Curator Marshall Weber (center in Booklyn t-shirt) explaining some of the long books hanging on the walls to interested artists and visitors.
Booklyn (www.booklyn.org), the Brooklyn-based book artists alliance I used to intern for organized this fantastic show at Center for Book Arts (www.centerforbookarts.org) which opened last Friday. Exploring the idea and art and translation of languages, book forms, genders, nationalities, identities, this is a great show.
Since I have come out from under my rock and started seeing bands live again, I went to see Ladytron play last week. CSS (or Cansei de Ser Sexy), a dancy, punky band composed of mostly ladies from Brasil, opened up for them. Though this photo is not by me and shows them playing in London, not NYC, I think it shows some of them nicely, though it doesn’t capture their completely FOTR fashion sense (that’s Fashion of the Ridiculous) or the fact that they are about 20 years old and having a ton of fun up there and as a result, are a ton of fun to watch.
I’ve been really slow to blog the photos I’ve posted, but the other week I went to see my friends The Shondes play at Sin-e. Just back from a summer US tour, they sounded awesome… really tight, incredibly gripping melodies and harmonies and just plain good dancy rock with a refreshing political message. Being radical, Jewish queers who are passionately pro-Palestine and anti-occupation is no small thing and it made me realize how much I appreciate the presence of these people and their thought and action in my life. Louisa (bass) and Eli (violin) are pictured in this picture, but not Brannigan (guitar) or Temim (drums)… Hopefully they will be playing again soon in NYC… in the meantime check out http://www.shondes.com.
In the garden there is a section of poisonous plants with a sign that says “do not touch.” Of course, a child ran up and started pulling at the deadly nightshade. The hazzards of having era-specific gardens I guess. But the gardens were amazing and it wasn’t even that crowded (and since the Cloisters is part of the Met it’s suggested donation, so if you go, forget about that $20 suggested admission, give them a dollar and hang out for the afternoon).