The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Buenos Aires

A retrospective of the brilliant Argentine artist, Sebastían Gordín, is currently on view at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires de Buenos Aires (MAMBA). I researched Gordín and his cohort from the Centro Cultural Rojas for the 2011 exhibition Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires and seeing many of these works in person was a delightful surprise. Something magical happens when you have the chance to observe art you have memorized from a color catalog. As the art literally takes shape, you see familiar elements in their full glory as well as details you could never imagine. And with an artist like Gordín these unimagined details are clutch. Continue reading

Somewhere Far Far Away

Pat Healy, fake architect in Chile, There's Something About Mary (1998)

Being an architect lends a certain prestige in films; all those tools, blueprints, and models just translate so well. I caught the 90s classic There’s Something About Mary the other day and Matt Dillon as a doubly fake architect remains hilarious. The exchange between Healy (Dillon) and Tucker, another fake-fake architect, at the architecture model exhibition is priceless. Continue reading

No Color Needed

I’m probably the last person to listen to “Born to Die,” but I finally did. I think Lana Del Rey’s lips were putting me off. For many reasons, today was the right day to listen to the album on repeat all afternoon.

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