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Paradise Returns In The Bronx

The No Longer Empty crew strikes again with their latest major project, This Side of Paradise opened on April 4, 2012—what’s behind the gates of the Andrew Freedman Home will clearly make the Bronx’s a hotbed of artistic endeavors and much needed cultural destination. The NLE curators transformed the interior space with the works of  select visual artists addresses site specific work that respond to such issues as memory, immigration, storytelling, aging and the creation of fantasy informed by the original concept of the Home “being poor in style” suggests. This Side of Paradise celebrates human ingenuity, the strength of the human spirit and the resilience needed to fashion beauty, hope and rejoicing. This show features over 35 artists of which include Linda Cummingham, Justen Ladda Sofia Maldonado, and Federico Uribe, you still have time to hang out at the Andrew Freedman Home work the show runs through 05 June, 2012. For more fun happenings in the Bronx check out No Longer Empty website.

This installation takes place at The Andrew Freeman Home once  a haven, paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Bequeathed by millionaire Andrew Freedman, the Home provided not only food and shelter but all the accoutrements of a rich and civilized life style – white glove dinner service, a grand ball room, a wood-paneled library, billiard room and a social committee who organized concerts, opera performances and the like.

Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise references the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities. The exhibition and its extensive public programming onsite and offsite draws together the economic and social history of the Home with the present day realities of the Bronx and its residents.




03 2012

It’s Time For Good Ole Food Fight!


Food Fight: If you’re riled up over food why not join the conversation surrounding food questions of sustainability, obesity, sovereignty, ethics, culture, science, innovation, diversity and the future. Design Indaba is gathering some designers, artists, chefs, thinkers and food experts and posing some provocative questions. You’ve got food in your face! Join the food fight and have your say too. For more information click Design Indaba Food Fight. 

Above: Photo featuring Martin Hablesreiter one half of Austrian design duo Honey and Bunny, with Sonja Stummerer. Although they work in architecture, product and exhibition design, their primary focus and interest is in food design. Recently they published the book Food Design XL. Below: Clip from the Food Design film  highlighting design themes of  Honey and Bunny’s work. 


02 2012

SPARE BEATS: Happenings Near You

Right in step with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, the Independent Fashion Bloggers  Conference takes place in NYC from 08- 12 February at Milk Studio. Want to know what’s next in fast paced landscape of fashion blogging then join IFB, they’ll bring together some of the best and brightest personalities in the fashion industry to discuss the issues, challenges and exciting future of fashion blogging and social media.

GLIDE’12: Consumed is accepting CFP abstract submissions for virtual conference to be held 07 November 2012. Be part of this major partnership with the GLIDE team and Iridescent, the Icograda Journal of Design Research. Audrey Bennett, will serves as guest editor, she’s the founder of GLIDE, and Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  For more about GLIDE click:

In need of some cultural nourishment, then head over to SVA MFA Design Criticism Spring Lecture series, starting next week February 14, the Spring line-up jumps off with an intimate Q&A with The New York Times’ newly appointed architecture critic Michael Kimmelman.  For more information on D-Crit’s lecture series click D-Crit.

Design Indaba: 29 FEBRUARY 2012 – 4 MARCH 2012 Interact/Design Indaba 2012. This year’s venue includes the Design Indaba Conference and Simulcast from 29 February to 2 March 2012, and Design Indaba Expo from 2 to 4 March 2012.



02 2012

Fashion and Street Culture @ Yale University

Today, street style blogs are some of the most popular sites on the Internet. But what is street style? And what is the relationship between style, streets, and pop culture? How have the Internet, digital cameras and other technologies impacted how we understand the way we dress?  Why do so many people care about the way other people dress?

The Urban Catwalk: Fashion and Street Culture, a two-day symposium at Yale University, aims to investigate the relationships between street style and identity.

Whether high end or mass market, fashion is a daily performance of identity. Street fashion tells a personal narrative about one’s dreams, fantasies, fears and struggles. From Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga, and from Napoleon Bonaparte to Prince, fashion is used as an instrument of rebellion and commentary on social norms.

Come hear 20 minute presentations from a range of disciplines, including a special guest panel with celebrity stylist and founding fashion director of Vibe Michaela angela Davis, Guy Trebay of the New York TimesChioma Nnadi of Vogue, and Jimmy Webb of New York City’s Trash and Vaudeville. Our conference blends the intellectual with an ear to the ground. We close the conference out with a street style fashion show, where real-people models will showcase what street style means to them.


04 2011

Fashion in Film Festivals Hits Museum of Moving Image

The tireless curator and fashion scholar Marketa Uhlirova brings her “Fashion in Film Festival” to New York City. For this exciting edition of the festival, “Birds of Paradise,” she partnered with the Museum of the Moving Image’s Chief Curator David Schwartz, Ron Gregg at Yale University, and Eugenia Paulicelli at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

The festival, which is hailed as “a major extravaganza in costume spectacle, dance and diabolical glamour,” takes place from April 15 to May 2nd at the Museum of the Moving Image, while a seminar on the topic is scheduled for April 19th at the CUNY Graduate Center.

For a full program of the festival, please visit the Fashion in Film Festival site.



04 2011

Georg Olden – I’ve Got a Secret

This coming Saturday March 26th, I’m participating in the Black Studies Design Education Symposium at Parsons School of Design, my presentation is titled “Missing in the Narrative,” made me think long and hard about Georg Olden the first on-air art director for CBS TV. Above Olden Vice President Creative of McCann Erikson advertising is featured on 1960s TV show I’ve Got a Secret if you listen closely he’s referred to as MadMen, a term used in advertising. For more on Georg Olden check out AIGA Gold Medalist:
Also former editor Julie Lasky of Print Magazine wrote an extraordinary article, The Search for Georg Olden in March 1994 issue documenting his tumultuous career as an art director in TV and advertising. I’m happy to say I worked with Lasky providing some of the research especially since I had developed a lecture series on “Black Designers of the 20th Century” which included Olden.


03 2011


FOODAM is a meeting point between the world of Art, Food and Design.
It lives in the whole city who becomes a place of exploration, exposure and debate on the future and innovation of food, its imaginary and its apparatus.

Send us your idea about the future of food. It could be a product or a prototype, a book or a infographic, a website or a process, a taste or a scenario, a restaurant or a recipie. Food talks about our life. Its future will change our world.

Beauty and Fashion: The Black Portrait Symposium

This coming spring make sure to check-out another spectacular symposium by the photographer/Historian Debra Willis, chair of the Photography department of New York University, she’s planned another informative two-day symposium. How she does I’ll never know, but I’m grateful for Debra Willis’s non-stop commitment in keeping the dialog of black visual culture in the forefront. The Beauty and Fashion: The Portrait Symposium will take place at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts in 02-03, April 2011. Presenters include a stellar group of black scholars, artist, cultural critics, curators and writers all in one setting to discuss what is sure to be an intellectually stimulating conversation on race, sex, gender and the body. And best of all it’s free.

For more information contact: POSINGBEAUTY2011@GMAIL.COM


12 2010

THIS WEEK’S HAPPENING: Fran Lebowitz and Toni Morrison Are Witty and Authorative

After following these writers since my college days, I can’t  wait to see this conversational duo, Fran Lebowitz and Toni Morrison, featured Monday, 22 November on HBO, in ‘Public Speaking,’ directed by Martin Scorsese.

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There aren’t a whole lot of job openings these days for philosophers, public wits and raconteurs. Fran Lebowitz pretty much has the monopoly to herself.

As recorded by no less than director Martin Scorsese in his new HBO documentary ‘Public Speaking’ (which debuts Nov. 22), Lebowitz is the last of a breed that once included such sparkling conversationalists as Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, Oscar Levant, Jack Paar, Truman Capote, William F. Buckley, James Baldwin and others who could dine out on their witticisms and pontifications. read more on


11 2010

DESIGN: Laurie Lyon’s Online NOMADS Magazine Drops

Lauri Lyons, a well-known documentary photographer has a new online publication, Nomads Magazine it’s a quarterly devoted entirely to global travel aimed at exposing its readers to many exciting cultural experiences that promises to take you around the globe. This magazine is guaranteed to be filled with adventuresome features stories and extraordinary black and white or color images by world renowned artists and journalists, who live their life on the run. Lauri also writes about culture and photography for the Huffington Post and this December she’s leading a NOMAD Photography Workshop in Salvador de Bahia.