Last month we visited The Museum at FIT to see the exhibition “Pink: The History of a Punk, Powerful, Pretty Color.” It walked us through 80 extraordinary pink ensembles by designers such as Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, Elsa Schiaparelli and Givenchy, and examined the various meanings and impressions behind the polarizing color. Often associated with charm, sweetness, childhood and femininity, the exhibit explored how the color pink was used and viewed in different societies from early 18th century through the present, and how attitudes toward the color have continued to shift through the years. Scroll through our gallery below to view highlights from the show.
Located in the Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is ESPO’s Art World, an art studio and gallery owned by artist Stephen Powers. Powers began his career writing graffiti as “ESPO” throughout the streets of Philadelphia and New York. In 2000, he stepped away from graffiti to focus on art full time and has since become a well-established mural artist and sign painter, showing his work around the world. His bright and friendly shop in Brooklyn is full of his colorful hand-painted signage, inside and out. Head over to check out his work and pick up some prints, tees, bags and even vinyl while you’re there.
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Presented by the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City, Mark Ryden’s latest exhibition “The Art of Whipped Cream” featured original sketches, drawings and paintings he created for the American Ballet Theater’s production “Whipped Cream” by Alexei Ratmansky. As a creative visionary behind the production, Ryden dreamt up it’s sets, backdrops, props and costumes in his whimsy, magical style. The ballet was held at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and coincided with the exhibition. We were lucky enough to attend the ballet and see the final days of the exhibit. Below are some shots from both.
Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin in Whipped Cream. Photo: Gene Schiavone
American Ballet Theater dancers in “Whipped Cream” by Alexei Ratmansky, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
We ALL scream for ice cream here at FPG. When we heard about the pop-up museum dedicated to the dessert, we knew we were in for a treat (or two, maybe three). And we were right. Besides complimentary ice creams, chocolates and sugary candies, the Museum of Ice Cream boasts over 35 ice cream-inspired art pieces. Scroll through some of our photos from the museum, and jump on that waitlist!
Up until the 1980s, hand-painted lettering was widely used on window signage, billboards, storefronts and vehicles. It was a much more prevalent art form before digital processes took over, but with a cultural shift towards an appreciation for all things handmade, the highly skilled trade is making a comeback. The unique styles of hand-painted lettering lend more personality and character to a business, service or product. And it just looks so cool! We recently attended Viva Las Vegas 19 and the Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston Salem, NC. Both events hold vintage car shows abound with hand-painted detailing. Click through the images below for a look at the inspiration we brought back with us.
Designed with inspiration from the industrial revolution and the invention of the steam engine (by namesakes Matthew Boulton and James Watt), Boulton and Watt is a must visit destination for a great bite, a quick drink or to just soak in the atmosphere.