Bon Weekend: 23 April 2021
The temperature in New York has been vacillating wildly lately but at least it looks like it will be beautiful on Saturday. I’m going to try to take another walk on Park Avenue to enjoy the tulips and cherry trees at their peak before rain arrives on Sunday. That actually works out perfectly so I don’t have to feel guilty about staying home and watching the pre-Oscar coverage all day. I’ve put together some things to do, see, and read this weekend whether you want to go out or stay inside.
I don’t think if anything could top last year’s Roof Garden Commission by Héctor Zamora at The Metropolitan Museum of Art but I look forward to seeing this year’s commission As Long as the Sun Lasts by Alex Da Corte. The exhibition will run through through October 31, 2021 but will be closed in the event of inclement weather.
I haven’t been in the Jewish Museum in a very long time but I look forward to walking up to see the new exhibition, Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine, that runs through July 11, 2021.
“Featuring over 150 works including photographs, layouts, and cover designs, the exhibition considers the connections and influences of designers and photographers such as Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Lester Beall, Margaret Bourke-White, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, William Klein, Lisette Model, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Cipe Pineles, and Paul Rand.”
Don’t try to go to see Kusama: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden this weekend because it’s already at capacity but definitely schedule a visit for another time between now and October 31, 2021.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama “reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.”
My friend Eleanor went today with her family and said it’s well done and well worth the trip.
The last season of Younger is now exclusively on Paramount+ streaming service. They have a seven day trial offer so I thought I could sign up and watch all the episodes before cancelling but they’re onto that game. They released four episodes and then will release another episode each Thursday. The fifth episode just aired of the seven so it looks like I can cancel my subscription in two more weeks. If you’ve not seen the show, a a 40-year-old divorced mother of a college age daughter lies about her age to get a job in publishing. It’s definitely a fun show.
I posed about This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist on Instagram but wanted to include it here for those of you who don’t follow me even though you’re missing out. The four-part docu-series on Netflix chronicles the March 18, 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston by two thieves dressed as cops. They stole millions of dollars worth of art including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer. I lived in Boston and never learned as much about the robbery as I did from this series. They reveal suspects and that some people claim to have actually seen some of the works. It’s fascinating and worth a watch.
The book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, is a “grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.” It was just released last week and is already receiving rave reviews.
World Travel: An Irreverent Guide from Anthony Bourdain which was just published this week is getting mixed reviews so maybe it’s best for the most ardent Anthony Bourdain fans.
I had a fun delivery of a picnic basket filled with English treats by two cute guys in a Morris Minor last week from Jo Malone. Included in the basket was a collection of their yummy new limited edition Marmalade Dreams scents inspired by nostalgic scenes. They’d all make great gifts for Mother’s Day.
If you need a pick me up after the pandemic year or really want to treat your mom on Mother’s Day, I highly suggest the new makeup line from Hermès. The new blushes and brushes join the line of lipsticks that debuted just as we were all donning masks.
There are some great spring sales happening now too. My favorite cashmere company Naadam is offering 30% off new spring styles
with code FRESH30.
Club Monaco is also offering 30% off mid-season sale with code MIDSEASON.
J.Crew is offering 40% off dressy styles (prices as marked) if you want to get out of your sweats.
Bergdorf Goodman is offering an extra 20% off sale and a gift card event.
Ann Taylor has 50% off spring must haves full priced styles with code MUSTHAVES.