Volez, Voguez, Voyagez ( Fly, Sail, Travel), The Louis Vuitton exhibition at 86 Trinity Place, is a knockout. To think it was assembled in a month is incredible. You walk from room to room, floor to floor, surrounded by French luxe ranging from 1854 when Vuitton opened his first store in Paris to the present day. He came from a humble background, leaving his village in the Jura Mountains on foot at the age of fourteen and arriving in Paris two years later. The exhibition is divided into four main themes: travel by rail, travel by car, travel by sailing and travel by flying. The entrance has a charming mock up of a Paris metro. You proceed to Trunks for Stars i.e. Greta Garbo, Julianne Moore, Exquisite Bottles, Sophisticated Dandies i. e. Douglas Fairbanks. On the main level a plane, circa 1930, is mounted from the ceiling. On its wings are various Vuitton luggage. In the Rise of Yachting there are examples of different kinds of luggage such as The Steamer Bag. The exhibition closes January 7, 2018. Lots of fun and highly recommended.
Bushwick, anyone? You bet! What a delightful, artsy neighborhood. A friend and I went to Heather Christian’s Animal Wisdom at the Bushwick Starr. Lots of soul searching, jumping around, loud music, musings on death and ghosts done with a Southern accent. The Bushwick Starr is a cosy space with rudimentary plumbing and flickering light bulbs. I lucked out. My seat backed on some machine where I rested my head during a long blackout.
The best line of the evening was my friend’s Irish quote:
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what other people think about you if you knew how seldom they did!”
Graphic Lessons: Recent thirty-five-year-old widow Millie Fitzgerald applies for a private school teaching job, faints on a stabbed and dying man in the school kitchen, deals with the only witness to the stabbing – a troubled nine-year-old, develops a crush on a NYPD detective and her dog dies.
Graphic Lessons: Nine-year-old Dana is the only witness who overhears a person fighting with George Lopez, the soon to be stabbed Windsor School kitchen worker. Who can she tell? Her mother who never listens or accuses her of lying? Her father who’s started a new family in Singapore? She tells Millie.
Graphic Lessons: Something’s eating at NYPD Detective Steve Kulchek: a failed marriage? surviving a car bomb? his girlfriend marrying his corrupt boss? screwing up an important case? It doesn’t matter because he’s relentless.