This week started off great as we signed on with Planned Parenthood to work with them on their East End Benefit. It has always been great fun in the past but with everything that occurred last week with the organization I am looking very forward to begin making this year’s fundraiser the best one yet.
Tuesday, again, was a great class with a visit from Alice Zimet talking about her photography collection. Afterwards I met with artist Ohad Meromi to discuss his project for the Public Art Fund’s Spring Benefit, which, especially now, after hearing more about Ohad’s project, I am so excited for! Buy your tickets now at publicartfund.org and save the date – April 17th! You can see Ohad’s work currently in the Public Art Fund’s exhibition A Promise Is A Cloud at the Metro Tech Center in Brooklyn along with artists Adam Pendleton, Erin Shirreff and Young-Hae Chang.
Wednesday night I went by Marian Goodman Gallery where it was the opening for Tony Cragg’s new amazing sculptures that are unbelievably more than worth seeing. Also at the gallery was the preview for the second edition of the Elton John Aids Foundation Photography Portfolio. The portfolio has ten original photographs with some unbelievable artists in it ranging from legends like Ed Ruscha to young hot artists like Alex Prager. My favorites (for those interested!) are Hedi Slimane’s image, whose photography I am such a huge fan of, Frank Thiel’s beautiful detail and Tina Barney’s great picture from 1999, The Lipstick. If only I had $25,000… After Marian Goodman I headed downtown to Momofuku Ssäm Bar. I had never been to any Momofuko (except for the Milk Bar) so was very excited to find out what all the talk was about. Since pork buns aren’t my thing I had to find something else to be wowed by… success was found in the spicy pork sausage and rice cakes… and Japanese whiskey!
Thursday evening brought with it the opening of the New York Fashion Film Festival. With the everyman becoming photographers and filmmakers these days and the demand for nearly all photo shoots, either editorial or advertising, to have a film component there is a lot of bad work out there! But apparently there is some really good work as well. I wasn’t impressed with everything shown but there were some great films. A few I was already aware of like Steven Meisel’s absolutely amazing Lanvin Fall 2011 video and Inez and Vinoodh’s film for Balmain Spring/Summer 2012. Two films that I had never seen, or heard of for that matter, were the beautiful, surreal, romantic and dream-like Vanessa Bruno Spring 2012 piece starring Kate Bosworth and directed by Stephanie di Giusto. The second, much shorter and imbued with a sense of humor rather than romanticism (which is usually what I go for) was the Marc Jacobs Resort 2012 forty-five second spot. Regardless of my favorites, fashion films are usually something you look at on your laptop not on a big screen with loud music so it was interesting to see these films in a different context at least. I was unable to stay for the panel discussion moderated by Glenn O’Brien as I had to run downtown to a birthday dinner at La Esquina… I will blame La Esquina’s abundance of food and margaritas for the rest of the weekend…