On view May 6 – September 18, 2016 at the Jewish Museum, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the full range of artist output by the prominent landscape architect. Although Burle Marx is best known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, and for his abstract, geometric garden designs, his practice encompassed an enormous range of artistic forms and styles: he was a painter and sculptor; a designer of textiles, jewelry, theater sets, and costumes; a ceramicist and stained-glass artist. He was also an avid art collector, a talented baritone, a consummate cook, and a visionary self-taught botanist and ecologist. For him, all these endeavors were equally important, facets of one another.
For his exhibition at the Jewish Museum on view through August 7, designer Isaac Mizrahi created three new coats, harkening back to his couture roots. Bubble, Dropcloth, and Dazzle, three sack-shaped, over-large coats that are representative of his signature boldness, updated for the contemporary woman. Much of the exhibition features looks from the 90s and it was important to Mizrahi to bridge what he views as the mushy and melancholy past and his future: “For me, making these coats is a great lesson because I haven’t really made couture clothes in a long time. And I’m trying to make these coats resonate. I’m trying to make them into interesting things. And also not art. They’re so not art. They’re just clothes.” Continue reading
Passover begins this Friday at sundown, ending at dusk on Saturday, April 30. The holiday memorializes the Israelites’ liberation from slavery and the Exodus from Egypt. Lasting for eight days, Passover starts with the ritual seder meal, usually celebrated on the first and second nights. The centerpiece of the table is a specially designed plate laden with symbolic foods. Matzah, an unleavened bread that’s easy and quick to make, represents the haste with which the Jews left Egypt—suggesting that they didn’t even have time to wait for the bread to rise.