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The New Orleans Columns Hotel returns in style
The wide veranda of the Columns Hotel in New Orleans’ picturesque Garden District was a neighborhood institution for many years, and for some of them it was Jayson Seidman’s favorite college hangout. About two decades later, Seidman, now a hotelier, bought the Columns and saw the opportunity to restore them to their old world splendor. Built as a private residence in 1883, the Italian mansion was later converted into a guest house before opening as a hotel in the 1950s. Seidman focused on keeping classic details like the central mahogany staircase, the ornate glass window above and the original wooden floors. Many of the lights, including chandeliers, have been disassembled, carefully reworked, and then retooled to create a sheen that compliments the color scheme and mood of each room. Seidman worked with professional lighting designers who were stranded in the city when their film and theater projects were shut down due to the pandemic. Upstairs, the 20 rooms – all with high ceilings and unique floor plans – are furnished with a mixture of gilded mirrors, four-poster beds, Chinese and Moroccan carpets, claw-foot tubs and a pink sofa from the 1930s from southern France. Chef Mike Stoltzfus from the local favorite Coquette runs the hotel’s New American restaurant and bar. In addition, the building’s old ballroom has been redesigned as a spacious lounge. However, you can also have cocktails on the main veranda or, if you stay at the hotel (which reopens December 1st), the second-floor veranda, or enjoy the rooftop sundeck and take in the views of the neighborhood’s famous lush living oaks . From $ 350; 3811 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La .; thecolumns.com.
Strange Los Angeles, now lost to gentrification
Photographer Reynaldo Rivera grew up in the 1970s and moved from Mexicali, Mexico, to California’s Central Valley in east Los Angeles. When Rivera was 12 or 13 years old, he and his father began picking cherries for work. Thrift stores and second-hand bookshops became a portal for art and literature, and Rivera eventually grabbed a camera and began taking photos, despite seeing art as “something white people do,” as he put it. Many of Rivera’s earliest images have been lost or destroyed, but a new monograph of his work, “Reynaldo Rivera: Preliminary Notes for a Vanished City,” is being published by Semiotext (e) this month. In the 1980s and 1990s, Rivera lived in Echo Park, sold photos to LA Weekly, and documented the underground life of Latino gay and drag bars like Mugy’s, the Silverlake Lounge, and La Plaza. Most of these nightclubs – and the glamorous looking girls who populated them – are now gone, washed away by the gentrification that has invaded eastern Los Angeles. “This book is an attempt to make a record that we were here as we tend to be erased and leave our neighborhoods without a trace,” writes Rivera of the Latino community he has lovingly documented. Comparisons between Rivera and his colleagues like Nan Goldin or Larry Clark are easy to make, but as writer Chris Kraus points out in her introductory text, Rivera’s photographs “reflect a different kind of collaboration. He sees his subjects less as they are than as they would most like to be seen, and is suitable for your dreams and illusions of glamor. “Available for pre-order, $ 34.95; semiotexte.com.
Bring part of the Amalfi Coast into your home
If you’ve ever traveled to the Amalfi Coast, you might have ended up in Le Sirenuse, an 18th-century cherry-red villa with a white border and bougainvillea, the pool and porch dotted with fragrant lemon trees over the Mediterranean Sea. The property was originally the private home of a member of the Sersales – a noble Neapolitan dynasty of ancient origin – which was converted into a hotel in 1951. American writer John Steinbeck, who visited it in 1953, described it as “an old family home that has been converted into a first class hotel. “Le Sirenuse retains that charming sensibility even though it is now considered an international travel destination. Now, after launching its resort wear line, Le Sirenuse is offering its first home collection, made up of embroidered pillows, handcrafted glassware, and bone china plates and mugs, allowing you to take away the European glamor of the place. Of particular note are the glassware, all of which were hand-blown on the Venetian island of Murano, in colors such as meerschaum, white, sky blue and red, including mugs, water and wine glasses, champagne flutes, a water jug and small bowls. The gold-rimmed bone china plates have now been individually designed by the English designer Luke Edward Hall, who was inspired by the iconic view of the hotel, and by Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-winning film “Call Me by Your Name” from 2017 . From $ 78; available at emporiosirenuse.com and Matchesfashion.com.
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Performa hosts a different type of art telethon
New York’s interdisciplinary arts organization Performa is known for its biennials, for which it transforms rooms across the city into places for cross-border performance art. This month, on November 18, the nonprofit is celebrating its 15th anniversary with an event that is both pleasantly retro and perfect for these modern, troubled times: a live, eight-hour fundraising campaign for telethon videos . Streamed through Performa’s website, a digital auction will be combined with testimonials and live and recorded performances. The event will take place in an ad hoc television studio in Manhattan’s Pace Gallery, selling limited-edition merchandise like porcelain vases by Barbara Kruger and body pillows by Korakrit Arunanondchai from a cheeky QVC-style set. Performances by Yvonne Rainer, Jacolby Satterwhite and others are broadcast from around the world. It’s a little bit Jerry Lewis, but it’s also a little bit Nam June Paik, whose live-broadcast experiments changed video art in the early 80s. Performa Senior Curator Kathy Noble admits that creating such a long live TV show is an “epic” endeavor, but the organization wouldn’t have it any other way. “The telethon is very much in the spirit of what we do,” she says. “It comes up with a new idea, a new way of doing something and working with a large number of artists.” Donations and auction proceeds flow into the further programming of Performa. Will be broadcast live on November 18 from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time; performa-arts.org.
A bag in honor of the artist Noah Davis
Founded eight years ago in the working-class Los Angeles neighborhood of Arlington Heights, the Underground Museum was founded by Karon Davis and her husband, the painter Noah Davis, who died of a rare form of cancer in 2015 at the age of 32. It consists of three storefronts and includes one Bookstore as well as common rooms. It is a destination for contemporary black art and culture. Any proceeds from the sale of a new edition of MZ Wallace’s Metro bag with a painting by Davis will benefit the Underground Museum (as will the smaller enclosed Metro bag, which is sold separately). “Before Noah got sick, he used the money he inherited from his father to start this up Organization “, says the co-founder of MZ Wallace, Monica Zwirner. “It was an incredible gesture. I believe that art can change your life, and I think Noah believed that deeply, too. “Earlier this year, when Davis was the subject of a posthumous retrospective at the David Zwirner Gallery, Monica (who is married to David Zwirner) met Karon. There was an instant connection. “She is an absolute dynamo,” said Zwirner. “And she said to me, ‘Oh, I have one of your Kerry James Marshall bags!’ I said, ‘Done and done, let’s do something. “” Although Zwirner and her co-founder Lucy Wallace Eustice have already published artist editions, this time working remotely made the process difficult. “We just looked at screens, and when the fabric came in, we saw we thought the colors were wrong, so we had to start over, “Zwirner recalled.” But of course we had to stay true to the art. “MZ Wallace x the medium metro bag of the Underground Museum (USD 265) and the metro bag. Pouch ($ 45); mzwallace.com.