Archive for December, 2014

Ai on Alcatraz: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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From a hill in San Francisco, Alcatraz doesn’t look like a cerebral place. The famed, now-defunct prison blends seamlessly into the tan rock bobbing in the middle of the Bay and gives off a faint aura of mob-era menace and Nicholas Cage’s glory days. In a city filled with ever-evolving street art, a vibrant contemporary gallery scene and internationally renowned museums, one of the last places you would look for a groundbreaking art show would be in the middle of the water.

And yet, the confluence of Alcatraz’s history, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and San Francisco’s own FOR-SITE Foundation seemed to be a perfect mix. When Cheryl Haines, the Executive Director of FOR-SITE Foundation, approached the artist with the idea for the show, Ai was restricted from leaving China since his passport was revoked in 2011. His work, specifically created for exhibit within the famed prison, was developed in his Beijing studio using spatial plans provided to him from the FOR-SITE Foundation staff and then recreated remotely in California using the artist’s exacting directions.

Ai is an ideal artist to feature in a place like Alcatraz, and FOR-SITE is theoretically an ideal group to help make that show a reality. FOR-SITE describes itself as dedicated “to the creation, understanding and presentation of art about place,” and ideally used their resources to marry the work of an artist particularly concerned with social justice and human rights with a location particularly rich in matters of justice and activism. Four rooms in the prison are dedicated to exhibits; one large gallery spread with LEGO portraits of significant human rights activists was particularly moving.  The exhibit, titled ‘@Large’, is open through April 26, 2015.

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Written by Caitlin Buggy
Caitlin Buggy

December 2nd, 2014 at 9:27 am

Smirnoff Ice Wraps Up “Ladies with Game” Series

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Football season may have started September 4th, but the real fun kicked off when Smirnoff Ice launched the Ladies with Game Tailgate tour in NYC. Hudson Mercantile played host to a packed tailgate bash, where attendees enjoyed cocktails made from the Smirnoff Ice portfolio, including the Screwdriver Sangria and the Preparada, a Southwestern favorite made from fresh fruits, chamoy (a popular condiment in Mexican cuisine), and Smirnoff Ice Green Apple. Of course, it wouldn’t be a tailgate without the right bites, and there was no shortage of sliders, mac and cheese, buffalo tater tots, and chicken and waffle bites.

DJ Stef Nava provided high energy tunes as guests challenged each other to corn hole, giant Jenga and a backyard tire football toss competition. For those not ready to get their heels dirty, DryBar provided blowouts and Ami V and Ria Lopez gave custom manicures to prepare them for their photo booth session. Everyone knows that a tailgate is nothing without a proper host to make everyone feel at home, so singer and reality TV personality Jessie James Decker was in attendance to lead the festivities and show off her impressive arm in the football toss challenge. It appears she’s been practicing in the backyard with her husband.

Smirnoff Ice also brought the tailgate party tour to fans across the country over the past two months with help from other celebrity hosts like Keshia Knight Pulliam, Charissa Thompson, Jennifer Hale, and Lindsay Gladden. Nail Taxi also helped to provide manicures throughout the tour while attendees danced to beats from DJ Eskada in DC, DJ Rasyrious in Atlanta and Nashville, DJ Lezlee in San Diego, DJ Beverly Skillz in New Orleans, and DJ K Stonez in Charlotte. Guests were able to come away from each event with a great new look, fun memories with friends, and some great food and drink ideas to host tailgate parties of their own throughout football season.

Be sure to catch up on all the #LadiesWithGame activity on Instagram and Twitter.

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