If you are intrigued by the history of Makeup, love things that are Pink — and you also crave an out-of-the-house adventure before NYC imposes its next Covid Lockdown (because you know it’s coming) — you can head on over to the newly-opened Makeup Museum (which is a thing that exists) for its debut exhibit entitled Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America. Pink Jungle explores the Makers and Muses of that decade through fascinating and never-before-seen beauty artifacts, and the museum features other makeup-themed exhibits as well. I’ve already booked my visit and will be posting on that very Pink experience in the upcoming weeks!
The Makeup Museum: Pink Jungle is Located at 94 Gansevoort Street, Accross from the Whitney Museum in NYC’s Meatpacking District. Visit This Link For More Information, and to Book and Purchase Your Timed-Entry Tickets. General Admission is $36 but You Can Get a 20% Discount By Entering the Promo Code “NYC” at Check Out.
In March of 2019, I attended a fun event-thing called the Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience, which was just insane. Imagine being wedged into a crowded labyrinth of bright lights, neon colors, and every type of Barbie-branded doll in the universe, including Gender-Nonconforming Barbie and Dad-Bod Ken. Now, add little kids with their parents, and millennial Instagram-whores, and you’re got an idea of the scenario that I consider myself lucky to have survived with my sanity intact. Still: super fun!
While I saw literally hundreds of Barbies that day, the one that I will surely never forget is this Pink Mink Stole-draped plastic goddess known as the Andy Warhol Barbie. Here’s why: this Barbie (the third such doll produced in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation) is the definitive celebration of Warhol, drawing inspiration from the original Warhol Barbie portrait created by the artist in 1986. Barbie’s strapless gown features a sweetheart neckline and an overall print of the Warhol Barbie Portrait (you can see a few details of Barbie’s face on the dress if you look closely at the above photo). Beyond the fabulous Pink faux fur stole with blue lining, the doll’s accessories also include blue pumps accented with glitter inspired by Warhol’s technique of “diamond dust” crushed glass on canvas, earrings, necklace, ring and doll stand. Rad.
Sadly I could not capture details of the glittery shoes, as Andy Warhol Barbie was encased in a vitrine, to protect her from molestation. The statement to the left of Barbie’s face in the above photo reads as follows:
Andy Warhol made his mark by creating images of American icons. Barbie was added to the list when Warhol painted her in 1986. The first Barbie portrait was reportedly inspired by Warhol’s muse, Billy Boy, a jewelry designer and member of new York downtown scene in the 1980s, who owned a vast collection of Barbie dolls.
Villainess, accord to their Instagram Page, is a “Secondhand designer black clothing store and events destination located in the East Village.” The exact address is 181 Avenue B, and they appear be temporarily shuttered due to the Covid Life. It seems appropriate then, that their glorious Pink Neon Sign glows on, behind bars, so to speak.
I spied this softly glowing Pink Neon Light Fixture from where I was seated at a corner table in the bar-adjacent dining room at Quality Eats, and at first I thought it looked like a pair of pink birds. But once I walked out past the bar, I could see that this illuminated sculpture depicts a pair of hands, grasping delicate cocktail glasses (or possibly champagne flutes, if the tiny, neon bubbles are any indication) and about to raise a celebratory toast. Cheers to that!
I made the accidental discovery of Posh Pop Bakeshop when I was attracted to the “But, First Coffee” Pink Neon Sign affixed to its rear wall while waiting to enter a restaurant located across the street. Now that’s what I call effective visual marketing! If you look closely, you can see that the bakeshop walls are also covered in tiny, pink plastic roses, for a seductive pink-on-pink glow. It turns out that Posh Pop is a gluten-free bakery that does a serious online business, and has just recently opened a brick-and-mortar store located at 192 Bleecker Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City. The bakery specializes in outrageously creative layer cakes, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies and other decadent baked treats of a truly gourmet caliber. I can recommend the Funfetti Cheesecake Brownie (yes, I just typed that) personally. Find out more about Posh Pop Bakeshop, and order some treats for yourself, at This Link!
Geoffrey and I were on our way to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo when we passed a building with a glass store-front from whose interior a Pink Neon Sign called out to me. The building turned out to be the home of the Chicago History Museum (formerly known as the Chicago Historical Society), and it looked like a pretty cool place. We did not have time for an in-depth visit (next time!), but we did snap a few photos in the lobby, which is alive with a streetscape of illuminated, vintage Chicago signage such as the eight-feet tall Gas for Less sign you see above, as well as a fully refurbished Lowrider Car, which you may see in a future post! Chicago!
When I’m out in the city window shopping, nothing attracts my attention like the sight of Neon, and Pink Neon, especially. This Pink Neon silhouette of a reclining nude was spotted through the front window (which, as you can see, also features other attractive neon signage) of Bulletin boutique on Prince Street in SoHo. Find out more about Bulletin at This Link.
Bulletin is Located at 27 Prince Street in SoHo, NYC.
Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting a fun group show entitled That’s My Trip, curated by gallery artist Andrew Schoultz. The exhibition features sculpture, installation, painting, and works on paper from Schoultz as well as Claire Colette, Cody Hudson, Francesco Igory Deiana, Hilary Pecis, Libby Black, Louis Schmidt, Matt Gonzalez, Michel Tabori, Patrick Martinez, Ryan Travis Christian, Terry Powers and Timothy Bergstrom.
Patrick Martinez, Bougainvillea Stash Spot
According to the exhibit’s Press release, “A series of studio visits in various cities including Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco led to Schoultz’s inspiration for That’s My Trip. He explains, “After an artist tells you about themselves and their work, it would end almost every time with the artist saying ‘so that’s my trip.’ I found this an interesting phrase to explain yourself to someone.”
Timothy Bergstrom, Boogie Man (Left), Bad Trip (Right)
For the curator, the selected artists in That’s My Trip display a plethora of mediums and approaches, but remain connected by the common interest of their surroundings, and lack of separation between their lives and their work. Schoultz adds, “Their art is a portrait of themselves in some way or another.”
Libby Black, Lesbian Art In America
I am not typically moved by Realist Still Lifes, but I love the above painting by Libby Black, who has several diverse pieces in the show.
Patrick Martinez, You Are Trippin’
I also like Patrick Martinez’s use of Pink Neon as a framing devise in his pieces seen in this post.
Ryan Travis Christian, Bringing Home The Mother Load
In case you cannot tell, those are little condoms sitting on the banana.
Matt Gonzalez, Named On Knees. Found Paper Collage.
Francesco Igory Deiana, Untitled. Ballpoint pen on card stock and giclee print.
Libby Black, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip
One of the most eye-catching pieces in the show is Libby Black’s tableau representing a care-free day at the beach, Taking a Trip, Not Taking a Trip (2015). The items in Black’s installation are of personal significance to the artist, connecting her past with the present as the allude to the artist’s annual trips to Florida from an early age. The Publix sun tan lotion, yellow Walkman and the Whitney Houston cassette tape are tangible representations of past memories and treasured possessions. Black’s present is represented by a pair of flip-flops, and a stack of books read and cherished by her. Echoing Schoultz’s perception of the exhibited work as “portraiture,” Black explains, “It’s like a landscape of the real and made up, and also a portrait without the figure.”
That’s My Trip, Curated by Andrew Schoultz, will be on Exhibit through May 2nd, 2015, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.