|M. Bochner - "Going Out of Business"|
Both exhibitions cry out for our attention for very different
|M. Bochner - Nothing, 2003|
|M. Bochner - Contempt, early 2000s|
|Lace corselet, c. 1954|
|Bra/USA, 1949 & petticoat/France, 1951|
While both shows directly communicate their content to the viewer, each, perhaps, in its own conspicuous way, they provoke our concentration in very different ways, through the use of very different media contexts: Mel Bochner - in "painted" words - using colorful language (in both meanings of the term colorful) and adding up to an assault on our visual and linguistic senses, in an emphatic & hyperbolic re-imagining of words bombarding us in our daily lives; and the content of "Exposed" gently sweeping us through history and, as we proceed from the 18th century and its "decorative corsets" to contemporary more erotic items, catching our eye through the use of mannequins modeling a wide variety of lingerie & related garments and lingerie-like clothing forms & fashions ... from, say, the modest "camiknickers" of the 1920s, to Dior's "voluminous petticoats" of the 1950s, to "today's overtly erotic styles" from Agent Provocateur.
|Bustier, USA,, 1988|
Indeed, as Ms. Hill & the MFIT exhibit reveal, and argue for, "lingerie remains a topic of enduring fascination" to us all, male & female alike!
|M. Bochner - Blah, blah, blah, blah ...|
|MFA thesis exhibit, 2014|
|J. Merz, Asch Building on Fire, collage|
After your visits to the two museums and their exhibitions (delineated above), you might also want to stop for lunch or dinner (depending, of course!) on the upper East Side, where you'll find Pascalou (1308 Madison Ave. at 92nd; tel. 212/534-7522) a small but cozy, and friendly, contemporary French-inspired bistro ... just a block, or so, from the entrance to The Jewish Museum.
|Polenta lamb bolognese|
|Pascalou - Diamarine rosé|
Gazpacho à la Pascalou
|Prince St. Cafe - Interior view|
In fact, my wife & I had actually attended the rich & insightful panel focusing on Zweig at McNally Jackson ... the very literary panel to which I refer, above, focusing on: the man & his dissection of the slow but emphatic collapse of what had been the "secure," leisurely, and "civilized" Habsburg Empire & the societal climate that flourished (and Zweig well knew) in the late 19th & early 20th century, before the outbreak of the Second World War; his rather sprawling historico-geographical reach; and the depth & breadth of his influence during the pre-war Europe (particularly Austria, Germany & France) cultural and
|Chess Story, or The Royal Game|
For the record, the chef offers a Beef Wellington entrée on his menu but doesn't seem to have gotten (or so he has indicated) too many diners to order this rich continental beef-enshrouded item ... and most of his diners would be, he adds, hard-pressed to even describe the dish let alone show an interest in ordering it. So, while listed on his menu, should you want to sample this intriguing, traditional entrée, you must simply contact the chef a few days before and reserve the dish for dinner, for two! (And we plan to do just that in the very near future!)
|Grilled salmon fillet|