We Pretend to be Fancy Sometimes (and then come the sheep)

Last Thursday night, we decided to get cultured.

A few girlfriends and I hit up a gallery opening in Chelsea at Pace Gallery, showcasing work by the photographer Irving Penn. A regular contributor to Vogue magazine, the gallery’s theme revolved around various photos featured in Vogue.

It was pretty cool. And we felt really good that we did something “artsy” for a change, resolving to do more of this sort of thing (and pair it with a different wine bar every time). Sounds like a pretty good recipe for girls’ night.

girlsgallery

He had a lot of reallyย great photos, which we had fun trying to interpret. My personal faves were the three below, most notably the one with the textured lipsticks staining the girl’s lips as though a myriad of shocking secrets were screaming for release and fighting to spill out of her:

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How’s that for an artistic interpretation?ย 
For all I know, he just liked the messy look of the lipstick. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the way, we stumbled across a super unique and mind bogglingย piece of pop-up art, located on 10th Ave and 24 St and taking up a whole corner of the block. You think you’re looking at a Getty station — I’m guessing it used to be a real gas station — but really, it’s a three-dimensional outdoor art installation: a “Getty station” that’s now a small field where sheep graze and gas is stuck at a lowered rate.

getty

I was baffled by the piece, but totally dug it: is it supposed to be a social commentary? or is just for fun, to showcase the sheep and jolt us with a shock factor? Whatever the case, it certainly worked — even in the rain, the block was speckled with curious passer-bysย snapping pics of this unusual exhibit. I especially liked the “#Gettystation,” in case we all thought it was still in service. Really unexpected and cool. #onlyinNYC

This is definitely one thing I absolutely love about my city: how you run smack into the extraordinary, the unexpected, on a consistent basis, and chalk it up to the “anything goes in NYC” mentality that makes it such a crazywonderful place to live. I feel so amazingly blessed to live in a place where anything can — and does — catch you by surprise, right in the midst of your ordinary life.

Speaking of all things crazy and extraordinary: on Friday night, I had the hilarious experience of seeing the Book of Mormonย on Broadway.

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Oh.my.goodness. I’ve never seen a single episode of South Park (it was written by those guys), so I only had a vague idea of what to expect, but it was totally hilarious and entertaining (not to mention entirely inappropriate and poked fun atย everyone). The audience was dying the whole time, as the show was pure shock factor and non-stop comedy. The actors were great, and I left wondering why I don’t take more advantage of the theater here — especially since I live in the Theater District. Hopefully that will change!

That was just the start to an awesome weekend…which I’ll recap later. I felt really happy after my two consecutive nights of doing “cultured activities” in NYC, and hope to continue this streak.

Question: Are you into art/theater? What shows are your faves?

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