Saturday, May 16, 2015

Posing at the Modern

Draw Me at MoMA
Last Saturday Richard and I went to the Museum of Modern Art to participate in a figure-drawing workshop. I was posing for the workshop, and Richard, after seeing the great "Migration Series" by Jacob Lawrence, found his way to the drawing session to act as CKO (Chief Kibutzing Officer).

Four ladies of Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style franchise (the blog, the book and the movie) gathered at MoMA's Sculpture Garden to pose against a wall adorned with bronze figures by Matisse. We were helping to kick off "Prime Time," a MoMA program for New Yorkers who are over 65. Prime Time is the brainchild of Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community, Access and School Programs. The workshop, however, was open to people of all ages.

A pose with all four models.
To my right, Debra Rapoport, Joyce Carpati and Lana Turner.
A sketch by Sarah Jane.
Richard in subdued colors.
I am wearing a hat, beads and dress of my own design.
Yellow bag by Lisa Perry
Photo by Carrie McGee 
 Jewelry designer, Diana Gabriel.
Advanced Styler, Carola Vecchio
 Drawing Joyce.

Photographs by JJ  Keyser
Lana Turner in a hat by Heidi Lee
You know how Richard is. He has the Irish "Gift of Gab" and will strike up a conversation at the drop of a hat, and we have lots of hats. Using the art of the quip as ice breaker, Richard asked JJ Keyser, a retired plastic surgeon from South Carolina, if he was a fish. The logic behind this query, if there is any, was that JJ was wearing a shirt with a fish design. Apparently JJ did not miss a beat because he took these cool pictures and was kind enough to send them to me. Thank you JJ.
 The modern way to draw at the Modern.
 Lana looking at some drawings.
I love her big, green bracelet.
 The brilliant Debra Rapoport.
 Drawing Debra
 Lana and Joyce, who is wearing a Chanel suit
with her trademark pearls and a marvelous violet scarf.
Posing with an apple.
Photos by JJ Keyser
Drawing Carol with an apple.
Sketch by Dominique Flaksberg
My absolute favorite picture of me
by Lauren M. Jones.

For more information on Prime Time,
go here.

À Bientôt!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prime Time at MoMA

MoMA Reaches Out
to Over-65ers
The Museum of Modern Art may have pop singer Bjork in its galleries right now, but it has not forsaken older New Yorkers either.

MoMA is rolling out Prime Time, a program designed for New Yorkers over 65, this Saturday, May 9, from 10:30 to 5:30. If you are over 65, you may enjoy free admission to the museum, and partake in gallery talks, art-making workshops, and entertainment.

Prime Time will offer film screenings, online courses, gallery conversations and other events free. To sign up to receive information about Prime Time Programs, go here.

And during the month of May, for New Yorkers over 65, MoMA is offering admission for $9 and a $25 discount on annual memberships.

To kick off Prime Time, MoMA asked Ari Seth Cohen, creator of the blog, Advanced Style, to photograph some of the "Advanced Style Ladies" in the museum.  I was thrilled to be included in this group.

"I always knew I would get in to the Museum of Modern Art one day," I quipped, as Ari took my photo in front of a gorgeous André Derain painting. I decided to debut my new dress collection for the shoot. For this collection I am air-brushing geometric shapes on cotton. I also designed the hat and beads.
Left to right: Carol, Lana Turner, Joyce Carpati and
 Debra Rapoport in the MoMA sculpture Garden.
Joyce shooting Lana.
Everybody was photographing everybody else.
Joyce admiring van Gogh's "The Starry Night".
Debra poses in front of Henri Rousseau's
"The Dream."

Please join us on Saturday,
 when I will be modeling for
a figure drawing class from 1:30 to 4:30
 at MoMA as part of
Prime Time.

Congrats to MoMA for
this fantastic initiative!!

À Bientôt!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dim Sum with Sue at Nom Wah

Dim Sum with Sue 
We were happy to receive an invitation to dim sum from Sue Kreitzman, artist and Fabulous Fashionista, at the historic Nom Wah Tea Parlour in New York's Chinatown.

Yesterday at 3, we joined Sue and her charming invitees, for a feast of varied and delicious dim sum. Dim Sum, meaning "little bit of the heart," hopefully not literally, are small plates of goodies like shrimp dumplings, pork buns, scallion pancakes, shrimp and bacon rolls and sticky rice with Chinese sausage. The plates kept coming, causing culinary wonder among the guests.

The Nom Wah Tea Parlour is to be found on Doyers Street, a crooked little alley of a street, just off the Bowery. The street has quite a checkered past, having been, in the early 20th century, the site of much blood letting. Because of the angle of the street, it afforded an ideal place for warring Chinese Tong Gangs to fight. Their preferred weapon was a hatchet, giving rise to the name "hatchet man."
 Facade of the Nom Wah Tea Parlor
The angle in Doyers Street
makes me think of the Marais in Paris,
or a street in Nice -- except it's Chinese.
 Sue in her magnificent skull necklace,
documenting the affair on her phone.
Sue ordered for all of us.
Here she demonstrates her chop stick skills with a delicacy,
while a giant dish of broccoli lies resplendent in
front of some turnip cakes.
What I wore to dim sum:
A Sonia Rykiel sweater, Fabrice
necklace and ring by Alpana Bawa.
Photo by Ricardo
The Nom Wah Tea Parlor opened in 1920.
Today it is run by Wilson Tang.
Hat and jewelry designer, Debra Rapoport,
shows of the gift that Sue gave each of us,
a golden, waving kitty.
 Richard telling us that our 
table is ready.
 An original sideboard.
Tea canisters from the 1920's.
Artist Malcah Zeldis.
 Nom Wah has been updated recently but
the decor is largely as it was in the 1920's.

Artists Quimetta Perle and Joseph Gagliano.
 The Ladies Who Dim Sum.
Left to right: Malcah Zeldis, Sue Kreitzman, Debra Rapoport,
Sarah Jane Adams and me.
Photo by Ari Seth Cohen
 Thank you Sue for a splendid afternoon of
great food and friends.

To see more about the Nom Wah, look here.

À Bientôt!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tea Party at Debra's

They should bottle this...
What do you get when you combine a group of women "of a certain age," in one room, add large dollops of creative energy, smarts and fashion sense, stir and voila! You get a Tea Party at Debra Rapoport's pied à terre, which is actually her boyfriend's apartment in the storied Westbeth.

It's dangerous to get so many women (and a few men) together, who are all creative, makers, artists, free spirits -- mainly released from the saddle of corporate life, or a life in which they were beholden to something else, probably a career. Now they are free, and the cat is out of the bag, and they can create, and dream and think and do. It's dangerous because they may become drunk on creative energy and do something crazy like jump out the window.

We had no window jumping yesterday at Debra's Tea Party which was in honor of two new friends who Debra has befriended on Facebook and on her film tour of London for Advanced Style, the movie. Debra is the kind of person who attracts people like a magical magnet as she trails her crinolines along the curb.

But thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for making it possible for we ladies to connect across continents and states within the U.S. If no one else will, we are creating a club of like-minded, creative thinkers who appreciate each other and want to be FRIENDS!
 What I am wearing:
Hat of my own design, Tucker dress, blue, silk
jacket (probably handmade) and coat
repurposed by Madame Matovu.
 The inimitable Sue Kreitzman, of London and New York.
Necklace by Anothai Hansen.
 Debra's wilted Rose centerpiece.
 Sue Kreitzman and a friend catching up.
Claudia Bergs, a visitor from Australia.
Debra met her at the Easter Parade!
 Nonnie Balcer and Richard.
They complement each other.
 The Countess of Glamour, Lynn Dell Cohen.
 Richard choosing a maccaron from the Meow Parlour.
He took the purple fig one.
The Meow Parlour is a place on the Lower East Side
where one may interact with cats.
 Mary James, of Maryland, with her friend, Janet.
Mary is Debra's Facebook friend.
The party was in honor of Mary
and Monica Boxley of London.
 Mary James and Monica Boxley of London.
Monica is a jewelry designer and you can
see her work here.
Artist Shelita Birchett Benash 
 Debra in motion.
 Monica Boxley's daughter, Martha.
She lives in Berlin.
Wonderful Elke Kuhn.
We went around the room and each person
told who they were and what they did.
Here I am listening intently to the introductions.

Creativity Rules!

À Bientôt!