After four decades of acquiring African American art, Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are loaning their once-private collection to the Smithsonian this fall. Featuring more than 300 heretofore unexhibited artworks (save, apparently, for one), Cosby’s collection will be on view alongside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in an exhibition titled “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” which will open on November 9 and remain through early 2016. Notable names in Cosby’s collection reportedly include Faith Ringgold, Augusta Savage, Beauford Delaney, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Jacob Lawrence.
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Imagine you’re a high-profile chef and you’ve been given the task of creating a menu themed on David Bowie, an artist with decades of iconic persona-swapping and hundreds of song titles just waiting to be riffed on. Is it too much to hope that your brain would immediately fizz over with puns — “Cracked Peppercorn Actor,” “Heathen (The Fries),” “Teenage Wildfowl,” even a simple “Rock ‘n’ Roll Soup-n-salad”? Apparently so, if you’re Wolfgang Puck: To accompany the MCA Chicago’s upcoming “David Bowie Is” exhibition, opening on September 23, the museum’s outpost of Puck’s Café released a special theme menu that is just one glaring missed opportunity after another.
Sited in what was formerly a streetwear-focused shoe store, the bar currently known as Beverly’s opened in February of 2013 in Chinatown. Run by a group of friends—some of whom wish to remain anonymous—Beverly’s hosts a regular, rotating program of exhibitions, curated by co-owner Leah Dixon. (Full disclosure: One three-person exhibition earlier this year, “Phaint Smears,” included work by this particular journalist.) “We believe that more discussion can happen in a bar, with a more diverse audience, than can happen in a gallery,” Dixon said. “It’s also a function of our very specific space, that creates a more and less subliminal context for the pieces that are shown here: Some are barely even noticeable. Others are obtrusive.”
In case there was any doubt that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina had strayed pretty far from their radical feminist roots, the ousted Pussy Rioters are set to appear on the third season of “House of Cards,” according to a report from Baltimore City Paper. Allegedly two sources from the show’s production team confirmed that the pair were on set in Baltimore last week. No details on exactly what roles they will play on the show.
Even more refreshing than it is simple, this flowery variation on a gin fizz was inspired by Alexander Gray Associates’ blossoming summer group show of the artwork of designer and artist Vera Neumann. In a salon-style hanging, the gallery presents the flowery watercolors and drawings that were the basis for Neumann’s iconic Vera scarves. We found the cool, floral taste of this cocktail to be a perfect complement to the cheery works in “Vera Paints a Summer Bouquet.”
Although we couldn’t be more over it with the hundreds of Jeff Koons instagrams in our feed this week, it would be a serious omission not to include a few. Here’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’s (elisabethtnt) hilarious pic of her mom Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, posing in front of Koons’s terrifying purple sex sculpture from the “Made in Heaven” series.