When children’s book author, Herve Tullet’s team invited us to Brooklyn to see his latest art exhibit, we trekked over the Brooklyn Bridge! These two minifashionistas had to see “This Isn’t Trash,” (the title to this imaginative artist’s graphic installation) and us mommy bloggers obliged!
The Invisible Dog Art Center where this was held was packed that night with art-lovers looking to get up close and personal with the both the author and his work. Up-close viewings revealed torn paper, shreds, tape and pieces on the floor left to look a little like trash.
above photo: Courtesy The Invisible Dog- Simon Courchel
There was even a cardboard box sitting in the middle of the room, there for people to discover, with the label this isn’t trash filled with scrap, torn pieces of his art. Of course, this was a big hit with the kids!
For more on this exhibit, check out my article on Mommy Nearest!
And check out these two playing ring around the rosie right outside the exhibit! (Thanks GothamLove for the video!)
Whether or not you’re an art enthusiast, this newly launched art exhibition in partnership with NYC non-profit, Chashama Foundation, will have you doing double-takes. Situated at the corner of Broadway and Exchange Place in New York City’s Financial District, Carole Feuerman’s hyperrealistic sculptures placed front and center near the entryway beg for a closer look.
A quick glance around and you realize there is a quirky swim theme. “For me,” Ms. Fuerman reflects, “swimmers represent peace, serenity, and survival.”
Ladies fashioned in vintage swim caps and modest suits share a nonchalant “life’s a beach” sort of vibe that brings you back to your last vacation.
Wouldn’t these sculptures be so fun sitting on top of a resort pond or reflecting pool somewhere?
The paintings shared a vibrant, happy tone -something that Juliet could relate to.
Apparently though Carole Feuerman’s sculptures had achieved worldwide fame, this was the first time her paintings and prints were on view to the public. I thought they were glorious and reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s pop art.
Perhaps the most surprising element to this FIDI art exhibit however was the lone man sitting in the corner seemingly watching us observe the female figurines.
He caught Juliet by surprise as she wondered out loud whether he was also a statue. True to the artist’s form, she detailed out all the imperfections. Here Juliet is pointing out his scuffed up sneakers saying maybe someone stepped on him. hah
If you’re in the area and have a few minutes to spare, I highly suggest you check this out. It’s a fun, break from the ordinary and makes you re-examine what you know to be true. See the 3 top reasons to take your toddler to an art gallery here. And follow us on Instagram to see our daily fashionable mommy and me adventures!
PERCEPTION – In the Eye of the Beholder by Carole Feurerman
is on exhibit at the Chasama space at One Exchange Plaza, on the corner of Broadway and Exchange (across the street from Fidelity bank)
on view until March 24th
M-Th 12pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 4pm-7pm
NYC has so much to offer in terms of arts and culture. We feel blessed to have so many amazing opportunities to show Juliet a good time that are both fun for all and educational too! When Symphony Space invited us to view one of their new, family-friendly “Just Kidding” performances, we were thrilled to review their calendar and find that they had dance performances for our tiny dancer to watch! This 3.5 year old LOVES dance! She has started ballet at 18months and has this year, added tap classes to her dance routine. Having read that there would be over 100 dancers from National Dance Institute’s “The Celebration Team” on stage we knew this would be a spectacle!
What we didn’t know and fully appreciate until after seeing the show was the level of professionalism that would be exhibited. As a fellow dancer myself, (I trained in tap and jazz for 12 years, while also dabbling in ballet, hip hop and other forms of dance) I deeply understood the hours of practice and collaboration a performance like this required. And to think we expected to see another kid’s recital…
What made this dance performance so awe-inspiring was the choreography. I was seriously SO impressed. Dances ranged from African to modern, to jazz and hip hop styles- all mixed in with an innovative dose of poetry. (yes poetry!) And I’m not talking about the Dr. Seuss variety but quotes from Walt Whitman and other sophisticated leaders and prime poets from our century! And the creativity (oh the creativity!) It was Broadway / Martha Graham – level! I couldn’t help but be a tad bit jealous of these kids who got to train under such talented tutelage. Way to go to all the Producers and developers of this show!
The other interesting things about the show was that it featured a healthy mix of boys and girls. They say it’s hard to find male dancers but you wouldn’t know it from this stage! They made for excellent examples for all the littles to look up to! And finally, who knew a kids’ dance performance could so powerfully translate themes of diversity, hope, and love. We appreciated the sophisticated messages that kept the adults thinking and on their toes too!
Tips for Parents:
refreshments can be purchased inside the auditorium. There’s even wine for the adults (woohoo!) and yes, you are allowed to take them back to your seat.
Booster seats for the little ones are readily made available so everyone no matter their age enjoyed excellent viewing
Indoor stroller valet is free of charge
It’s conveniently located across from the 96th street subway stop on Broadway
In this highly digital age, it’s so nice when we can find entertainment away from an ipad that is rich with culture, isn’t it? Plus what parent can turn down the opportunity to give their kids an art-filled family memory? The Symphony Space’s remarkable calendar of events (there are shows every weekend now through the end of March!) includes everything from music to acrobatics to comedy, to puppetry to theater and of course, dance. You’re sure to find something that suits your fancy.
Here are a couple of our picks for upcoming shows!
I love art and so does Juliet. We’ve enrolled her in art classes since age 18months and she has happily and proudly made her own art at various school settings and at home ever since! She often comes running over to us at school pick-up excitedly telling us, “I made this for YOU!!” And we’ve already collected a mountain of her artwork, turning our fridge and sometimes her playhouse into a virtual art gallery. One way we’ve encouraged her love of art is to take her to art galleries around the city. Here are the 3 main reasons galleries are great places to take a toddler.
It’s a mommy and me outing that doesn’t SUCK. There comes a time (usually weekly) where you’ve had enough of the playgrounds and indoor play pits. Anyone relate to this? Kids running around, crying and screaming while your mind goes numb and you look into your phone as your only outlet for parental pleasure… Sometimes you need to mix it up! Take your kids to a kid-friendly art gallery for some education and culture that feeds both your minds and souls. How many times can you say you left inspired after leaving the playground??
Experience the culture without the overwhelm. Toddlers (and plenty of adults) have short attention spans. Instead of trying to cover an entire museum in one day in order to try and get your money’s worth, (after all you could be forking over $20 admission at a famed NYC museum), you can expect to dedicate anywhere from 10minutes to a half an hour at a gallery for free while feeling the same accomplishment and satisfaction of having completed an artsy, worthwhile experience. Small doses feel manageable. Avoid the overwhelm and ensure yourself a happy toddler.
It encourages curiosity and creativity. Win mommy of the week award (if there ever was such a thing) by enriching your child’s life with the joy of exploration, curiosity AND creativity. Juliet actually told me the other day at our last gallery outing, “Mommy, I love going on adventures with you. this is so exciting!” You never know what you may find! In today’s case, we found an all yellow room, with fun painted furniture in the shape of bananas, snakes and bones. The large-scale paintings, and wall murals seemed straight out of a child’s imagination. Juliet immediately related and was quick to tell me about her favorite finds.
If you’re interested in checking out this sunny space, go to 312 Bowery to a gallery space named “The Hole” before this “Cave Life” exhibit by Misaki Kawai ends on October 30th. Note that it is only open Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-7pm and is by the Bleeker Street 6 train and Broadway-Lafayette B, D, F and M trains.
It promises to bring out the kid in all of us. Juliet and I went home and continued to talk about what we saw and even tried to replicate some of the artwork at home!
We are so lucky to live in Manhattan and have such easy access to all the amazing art in the city! Today, after school pick-up, we enjoyed the unseasonably warm 80 degree fall weather with a little artsy adventure. Lehmann Maupin on W 22nd street showcased a wildly colorful exhibit featuring Brazilian artist duo OSGEMEOS that we just had to see for ourselves.
Twin brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo transformed multiple rooms in an immersive installation that combined drawing, painting, collage, mixed media sculpture, and kinetic and audio elements.
We found the vibrant art to be so much fun to explore with its playful, quirkyiness! Ever hear of the man in the moon? Well here’s a toddler too!
The exhibition offers “a heightened multi-sensory experience that embraces the power of human imagination and the vast possibilities in visually interpreting the subconscious.” It certainly did feel a little dreamy, that is if you dream in full, technicolor fashion!
Osgemeos’s signature yellow characters and intriguing patterns felt accessible and understandable to all ages which is why I highly recommend it as a fun outing for moms and kids. I love that I can instill the appreciation of art and exploration through NYC exhibits like this!
Check it out, even if it’s just for all the Instagram-able floor-to-ceiling art walls!
These days with the social media craze, it seems like everyone is searching for the latest and greatest and most Instagram-able moments. Refinery 29 understands this inherently and has created Refinery ’29 Rooms’ to draw us all into their creative, fashionable world. “29Rooms brings to life a lot of the themes Refinery29 covers in its digital content to a physical space, said Piera Gelardi, co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29. “We live in an increasingly digital world, so people want to have memorable experiences, but they also want to be able to share them with their digital friends,” As a former brand director, who created press-worthy integrated marketing campaigns, I found this immersive branding concept so up my alley and couldn’t wait to explore everything! Since I had a VIP pass to 29 rooms, I knew I could skip the crazy long lines and bring Juliet along for the adventure and I’m soooo glad I did!
The transformed 80,000-square-foot warehouse felt like a cool, artsy maze with which you could weave your way in and out constantly discovering colorful new reasons to smile.
I loved how Juliet perked up at the sight of each cool new fantastical room.
Each showcased, design, style, beauty, art, and even technology in the coolest, weirdest and unexpected ways. But what topped our list as the most memorable rooms were the interactive ones! Most were super kid-friendly like the ones that encouraged writing on the walls…hoping Juliet doesn’t get used to this bright idea…
And we totally enjoyed getting goofy and making art with our bodies!
Our top 4 favorite rooms out of the 29 rooms however were: Celebrate You, Wig Wonderland, Texture room, and the Panda room!
I loved the Papyrus sponsored Celebrate You room for obvious reasons. I’m a party planner after all and I live by the self-made motto, “celebrate the everyday in style.” So this confetti filled room enveloped in party supplies had me in my happy place! Juliet yelped, “it’s like a party in here!” And it sure was!
We posed for silly GIF photos and threw endless confetti around ‘cuz that’s what you do in a party palace. All mommy needed was some rose’ to really make it a party on this blistery hot day!
Juliet’s favorite (cuz she adores dress up) was what I like to call the wig wonderland. Juliet loved trying on each whimsical wig and guests couldn’t stop taking selfies of themselves here! The social shares here must be through the roof! Apparently Ru Paul collaborated on this room hence, his famous saying lit up for all the world to see, ‘you better WORK!” Juliet came back to this room for a 2nd time it was that good!
The next room was filled with textural surprises. Juliet and I explored, danced, laughed and played in it for far longer than warranted. You just never know what will inspire a toddler, I guess! She started playing around with the fur as if it were Rapunzel’s long locks flowing from the top of her head and me? Well I just sort of got danced around getting my groove back!
Last but not least, the room we both were obsessed with was the Panda room!
Having seen this room all over Instagram before coming, I knew to pack Juliet’s panda fashions. So out came her Gymboree panda shirt and matching shoes. The artist and staff loved her outfit so much that they insisted Juliet take home one of the coveted but never given away, blow-up pandas that you see here. What a souvenir!! She was honored! THANK YOU!
Braving the heat wave was worth it just for this Instagram-able room by Nicopanda. Everyone was frantically snapping up a storm in here, knowing soon their time would be up and they’d have to stop sinking deliriously into this panda pit and return to reality. This truly immersive art project will not soon be forgotten!
If you’re in the NY area, it’s worth a visit! Just know that typically lines are at least an hour wait so be prepared!
When: September 9 through 11, from 12 to 8 p.m. Where: 8 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn, NY
For more photos (so many to share, so little space!), follow me @fabgabblog on FB, Instagram and Twitter where I’ll be posting scenes from more rooms!
We had so much fun here and hope this post put a little joy in your day! Please leave a comment!