Sunday Six

Joanna's Favorites

Nick Cave: Forothermore: The artist, not the musician (but both equally epic).  This Nick Cave is having a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago beginning in May filled with his Soundsuits, sculptures, and an immersive installation.  Seeing Nick Cave’s Soundsuits at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York a few years ago was a total revelation and has been ingrained in my memory since.  Using textiles and found objects to create works of art that acknowledge racial and social inequality speaks volumes, while also celebrating change and progress.

 
Archivio Crespi and Gubi: This is the collaboration that I’m most excited about right now.  Gubi, the Copenhagen-based interiors house, is producing the Bohemian 72 Collection by legendary Italian designer Gabriella Crespi who would have turned 100 this year.  A woman who steered clear of everything mainstream, she designed chic rattan furniture for private clients that never went into full production until now –  with Gubi using her original drawings to introduce the collection.   Bohemian 72 will focus on “Crespi’s interest in natural materials, her fascination with stacked sculptural forms, and her curiosity about Eastern cultures and philosophies, honed over years of travel.”


Junior Francis: The Reggae Show: I’m devoted to KXLU on Saturday evenings from 8pm to 11pm, listening to the one and only dj Junior Francis play the very best in old school reggae, ska, and rock-steady.  This is where I go to educate myself.

The Coquette:  DAG gallery recently posted this Raja Ravi Varma painting titled The Coquette and it blew my mind.  A seductress with her apple and her jewels, DAG asks, “Is there greater delight in sin or in saintliness?”  How divine.


Julia Morgan: An Intimate Portrait of the Trailblazing Architect
: I recently completed a dream collaboration with my friend Lauren Geremia of Geremia Design, styling an incredible house in Berkeley built by architect Julia Morgan in the 1920s.  I had always admired Julia’s career, aesthetic sensibility, and her work ethic – but I learned so much more about her by reading this new book that really explores more of her personal life as well as her strong commitment to architecture.  She was a real pioneer, having been the only woman to graduate from UC Berkeley with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1894 and the first woman to be admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she received her master’s degree in architecture in 1901.


Mexico Retro: A new IG discovery that speaks to me, Mexico Retro is a feed filled with old photos of architecture, album art, musicians, and sports that were taken throughout Mexico.  I especially love this one captured by photographer Juan Guzmán in 1955 in Mexico City.