Bon Weekend: 5 June 2021
I can’t believe we’re in June already. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re having fun again. There are so many things going on in New York right now and about to happen so I’ve rounded up the best for you.
I haven’t been to the MoMA since I went to the preview of the renovation but I will have to make a pilgrimage soon for Cézane Drawing. “Best known as a painter, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) produced some of his most radically original works on paper. Cézanne Drawing brings together more than 250 rarely shown works in pencil and kaleidoscopic watercolor from across the artist’s career, along with key paintings, that together reveal how drawing shaped Cézanne’s transformative modern vision.”
All the jewelry people I follow have already been to The American Museum of Natural History for the reopening of the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals which tells the story of how the vast diversity of mineral species arose on our planet, how scientists classify and study them, and how we use them for personal adornment, tools, and technology. The galleries feature more than 5,000 specimens from 98 countries. Opening on June 12, 2021 is the exhibition Beautiful Creatures which presents more than 100 animal-themed precious jewels created by the world’s great jewelry houses and artisans, from Cartier’s iconic panthers to Suzanne Belperron’s butterflies.
Plan now to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art after June 26, 2021 for the exhibition Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570 which will feature more than 90 works of art by some of the most celebrated artists of the Italian Renaissance, including Bronzino, Pontormo, Cellini, and many others.
I absolutely loved the first part of the French series Lupin on Netflix and I can’t wait for part deux which will air on Friday, June 11, 2021. French actor Omar Sy is a joy to watch and I hope there are even more seasons of this delightful show.
One of the good things about the pandemic year has been the ability to watch new films at home. This year, the Tribeca Film Festival has an entire selection of Tribeca at Home with some great films on the schedule. I especially recommend the Spotlight Documentaries which include Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, A-ha the Movie, Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story, The Lost Leonardo, and BITCHIN’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James.
It’s Luxury Week at Sotheby’s and I hope to stop by to view the exhibitions in the next few days. They’ve been courting influencers and celebrities to attract a younger crowd which I view with a little skepticism. Not sure how the Accidentally Wes Anderson account is going to get their followers to bid on luxury jewelry and bags. I’d rather have the actual Wes Anderson curating his choices of pieces up for auction or someone like myself who actually has knowledge of art and antiques.
I can’t wait to head over to 717 Madison Avenue to see the newly opened Manolo Blahnik stores for women and men. I wore Manolos when I first moved to New York thanks to Sex and the City and I’ve been returning to them again this summer. They really are the chicest and I know the store will be too. They’ve just opened a new store at 52 Main Street in East Hampton too.
I have Paris on my mind these days so I ordered this book, My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris, when I saw it online. In this debut memoir, James Beard Award winning writer, Alexander Lobrano, whose childhood idea of fine dining was Howard Johnson’s, tells how he became one of Paris’s most influential food critics. Published here for the first time is Lobrano’s “little black book,” an insider’s guide to his thirty all-time-favorite Paris restaurants.
The Net-a-Porter Sale started this week and even though I’m supposed to stop shopping, I may have to take advantage of the great deals. Especially now that we have places to and people to see.
Top image of peonies in my apartment by me.