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Fire & Ice Exhibition

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Hello!

I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.

The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!

xoxo

Zorya

Museums Every FIT Student Should Visit

Hello there!

Since being at FIT I’ve had a completely different view on museums. FIT really opened my eyes to the world of museums and how to really enjoy them. Listed below are some of my favorite museums and some I think everyone should go visit at least once in their lives.

The Met This must come as no surprise to any of you, but the Met is really a must on every FIT students list of museums to go see. There is such a wide variety of things to see. From eastern to western art you’ll find everything. And it’s just next to central park, which is always nice to have a stroll in after your museum visit.

Frick Collection One of my all time favorites. The architecture of the building is so beautiful, you really feel like you’ve been brought back in time. Although there are some really beautiful paintings, the furniture and decoration of the museum is the most impressive in my opinion. It’s much smaller than the Met, but it means you can really appreciate it much more and take your time to go around.

Guggenheim The architecture of the building is worth going to see (the building itself is the main attraction). It’s so unique and once you’re inside it’s one of the coolest experiences! You walk in a spiral to the top of the museum and all along the walls are paintings from a wide variety of modern and contemporary art.

Moma If you’re a fan of contemporary art you will love the Moma. They have some really wonderful collections and some really awesome special exhibits. The Moma can get really crowded at times, so I would suggest going when there’s less people. Once you finished your visit they have a garden with a cafe, which is really nice hang out spot especially during the summer.

The Cloisters If you need a break from the city I highly recommend visiting the Cloisters, it’s one of the most calming places I’ve been to here in New York. I love going there during the summer and just walking in the gardens. They have some really beautiful medieval art pieces, like the unicorn tapestries.

And lastly how could I forget our FIT Museum, which always has some really great and interesting exhibitions and is free!

xoxo

Zorya

 

Exhibition: Vigée Lebrun

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Hey everyone,

If you are interested in the Rococo period or the Marie Antoinette era, I would highly recommend going to see the current exhibition on Vigée Lebrun taking place at the Met Museum. The exhibition is open until May 15th and is free with museum admission. A little tip, instead of paying the entire admission fee, just mention that you are an FIT student and that you would like to make a donation (the amount is up to you) and you still have access to the entire museum.

I went to see the exhibition this week, because I’m fascinated about Marie Antoinette’s life and I was really intrigued on learning more and seeing the paintings of Marie Antoinette’s personal portrait painter. There were some famous portraits and paintings everyone is familiar with, but there were also many of her earlier and later works after the French Revolution. It was interesting to see the difference in her style and the different subjects she decided to paint after the Revolution.

To get there the 6 line will bring you to 77st (if you coming from downtown) and then it’s a short 5 minute walk to the museum. After your museum tour you can take a little stroll in central park and enjoy the sun.

Let me know what your thoughts were on the exhibition!

Zorya

Notes From the 6 Train: Using Your HART!

So I want to tell you about this super cool art collective doing incredible community based work. As an artist interested in building community, I am still figuring out how to do that in a productive way. HART (Harlem Art Collective), founded by Kristy McCarthy, is providing a framework for me to figure out how to do just that. HART is “a politically conscious and socially active collective of artists who are either based in or have a special connection to Harlem.”

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HART created the Guerrilla Gallery on East 116th Street between Second and Third that avenues accepts art from any East Harlem resident, as long as it’s waterproof. I helped out out a bit at this weekend’s Guerilla Gallery, and below are the results.

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HART also has an East Harlem apartment that offers housing at an affordable rate (read, actually affordable, not just “NYC affordable) and accepts Airbnb in “order to use gentrification in the community’s benefit and that it’s a way for money to come into the neighborhood without having the rents go up.” (Kristy)

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The money made from Airbnb is then uses a portion of the proceeds to fund free art workshops for area residents. Finally, local artists can use the apartment as free studio space &use free art supplies.

If you want to read more about what HART is up to, you can check out these articles at the bottom of this post. You can also send a message to the collective by searching for HART: Harlem Art Collective on Facebook.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150618/east-harlem/harlem-art-collective-using-gentrification-subsidize-free-art-programs

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/06/19/harlem_art_collective_tries_to_better_community_with_airbnb.php

Notes From the 6 Train: Keep Going. You Got This.

More and more I begin to see how past relationships keep resurfacing. A few weeks ago I was invited to a huge gala as a guest of honor to a former scholarship program I was involved in whilst in middle & high school. I was “One of the 52,” an alumna that had a large impact on the organization while involved/ after my graduation, by volunteering, mentoring, or tutoring. But that’s not what this post is about, this is about what happened while I was on stage.

All of the alumni got on stage and talked about our paths after graduation, what we are doing now and what we anticipate to be doing the future. I have to admit something. It was the first time I’ve ever completely owned and honored my artist title, especially in front of such a large group of people. Fully believing and owning my truth in that way has been a long time coming. Part of it was me not feeling I deserved that title and the other was being ashamed. Growing up, I’ve also been surrounded by incredibly academically focused people, and there’s been a part of that wished that I was passionate about academia in the same way.

My mentor & I.

My mentor & I.

But with unlearning the common narrative that art is not important. While also adhering to an intense artist practice, fully internalizing how important art IS, and what it means to bring it to communities spaces (which is what I’m all about), has instilled in me an unwavering pride to call myself a creator, an artist. Having the platform to stand up and just briefly mention what I am up to, and it being honored, was transformative for me. I felt proud while hearing everyone’s accomplishments, and feeling proud. I am thankful to experience these little, unexpected, cathartic moments offer unexpected healing.

Side-note: I wanted to write about this because I’ve been thinking about how blogs & the internet in general, only show snapshots of everyone’s experience. Behind that perfect Instagram picture, there was uncertainty, doubt, question of talent, etc. But for artists, it’s important to remember to not stop during those times of self-doubt. Just keep working, don’t stop, and own it.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane