Arts + Culture
Admit it, we’ve all considered purchasing that apron with the statue of David on it. Some of us—I won’t name names—even own one. If this isn’t quite your style, but you’re still craving a silly reminder of la dolce vita, take a look at these porcelain cups, which, when stacked on top each other, form a mini Leaning Tower of Pisa.
While it’s always a thrill to take in a West End play, the sacrifices one has to make—sharing your seat with your winter coat, lack of leg room, crowds, lines, London weather—can distract from the action onstage.
One Aldwych, a discreet and stylish boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden, has devised a divine and sensible solution: Live at One. Every few weeks, the hotel opens its private screening room for a live broadcast of a current London production, and includes a three-course dinner before the show and a glass of bubbly.
January 31 is the perfect day to get a dose of culture in Los Angeles, when the city is hosting the tenth annual Museums Free-For-All program. More than 20 museums will offer free general admission, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Craft Folk & Art Museum, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
We ditched the harsh New York cold and made our way across the ocean for Art Stage Singapore, one of the most important Southeast Asian contemporary art events of the year. The country’s largest contemporary art fair brings in exhibitors from around the world and functions as the core of the cultural happenings in Singapore. With a few days of exploring under our belts, Artsy curated a list of what not to miss in this extraordinary city.
Ariana Grinblat realized a dream in opening her namesake restaurant in New York's Soho neighborhood last year. But the 28-year-old Russian American already has one successful career behind her—and would be easily recognized on the streets of Moscow. She’s a former teen pop star and six-time Russian Grammy winner. “I’ve been called the Slavic Britney Spears,” she told me over barrel-aged vodka martinis, with a laugh.
Eating out alone can be an intimidating venture for some diners. In Hong Kong, a plus one at the lunch table isn't a problem at the quirky Moomin Café. A chain of restaurants inspired by the Moomins —a classical Finnish animation series featuring a hippo-like family— has patrons dining with the cartoon icons.
Mumbai-based curator Diana Campbell Betancourt travels the world in search of promising new artists. Now she’s one of 14 advisors helping to assemble the roster for the New Museum Triennial, which opens on February 25 in New York City. We asked her about the experience.
Q: How did you get involved with the Triennial?
A: Travel is at the heart of my practice—I’m not an armchair curator. I'd done studio visits in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Myanmar for the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit. Lauren Cornell, one of the Triennial’s main curators, liked my work in Bangladesh, and then the invitation came.
Perfectly timed with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (January 19), the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is presenting two new exhibits to honor the city’s native son and Civil Rights hero, both on view through May 3.
Without even trying, you may snag a front row seat to Art By Chance, a short-film festival that screens worldwide and starts today. More than 200 cities in 20-plus countries will show works in public spaces usually reserved for advertising—think airports, train and bus stations, billboards in plazas, and more. This is its fifth edition, and there will be 25 films lasting just half a minute inspired by the theme “Discover.”
The idli welcomes me into the day like a slightly flattened moon that has landed on my plate. You could rest your cheek on it, but the best thing is to feel its porous warm surface on your tongue, to savor its innocent taste. Three to four inches in diameter, the idli, a steamed cake traditionally eaten at breakfast, has tiny shallow craters over its surface where the batter has bubbled. What does it taste of? Of soft dough. It comes with coconut chutney—fresh grated with a bit of chili—and sambar, a spicy stew made with tamarind, lentils, and spices. The idli to me is emblematic of the purity I often encounter in the city of Chennai.