1. James Franco will not be stopped at a double masters; after he finishes at NYU and Columbia, he’s reportedly heading to Yale to pursue a Ph.D. For a taste of Franco’s English mastery, read his short story from this month’s Esquire magazine. [via The Daily Beast]
2. Serpentine Pavilion’s latest starchitect pick Jean Nouvel gets snippy when asked about that MoMA project and declares that Abu Dhabi “doesn’t even know there is a financial crisis.” [via Bloomberg]
3. A New York dealer is hawking what he claims is the last privately held copy of “Schindler’s List,” a manuscript typed by German industrialist Oskar Schindler, whom you may recall from a little 1993 indie movie of the same name. [via Reuters]
4. At the Movies — the show that made Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert into household names — is being canceled after almost 25 years in national syndication. [via Variety]
5. Back issues of SPIN magazine are now available to read via Google Books. [via Fimoculous]
Bonus link: watch the (mock) trailer for the forthcoming Weird Al… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we started off the morning with a hit of breathable coffee instead of our usual Saturdays roast. We swooned over The (NSFW) Poetry of Craigslist and cheered that MoMA acquired the @ symbol for its permanent design collection. We ogled a visual timeline of Delta uniforms, and realized they ain’t what they used to be. We supported a decision to return Grease to its R-rated roots. We wondered who Stefano Tonchi will bring with him when abandons one lettered fashion mag (T) for another (W). We were bummed to have missed out the Art Handling Olympics this weekend and comforted ourselves with the announcement of a television show from the pranksters at The Onion. We heard that new signage for the New York MTA got nixed in budget cuts and that Diablo Cody wasn’t exactly pleased with the first season of her show United States of Tara. And last but not least, we were equally amused, impressed, and horrified at these cigarette packs as book… Read More
Yesterday marked the kick-off of Armory Week 2010, commencing with a flourish at Piers 92 and 94 and ending with a bang at The Museum of Modern Art. Fairgoers who attended the Armory Show preview on Wednesday night were treated to a blowout at MoMA (in conjunction with yours truly at Flavorpill), a three-hour affair that included a live performance by indie rock band The Walkmen. After the jump, we’ve got visuals from the art fair and last night’s most bumpin’ party.
Psssst: If you’ve got photos from the Armory preview and/or MoMA party, upload them to our fan page on Facebook so we can check them… Read More
1. Maggie Grace — whose character Shannon was killed off in season two and viewers last spotted in season three — is returning for the final season of Lost. [via Vulture]
2. Just in time for tomorrow’s big press conference, Spike TV has announced a new golf-themed series featuring a sex-addicted character… Read More
One of Mexico’s most famous contemporary artists, Gabriel Orozco transforms everyday objects and base materials into poetic works of art.
A sculptor who not only makes 3D works, but also paintings, photos, prints, and videos that visually manipulate form, Orozco has elevated yogurt caps, soccer balls, and shoe boxes to coveted museum pieces. His split cars, combined bicycles, and penciled bones kick Duchamp’s provocative idea of an altered readymade up a notch.
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When the MoMA gave Gabriel Orozco, an emerging Mexican artist, his first solo show in the United States sixteen years ago, one of the most buzzed about pieces was “Home Run,” an arrangement of fresh oranges in the apartment and office windows across the street. A new 20-year survey features many of the site-specific pieces he is known for, many for the first time in New York, alongside rich selections from his vast body of smaller objects, paintings, and works on paper. More images after the… Read More
1. What do four old yogurt lids have to do with the MoMA’s upcoming Gabriel Orozco retrospective? [via NYO]
2. Watch the trailer for Family Guy‘s latest Star Wars special, Something Something Something Dark Side. [YouTube via PopCandy]
3. “I think Lady Gaga is very original. I really think she’s… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we perused a list of the 50 best inventions of 2009. We went spelunking in LA’s secret oilfields and rigs. We chuckled over Slate’s unauthorized index of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. We felt under dressed at a sleek new Euro-style McDonald’s. We wondered if Philip Roth started screaming when he found out that he’d landed on the shortlist for the Literary Review’s bad sex in fiction award. We craved a punk rock dessert from Brooks Headley at Del Posto. We wanted to visit the best new buildings of the decade. We went inside of Tim Burton’s wackly world, courtesy of his new MoMA show. We couldn’t take our eyes off of Charlotte Gainsbourg in her new video with Beck. We were excited to start watching music videos on Hulu. And finally, we discovered why we love lists so much, courtesy of Umberto Eco. Spoiler alert: It has to do with… Read More
What would happen if Katrina-style flooding hit New York City? Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, a new MoMA/P.S. 1 program, pairs four teams of architects, engineers, and landscape designers with four sites in New York and New Jersey’s Upper Bay and asks them to come up with designs that would minimize the damage of high storm surges and “provide new ground for recreation, ecologies, agriculture, and urban… Read More
MoMA’s contemporary exhibition outpost P.S.1 kicked off its season opener on Sunday under a sharp autumn sun, all the better to highlight the location (a former school in Long Island City), the architecture (especially a Bedouin tent-structure by MOS design in the courtyard) and crowd (a mix of fashion and art types ranging from Pratt students to stylist and editor Camilla Nickerson). Current offerings in the alternative space include the likes of photographer Robert Bergman, installation artist Chitra Ganesh, and multimedia stage artist William Kentridge, though the main event is surely 1969, a survey of modern art from MoMA’s permanent collection that was produced in the final year of the swinging ’60s. Exclusive photos after the… Read More