Victorians of the Desert

13/03/2013 § 5 Comments

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Photographer Jim Naughten‘s amazing portraits of the Herero people of Namibia are currently on display at Margaret Street Gallery in London, as part of an exhibit called “Conflict and Costume,” which you definitely should not miss, should you be in the area. It looks to be an exceptionally thought-provoking examination of the intersection of colonialism, culture, tradition, fashion and identity. The beautiful portraits, starkly posed against the barren Namibian desert, closely focus on the tribe’s unique costume — Victorian era dresses for the women, German paramilitary uniforms for the men. Adopted from their colonizers, and slowly personalized with ethnic textiles and the “cow horn” headdresses you see on the women (the Herero people are pastoralists and place high value on their livestock), the Herero tribe honors their warrior ancestors by continuing this sartorial tradition to present day.

Luckily, for those of us unable to make it to London,
you can purchase Naughten’s book here.

Jim Naughten: Conflict and Costume
Runs through April 13, 2013
Margaret Street Gallery
63 Margaret Street

**UPDATE**  I’ve just been alerted that there is a simultaneous NYC Naughten exhibit at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, running through May 4, 2013!  In fact, the opening reception is tomorrow night (Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8pm)!  Considering that the price for me to view these portraits just dropped from a transatlantic flight to subway fare, there’s no chance I’ll be missing them!

Jim Naughten: Conflict and Costume
Klompching Gallery
111 Front Street, Suite 206

On the Docket Tonight: The Shiny Squirrel Pop Up

10/11/2011 § Leave a comment

Tonight will find me here.  Won’t you join me?

On the Docket Tonight: 69°South at BAM

02/11/2011 § Leave a comment

In 1914 famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on a grand expedition to traverse the desolate wilderness of Antarctica.  He called it his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, but today it is most frequently referred to as the Endurance Expedition.  Seemingly not just because Endurance was the name of the ship carrying Shackleton and crew, but also for the amazing story of survival that resulted.

The Endurance, trapped in ice.

By early 1915, the Endurance found herself completely trapped within an ice floe and the crew had no choice but to wait it out until the spring thaw with the hopes that she would be able to free herself and sail on.  This was not to be.  By late October, the ice would claim the Endurance and the men were thus faced with the grim proposition of surviving without her.  Camping on moving ice floes and sailing in a tiny twenty-foot life vessels across dangerous waters, the men somehow continued to survive and move toward civilization slowly, yet surely, concluding with the eventual rescue of the all of the members of the expedition in August of 1916.  Yes, through it all, no men were lost from the Endurance crew.  Tough. As. Nails.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (2nd from left), with members of the Nimrod expedition party (1907)

Tonight, I’m very excited to attend the opening of  69°South, a completely original interpretation of Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition, at BAM.  Named for the latitude where the Endurance ultimately sunk, the Phantom Limb production features amazing marionettes designed by Erik Sanko, set design by Jessica Grindstaff, live performances by Skeleton Key and a score by Kronos Quartet.  Running through this Saturday, November 5, I’d recommend you check it out, even before I’ve had the chance to see it.  It looks that good.  Find out about tickets here.

To learn more about the Endurance Expedition, head here.

Harvey Theatre
651 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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On the Docket Tonight: Bklyn Dry Goods x In God We Trust Opening

06/10/2011 § Leave a comment

Tonight will find me here.  Won’t you join me?

Fotos: Wooden Sleepers x Goose Barnacle at Atlantic Antic

04/10/2011 § 2 Comments

Just a few photos from the Atlantic Antic over the weekend.  It was my first time at the mile-long street fair, now in its 37th year, and it was a perfect fall afternoon spent wandering among vendors of all sorts, plenty of live music and all kinds of street food.  At the top of my Antic to-do list was a visit of the Wooden Sleepers pop-up at Goose Barnacle.

Wooden Sleepers, a collection of vintage men’s clothing, accessories and curiosities, is the brainchild and passion of Mr. Brian Davis, a self-professed vintage addict.  An eagle-eyed collector, Brian somehow manages to part with many of his amazing finds (although I’m convinced he must be sitting on treasure trove) through his online store and at pop-ups.  Brian’s partnering with Goose Barnacle, David Alperin’s lovely shop, made perfect sense.  With a similarly discerning eye, Alperin stocks his diminutive store with a choice selection of stylish, high quality menswear, accessories and other particulars.

David Alperin (left) and Brian Davis

David and the lovely Marisa.
I’m rather obsessed with the stingy brimmed cap that David has on…
It’s his own design, and he assures me that he will be stocking them in the future.

Visit Goose Barnacle at:
91 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
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