The Whitney Museum of American Art is pleased to announce that David Breslin is joining the Museum’s staff as Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection. Currently the John R. Eckel, Jr. Chief Curator of the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Breslin will begin working at the Whitney in October.


David Breslin To Join The Whitney’s Curatorial Department

Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, noted: “David is that rare and remarkable combination of a scholarly curator and sensitive champion of living artists. In his leadership position at the Whitney, he will help steward our collection and shape its future by guiding acquisition strategy, along with the display and publication of our holdings. We are delighted that David will further the Museum’s mission as a forum for artists and the most innovative ideas around twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art.”

At the Menil Drawing Institute, Breslin created an ambitious program of exhibitions and public and scholarly events and helped to shape the design of the Institute’s stand-alone facility set to open next year. At the Menil, Breslin curated The Precarious (2015–2016), a focused look at works in the collection indebted to the collage tradition, and Harold Ancart: There Is No There There (2016). He also oversaw work on the catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Jasper Johns set to be published in 2017 and grew the collection with acquisitions of works by artists including, among others, Trisha Brown, John Cage, Lee Mullican, Amy Sillman, Nancy Spero, Danh Vo, and Jack Whitten. Breslin currently serves as co-curator with Whitney curator David Kiehl of David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, an authoritative retrospective of the artist to be presented at the Whitney in 2018. Breslin and Kiehl are co-editing the accompanying catalog.

I’m thrilled to be joining the Whitney at such an exciting and important time, shortly after the first anniversary of the Museum’s move downtown,” said Breslin. “It is an honor to be able to work with this dynamic and growing collection and help convey the diverse histories and possibilities of American art. I look forward to working with the Whitney’s exceptional staff—and thoughtful audiences—to create exhibitions and programs that challenge conceptions, inform interpretations, and, hopefully, provide some joy.”

Prior to joining the Menil Collection, Breslin served as the associate director of the research and academic program and associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. As associate director, Breslin partnered with international museum and academic colleagues to create a conference, colloquium, and symposium program for the museum; he also oversaw the Clark’s residential fellowship program and taught in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Breslin co-edited Art History and Emergency: Crises in the Visual Arts and Humanities (Yale University Press, 2016), a volume that grew from a Clark Conference he organized with art historian Darby English.

In 2014, The Clark presented Breslin’s exhibition Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith. He also co-curated Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950–1975. Most recently, Breslin worked on the Ellsworth Kelly-curated exhibition Monet | Kelly (seen at the Clark in 2015). In addition to curating exhibitions on El Anatsui and Juan Muñoz, among others, Breslin has edited numerous exhibition catalogues and authored essays on a range of artists including Paul Thek, Cady Noland, Valentin Carron, and Pablo Picasso.

Breslin earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College, a master’s in art history from Williams College, and a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation, I WANT TO GO TO THE FUTURE: Jenny Holzer and the End of a Century, was informed by his experience working in Holzer’s studio, collaborating with the artist on many museum and gallery exhibitions—including Holzer’s 2009 exhibition at The Whitney—and organizing a diverse range of public projects. He was appointed to serve as an adviser in contemporary art initiatives at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, while pursuing his doctorate.

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National Geographic Launches First Hosted Digital Video Series

Ingredients,” with Host George Zaidan, Launches on National Geographic’s YouTube Channel and on NationalGeographic.com

National Geographic is bringing its 128 years of science, adventure and exploration to its first hosted digital video series, “Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff,” premiering today on YouTube and on NationalGeographic.com.

Join MIT-trained chemist and science-educator George Zaidan (@GeorgeZaidan), co-host of CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,” as he tries to recreate everyday household products like toothpaste, lipstick and shaving cream using only natural ingredients… and no recipe. In each episode, George will decode long lists of intimidating chemical names, figure out what they all do, try and find natural substitutes and cook up the do-it-yourself versions in his chemistry lab/kitchen. While George may or may not succeed, we’ll all learn something new and surprising about the products we take for granted every day. For more information on the series by executive producer Danielle Steinberg, visit natgeo.com/ingredients or follow National Geographic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.ingredients-logo-634x214

In this series, I take viewers on a journey to discover the magic behind some of our society’s most common and widely used products,” said Zaidan. “I want to understand why there are so many different ‘things’ in some of the most basic products many of us use every day, what they all do and how complicated (or in some cases, straightforward) it is to make natural consumer products in my kitchen. We’ll all learn together. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s science.

Episodes Include:

  • Toothpaste on Sept. 15: Ancient toothpaste used stuff like rocks and bones — and modern toothpaste isn’t all that different.
  • Lipstick on Sept. 22: From ground-up bugs to rust, there might be some unexpected ingredients in your lipstick.
  • Shaving Cream on Sept. 29: What gives shaving cream all that lathery goodness?
  • Nail Polish on Oct. 6: Nail polish has a ton of ingredients. Here’s why.
  • Gum Base on Oct. 13: What makes gum stay chewy for so long?
  • Air Freshener on Oct. 20: Do air fresheners really purify the air? Kind of…
  • Peanut Butter on Oct. 27: Crunchy vs. creamy, runny vs. solid… there’s more to peanut butter than peanuts and salt.
  • Conditioner on Nov. 3: Conditioner — it makes your hair silky smooth and it’s a lot like… fat.
  • Hand Sanitizer on Nov. 10: There’s more to hand sanitizer than just alcohol.
  • Dry-Erase Markers on Nov. 17: What makes a dry-erase marker erasable?
  • Gum Sweetener on Nov. 24: How can sugar-free gum taste sweet?

This series offers a better understanding not just of the products themselves, but of how our world is constructed for us from afar,” said James Williams (@burningtoast), Vice President Of Digital Video for National Geographic. “We often take for granted the science behind ordinary life, but it’s fascinating when you start peeling back the layers. You’ll never look at these products the same way again, and you’ll likely appreciate them even more.

George Zaidan is the co-host of CNBC’s new hit TV series, “Make Me a george-zaidanMillionaire Inventor.” He co-writes and directs MIT’s webseries “Science Out Loud.” He has also developed, written and hosted shows for TED-Ed, The Weather Channel and The Pentagon Channel. His work has been featured in Forbes, The Boston Globe, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider and Gizmodo. Zaidan holds an S.B. in chemistry from MIT, where he won the F.D. Greene Teaching Award. He is a New Media Consortium Emerging Leader and Khan Academy Talent Search Winner. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Education and a member of the American Chemical Society. He is an avid rock climber, former single-digit-handicap golfer, beginning tennis player and recreational cook.

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Nearly 700,000 Swarovski Crystals Hit The Runway During New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Shows

Runway Images Photographed by Dan Lecca

Backstage Images Photographed by Eli Schmidt

Swarovski Collective designers Creatures of the Wind, Tome and Rosie Assoulin showcased their Spring/Summer 2017 collections featuring over 575,000 Swarovski crystals this most recent New York Fashion Week. In the first season of collaboration for 2017 collections, the Swarovski Collective designers received financial support as well as the opportunity to experiment with Swarovski’s extraordinary crystal range.

Swarovski Collective Logo

Swarovski Collective Logo (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski Collective)

Founded in 1999 following Nadja Swarovski‘s collaboration with the late Alexander McQueen and the late Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective encourages emerging and established designers to explore the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship. The latest edition of the Swarovski Collective program spans New York, London, Paris and Milan fashion weeks, offering the designers year-long financial and crystal product support, plus the chance to win the annual Swarovski Collective Prize, the winner of which will be announced in May 2017.

Creatures of the Wind: Runway Show on Thursday, September 8 at 46 W 24th Street


Backstage at The Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Show on Thursday, September 8 at 46 W 24th Street. (Photo Credit: Eli Schmidt)


Backstage at The Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Show on Thursday, September 8 at 46 W 24th Street. (Photo Credit: Eli Schmidt)

Creatures of the Wind‘s collection, titled “Angel,” was inspired by ideas of polished beauty and the concept of the angel as an idealized entity, a representation of detached perfection, and a play on the use of ‘angel’ in pop music from the 1950s. Hand-embroidered Swarovski crystal appliques were developed from Victorian mourning jewelry playing off a custom lace pattern and floral print that were used to create a visually dense, optical illusion of layering. Sew-on stones were also blended into patterns, demonstrating crystal use as a design component rather than strictly as an embellishment.


Creatures of The Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway show (Photo credit: Dan Lecca)


Creatures of The Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway show (Photo credit: Dan Lecca)


Creatures of The Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway show (Photo credit: Dan Lecca)


Creatures of The Wind Spring/Summer 2017 Runway show (Photo credit: Dan Lecca)

Each season is an exercise in recontextualization, and this season we chose to approach the crystal application through a psychedelic exploration of 1950s pop music. As with every other component that goes into the making of the collection – fabric, silhouette, color, texture, treatments – each season brings the challenge of making these components new, relevant, and beautiful. It’s a constant challenge to move further than the season before. With Swarovski, specifically, it’s about using the crystals in a new way, ideally proposing something that hasn’t been previously explored in crystal.” – Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind

Tome: Runway Show on Sunday, September 11 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station


Backstage at The Tome Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Show on on Sunday, September 11 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station. (Photo Credit: Eli Schmidt)


Backstage at The Tome Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Show on on Sunday, September 11 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station. (Photo Credit: Eli Schmidt)


Backstage at The Tome Spring/Summer 2017 Runway Show on on Sunday, September 11 at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station. (Photo Credit: Eli Schmidt)

Drawing inspiration from the optical art illusions of Bridget Riley and the women depicted in the works of Malick Sidibe and photographer Seydou Keita, Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin of Tome used custom hotfix transfer designs and Swarovski crystal fishnet banding to accentuate the geometric patterns in their collection. Continue reading