on the diffusion of knowledge.

National Museum of American History

“America Now” Go-Go and Hip-Hop: Community Innovations

Saturday, June 18; 1-4 p.m.

Coulter Performance Plaza, 1West

Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

Visitors can join the museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation for a discussion and performances celebrating go-go and hip-hop music, which developed in Washington, D.C., and New York City around the 1970s and out of similar socioeconomic circumstances.

National Museum of American History

“America Now: We the Party People”

This is a ticketed and a 21+ event.

Saturday, June 18; 7-11 p.m.

Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

Inspired by the passionate political participation of 19th-century American youth, the museum will convene “We the Party People,” an after-hours event presented with Brightest Young Things. This non-partisan celebration will explore how Americans have participated in their democracy with lightening talks, political history objects-out-of-storage and much more. For more information on this ticketed and 21+ event, visit

Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Creativity in a Citizen Democracy”

Saturday, July 9; 4-7 p.m.

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Eighth and F streets N.W.

The third and final program in this exciting series celebrates the ways Americans participate in democracy-through art, music, storytelling and service. The program features performances by D.C. hip-hop artist Tarica June and bluegrass bands Steep Canyon Rangers and Seldom Scene. Inspired by the music, visitors can pick up paint brushes to express what American means to them on a 20-foot community mural, post Instagram photos from around the museum that will stream in a live feed in the Kogod Courtyard, post with artworks from the collection in a photo booth, write letters to active military service members and share information about a favorite American artist by participating in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Additional activities are planned and will be added to the museum’s online calendar as details are confirmed.

Barbie Unveils Oscar de la Renta Doll

Barbie® has partnered with the design house, Oscar de la Renta to launch the Oscar de la Renta Barbie® doll, just in time for wedding season. This bridal doll is the perfect gift for the stylish bride-to-be.


The Oscar de la Renta Barbie® doll will be available for $175 on, and select retailers. (Images provided by BarbieMedia)

As a fashion icon, Barbie continues to be a muse to fashion’s top designers. Oscar de la Renta was famously the first to design for the doll back in 1985, and again in 1998. Once again, in 2016, Oscar de la Renta captures a refined and elegant bridal look that all brides-to-be will dream of wearing on their wedding day. This doll is a beautiful memento celebrating a milestone with a best-in-class designer and longtime fashion partner.

We are honored to work with the Oscar de la Renta team on this beautiful design capturing their signature bridal look in Barbie scale,” said Robert Best, Senior Design Director at Barbie. “Barbie is the only girl who can have a closet full of wedding dresses without ever walking down the aisle.

Inspired by the runway “Something Blue” bridal look, the Oscar de la Renta Barbie is a take-your-breath-away vision in an ivory, embroidered lace over chiffon, trumpet gown. The simplicity of the gown’s fluid lines and the tiers of the wispy light blue train, personify the designer’s passion for interpreting romance in a classic way. The jewelry pieces are exact replicas of those worn on the runway in Spring 2014. Barbie also wears a delicate rhinestone ring and carries a bouquet made of tulle. Her bridal look is complete with gold-accented ivory pumps and an elegant chignon reminiscent of classic elegance and refined beauty.

Alex Bolen, Chief Executive Officer of Oscar de la Renta LLC said, “We are so pleased to partner [again] with Mattel in the creation of the Oscar de la Renta Bridal Barbie. Like us, Mattel makes beautiful products with the utmost precision and highest standards of quality. Our third partnership, spanning over the course of 30 years, is a testament to the timelessness of both of our brands. We look forward to bringing the Oscar de la Renta bridal experience to a new audience with this fun and unique product offering.”

The Oscar de la Renta Barbie® doll will be available for $175 on, and select retailers.

Barbie Exhibition at Musee des Arts décoratifs (Paris) Now through September 18, 2016

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The very first Barbie doll. The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

From the moment Barbie was introduced to the world, a fashion icon was born. Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has served as a model and muse to the most world renowned names in fashion and the arts. She provides the ultimate canvas for their imaginations, to identify and play out their dreams. Today, she continues to be at the center of pop culture, reflecting the times and inspiring conversation. More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution.

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The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

In 2016, Barbie is being honored by museums around the world including the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris, paying tribute to this iconic doll whose story has made an indelible mark on the socio-cultural history of toys in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Drawing on Mattel archives which include over 700 dolls and work by contemporary artists and designers, the exhibition highlights the historical heritage of Barbie for both adults and children. More than just a toy, Barbie has mirrored a culture and its evolution.

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The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

Throughout her history she has adapted to social, political and cultural changes and evolved, embracing new trends and challenging stereotypes, always embracing the dreams and ambitions of contemporary life for the next generation of girls.

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The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

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The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

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The Barbie exhibition at the Musee des Arts décoratifs in Paris. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

Barbie has always given girl’s choices – from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories. And earlier this year Mattel literally changed the face of the brand with a range of new dolls represent the world girls see around them with variety in body type, skin tones and style allowing girls to find a doll that speaks to them.2016_Barbie_ RueSaintHonore

The newest generations of girls know there’s nothing they can’t do, and they’ve never been told otherwise. They have the confidence to try new things, take risks, and stand out among their peers. Barbie supports this empowered thinking, and reinforces it with every doll that is made — from Computer Engineer Barbie to Princess Power Barbie. Because when girls grow up in a world without limitations, they will show us that anything really is possible.

Barbie® Launches Misty Copeland Doll

Doll Launch Embodies Copeland’s (and Barbie’s) “You Can Be Anything” Message and Continues the Brand’s Legacy of Honoring Female Heroes


Ballet dancer Misty Cope;land with her namesake doll from Mattel’s Barbie “Sheroes” Line. (All images provided by BarbieMedia) 

Mattel’s Barbie® is honoring ballet dancer Misty Copeland by unveiling a doll in her likeness to continue to show girls they can be anything. Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), has been a role model to girls throughout her career.


The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on,” said Copeland. “It’s an honor to be able to inspire the next generation of kids with my very own Barbie doll.”


The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

The doll is part of the Barbie Sheroes program, honoring female heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. Copeland joins an esteemed group of diverse Barbie Sheroes, including Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Kristin Chenoweth, Sydney “Mayhem” Keiser, Trisha Yearwood and Zendaya.

The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role, which she is performing again on May 18 (matinee) and 19 as part of ABT’s annual spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. Copeland was intimately involved in the doll’s design and partnered with the Barbie design team on all the details.


The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role. (All images provided by BarbieMedia)

Copeland shows girls how to break boundaries both on and off the stage. She began dancing on a Boys & Girls Club basketball court and continues to be very active in local Clubs in various cities. She also works with Project Plié, ABT’s comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies.

This initiative furthers the Barbie “You Can Be Anything” campaign message echoing that when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines anything she can become. Earlier this year, Barbie expanded their Fashionistas® line by introducing even more diversity with three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.


The fashions for the doll were inspired by Copeland’s Firebird costume from her first American Ballet Theatre principal role. (All images provided by BarbieMedia) 

Misty Copeland is at the center of a cultural conversation around how women continue to break boundaries,” said Lisa McKnight, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Barbie. “As a brand, we want to honor women, like Misty, who are inspiring the next generation of girls to live out their dreams. We know role play often leads to real “play” in life and we’re thrilled to celebrate Misty with her very own doll.

The doll is available for $29.95 on and rolling out to retailers nationwide.