The First Starbuck!

So, lots of people admire Starbucks’ wonderfully artsy and inspired siren branding, but where else does the everywhere coffee brand and public bathroom pop up in connection to art? The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has the answer.

The Wild Bunch , Prepoduction Illustration,  Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong is celebrated for his artwork, namely his contribution to movies. While it’s his drawings for Disney’s Bambi that brought him fame, he also did a lot of preproduction sketches for live action movies. This early Starbuck saloon appears in a preproduction sketch for Warner Brother’s The Wild Bunch, released in 1969.

Tyrus has an interesting story which is explained in the exhibit, Water to Paint, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong, which is currently on display at MOCA through September 13th.  If you check it out, also be sure to look at some of the historical information on Chinese-Americans as well as the kites. Because when isn’t it a perfect time to go fly a kite?

Hunger Games



If you are a punk (aka me), then The Hunger Games was terrifying. The dystopian world, the mocking jays, the fight to the death- all of it is a little too gruesome. So imagine the shock of avoiding the book, the movies, all the promotion, and then running into its artwork at the Museum of Metropolitan Art.



Animals, Rufino Tamayo

Animals,Rufino Tamayo,1941

Really is Animals not reminiscent of the eery description of the mutant dogs in the book? This Hunger Games Wiki made by morbid super fans goes into great detail about all the eery mutated animals. To quote:

These creatures were able to balance on their hind legs, jump very high, and had four-inch long razor-sharp claws. Each of the mutts resembled one of the tributes who had died previously in the Games, had a collar marked with the district number of the tribute it was based on, and had eyes that looked remarkably human.


"Collective Suicide", David Alfaro Siqueiros

Collective Suicide, David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1936

It’s hard to say whether or not this David Alfaro Siqueiros piece looks more like the devastation of District 12 itself or like the world of the games once they start in the Capitol. Make your own determination based on the MOMA’s text.  I’ll go with the Capitol:

Collective Suicide is an apocalyptic vision of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Siqueiros shows armored Spanish troops advancing on horseback, a bowed captive staggering before them in chains. The broken statue of a god demonstrates the ruin of the indigenous culture. Chichimec Indians, separated from their tormentors by a churning pit, slaughter their own children, hang themselves, stab themselves with spears, or hurl themselves from cliffs rather than submit to slavery.

Both pieces are currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Painting and Sculpture I, which is currently featuring an awesome selection of Latin American art.

Seriously, I skimmed this book, and I just can’t read of watch it…too freaky. How did they play this on ABC? Better yet, how do they teach this in schools?


Money, It’s Got To Be the Shoes

Killer Heels is an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum on view through February 15, 2015.

Christian Louboutin. "Printz," Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn -Source

Christian Louboutin. “Printz,” Spring/Summer 2013. Courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Photograph: Jay Zukerkorn

In a striking display of interesting shoes from around the world and across the ages, the exhibit uses a few familiar movie clips from contemporary pop culture and recent history to show the impact that heels have had on contemporary society.

Some favorite clips from the show:

Some Like It Hot:

Memoirs of A Geisha:

A clip from Sakuran was also shown, as well as several videos created by artists that showcased the wonder and allure of a high heel.

Hear more about the show from the curator below:

New Digital Ish: Museum of Important Sh*t

Naturally when hearing Nick Cave has a new museum, you think of this guy.:


Nick Cave, Artist.

It seemed like an odd pairing, so the explanation made sense. The Museum of Important Shit is a digital archiving venture sponsored by musician Nick Cave. There’s not much remarkable included yet, unless Nina Simone’s gum holds some special importance in your life. But the idea of mass curation and never ending exhibits does hold some allure.

If you want to submit, check out the website here.