Following the success of the summer 2021 blockbuster exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless,” the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD) will present “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America” June 3 – Sept. 10, 2023.
“Timed Entry” tickets (tickets for a specific date and time) for the 2023 Warhol exhibition go on sale to the public for the first time beginning 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Timed entry tickets will be available to be purchased online at Warhol2023.org or by calling the Box Office at 630.942.4000. “Anytime entry” tickets are currently available for $40, offering ticket buyers the opportunity to reserve a day to attend, and then view the exhibition at any time for that reserved date.
“Timed Entry” tickets are available for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, $25 each, and Saturdays and Sundays for $30. (The exhibit will be closed on Mondays.) $2 discounts are available for seniors, youth, and military personnel. Prices exclude service charges. There is an added $4 fee for purchasing via phone and an added $9 fee for purchasing online. These charges are waived when purchasing in-person at the MAC Box Office.
Just in time for holiday gift giving, ticket package options are also available for Warhol enthusiasts. The VIP ticket package includes a poster and a Warhol-themed tote bag for an additional $15 per ticket. The “Superstar” ticket package includes a Warhol-themed tote bag, Warhol poster, and exhibition catalog for an additional $50. Package items can be picked up when attending the exhibition, or in-person at the box office in advance.
Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a 10% discount on regular priced tickets as well. For more information about group tickets. For more information about group tickets visit Warhol2023.org.
About “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop / Works from the Bank of America Collection”
Notable works from the College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection will include Warhol’s 1980 screen-printed portrait of Joseph Beuys as well as his iconic $ (1983). Also included: more than 150 photographs by Warhol comprised of both black-and-white gelatin silver prints and color Polaroid prints featuring unidentified figures and celebrities alike. These photographs offer a rare and intimate glimpse into Warhol’s New York of the 1970’s and 80’s.
The exhibition will encompass both the CCMA and the MAC, unfolding across roughly 11,000 square-feet of exhibition space. Educational and interactive elements will include a biographical exhibition highlighting key points in Warhol’s life and career, video installation, a Children’s Print Factory area, Studio 54 and Silver Cloud Room experiences and Central Park-inspired outdoor space, creating an immersive, multifaceted exhibition focused on the life and work of one of the most influential artists of the past century.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) was a central figure in the Pop Art movement that emerged in the U.S. in the early 1950s and is the most recognizable artist of the second half of the twentieth century. Warhol worked across media, including painting, sculpture, film and printmaking. Warhol’s printed multiples were central to his practice allowing him to explore the aesthetics and mechanics of mass-produced images and popular culture. Warhol’s prints also touched on other themes. Warhol’s “Endangered Species” series grew out of his concern for the environment. In 1979, with “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” Warhol departed from his repeated images format to create a series of iconic images based on a single theme.
The exhibition and programming will be led by MAC Director Diana Martinez and CCMA Curator Justin Witte.
About Bank of America Art in our Communities®
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About the CCMA
The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition, “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection.” In fall 2020, the gallery was expanded to a 2,500 square-foot museum. The Cleve Carney Museum of Art opened June 2021 with the highly anticipated “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition. CCMA hosts exhibitions year round and will host “Warhol: Featuring Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop-Works from the Bank of America Collection Summer 2023.”
Funding for CCMA is provided by the Cleve Carney Endowment Fund, which supports vital programming including artist engagement opportunities for community members and students, gallery exhibitions, artist commissions, new acquisitions and other teaching and learning tools that foster cultural enrichment in our community. More information can be found at TheCCMA.org and on social media @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt.
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located at 425 Fawell Blvd., 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. Visit AtTheMAC.org or facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.
About the College of DuPage Foundation
Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit https://foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2698.
With Art Week around the corner, here are a few updates on fashion, hospitality, food, culture, and art initiatives set to debut in the Miami Design District in the coming weeks
MARIO CARBONE’S OUR LADY OF ROCCO PART II | POP-UP
ABOUT: Following its hit 2021 debut, Our Lady of Rocco – the coveted collaboration between NYC-based womenswear brand La Ligne and famed chef and restaurateur Mario Carbone – is announcing the launch of Part II. Inspired by 1980s New York City and uniform dressing, the limited-edition collection offers streetwear pieces like a burgundy satin bomber, statement T-shirts, trousers and luxe wool cap, embroidered with the brand’s signature crown logo. This year, the brand extends to a new category: bespoke tailoring in the great Italian sartorial tradition. During Art Basel, the brand will host a pop-up offering one-of-a-kind vintage Nino Cerruti suits and blazers that have been reworked to include the brand’s signature lining and brass buttons. The Vintage Cerrutis will be available exclusively at the pop-up where customers can also get the suits further tailored.
ABOUT: On November 30th and December 1st, Basic.Space will host “Select.Miami,” a unique exhibition and shopping experience curated by a select group of best-in-class creatives including Juliet Johnstone, After That, RetroSuperFuture, and more. This 2-day event rooted in the concept of curation, community and discovery, will showcase a blend of new items, limited editions and brand collaborations, all exclusive to Basic.Space. In partnership with Secular Sabbath, this event will include an overnight ambient music experience from 12am – 7am on the 1st. Secular Sabbath is an ambient music centered event experience in which attendees are invited to relax, restore, and get inspired together through their sensory body.
Dates: December 1
Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Location: 3930 NE 2nd Avenue
RESY AND AMERICAN EXPRESS | DINNER SERIES FEAT. TOP CHEFS
Hours: November 29: 6pm; November 30: 11am – 6pm; December 1: 5:30pm & 9pm; December 2: 5:30pm & 9pm
Location: 151 NE 41st St., 3rd Floor
FENDI CASA | GRAND OPENING
ABOUT: FENDI Casa has chosen Miami for its first flagship store in the United States, in the heart of the Miami Design District. The opening of the boutique will coincide with the start of DesignMiami/, where FENDI has presented a series of special projects over time, together with established and emerging designers. The boutique in Miami spans 591 square meters within a concrete building enhanced by large windows on two levels, whose architecture is inspired by the Modern Movement.
Date: Opening November 30
Hours: M – F 10am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 3pm; Sunday Closed
Location: 4120 NE 2nd Ave.
DOLCE&GABBANA CASA | GRAND OPENING
ABOUT: To feel at home: the Dolce&Gabbana Casa Collection dedicated to the universe of furnishing and furnishing accessories is a tribute to the excellence of craftsmanship, Italian design and the authentic codes of the brand’s DNA. The patterns of the Collection’s themes come to life on furniture, mise en place accessories, textiles and decorative objects that evoke a story of love and hospitality, passion and beauty, and the art of living one’s daily life. From sofas in fine jacquard to lacquered oak tables, from accessorized bar cabinets to armchairs upholstered in petit point embroidery, the furniture pieces realized in partnership with Luxury Living Group present both elements of harmony and contrasts, rendering a unique narrative that gives no limits to creativity.
Dates: November 28 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Location: 50 NE 39th Street
STELLA MCCARTNEY | B&B ITALIA
The Stella McCartney x B&B Italia three-piece capsule collection is officially launching at Art Basel Miami Beach this December, marking the British conscious pioneer’s first-ever interiors collaboration. Beginning 30th November, B&B Italia Miami store’s windows will showcase the exclusive Le Bambole armchair and Granbambola 3-seater sofa in an immersive display. Each features a hand-drawn “Fungi Forest” print upholstery pulled from the Stella McCartney Summer 2022 runway collection and a responsible construction inspired by shared sustainability values.
The collaboration was successfully introduced at Stella McCartney’s “Future of Fashion” material innovation installation during Milan Design Week this past June, with the Italian design company and British conscious luxury pioneer joining forces to reimagine Mario Bellini’s iconic 2022 Le Bambole armchair. The partnership was born of Stella’s long-time personal passion for Bellini’s works, and celebrates Le Bambole’s 50th anniversary.
Dates: December 1 – January 1
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: 4141 NE 2nd Ave Suite 115 / 114
INSTALLATIONS & EXHIBITIONS
2022 MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT DESIGN COMMISSION: ROCK | ROLL BY GERMANE BARNES
ABOUT: The Miami Design District has awarded Miami-based architect and designer, Germane Barnes, the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Design Commission. Rock | Roll is a multifaceted installation that draws on the vibrancy of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities that contribute to Miami’s polyethnic culture. Barnes designed a series of massive, whimsical capsules that rock back-and-forth when activated by users and feature vibrant colors reminiscent of Carnival’s feathered costumes and the city’s water-friendly lifestyle. With a nod to steel drums and Soca music, Barnes also designed wind chimes, hundreds of which will be hung in the neighborhood’s trees. Rock | Roll will also include a free-floating dome suspended overhead and animated by light and sound, which will serve as an anchor to a communal and lively commission. Soon to be installed in the Miami Design District as the annual Design Commission, Barnes’ creative — and massive– interactive installation is expected to draw visitors on a global scale.
*Interviews with Germane Barnes are available upon request.
Dates: Mid-November onward
Location: Miami Design District
DANIEL ARSHAM | THE ARES HOUSE
ABOUT: On view December 1st through 3rd at 3925 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Ares House is a real life metaverse experience that stitches together the physical and digital worlds, seamlessly interlacing 3D projection mapping to showcase a digitally-enhanced IRL version of Ares House, a monumental digital structure that looks like it might have existed in an ancient, otherworldly civilization. Along with presenting sponsors Jayaram, Everyrealm, Future Galerie, and Mona additional sponsors will include: Miami Design District, Delta, LATAM Airlines, Samsung, Laneta Tequila, and Saratoga Spring Water. The Row’s Ares House will open with a private VIP preview event on November 30th, and available for public viewing from December 1st through December 3rd, from 12-6 p.m. each day.
Dates: December 1 – December 3
Location: Miami Design District
GAGOSIAN & JEFFERY DEITCH | 100 YEARS
ABOUT: Gagosian is pleased to announce 100 Years, the seventh group exhibition—including an online incarnation in 2020—organized by Gagosian in collaboration with Jeffrey Deitch in Miami’s Design District during Miami Art Week. 100 Years—on view at the historic Buick Building—explores the interplay of past, present, and future through works by contemporary artists who are in dialogue with the sweeping cultural and environmental changes of the past century—as well as those who anticipate future possibilities. The contributors to 100 Years, who include Refik Anadol, Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, Urs Fischer, Tom Friedman, Austin Lee, Jamian Juliano Villani, Rick Lowe, Keiichi Tanaami, and Taryn Simon, among others, recognize the critical nature of the titular period, sloughing off a sense of weariness with time itself to consider past and future with new optimism.
ABOUT: The Craig Robins Collection consists of contemporary art and innovative design, displaying within the Miami Design District headquarters of DACRA and rotating on a bi-annual basis. This year, “Two of The Same Kind” highlights the work of Marlene Dumas and Jana Euler, two artists whose painting and drawing practices are broadly represented in the Collection holdings. The theme of dualism threads through two portraits by pop icon Andy Warhol, both commissioned decades ago by Craig Robin’s mother and Jackie Soffer’s mother separately, acting as a spectacular coincidence. More than a hundred works on view present an expansive overview of figurative art from the last three decades. The multifaceted Collection also features design pieces by the recently acquired Sasha Gordon and by established favorites such as Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Marc Newson and Maarten Baas.
Dates: November 30 – onward
Hours: 10am – 12pm
Location: DACRA Headquarters, 3841 NE 2nd Ave.
SAATCHI YATES | TESFAYE URGESSA
ABOUT: This November, Saatchi Yates Miami will temporarily open a solo exhibition of new work by Ethiopian Contemporary artist Tesfaye Urgessa to coincide with his presentation at the Rubell Museum, opening December 2022. Saatchi Yates Miami is situated in the Miami Design District, next to the Institute of Contemporary Art and the de la Cruz Collection. Born in 1983 in Ethiopia, Tesfaye studied under master Tadesse Mesfin at Staatlichen Akademie in Stuttgart, and later emigrated to work in Germany. Through these experiences, Ugressa connected Ethiopian iconography and a deep fascination with traditional figurative painting to create a unique and striking language which portrays race and the politics of identity.
ABOUT: This year, the neighborhood is thrilled to host its first-ever art fair aside from Design Miami/: Prizm 2022 Contemporary African Art Fair. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Prizm 2022 will present Vernacular À la Mode, with presentations of select galleries and artists exploring how vernacular modes of artmaking originating in global African contexts have influenced the cultivation of fine art practice worldwide. The program will include four sections: Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview, and, of course, Prizm Art Fair at large, exhibiting international artists from Africa and the global African Diaspora. Artists will represent global locales including, Angola, Barbados, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola, Martinique, Norway, Portugal, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and many more.
Dates: November 30 – December 4
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: 4220 N Miami Ave.
THE OFFICE. & F2T GALLERY | I DON’T NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT
ABOUT: THE OFFICE. Gallery and F2T Gallery present I DONT NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT, a group exhibition featuring artists Callum Eaton, Eduardo Sarabia, Jonathan Casella, Kristopher Raos, Saj Issa, Sam Keller, Stephanie H. Shih, and Tim Irani. The selected artists will bring forth a collective body of work highlighting the global culture crisis of mass production and capitalism, emphasizing the cliche or kitschy elements of our cultures, through the use of irony and pop art elements. THE OFFICE., founded by art patron and avid collector, Matthew Chevallard, educates the public on art collecting and presents exceptionally curated and co-curated exhibitions, within the contemporary art world. F2T Gallery from Milano, conceived in 2021 by acclaimed collectors Matteo Novarese and Francesco Bena, works with leading emerging artists, galleries and collectors in the contemporary art world.
Dates: Opening Night: November 27 from 5pm – 8pm (open to the public); November 28 – January 29
ABOUT: Inspired by the old-world sophistication of Northern Italy’s iconic villas and estates, Contessa is a classic yet thoroughly contemporary dining destination by MFG Co-Founders Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi. This statement-making concept nods to centuries of Italian tradition and cuisine. Contessa, Miami Design District’s new neighborhood cornerstone, is a two-story crown-jewel situated at the intersection of art, culture & fashion. Encouraging guests to stay beyond the confines of its lunch, Aperitivo and dinner, Contessa presents an intoxicatingly elegant ambience. Authentic to Northern Italian fare, the menu offers the finest meats, antipasti, signature pizzas–a first for Major Food Group–and an extensive in-house gelato program. ContessaRistorante.com
Location: 111 NE 41st St. – Miami Design District
ABOUT: The Drexel is the latest culinary venture co-founded by beloved industry veterans, Anastasia Koutsioukis and Ahmet Erkaya of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Mrs.Mandolin, and Mr.Mandolin. Nestled in the heart of Miami Beach, The Drexel is a Coastal Mediterranean restaurant offering elevated yet uncomplicated European-inspired dishes. Situated on the corner of Miami’s historic Española Way and Drexel Avenue, The Drexel is a hidden gem elevating Miami Beach’s dining scene, characterized by both a chic European atmosphere along with fresh, innovative Mediterranean flavors. DrexelMiami.com
Location: 1436 Drexel Ave. – Miami Beach
*Interviews with Anastasia and/or Ahmet are available ranging from business features to design related stories, hospitality/culinary, profiles and beyond.
PURA VIDA MIAMI
ABOUT: Pura Vida is a Miami-based all-day cafe founded by husband-wife team, Omer and Jennifer Horev. The health-focused eatery provides an extensive menu featuring a range of raw, organic acai bowls, freshly squeezed juices, superfood smoothies, fresh salads, wraps, bowls and more, making it the ideal grab-and-go eatery to enjoy between fairs this season. Since its inception in 2012, Pura Vida has evolved to include 12 outposts throughout South Florida. In addition to several locations spread out across the region, Pura Vida is also gearing up to kick-off its international expansion with the debut of a new full-service restaurant in Doha, Qatar. PuraVidaMiami.com
Locations: Edgewater, Miami Design District, South Miami, Miracle Mile, Sunset Harbour, Brickell, Las Olas, Bay Harbor, West Avenue, South of Fifth, Aventura, West Palm Beach, and new Doha, Qatar
ABOUT THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
ABOUT: The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context. The Miami Design District is owned and operated by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. As Miami becomes increasingly known for its own rich culture, the growth of the Miami Design District further reflects how the city is deserving of its place on the global stage. For more information, visit http://www.miamidesigndistrict.net / Instagram: @miamidesigndistrict / Twitter: @designdistrict
The exclusive selection of tees was created by the renowned designer, writer, artist, graphic designer and visionary Gianpiero. His work pulls inspiration from the likes of Walt Disney and Andy Warhol, with bright and animated references.
Having worked with esteemed individuals and brands such as Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Nike and Netflix, its only right that Gianpiero teams up with Dolce & Gabbana for the new collection.
Regarding the alliance, he stated, “For me, Dolce&Gabbana represents everything that’s beautiful about Italy. I still remember the first time I met Stefano and Domenico and I gave them some drawings I had made for them. During that meeting, they began to tell me about their story and how it all began.
I remember the passion in their eyes. It’s a pleasure for me to collaborate with the brand that has written and continues to write the story of the fashion world.
“Proudly made in Italy”. I chose to create these graphic elements for the collection because in my imagination, Dolce&Gabbana is a happy “place” and I wanted these designs to incorporate certain emotional virtues for people to experience, such as a carefree childhood. The “Sweety Bunny” character is accompanied by “Baby Carrot” and together they represent the concept of family. Of love. Values that Dolce&Gabbana has always infused into in every single one of its projects.”
Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, and when shopping for the person you love most, you certainly don’t want to get anything that’s not the best. A box of chocolates and flowers may be fine, but it’s much better to get something more original to show them you care.
360 has compiled a list of the best things to buy for your loved ones.
Louis Vuitton Essentials
Looking to spruce up your wardrobe with a little classic, luxury flare? Louis Vuitton has you covered with pieces from their Spring in the City Collection and Run55 collections. These youthful pieces showcase bright, upbeat colors that are sure to add an ambiance to your everyday pieces.
Beautify a table and enhance every culinary experience, one plate, one bowl, one dish at a time. More than just dishware, Stone+Lain craft experiences out of porcelain, china, and stone. Their plates and bowls come in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes as they are all about offering high-quality tableware that’s also highly affordable. Stone+Lain believes that a formal or casual table moment should be priceless, not pricey. From dreamy, marbled designs to sleek minimalist motifs, Stone+Lain appeals to all personal preferences with a vast array of unique and eye-catching settings. Porcelain, stoneware, bone china… they are the destination for tableware.
Kidrobot × The Andy Warhol Foundation
The newest collaboration from Kidrobot and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is launching on Kidrobot.com and in select museum stores. Andy Warhol Pop Art Collection One, a curated box containing apparel and limited-edition collectible tributes to the ground-breaking artist’s work, is strictly limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide.
Andy Warhol Pop Art Collection Dunny Box One includes:
Limited edition Andy Warhol “Self Portrait” short-sleeve t-shirt with printed signature sleeve (available in sizes S-XXL)
1 x mystery “Many Faces of Andy Warhol” 3-inch blind box figure
Andy Warhol “X-Ray Banana” 5″ Dunny
Two collectible Warhol rubber magnets measuring 3 inches each
Andy Warhol “15 Minutes” metal pin measuring 1.5 inches
The collection comes packaged in a Kidrobot x Andy Warhol box. Each box is limited to 1,000 worldwide and is only available on Kidrobot.com and museum stores.
Check out the entire Kidrobot x Andy Warhol line HERE.
Casio’s latest additions to its G-SHOCK MOVE lineup, the Burning Red Series, are perfect for a significant other. The new collection brings a striking red colorway to two of the brand’s most popular fitness models, the GBA900 and GBD200, which provide technical features to take your training to the next level.
Offering both function and style, the new GBA900RD-4A and GBD200RD-4 are built with the absolute toughness G-SHOCK models are known for, as well as the tools to provide users with customized technology to support a variety of workouts. This includes features like Bluetooth® functionality that enables users to measure running distance, speed, pace, calorie consumption, and more. Additional features include a step tracker, a graphical display of workout intensity, and an achievement graph to show progression towards individualized goals.
In addition, both models boast a built-in accelerometer, which can automatically record daily movements when paired with the G-SHOCK MOVE app. The innovative measurement function can log mileage, speed/pace, and calories burned, making sure users stay on track with their fitness goals for the new year.
The GBD200RD-4 also features a High Contrast MIP display, a slim profile, and a bold, red urethane band with multiple band holes to improve air exchange and provide enhanced comfort and moisture control, as well as ensuring a precise fit while on the move.
The GBA900RD-4A boasts a classic G-SHOCK shape along with a large LCD display, which provides the user with increased visibility of the multi-functional analog-digital display. Similar to the GBD200, the watch’s lugs have ventilation parts to improve air exchange and moisture-wicking, while the red urethane band features multiple band holes, allowing for precise length adjustments and maximum comfort while the wearer is on the move.
The new timepieces also come equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:
200M Water Resistance
2 Year Battery Life
LED (Super LED)
Full Auto Calendar
World Time (GBD200 only)
Dual Time (GBA900 only)
12/24 Hour Time Formats
The GBA900RD-4A will retail for $130 and the GBD200RD-4 will retail for $150. Both models will be available for purchase beginning this January at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and HERE.
Alternatively, GMAS2100-4A offers octagonal bezels and a monochromatic look. This design is ideal for those who love a little pop of color in her day to day wardrobe.
Go slim, clean and bold with a mid-sized black resin band on GMS2100PG-1A4. Forged in stainless steel with rounded hairline finish, the strong rose gold bezel says superior style all the way. The lettering at the top and bottom are engraved as well, providing a simple, one-piece design.
The GMDB800-1 ($99) is one of our most stylish fitness watches to date. Its sleek black case matches any outfit, while the rose gold dial perfectly blends workout gear with casual style. It also is pairable with Bluetooth, meaning people can keep track of all of her workout stats safely on her phone.
A Hat or Jersey from Lids at American Dream
Leading sports retailer Lids has opened its first-ever store at American Dream, the unrivaled entertainment/retail center located minutes from New York City in East Rutherford, NJ. The new, 7,000 sq ft store at American Dream will be the first East Coast Flagship location for Lids and its largest store to date.
The new location will feature Lids’ signature assortment of vast headwear, apparel, jerseys, and novelty items for men, women, and kids. Product will include options from major North American leagues including MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA, among others, as well as from go-to brands including Adidas, New Era Cap, ’47, Mitchell & Ness, Hurley, Oakley, Local Crowns, and more. With over 2,000 unique headwear selections and over 600 different jersey styles to choose from, this Lids store will have the largest selection of hats and jerseys in the U.S.
“We’re thrilled to kick off the new year strong with the opening of Lids’ debut East Coast Flagship Store at the iconic American Dream,” said Lawrence Berger: partner and chairman of FanzzLids Holdings. “Our largest Lids store to date will offer our shoppers the largest selection of headwear and jerseys anywhere in the U.S. with the vast team and product assortment our customers know to expect from us. We’re looking forward to locals and shoppers visiting from afar enjoying this top-of-the-line shopping experience.”
This flagship store will also feature an expanded customization section and offer on-site customization of hats, jerseys, t-shirts, and more at Lids’ signature Custom Zone. Additional features and experiential components will be added to the Lids store in the weeks to follow, including a jumbotron above the Custom Zone, located in the center of the store to replicate the look and feel of an in-game experience.
Maestro Moon Phase Watch
The Maestro Moon Phase gives a new meaning to space & time. A moon phase aperture at six o’clock adds an element of otherworldly romance to this classic watch. Moon phase displays were common on clocks & pocket watches dating back to the renaissance period. Combining art & science, this feature demonstrates watchmaking technical mastery. Moon phase watches show the various phases of the moon, which has always provided time with an orientation. The moon was the first method of telling the passing of months.
A “moon phase” is the lighted area of the moon that is visible as it travels around the earth. Its journey is exactly 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes & 2.9 seconds.
To set your maestro moon phase watch, you must determine the date of the last full moon in the lunar cycle. Once you have the number of days, pull out the crown and twist counterclockwise. Turn once for each day elapsed.
While this measurement of time may be antiquated; it still represents historical craftsmanship & gives this maestro model a whimsical vintage appeal. The combined open balance wheel on this maestro watch reveals the “heart of the movement”. It is just a glimpse into the precision, quality, and technical assembly inside the refined design of a 39.5mm case.
NOIRANCA’s Black Salon
NOIRANCA, the 360-degree, full-on sustainability accessories brand has just launched a new campaign celebrating African American culture through the prism of the unique characteristics of black hair.
With stunning imagery that highlights individual artistic expression and empowerment NOIRANCA‘s latest campaign looks at hair’s power to make a strong political statement.
“Black hair is liberation, a statement, an aesthetic of self.”
Flora Hemp Spirits
Mix it up with the world’s first cannabinoid alcohol alternatives. A bright botanical flavor profile makes Flora the perfect substitute for alcohol and provides users with the relaxing, therapeutic effects of cannabinoids. Essentially, they provide similar effects of alcohol without its many health problems, including hangovers. It’s time to normalize social cannabinoid consumption and start drinking differently! Check out Flora’s Instagram and Facebook.
Fresh Peaches Toilet Paper Gel provides an upgraded wiping experience that also solves common toilet paper frustrations. This wet wipe alternative moisturizes dry toilet paper which eliminates friction so that your rear receives a soothing wipe for a superior clean.
Unlike foam or water-based wet wipe alternative products, this specially formulated gel eliminates friction without breaking toilet paper down so there’s no piling or tearing as you wipe!
Fresh Peaches can also be used as feminine hygiene wipes and baby wipes, made from restorative ingredients like witch hazel, vitamin B, and green tea.
Includes a 5oz bottle for use at home and a 20ml Pocket bottle for on the go
Clinically tested. Hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and safe for sensitive skin
No fragrances, dyes, or additives
Their products are made with 98% natural ingredients and are flushable and biodegradable, so you can trust the flush.
ADAMVS offers three extraordinary reds to pair with any meal or for a special gift—the 2016 TERES ($135), 2016 QUINTVS ($220), and 2016 ADAMVS ($375). ADAMVS is also offering virtual Valentine’s tastings throughout the month of February as a way to connect consumers with the winery.
Alternatively, for those visiting the wine country during the Valentine’s Day weekend or the month of February, ADAMVS is offering a guest experience that is as special as its wines and takes place in either the stunning Cypress House Tasting Room or the adjacent Wine Library. The Cypress House is an open glass room surrounded by a freestanding log wall sculpture, a light-filtering device that frames views of the forested site. The Wine Library is a 12-inch solid wall cast concrete structure that revived a historical agricultural building.
The ADAMVS tasting experience also includes an extraordinary cheese and charcuterie board prepared by the Estate Culinary Director. A tour of the vineyard, meet and greets with the farm animals, and several other vineyard surprises are also included.
The tasting fee is $125 per person.
Hopping Ghosts Figurine
Osaka Popstar presents “Hopping Ghosts” the new Ltd Ed. 8″ vinyl figure that comes complete with its own punk-rock theme song!
Chinese vampire mythology takes a spin through the mind of Osaka Popstar creator/frontman John Cafiero-who designed the figure and penned the accompanying single.
Each figure is 8-inches tall, with a removable scroll spell accessory, and comes packaged in a full-color art box with a free download card for the new single “Hopping Ghosts” by Osaka Popstar. The single features John Cafiero (vocals) backed by a lineup featuring Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) Drums, Sal Maida (Cracker, Milk & Cookies, Roxy Music) Bass, and Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) Guitar. Download also includes an alternate “animated instrumental” version (as heard in the animated promo for the new figure line).
What exactly is a Hopping Ghost? Known as Jiangshi in Chinese folklore and kyonshī in Japan, hopping ghosts or hopping vampires are basically a breed of zombie; reanimated corpses dressed in traditional garments from the Qing Dynasty. Rigor mortis has set in so they can only move around by hopping with their arms outstretched! They can’t see using traditional vision. Instead, they sense living creatures by their breath and seek to absorb the life force of the living. They can be stopped with a scroll to the forehead containing a spell written in a mix of ink and blood and led by Taoist priests using bells.
produced by Osaka Popstar
8 inches tall
Reebok Solution Mid
New for 2022, Reebok have debuted “Solution Mid” ($80), a streamlined basketball sneaker inspired by Allen Iverson‘s iconic Question Mid. Offered in three narrative SKU’s (GY0930, GY0931, GY0933), the shoe is available now in adult unisex sizing from DSW, Famous Footwear, and other select retailers, and will release on their website in March.
Issued for the prolific point guard at the dawn of his ’96 rookie season, Iverson’s signature Question Mid is recognized as one of the most important basketball sneakers in modern history.
A sleek, lightweight interpretation, the new “Solution Mid” brings together Reebok hoops heritage, Iverson DNA and contemporary design, resulting in a unique model that’s fitting both on court and off.
Initial colorway offerings include:
White/Red (GY0930): Inspired by the OG red-toe Question issued for Iverson’s ’96 rookie premiere–his first signature shoe.
Black/White (GY0931): Rewinds to fall ’20 and the coveted “OG Meets OG” Question Mid.
Key features include an OG-inspired ghillie lacing system, a mesh upper underlay and tongue, synthetic leather upper overlays and toe box, a translucent outsole, and an Iverson graphic sockliner.
Do you have lofty goals of eating healthier in the New Year? Maybe your goals are to be more sustainable and thoughtful about where your food comes from? Upgrade your meat selection with high-quality, high protein options from ChopBox!
Their hand-picked meats are always delivered fresh, never frozen, directly to your door. Each premium cut is sourced from farms that value sustainable practices for rich flavor, remarkable tenderness, and a higher protein and vitamin content than your usual supermarket fare.
Choose from your favorite everyday staples to special occasion cuts:
Center Cut Filet Mignon
Duroc Boneless Pork Loin Chop
Faroe Island Salmon
Prime Rib Roast
Murray’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
And so much more!
ChopBox also offers numerous sauces, spices, and cheeses so you can complete your feast or set the stage for your next big event.
What do you do when love is in the air, but wintery hues are still taking up space in their closet? Add a splash of red, a hint of pink, and a whole lot of hearts with the help of PatPat.com!
Whether you like to match for family photos or are looking for an affordable way to keep those quickly growing toddlers clothed, at PatPat.com you can discover the latest trends and comfort fabrics at unbeatable prices.
Ribbed Heart Allover Long-Sleeve Romper – Dainty and sweet, this onesie is hard to resist when paired with your little one.
Baby Boy Red Love Heart Raglan Jumpsuit – Savor the time you have to make your wardrobe choices with this adorable classic.
For Big Kids:
Pretty Heart Decor Chiffon T-Shirt – One part princess and one part pink, what’s not to like?
Coordinated Family Looks:
Family Matching Red Ruched Long-sleeve Belted Dresses and Colorblock Sweatshirts Sets- Wear your heart on your sleeve with this adorable family matching set.
See your loved one clearer this holiday with glasses from Eyeleos and show them how much they mean to you with a stylish pair of sunnies, blue light glasses, or prescription frames!
This fun and fashionable brand will give your partner the opportunity to see you in a new perspective–aka the best spouse ever!
Eyeleos is the newest eyewear brand on the market giving back to charities across the country with every purchase made. Offering customizable designs for men and women in a wide range of colors and designs!
Check out some thoughtful gift options for your husband, wife, or partner on a special day!
Snow Teeth Whitener
Sometimes, even when brushing your teeth twice a day, you can still end up with slightly yellowed teeth. This is natural for many individuals and can even be related to genetics. Nevertheless, they don’t make for great Instagram selfies. Snow has developed a way for your teeth to be whiter than ever with their teeth whitening kit. And now, it’s completely wireless, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your head near a charger just to have a whiter smile. You will see results after just one use!
Les Deux No. 1
Les Deux No. 1 is the perfect perfume for your significant other. It contains hints of jasmine, incense, cardamom, vetiver, tobacco leaf, Brazilian rosewood, and cedarwood, making it perfect for all genders. It’s also subtle, perfect for all occasions, and is built to last throughout the day. Be sure to check it out.
Nashville hot chicken that causes a buzz from coast to coast is what Big Shake’s is all about. Until recently, however, those being able to enjoy the food were limited to people in the Nashville, Tenn., area. That’s all changed now that the chain is offering nationwide shipping of its famous hot chicken, as well as a line of its other popular products. Within two days from placing the order, dinner can be on the table no matter where you live around the country.
“We had such a demand for our food around the country that we had to perfect a way to get it to people no matter where they live,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, owner of Big Shake’s restaurants. “Now we offer nationwide shipping, giving people the opportunity to serve up some Big Shake’s for dinner, whether they are in Nashville, Seattle, or Miami. We have you covered.”
The Chef Big Shake team perfected the process of offering nationwide shipping of its food. Each order is cooked and bagged perfectly and arrives with reheating instructions so that people can get the tasty meal on the table with ease. Big Shake’s also offers a 10% discount for all first orders when signing up for emails.
Some of the options people can order include:
Nashville hot chicken dinner–Includes 16 pieces of mixed white and dark chicken, two pounds of mac and cheese, two pounds of white beans, and one package of cornbread.
Jumbo tenders–Includes 12-24 jumbo tenders and cornbread.
Big Shake’s hot mess chicken sandwich–Comes with six buns, chicken breast, fixings, coleslaw, and ghost pepper mayo.
Crispy crunchy breaded hot wings–Order 50 or 100 wings, served with choice of ranch or bleu cheese.
Big Shake’s world-famous hot chicken and waffles–Includes 12 jumbo tenders, 6 waffles, butter, and syrup.
Chicken dinner pack–Includes 12 jumbo chicken tenders, two pounds of mac and cheese, two pounds of white beans, and one pack of cornbread.
With the holiday right around the corner, it’s time to get that last-minute shopping complete, and Blundstone has something for everyone on your list. If you’re in the NYC area, the Blundstone Pop-Up Shop located in SoHo at 250 Lafayette Street, has endless pairs of boots that are as comfortable as they are stylish. With a wide range of colors, styles, and prices, there’s a pair perfect for your loved ones. Skip shipping delays and shop in-store for Australia’s most beloved boot brand. However, they can also be purchased HERE and HERE. Depicted below is style 992.
Raymond Weil Noemia Collection
The Noemia ladies watch is a new watch for women, and a perfect gift for your wife or girlfriend. It has a perfectly contoured stainless steel bracelet with satin-finish links. The watch face is constructed of an exquisite quartz interior and (depending on the model) contains 11 diamonds on the indices, and 36 on the case. The name came from the granddaughter of Raymond Weil. It is available in a 32-millimeter case.
In Good Tastes
Enjoy an assortment of fine wines without the pressure of opening a full bottle with In Good Tastes single-serving bottles! This diverse selection of mini bottles includes wine varietals curated from California, Italy, Spain, France, and more. These convenient single-serving bottles are perfect for indulging on your own or gifting to a wine-loving friend!
Discover a new region or style of winemaking you wouldn’t have considered
Each wine is handpicked and available in limited batches
Try new wines without wasting a whole bottle
Single-glass bottles are 187ml (About a glass and a half)
Delivered directly to your door
Cute glass mini bottles are perfect for upcycling!
Gucci Diana Tote
With a blast from the past comes the reimagined GucciDiana tote bag collection. The chic design with bamboo handles seeks inspiration from its original edition that came out back in the ‘90s. Each leather bag can be found in three differing sizes with an assortment of color choices. Each bag is equipped with a removable leather belt that resembles that of the initial version of the ‘90s bag.
Instapump Fury Zone “Citron”
Reebok will release the Instaump Fury Zone “Citron” (G55142, $150), the next colorway of this brand-new exploration of Pump technology from Reebok Basketball, revealed this past February.
Fury Zone offers a modern interpretation of Instapump Fury design language, paired with Pump technology and built for the modern-day blacktop with style and comfort all-in-one. Following the launch of its inaugural Pump Omni Zone II OG “Black & Orange” colorway, the Instapump Fury Zone “Citron” pays homage to the Instapump Fury OG, Reebok’s futuristic lace-less running sneaker released in ’94.
What better way to show your love then to give your partner a new pair of shoes!
On the heels of the grand-ball-inspired Spring-Summer 2022 collection by Nicolas Ghesquière, this season’s footwear embodies the encounter between avant-garde and the unique heritage of a Maison that transcends the ages.
A new emblematic style modeled by Lous and the Yakuza, the Moonlight is a modern ankle boot that blends comfort with design in various styles and colorways. It is a sleek and stylish modern boot that feels like it should be uncomfortable, but actually isn’t. Prices start at $1,720.
Westerlay Orchids are uniquely colorful, bramble orchids! Great for uplighting someone’s indoor space and their spirits. Each Bramble bloom is one-of-a-kind. No two plants are alike, cascading down the side of a glazed ceramic pot, each orchid exhibits love and appreciation that needs no wrapping. Simply choose from a variety of colors and deliver to a loved one for elegant, long-lasting beauty for their special day.
Available at all West Coast Kroger locations or shop box of orchids at Westerlay.com!
Doctor Plotka’s Al Natural Whitening Toothpaste
Sick of not knowing exactly what’s in your toothpaste and purchasing unnatural options? We’ve got the perfect solution just for you; Doctor Plotka’s All Natural Whitening Toothpaste. This toothpaste is equipped with the finest ingredients to clean and freshen up your daily smile. Consisting of French thermal water, organic mint and organic propolis, this paste will have your teeth smelling and feeling minty fresh!
Some highlights of Doctor Plotka’s All Natural Whitening Toothpaste include…
Remineralizes the teeth, which resists erosion while reestablishing whiteness
Reduces likelihood of cavities, gum sensitivity and plaque
French thermal water consists of rich minerals that aid in irritation
Refreshing, clean, long-term breath
Ingredients come from natural roots
Physical tube of toothpaste is recyclable while being made of 44% post-consumer recycled matter
moon d’elle Collection 2
Italian luxury footwear brand moon d’elle is proud to announce the launch of its Capri-inspired Collection 2, arriving April 11, 2022.
Collection 2 marks the brand’s first foray into sandals, just in time for warmer weather. Founders and sisters Tabitha and Chandra Perkins were inspired by a trip to Capri, which they explored mostly by foot and boat, when designing their latest collection.
The vibrant hues and natural elements of the island found themselves embedded in this collection. From the deep blue hues of the sea to the light blue waters of the grottos, the blush hues of sunsets along sandy beaches, and even the shapes of the sunlight’s rays, the sisters drew inspiration from the natural beauty of the island for the colors, textures, and silhouettes of their latest pieces.
The second collection continues to showcase one of moon d’elle‘s signature traits of mixing different materials and textures to fuse classic with modern elements, such as nappa leather and snakeskin, with a partial lamination in metallic on precious suede with linen fabric. Light-colored earth tones and pastels dominate the newest designs, with fresh materials like transparent mesh, crystal appliques, and glitter rainbow leather.
Teddy Fresh x Elton John
The vibrant, high streetwear brand Teddy Fresh collaborates with Elton John to create a dazzling, modern collection. The Teddy Fresh Elton John collection showcases bold fabrics and elaborate detailing on a selection of hoodies, tees and even a sequin jacket! Teddy Fresh x Elton John captures the overall revolutionary essence of the iconic career of John. The collections audacious pieces symbolize the way that John has broken down boundaries and transformed the music industry, and world, into what it is now.
Ballguard Liquid Powder
Ballguard provides relief for when you might be feeling a little bit “uncomfy down there.” Acts as a deodorant cream that dries as a powder that combats sweat, smell and chafing.
FWD-02 SPORT: Whether they’re new to the sport, training for their first marathon, or seasoned and trying to get faster, the FWD-02 Sport earbuds are perfect for those in your life to optimize runs. Since the earbuds are tailor-made for long runs, they will never have to worry about the FWD-02 SPORT slipping from her ear thanks to its sleek, ergonomic design that features the brand’s legendary three stripe branding.
adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC: The adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC provides comfort whatever the occasion is, whether on a walk, running errands, or taking calls on the go. The Z.N.E. 01 ANC enables immersive sound and Active Noise Canceling to keep her focused and connected to moments without any interruptions.
WHOOP 4.0 + WHOOP Body
WHOOP 4.0 is the most advanced 24/7 fitness and health coach that tracks key physiological metrics across recovery, sleep, training while providing personalized recommendations and actionable feedback. The next generation of WHOOP is 33% smaller than its predecessor, built with a new sensor array and algorithms for greater accuracy and expanded features like blood oxygen and skin temperature insights to help members optimize performance. The product can be purchased HERE.
Samsonite Voltage DLX: The Voltage collection stands out with its artfully contoured polypropylene shell, which also resists abuse from baggage handling. Select a calming blue or brilliant chili red and there’s no doubt that you or your loved one will stand out from the crowd. The three-dimensional exterior opens to a spacious interior that further expands for extra packing capacity. And integrated pockets will keep their belongings neatly organized. A dynamic design for a dynamic travel experience. Launching April 19 in a NEW purple colorway!
Samsonite Stryde 111 Collection: The new Stryde 111 collection offers innovative features, durability, and convenience without compromising on style. Each piece in the collection features the eVision LED lighting system built into its handles to provide lighting in dark areas. In addition, the Stryde 111 Carry-on has an integrated TSA lock and USB charging ports plus an innovative self-retracting strap to help it stay in place securely while lying on the Glider (or any other Samsonite suitcase).
ebags Belcourt Collection: Designed for the mom who needs a true crossover bag that easily transitions from work to play, the Belcourt collection arrives with a Backpack, Convertible Carryall, and Weekender. Continuing the ebag tradition of thoughtful organization, each bag is feature-rich and embraces an approachable design that is polished enough to bring to the office but functional for outside of work activities.
ebags Just Right Carryall: The Just Right Carryall gives new meaning to carry-it-all! 3 separate, dedicated compartments are sized for laptops, tablets, and smaller accessories. Wireless and port charging areas are thoughtfully included in the design (battery not included) as well as RFID lining and protective feet. Other bags beware, this triple compartment titan is out to replace all other styles in her rotation.
Reebok Parquet Court
Reebok has confirmed the April 15 release of its Pump Omni Zone II “Parquet Court,” an imaginative, Boston-inspired take on the iconic Pump basketball shoe made famous in 1991 by rookie dunk champion Dee Brown. Leveraging a green/black color pallet, home court woodgrain sock liner, and custom-fit Pump technology, “Parquet Court” dreams up what a player’s edition (PE) Pump Omni Zone II might look like if it were issued for the high-flying Brown—who mainly laced up OG colorways—in the early ’90s. The Pump Omni Zone II “Parquet Court” ($160, GX3779) is available beginning April 15 from their website, Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and Finish Line, among other select retailers.
Gucci’s Mother’s Day Gifts
Gucci has recently announced the launch of their hand-picked selection of Mother’s Day Gifts. This extensive guide includes fan favorites that are perfect for mom this holiday. Browse Gucci’s assortment of leather goods including handbags, luggage, shoes and wallets. Also available is a wide range of accessories featuring necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, watches, and a refined selection of printed silk scarves.
Funny friends were created to give children introductions to all things artistic. With imaginative shapes, bold colors and soft exteriors, your funny friend will be the perfect toy! Designed by hand, each plushie is completely unique and differentiated from the next.
Prices start at $14.95 and can be purchased via Cribsi.
Eva Solo SmartMat
Doubling as a mobile device/tablet holder and a table mat for your saucepans/dishes, the Eva Solo SmartMat elevates the kitchen experience to a whole new level for only $49.95
Conveniently allowing you to prop up your device and follow along recipes, watch your favorite YouTube show or vlog your cooking, Cribsi’s SmartMat truly assists you throughout your culinary endeavors.
Some highlights include…
Made from durable, heat-safe silicone
Dual-purpose as a table or counter mat and device holder
Prices start at $49.95 and can be purchased via Cribsi.
Eva Solo Star Water Can
With an inventive, futuristic look comes the Eva Solo Aquastar Water Can by Cribsi. Sporting an accessible design that fits perfectly on your countertop, the pointed spout allows you to get to those hard-to-reach areas seamlessly. Refill is super user-friendly, and all you have to do is remove the AquaStar’s spout.
Some highlights include…
2L capacity in a small form factor
Minimalist, stylish look and superior functionality
Pointed spout for small pots or hard to reach soil
Prices start at $49.95 and can be purchased via Cribsi.
With an array of styles and designs to choose from, you can add your own personal touch with this product! Sporting high-quality leather designs of plush sculptures, you’ll fall in love with the Keeper!
Some highlights include…
High-quality leather or soft plush sculpture varieties
Provides durable protection for your AirTag while hiding it
Comes with 2 attachment methods allowing you to customize a range of items
Designed by Funny Friends’ collection artist, Jennifer Mazur-Becker
Prices start at $49.95 and can be purchased via Cribsi.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Compliments
Nowadays, there are wide selections of accessories to flatter our cellular devices. We’ve compiled a list of the top three additions that fit perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy 222.
The Milan Color Gradient Case
A transparent case adorned with gradient coloring, the Milan has got you covered with style and safety features. Made with D3O® Crystalex™, the Milan is ensured to protect your Samsung from heights up to 13 feet. With a beautiful design that compliments 360’s Italian green 512gb model, the Milan pairs perfectly!
Fusion XTR Curve Screen Protector
Fit for the Galaxy S22, the Fusion XTR was created to suit the natural curve of the screen. Equipped with D3O®, an Eyesafe® blue light filter and even nano-coating to ensure reduced friction, the Fusion XTR is the perfect product to safeguard your device.
snap+ juice pack mini wallet
Magnetically designed to lack onto your device, the snap+ juice pack mini wallet comes with an array of features. Sporting a 5,000mAh battery and built-in card holder, this mini wallet is suitable for an array of devices, including most iPhone 13/12 series phones and Qi-enabled smartphones.
Reebok Answer IV, “White and Silver”
Fresh off their latest retro hoops collaboration,Reebok and Packer have confirmed a second special-edition release of Allen Iverson‘s iconic Answer IV, “White/Silver,” where timeless style has once again met beloved cultural touchstones of the late ’90s and early ’00s. No one person embodies turn-of-the-century style quite like Allen Iverson. His unapologetic demeanor made him a legend in his own time and the influence he had on a generation of fashion and popular culture will never be forgotten. As a tribute to an era in which “AI” will forever remain a champion, Packer presents a second special edition Reebok Answer IV, aesthetically engineered to feel synonymous with fondly remembered trends of that time. Equipped with subtle construction alterations, the Packer Answer IV “White/Silver” offers a buttery white leather upper with silver mesh, reconstructed upper panels and subtly placed red accents.
Fabletics Earth Day Collection
In honor of April 21 being Earth Day, Fabletics has created a limited-edition capsule full of eco-friendly that are produced from recycled soft organic cotton. Through the efforts of the collection, Fabletics has also pledged to make a $25k donation to Conservation International, who is devoted to creating security for nature in the years to come. Shop all eco-friendly products HERE.
Reebok Answer IV “54 Points”
Reebok Answer IV “54 Points” remembers Iverson’s Iconic ’01 Playoff Performance and will be available May 6. On January 6, 2001, while wearing this particular white/grey Answer IV, Allen Iverson would put on an epic game-high 54-point scoring performance—one of the best of his illustrious career—to lead his Philly team to an improbable 107-104 playoff win. Back for the first time since that season, the white/grey Answer IV “54 Points” is executed in its original 2001 makeup featuring an OG premium leather upper, reflective accents, a zipper shroud, and an original tattoo graphic sock liner.
AIRTIME LUXE 2 + Qi Pad
Bluetooth ear stems which can temporarily replace your ear pods or buds. Decent to receive and make calls, but there doesn’t seem to be any noise cancelling. Outputs a clear and full sound while playing music. Great command interface – controls with simple taps. Lasts approx 3 hours. Generally speaking, we would not recommend this to people who take a ton of calls. Perhaps better for someone jumping rope, boxing, and/or relaxing in a steam room after an explosive Equinox workout. Includes wireless charging case and pad. Water resistant. No app available or needed. Additional info HERE.
Durable, ergonomic and priced just right. MVMT offers an array of classic sunglasses with just the right amount of edge. Our very own Vaughn Lowery was caught sporting a pair of their Trap frames at the NYSE for a McLaren Racing Press Conference. The gradient lens protect your eyes from harmful blu-ray. The lighter portion of the lens allows just enough light in so your vision remains in tact during darker times of day. The fit is snug like many of it’s higher priced counterparts.
Graduation season is upon us and from affordable to luxury we’ve gathered our favorite timepieces that are sure to make the perfect grad gift and serve as a lifelong reminder of the big accomplishment! SwissWatchExpo, Maurice Lacroix and Junghans have a wide range of watches at all price points and styles in-stock and ready to ship! Included are:
Reebok has confirmed a May 20 release for its Question Low “Blueprint” ($130, GY1079) from Reebok.com and select retailers.
Standing just 6’0”, Allen Iverson splashed onto the pro scene in ‘96 and quickly began to alter the trajectory of basketball and sport culture. His unmatched energy, viscous crossover move, and unapologetic attitude would set new standards for athleticism, character, and style for generations to come. Issued for “AI” that season upon his rookie debut, Reebok’s Question sneaker underlined the moment when everything changed.
With an all-over blue treatment, elevated sockliner, and a smooth nubuck and suede upper, the Question Low “Blueprint” celebrates Allen Iverson and the next generation writing their own story, on and off the court. Reebok’s Question Low “Blueprint” ($130, GY1079) is available beginning May 20 from their official site and select retailers.
With wedding season in full effect, it’s essential to embellish your closet with the utmost quality of accessories. From brands like Anna beck, Hat Attack, Squeeze De Citron, Allurez, Franco Sarto; your desired look is easy to find. From captivating textured handbags to bright and funky pumps, you’ll be able to find the finest fashions to sport no matter the occasion.
These brands can be purchased on their official websites, affiliated with networks such as ShareASale and Skimlinks, or on major retailers including Amazon, Nordstrom and more.
Max Bill Küchenuhr Clock
Introducing an all-new timekeeping device for your kitchen comes the Junghans Max Bill Küchenuhr clock. The collaboration between Max Bill and Junghans created the kitchen clock back in 1956, and we see Junghans modernly reinventing this piece in a fresh light blue color. Perfect for convenient access in the kitchen, the clock features numerals in a classic format.
Molo x Jurrasic World Dominion Collection
In celebration of the all-new Jurrasic World: Dominion film, celebrity loved childrenswear brand, Molo, brings the fan favorite dinosaurs to life in a sustainable line packed with Molo’s signature use of colors and prints.
Available for babies and toddlers, styles include printed t-shirts, sweatshirts and swimwear, along with embroidered logo cargo pants, shorts, hoodies, and jackets. Most of the styles in the collection are made responsibly in 100% GOTS* certified organic cotton or with recycled fibers from post-consumer waste. It is an adventurous range of clothing that encourages children to explore and learn by combining themes of history, nature, and coexistence themes that go hand in hand with Jurassic World Dominion.
The Molo x Jurassic World Dominion capsule is now available to shop at Bergdorf Goodman HERE, for under $100.
Reebok x KANGHYUK
Reebok and KANGHYUK announce the latest drop in their ongoing collaboration. The two brands have teamed up to debut their combined take on a new silhouette from Reebok – the Premier Road Modern Mid.
Following the popular Premier Road Modern silhouette that debuted in 2020 as part of the Reebok and KANGHYUK partnership, the two teams created a masterfully maximalist mid-cut version of the shoe dubbed the Premier Road Modern Mid. Boasting a new mid-cut collar, the shoe is an elevated version of the Premier Road Modern “Car Part” released by the two brands in 2020.
The new style offers bold details, sculpted design lines and a crisp tonal color scheme. The uppers of each shoe are split between layers and feature a textured build that is an abstract take on Reebok’s signature Vector logo.
This experimentation with tone and texture reaches from the toebox to the heel, while the high-cut collar offers bulbous padded details around the ankle and incorporates a KANGHYUK logo stamped on the heel. Below this sits a rubberized bumper and red foam midsoles which feature a soft EVA construction for comfort.
The Reebok x KANGHYUK Premier Road Modern Mid will be available in two striking colorways – Black (GW6192) and Blue (GW6132) – each for $240.
The Black Premier Road Modern Mid will be available exclusively at Dover Street Market beginning June 23rd before becoming available on Reebok.com and KANGHYUK.shop on June 25th. The Blue Premier Road Modern Mid will be globally available beginning July 1 from select retailers as well as Reebok.com and KANGHYUK.shop.
NEW ULTRA-LIMITED-EDITION HAMBURGER 20-INCH DUNNY FROM KIDROBOT X THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION
Kidrobot and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are excited to announce a new addition to the Kidrobot x Andy Warhol collection with the Andy Warhol 20-Inch Hamburger Dunny Sculpture. This extremely limited edition is capped at twenty (20) pieces worldwide and is available exclusively at Kidrobot.com. Two previous limited-edition Warhol 20-inch Dunny art pieces sold out immediately upon release.
Part of a 1985 series called Ads and Illustrations; Warhol’s “Hamburger” focused on one of the most popular manifestations of Americana. Originally in black and white, Warhol would also experiment with other color combinations, most famously this red-and-yellow version.
Each Dunny sculpture is 20 inches tall, made of premium fiberglass with no articulation, and is hand-painted in North America using high-quality paint for enhanced clarity and long-lasting quality. Packaged in a premium Kidrobot x Andy Warhol wooden crate with a Certificate of Authenticity.
This design is limited to just twenty (20) pieces worldwide. $2500 USD.
Founded in 2002, Kidrobot is acknowledged worldwide as the premier creator and dealer of limited-edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. An innovative cross between sculpture and conceptual art Kidrobot offers not only a powerful medium for today’s international designers, illustrators and artists, but also the creative canvas for emerging street trends and pop art. Our products can be found online at Kidrobot.com and in select retailers worldwide.
About The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
As the preeminent American artist of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged the world to see art differently. Since its founding in 1987, in accordance with Warhol’s will, The Andy Warhol Foundation has established itself among the leading funders of contemporary art in the United States. The Foundation has distributed over $200,000,000 in cash grants which support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual arts, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized or challenging in nature. The Foundation’s ongoing efforts to protect and enhance its founder’s creative legacy ensure that Warhol’s inventive, open-minded spirit will have a profound impact on the visual arts for generations to come. Proceeds the Foundation receives from licensing projects such as this contribute to the Foundation’s endowment from which these grants are distributed.
The Miami Design District announces the debut of several new installations and initiatives for their current season of art programming.
SPECIAL SUNSET PUBLIC ART TOURS
Immerse yourself in the Miami Design District’s rich art and architecture. Experience the neighborhood like never before alongside resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo. Visit Emmett Moore’s The Grotto, Apollo Projects ‘Landed’, April Bey’s Fringe Project installation, and more.
LOCATION: Palm Court Plaza 140 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137
DATES: Takes place the first and last Sunday of every month at 6 PM
ArtLife is an innovative contemporary art gallery and lifestyle brand with a focus on contemporary, pop and street art. The gallery was founded by veteran Art Advisor and Manager, Avery Andon in 2015, as one of the first online-only international Blue-Chip art galleries. Given the high momentum Miami is currently experiencing, the team felt it was the right time to debut this temporary pop-up in the Miami Design District. ArtLife has created a space where visitors can be immersed in works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, and Banksy. Additionally, ArtLife also provides the opportunity for visitors to experience works by a range of up-and-coming artists such as Cory Van Lew and Jannie Holmes. ArtLife Gallery will be on view through the end of June.
LOCATION: 180 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
DATES: Month of June 2021 (Sunday – Thursday 11am-6pm/ Friday & Saturday 11am-8pm)
QUINAZ STUDIO’S BAY STORE
Using only materials sourced from Biscayne Bay and the Miami River, artist/designer James Quinaz transforms trash into treasure for BAY STORE. Part exhibition, part performance, BAY STORE invites you to watch the design process as Quinaz navigates the detritus in our waterways to produce thoughtful, functional furniture before your eyes. BAY STORE asks the viewer to consider the cost of excess and reckon with a society that litters its priceless natural landscapes with cheap plastics, foams, and other harmful waste. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artist work, learn about the issues facing South Florida’s precious aquatic resources, and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from the gallery. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to nonprofits working to keep our bay and ocean clean.
LOCATION: Sweetbird South, 92 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
DATES: June 24th – July 25th
NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF ARTS PRESENTS UNSPECIFIC VOID: 2021 BFA EXHIBITION
NWSA presents the 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought, the students persevered and continued to work in makeshift studios at home and produced an incredible body of work. The work included in the exhibition ranges from documentation of the pandemic to heartbreak to futuristic imagination, among other themes. The exhibition culminates these young artists’ academic training at the school and will present a wide range of media and themes. Twenty-eight recent graduates will participate in the exhibition.
LOCATION: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
DATES: June 21st – July 11th
“THE GROTTO” BY EMMETT MOORE
Part fiction, part reality, The Grotto is an immersive installation comprised of faux coral boulders sculpted into a secluded lounge, inspired by coral rock quarries and the mythology surrounding the fictional identities that form around these places, where the young and the marginalized gather to sequester themselves and share pleasures. The Grotto also takes cues from local sites such as the Coral Castle and the Venetian Pool where the quarrying of coral rock acquiesced to a mystical landscape, and a fantasy Venetian enclave. Each a tropical fantasy created by man in an effort to transport visitors to an otherworldly place. The Grotto is part pavilion, part folly, where one can escape from everyday life. Emmett Moore’s Grotto Lounge is on permanent display.
LOCATION: 3920 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida, 33137
DATES: Permanent display
APOLLO PROJECTS ‘LANDED’
Apollo ‘Landed’ is the initial iteration of the first plant exhibition to take place in Miami Design District. All artists involved were invited to create, with nature as collaborator and muse, bringing attention to a living, shifting climate and all her inhabitants. From May to July, this pop-up will be hosting activations and installations, focused on reconnecting with the environments around us, where locals are invited to create art, with nature as their muse.
LOCATION: 151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 12, Miami, Florida 33137
DATES: May 2021 – July 2021
JADE ALLEY FILMS 2021
A collaborative year-long art video feature, Jade Alley Films: 2021 features four artist video selections by the District’s key institutions, including Locust Projects, de la Cruz Collection, and ICA Miami. From April 1 to June 30, the Miami Design District will feature ‘Outage’ by Philadelphia-based artists: Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie. Originally commissioned and premiered by Locust Projects in 2019, Outage is a video that utilizes Levonian’s signature cut-paper animation technique, which incorporates deftly rendered watercolors into short films that wryly depict prescient social narratives and Eva Wylie’s unique printmaking techniques. The single-channel animation was made from over 3,000 frames and more than 275 screens were used to create pieces for the animation.
BREAKWATER BENCH BY AMLGMTD
Ideated by design duo AMLgMTD, the Breakwater Bench is a system of individual benches inspired by the lapping ebb and flow pattern of waves. The slight shift in the repetition of a single element creates movement between the open and closed sections within the design. This simple use of geometry causes playful shadows to appear where the light filters through the open structure.
LOCATION: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street, 2nd Floor
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. She will be at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, for “An Evening with Fran Lebowitz,” on April 15, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28th and are available HERE.
Lebowitz’s essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves about tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.
Her writing — pointed, taut and economical — is forthright, irascible, and unapologetically opinionated.
Lebowitz worked odd jobs, such as taxi driving, belt peddling, and apartment cleaning (“with a small specialty in Venetian blinds”), before being hired by Andy Warhol as a columnist for Interview. That was followed by a stint at Mademoiselle. Her first book, a collection of essays titled Metropolitan Life, was a bestseller, as was a second collection, Social Studies. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining. Her two books are collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader, with a new preface by the author. Lebowitz is also the author of the children’s book, Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas.
Between 2001 to 2007, Lebowitz had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on the television drama Law & Order. She also had a part in the Martin Scorsese-directed film, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). In an interview with the Paris Review, Lebowitz said “I’m not a nervous person. I’m not afraid to be on TV. I’m only afraid when I write. When I’m at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV.”
She can also be seen in various documentary films including the American Experience on New York City, as well as Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990), among others. In 2010 Martin Scorsese directed a documentary about Lebowitz for HBO titled Public Speaking. A new limited documentary series, Pretend It’s a City, also directed by Martin Scorsese, premieres on Netflix January 8, 2021.
Lebowitz was once named one of the year’s most stylish women by Vanity Fair. She remains a style icon. Lebowitz lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.
The exhibition features more than 200 works of art and writing by New York City based Gold Key recipients participating in the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens. This year, students from all five boroughs in grades 7-12 submitted more than 10,000 works in 28 categories to the New York City regional program of the Awards, representing more than 300 schools.
Education has been at the heart of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s mission since our founding in 1870, said Heidi Holder, the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chair of Education at The Met. Now, more than ever, we are committed to investing in education and supporting the creativity of New York City’s young people. It is an honor to present the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition in partnership with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. This annual exhibition demonstrates the power of art to transform, uplift, and challenge us.
All works were blindly adjudicated by accomplished creative and literary professionals based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. This year, the exhibition will present framed prints of students’ work, due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure equitable access for all the student artists.
The artworks on display at The Met received top regional awards and were eligible to receive national honors through a second round of judging, which can open further opportunities for exhibition and publication, as well as access to scholarships. The Awards have honored distinguished artists since 1923, including Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, John Baldessari, Luis Jimenez, and Catherine Murphy, whose works are in The Met collection.
Chris Wisniewski, Executive Director, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, said: The creativity of our city’s teens has continued to flourish despite a year of unprecedented challenges. It has never been more important to celebrate diverse student voices and encourage the artistic expression of a generation of rising leaders. The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is thrilled to partner with The Met to showcase the exceptional young winners of the 2021 New York City Scholastic Awards.
The Alliance partners with Parsons School of Design at The New School and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School to present the regional New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: New York City Regional Exhibition at The Met is presented with generous support from The New York Times, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, and Scholastic Inc.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, identifies teenagers with exceptional creative talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Founded in 1923, the Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious initiative of its kind, having fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students through recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.
About The Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens, businessmen and financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day, who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. Today, The Met displays tens of thousands of objects covering 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City: The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since its founding, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
Art is generally connected to creativity and original work. The ability to design something that has not been seen before is the driving force behind most artistic minds. Unfortunately, some people choose to take advantage of the creativity of others rather than come up with their own content.
To make matters worse, these people also fail to give credit where it’s due, instead trying to pass these reproductions off as their own. Plagiarism has become a growing problem in the pop art world, with many emerging artists having their work stolen by others looking to make a quick buck. Some of the more scandalous incidents that have happened in this genre include:
Andy Warhol vs. Patricia Caulfield
Andy Warhol is considered one of the founding fathers of pop art culture. His works offered new forms of expression that connected art with the advertisement industry and celebrity culture. Because of his prominent position in the industry, the discovery of his plagiarism came as a shock to the world.
In 1964, the artist released a new series known as “Flowers,” which took the industry by storm. The work consisted of a beautiful floral design printed on various silkscreens. It was soon discovered, however, that instead of creating an original portrait of flowers,
Warhol had used a photograph by artist Patricia Caulfield –which had been published in a 1964 issue of Modern Photography. This shortcut led to Warhol’s first lawsuit, as Patricia lodged an official complaint in 1966. Any such situation leads to disgrace and as a student, you are also recommended professional plagiarism checker for students in the UK. It ensures 100% unique work and this instills confidence in you that you are writing plagiarism-free and then submit the academic work.
Zara vs. Tuesday Bassen
In 2016, Zara, a prominent fast-fashion retail brand from Spain, clashed with Los Angeles based independent artist Tuesday Bassen. The dispute arose because of the global brand’s use of the illustrator’s pin designs without her consent.
The designs had been added to a new line of Zara’s products, with Bassen only finding out when her fans contacted her after noticing the similarities. Zara showed no remorse for their actions, refusing to acknowledge any wrongdoing.
The retail brand even pointed out that complaints related to the similarities in design were insignificant compared to the overall traffic that the company attracted. This callous response caused uproar within the artistic community. It also highlighted the struggles endured by independent brands and artists in the industry when going up against big corporations.
Lili Chin vs. Kohl
In 2016, Lili Chin, another independent artist from Los Angeles, filed a complaint against mega retail store Kohl for the use of her work without permission. The lawsuits consisted of copyright infringement and unfair competition charges.
Lili demanded damages that could have reached up to $1 million. The complaint was based on the retailer marketing her drawings of “Boogie the Boston terrier” on socks and t-shirts sold in their stores. The drawings were based on a 2011 poster designed by the illustrator, showing the dog in various poses.
Lili Chin pointed out that she sold similar merchandise with the same designs on them. She also mentioned that part of her proceeds went to dog rescue organizations, with Kohl’s actions reducing the amount of charity she was able to give to this worthy cause. In the end, the two parties settled out of court.
Modern Dog vs. Disney/Target
Another dog-based design was at the forefront of artwork plagiarism in 2013, when Modern Dog sued commercial giants Disney and Target over the use of an image that had featured in one of their books. Unauthorized copies of the picture had been printed on t-shirts and sold by the two major corporations.
The companies’ online plagiarism checker was found at fault when they tried to argue that the illustrations involved fell under a technical rather than creative category. The image in question was a collection of sketches of different small dog faces.
In the summary hearing, the court ruled in favor of the complainant and awarded Modern Dog with broad copyright protection for all 26 drawings.
Forever 21 vs. Valfré
Ilse Valfré is the third Los Angeles-based artist to suffer plagiarism at the hands of a major corporation. In 2016, the Mexican-born designer created a cartoon-based design of a rainbow featuring pastel colors and white puffy clouds. Less than a year later, fashion giant Forever 21 released a similar design.
Both emblems featured matching colors and were branded on the back of iPhone cases. Further investigations by the complainant found that Rue 21, another major retail corporation, had also plagiarized three other designs from Valfré – in the production of their stereo earbuds.
These examples of plagiarism highlight the need for strict regulation policies when it comes to the protection of copyrighted work. Independent artists deserve recognition for their productions, and, unfortunately, some major companies would rather try and plagiarize these designs than pay the artists for their work. Luckily, the growing influence of social media has made it harder for companies to get away with this act.
Judy Nelson works for an NGO based in East Africa, where it runs programs to spread awareness about education for all. She is their lead content writer and editor and also works part-time as a thesis and dissertation writer for an online academic writing service. In her free time, she plays with her pets, drives to the countryside and learns caricature drawing.
As we head into the eighth month of Covid-19, the distractions of apple picking, pumpkin carving, and outdoor dining are behind us. Lockdowns have long been lifted and social gatherings have become commonplace. The ominous inevitability of a deadly third wave looms. This guaranteed “dark winter” begs one to reflect on the early days of the pandemic. A time when fear, disinformation, and isolation plagued every household, no matter its inhabitants. 2020 has been a year of postponement, grief, isolation, and reckoning. Yet with struggle comes the opportunity for growth, change, and creation… If you let it. As Andy Warhol once said, “they always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
As a self-employed artist, uncertainty is a language I speak well. Prior to Covid-19 I spent my days in the School of Visual Arts printshop in NYC. From conceptualizing and prototyping new products for my business, Rudin Studios LLC, to fumbling around for an answer to the age-old question of “what to make,” it is clear I was lost in an artistic haze of looking for purpose. Then Coronavirus hit. Instantaneously everything turned upside down. Suddenly, I was in an unfamiliar town, without the ability to work (silkscreen), miles away from the studio I call home. I remained glued to the news awestruck by the infection and mortality rates. I racked my brain for something to do, how to help, what to make.
I became focused on those who were not as privileged as me. Those who were struggling to find housing, to feed themselves, to protect themselves from this deadly virus which was clearly and disproportionately hurting people of color. I began working on a series of paintings to be auctioned off, 100% of the proceeds going to homeless and trafficked youth in NYC. While the fundraiser was a success, I could not help but feel the conceptual aspects of the work were not important, relevant, or impactful. If I learned anything from my education at Parsons School of Design, it is that concept is king. My artwork slowly began to shift towards the idea of documentation. Buzzwords like “historical” and “unprecedented” flew across the airwaves and fueled my desire to capture and document the struggles of 2020. This was just the beginning.
Soon to follow were the atrocious murders of George Floyd, Ahmed Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, which brought racial justice to the forefront of the American conscience. While the President continuously fanned the flames of racism, the cries for equality and allyship were deafening. It was time to allow my artwork to reflect the times and struggles of our country which so deeply affected me and so many others. Black Lives Matter, and it is the white person’s responsibility to be educated allies; to use the privilege we are born into to advocate for our oppressed brothers and sisters. I wanted to help acknowledge, reflect, and correct the institutional racism that is so insidiously intertwined with our institutions and the American way of being.
Concurrently, the 2020 Presidential election was ramping up. Climate change’s incendiary winds pillaged the west. The wearing of masks became a polarizing political tool. And all the while, the current administration refused to acknowledge or accept responsibility for any of it. Rather shifting blame, denying, and lying became the governing practice. The global importance of what was taking place in the United States was apparent. Election 2020 was to be a reckoning. On the docket: racial justice, women’s rights, climate change, science, and healthcare, to name a few. A polarizing choice between Id and empathy.
For the first time in my career, my purpose seemed clear. I began making work that focused on the progression of human rights, equality, and fairness relying on my trusty formula of stylized portraiture and anecdotal commentary. I firmly believe that artists have a social responsibility to reflect the times we live in. The majority of my work has focused on uncovering and expressing truths about what it means to be a woman in 2020. However, one cannot comment on the feminine experience without addressing the current political situation and the oppression experienced by American minorities. While the Trump Administration continued to attack women’s rights, promote violence, ignore climate change, and fan the flames of racism, I relied on my creative voice to talk about the challenges we faced not only as women, but as a nation. That being said, I decided to devote my time to creating a series of posters for the 2020 election to help galvanize the female vote. This included partnering with Women for Biden Harris 2020, Women for the Win, and Article 3 among numerous other female-run organizations.
While the trials and tribulations of 2020 have forever altered the fabric of American reality, so has it altered me. A year such as this begs internal personal reflection if not metamorphosis. To find purpose, love, and empathy through the chaos of hate and violence is the silver-lining we all need. In a time where division is the name of the game, we must transcend the idea of the “other.” As the most recent Covid-19 wave surges across the country, I implore anyone with the creative impulse to say something, to do so. Pick up the pen. Document the times, the thoughts, the fears that come along with living through such tumultuousness. Follow the empathy, the creativity, and the voice inside telling you to advocate for those less fortunate. As Thomas Paine aptly stated, “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” If you find yourself in a place of privilege, take it upon yourself to seize the opportunity in front of you. It is not an opportunity for financial incentive or career advancement, but for internal revolution. Soon, life will “go back to normal,” but there’s nothing normal about what we have witnessed. Allow the intensity of experience to alter you. For when the time has come and gone, and you reflect upon 2020, wouldn’t it be nice to say that through all the sadness, grief, and fear a better version of yourself was uncovered?
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