Exploring the Food of Chelsea and Williamsburg

This weekend I went exploring in Williamsburg with a friend. We stopped to get lunch when we got there. My friend and I found this tiny cafe called Lula Bagels with amazing bagels. Growing up in New Jersey with some of the best bagels I’ve ever had, this was an amazing discovery. To find out that they made bagel sandwiches with fried eggs was even better. With so many sandwiches it was so hard to chose!

I ended up having a plain bagel with avocado, tomato, mayo and a fried egg. Delicious!


A quesadilla from Los Tacos No. 1. This day was a great one, we walked long and far. I went to the Guggenheim with a class of mine, then met my best friend in Chelsea. I bought paper and an archival binder from B&H, then we ate authentic Mexican food with a side of coke. I had a carnitas quesadilla with cilantro, pineapple and avocado crema. I hate cilantro but I didn’t mind it here. I’d like to experience this day again, I ended it with blisters on my toes but it was well worth it.



Red and Blue Chair


Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964)

Red and Blue Chair (1917)


Born in Utrecht in 1888, the Dutch designer, architect and painter Gerrit Rietveld spent his entire life in the city of his birth. The son of a carpenter, Gerrit Rietveld was employed in his father’s workshop until he was fifteen. From 1906, Gerrit Rietveld also attended evening courses, where he learned technical draftsmanship from the architect P.J.C. Klaarhamer. In 1911-12 Gerrit Rietveld was a member of the group of artists known as Kunstliefde, with whom he also showed work. In 1917 Gerrit Rietveld established a furniture workshop in Utrecht. By 1919, however, Gerrit Rietveld had joined Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, and other artists to found “De Stijl.

While Rietveld was, like many, a Modernist designer interested in creating designs that were ergonomic and able to be easily reproduced, he also longed for his work to transcend material function, to allow for spiritual enrichment, as well. Do you think he balances both well?

Floor Cake


Claes Oldenburg (b.1929)

Floor Cake (1962)


Puffy cake sits idly on floor

Overly sweet blow up art installation

Up close, materials don’t look delicious

Synthetic polymer paint looks like dessert


In an exhibition-catalog entry in 1961, Oldenburg made a famous manifesto: “I am for the art that a kid licks, after peeling away the wrapper. I am for an art that is smoked, like a cigarette, smells, like a pair of shoes. I am for an art that flaps like a flag, or helps blow noses, like a handkerchief. I am for an art that is put on and taken off, like pants, which develops holes, like socks, which is eaten, like a piece of pie … ” How do you think this manifesto relates to his work?

Model for the Monument to the Third International


Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953)

Model for the Monument to the Third International (1919–20)

Tatlin was educated at the Moscow Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1910. In 1913 he went to Paris, where he visited Pablo Picasso, whose reliefs in sheet iron, wood, and cardboard made an impression on him. Returning to Moscow, Tatlin created constructions that he called “painting reliefs,” which he exhibited at a Futurist exhibition held in Petrograd in February 1915. He became the leader of a group of Moscow artists who tried to apply engineering techniques to the construction of sculpture. This developed into a movement known as Constructivism.

Tatlin is known in particular for his model for the Monument to the Third International(1920), which became a symbol of Constructivist art. What do you think makes this sculpture such an iconic piece? What influences of Picasso do you see?


I went to the “Elemental” exhibit and took a photo with a piece by Lisa Gregg Wightman that incorporates mixed media and pieces of nature. The piece fits in well with the other pieces in the show, as they have themes of nature and use found objects in nature.


What found objects in nature can you see in this piece?

Visual Response


My visual response

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Ben Shahn (1898-1969), The Passion of Sacco and Venzetti, 1952, drawing for poster




How would you respond to this piece visually? What elements would you use and what elements would you change (of the original)?

Museum Label

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Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989), Harold Rosenburg #3, 1956, oil on canvas.

Taking a look at this piece, you’ll notice the extraordinary use of line and mark to create a stunning image. The excitement in the colors creates the scene that depicts a man lounging in some kind of room or space. It is a very intriguing work of art and the chaotic nature of the brush strokes and line is astounding.

What are your thoughts on her use of line?


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Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Marilynn Monroe, 1962, Silkscreen ink on synthetic oil and acrylic.

I want excitement;

and I don’t care what form it takes

or what I pay for it,

so long as it makes my heart beat.

  • -F. Scott Fitzgerald.

How do you think this poem relates to the work? Does it make you see things differently?

Formal Analysis

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John Baldessori (1931 – present), “Heel” 1986, Black and White photographs with oil tint, oil stick, and acrylic.


John’s use of color is very limited which makes the viewer have to search hard to find the bits of color. John hints at some primary colors, blues, reds, and greens and some slight pinks and purples. He has a very limited palette due to the monochrome background.

John uses shape to section off the photos and to separate them from each other. He separates the photos by a somewhat heavy black line that breaks them into rectangles and squares.

The heavy black lines that separate the photos from each other are the primary source of line but there are still some subtle uses of line such as the red streak towards the middle.

John’s use of texture is minimal and he keeps things fairly flat. Since he is working on top of photos, he is limited in the kinds of textures he can use without ruining the photos.

John’s method of occupying the space allows for little to no negative space. He piles everything together to make a mass of collaged photos and covers them with lines and shapes.


What do you think John’s subtle use of color is representing?

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