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DAN FLAVIN

Dan Flavin (1933-1996) is an American minimalist artist whom I just happen to adore. I encountered his work for the first time in a private home collection (nope, not joking) and I have been hooked ever since. There is just something about good neon art that fills my heart!

Flavin began using electric lights in his work in the early 1960s. The majority of his career was spent creating installations and sculptural pieces made exclusively of fluorescent light fixture tubes. Yes, just like the ones found in office spaces and dressing rooms.

Many of his works you’ll find are tube lights in different formations, which are meant to represent soaring towers in relation to the work of Russian Constructivist artist, Vladimir Tatlin. The work represents a sense of impermanence because the light can dim or burn out at anytime just like the ideals of constructivism (where learning is an active, constructive process).

 

Flavin’s work is designed to respond to it’s setting and build upon the architectural landscape of where it happens to be installed. You’ll find many of his works were site specific, such as his work at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas (pictured below). Flavin even stated that his work is full of implied narratives;

“It is what it is and nothing else.” – Dan Flavin

Some of my favorite venues where you can experience Flavin’s work on display year-round include Richmond Hall as part of the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas; Dia: Beacon in Beacon New York; and the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York. Each space has it’s own unique setting to showcase Flavin’s work. You should definitely check them out and prepare to be in awe!

 

To read more about Dan Flavin and his artworks, visit here.

FOOD // FEATURE

LOUIE LOUIE

It’s one of the most talked about restaurants in Philly right now. It’s got this must go, eat, take photos and be seen vibes. And I fell for it and I’m glad…kind of.

Louie Louie was started by Marty and Sydney Grims, the father-daughter team behind White Dog Cafe.  It’s a European-style bistro, with cafe fare that is a interior-design heaven. Designed by Philadelphia firm Rohe Creative; the art nouveau inspired design that reminds me of a Wes Anderson film or a trip back to the Mad Men era. It’s delightful and warm in it’s mis-match kitschy feel.

The menu is French-American inspired. I went for brunch and you’ll find the typical European fare of benedicts, croque madame and monsieur, but you’ll also find those cozy traditional American breakfast staples and regional fare (like scrapple). The menu is a little all over the place, but I appreciated having options, but at the same time, it would be great if there were more authentic french restaurants on the Philly food scene and less of the same thing over and over. Though, I digress…

 

 

Louie Louie
3611 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 805-8585
www.louielouie.restaurant

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JAMES TURRELL : QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

If you’ve never been to the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia YOU. ARE. MISSING. OUT! Take a quintessential main street, add historic cobblestones, great restaurants and adorable shops and you have perfection.

The Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House is located on Mermaid Lane, walkable from the main drag of town. It is a space for those of the Quaker faith community to meet and reflect in a peaceful setting and also provides a home to a piece by the artist James Turrell.

The Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Quaker Meeting House
20 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118-3507
chestnuthillskyspace.org

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TRAVEL // FEATURE

KIMPTON PALOMAR DC

Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC is located in the Dupont area of Washington, DC. It’s the area that I have stayed in the most whenever visiting DC because it’s super accessible to really great restaurants and the majority of the museums.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar
2121 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 448-1800
hotelpalomar-dc.com

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BOLETE

Do you ever have one of those moments where you’ve thought about something for so long and built it up in your mind to find that you end up disappointed? Well, I had been trying to get to Bolete for years — 10 years to be exact — and couldn’t have been further from disappointed. I was elated.

Bolete is a rustic-chic restaurant located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that serves seasonal farm-to-table American cuisine run by Chef Lee Chizmar and Erin Shea. Lee grew up in Boston, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America. It’s been 10 years since they opened Bolete and it’s been named one of the top restaurants in the US and he was a semifinalist in the category of Best Chefs in America through the James Beard Foundation in 2015. Needless to say, Chizmar is making his mark. You can read more about their story here.

Bolete
1740 Seidersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 868-6505
boleterestaurant.com

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ART // FEATURE

IRVING PENN: CENTENNIAL

Imagine sitting across from some of the most influential names in history including actresses in Hollywood, famous artists, composers and fashion design icons. Photographer Irving Penn was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years. Now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Centennial is a comprehensive exhibition of his work celebrating the centennial of his birth.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
metmuseum.org
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THE DABNEY

I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of The Dabney or Jeremiah Langhorne before my most recent visit to DC. I normally spend a lot of time scoping out the food scene, but knew that I was meeting up with a friend of mine in DC that is also a food blogger,  The Capital Gourmand. I’m so glad that he introduced me to the cuisine of Chef Jeremiah Langhorne who earned a Michelin star in 2016 for the work he has done at The Dabney.

When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you’re walking into the quintessential southern home with welcoming interiors; upscale classic southern decor including an open kitchen that allows you to see everyone at work.  I am completely charmed by southern style and hospitality, so I knew I would love this spot. The Dabney specializes in mid-atlantic cuisine that is sourced from local farms. Some of the ingredients are so local that they are picked from a garden on their very own roof!

The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-450-1015
thedabney.com

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ITV PHILLY

ITV Philly opened in July 2016 and is Chef Nicholas Elmi’s second restaurant concept featuring bistro-style small plates, snacks and a wine bar. I have been dying to try ITV Philly for a few months, but wasn’t able to get a reservation that worked into my schedule. Well, it finally happened and I am so excited that I’ve decided to do my very first Instagram giveaway because I want you to try ITV Philly too. Check out the rules below!

ITV Philly
1615 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669
itvphilly.com

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YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS

Even if you’re not completely in the art world it’s probably rare that you haven’t heard of artist Yayoi Kusama who is known for her eye-catching art installations that employ the use of mirrors, dots, and light. You’d be hard pressed not to have been caught up in the news particularly around the hype of Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn and the conversations around a broken pumpkin. I got lucky enough to enjoy the exhibition last weekend and swooned over the use of light, space, reflection and color.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560

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HGU NEW YORK

Founded in 1905, the Hotel Grand Union is now known as HGU NEW YORK; a boutique hotel located off of Madison Ave that is the perfect blend of old New York meets new New York. A few years ago the property underwent $18 million worth of renovations to become the hip and fun hotel today. It provides the comfort and familiarity of coming home and the opportunity for fun with a lounge and contemporary art collection.

HGU NEW YORK
34 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY
212-779-3432
hgunyc.com

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