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Al Hirschfeld Foundation Presents Lost In The Stars: Black Theatre Makers Drawn by Hirschfeld

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The Al Hirschfeld Foundation is proud to announce the latest in a series of online exhibitions exploring the work of one of the most iconic artists of the last century.

Coinciding with Al Hirschfeld’s 117th birthday this week, the Foundation has launched special exhibition for these times: “Lost In The Stars: Black Theatre Makers Drawn by Hirschfeld”, a collection of over 25 drawings, paintings, and prints documenting nearly three-quarters of a century of African-American theater artistry. This special digital exhibit will be online August 2, 2020 at  AlHirschfeldFoundation.org/exhibitions before a new exhibition is presented. 

The online exhibition begins with F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, the duo that wrote the book and starred in the landmark musical Shuffle Along and travels 72 years to include drawings of Canada Lee, Paul Robeson, Diana Sands, James Earl Jones, Ed Bullins, Charles Brown, Robert Guillaume, Nell Carter, Ntozake Shange, Charles Dutton, and Audra McDonald, and shows including Carmen Jones, Decision, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, the musical Golden Boy, Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 1976 all Black revival of Guys & Dolls, and Marie Christine.

“Black actors, directors, composers, lyricists, playwrights, designers, and producers have long played a role in the American Theater, despite Broadway’s nickname as The Great White Way,” writes David Leopold, Creative Director for the AHF in the introduction to the exhibition. “The title of this exhibition comes from the musical of the same name that explored the racial injustices of the 20th century South Africa apartheid system. But it can also serve as a metaphor of the Black creative in a predominantly white theater world. Too often the contributions of Black artists have been minimized or co-opted, and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation wanted to look at many of the Black stars in all disciplines that make the American Theater what it is today. “Lost In The Stars…” will be the first of at least four exhibitions that will explore Black theater, film, dance and music over the next year. We believe that Black Live Matter. Black Art Matters. And Black Theatre Matters.” In keeping with the spirit of Hirschfeld, this exhibition is free and open to everyone.

The show is part of the AHF’s continuing mission to promote interest in the theater and the performing and visual arts. For this exhibition there is a special gift shop of merchandise connected to the exhibition at online at AlHirschfeldFoundationshop.org/product-category/lost-in-the-stars

Go behind the lines of Hirschfeld’s art with “The Hirschfeld Century Podcast,” nominated as “Best NYC podcast” by the 2020 Apple Awards.  A special episode dedicated to the works featured in “Lost In The Stars: Black Theatre Makers Drawn by Hirschfeld” will be available starting June 30, 2020 from AlHirschfeldFoundation.org/podcastsiTunes and other popular podcast sites.

Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75-year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps. Hirschfeld said his contribution was to take the character, created by the playwright and portrayed by the actor, and reinvent it for the reader. Playwright Terrence McNally wrote: “No one ‘writes’ more accurately of the performing arts than Al Hirschfeld. He accomplishes on a blank page with his pen and ink in a few strokes what many of us need a lifetime of words to say.”  In 1945, Hirschfeld celebrated the birth of his daughter Nina by placing her name in the background of a drawing. What the artist described as an innocent prank soon became a personal trademark and national obsession, as he began hiding numerous NINA’s throughout his drawings for years to come. He is represented in many public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and Harvard’s Theater Collection. Hirschfeld authored several books including Manhattan Oases and Show Business is No Business in addition to 10 collections of his work. He was declared a Living Landmark by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 1996, and a Living Legend by The Library of Congress in 2000.  Just before his death in January 2003, he learned he was to be awarded the Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts and inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters. The winner of two Tony Awards, he was given the ultimate Broadway accolade on what would have been his 100th birthday in June 2003. The Martin Beck Theater was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theater. 

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

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Hampton Fine Art Fair

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The 18th annual Hampton Fine Art Fair featured a record 150 select galleries, and best-in-class sponsors, reaching 20 countries. Emerging artists and galleries – provided collectors and people looking to redecorate their home treasures for every sensibility and price point. 70,000 sq. ft. featured the Pollock and de Kooning Luxury Pavilions, the fair was located just minutes from downtown Southampton Village. The show took place from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. Over 10,000 expected guests over the four days the show also benefited Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum.


This year, HFAF recognized esteemed local artists into the 2024 Hamptons Artists Hall of Fame. Artists Herman Cherry and Connie Fox, sculptors Bill Tarr and Bill King and tapestry artisan Amy Zerner were honored. The 2024 Spotlight artists are Lucy Cookson, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Olivier Messas, Ben Miller, Milly Ristvedt and Veronica Ruiz Velasco. In addition, Judaic artist Libby Klein  presented her one-of-a-kind Royal Family Tree, with everyone spotlighted from the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to Princes Harry and William. The trees can be customized and feature a gold leaf for each member of the family. She will also showcase works embodying the beauty of Israel.

My favorites were Dagaro Ella Marco Olivier Sculptures from Charlotte, NC. Renowned artist, Marco Olivier blends resin and bronze, with exceptional craftsmanship and emotive storytelling.

Felix Semper, is a visionary artist who defies conventional artistic boundaries and astounds audiences with his incredible talents and achievements. With a mastery of sculpture, Semper’s works transcend traditional static forms, as he brilliantly combines elements of flexibility and motion into his creations. His innovative technique of creating intricate, lifelike sculptures out of thousands of individually stacked and glued sheets of paper has garnered international recognition and admiration.

Reilly Haney @DetentionArt hand writes every word from what ever he is working on. So you see the Spiderman poster but underneath is all the words. Haney is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran who turned a hobby into a career by creating Calligrammer. “Everything you are seeing on the print is his actual handwriting. His pieces were truly impressive

And the fun people you meet and go with make the show all that more exciting and interesting. This was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Ilene Smith Sichel, Brigitte Segura, Neil Saltzman and Roger Sichel

 

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca

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In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

From left: Guy Griggs, Greg Ventra, Joseph Carini, Friday Jones, Carlos Saavedra

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Getting a ‘Puck-ture’ perfect moment with this midsummer mischief-maker.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Brazilian mid-century design enshrined among tapestries and fine art.

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Framed by striking textile design, ALBEN’s post-modern Venus de Milo overlooks a stunning vintage dining set.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights. Also on hand was a lively textural offering by US Navy fighter pilot-turned-studio-head Ted Hartley

As Puck would have it, juicy color and textures abound throughout the exhibition.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Visually arresting displays surround rare vintage Brazilian collectibles.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”

Exhibition curators from left: Rodrigo Salem, Nicolas Auvray and Joseph Carini

Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Brian McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

Tatiana Vidus ripens before Gérard Stricher’s passionate palette.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd

Carini

335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer. This Saturday they will host their annual Summer Gala to raise funds. The event on  July 13, is from 6:30 to 11:30 PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Beside oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and an auction, followed by an after-party beach bonfire and s’mores. 

The foundation will honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill, signed into law, expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing to include 3-D Mammography. 

Part of the way they will raise money is to auction off denim jackets painted by famous artists. Three of the artists are friends of T2C and we want to highlight their work as well as give you insight on how to bid for a really good cause.

Shani and her jacket

First up is Shani Grosz. Her denim jacket combines fashion and Shani’s passion for painting she created a fantasy hand painted garden themed denim jacket trimmed with a lace bustle for drama and sprinkled with Swarovski crystals . All created with a magical vibe and a theme quote painted in the back of the jacket that reads “ the darkest Nights produce the brightest stars. “ … with the theme that women going through tough times such as cancer treatments are the true bright shining stars.

Shani is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, and has established herself as an important and internationally recognized designer with over two decades as the President and Designer of SHANI Collection. She has won many prestigious design awards for her well executed vision of “Wearable Art”. Over the years, she has dressed various celebrities, news anchors, Broadway stars, television personalities and developed numerous wardrobes for both film and TV and as a teacher within the Designer Critic Program at FIT, Shani works closely at developing up and coming talent. Shani designs for the modern woman, celebrating her multi-faceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong.

Shani

To know Shani is to know that she is a girl’s girl, so it’s only logical that her designs are about feeling free and comfortable in your skin. Shani’s designs are like the perfect little black dress –something every woman needs in her wardrobe that she can always count on to let her look her best. Her dresses are available at www.shanicollection.com. Please follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/shanidress.official.

To bid on Shani’s and the other artist were highlighting read more tomorrow.

On February 15, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarded $363,000 in grants to further its mission of assisting people being treated for breast cancer. The funding advances the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where no patients are turned away for lack of insurance, as well as its local satellite locations and Ellen’s Well, a psychosocial support program for patients. Grants were also awarded to members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership to support bilingual outreach, social support, and breast care education for women without ready access to health care.

This year, funds raised will go toward acquiring a cutting-edge tomosynthesis mammography machine at the center, providing breast screenings and diagnostic procedures, allocating Ellen’s Well micro-grants for transportation and social services, supporting the Phillips Family Cancer Care Summit and paying a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, and an oncology nurse patient navigator at Ellen’s Well.

For more information visit ellenhermanson.org.

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