Sound, Sight, and Scent in yasiin bey: NEGUS

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yasiin bey (American, born 1973). Alämayyähu and yasiin, 2015. © The Third Line

I always try to keep an ear (and a nose) out for works of olfactory art that I can visit in New York. This time, the opportunity has come right to my workplace, in yasiin bey: Negus (November 15 through January 26 at the Brooklyn Museum.

From the Brooklyn Museum website:

“We present the U.S. debut of yasiin bey: Negus, a listening installation of yasiin bey’s latest studio recording, which will not be released in any digital or analog mediums. . . .The latest in a series of international presentations of Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology. . . .In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.

Negus is presented as an immersive sound installation that can only be experienced in person. The recording is unavailable for purchase via digital or physical platforms. Bey designed the multi-track recording as an installation to encourage people to be fully present while listening to it.”

In fact, the experience is even more immersive than visitors may initially realize…

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On Another Note: Femme de Poppy “Well Red” and “Flight Risk” Lipsticks

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Once in a while I need to chat about something other than fragrance (imagine that!). Last spring I reviewed some lipsticks from Femme de Poppy, a new niche lipstick line by Poppy King. This fall I have two new shades to rave about: Well Red and Flight Risk…

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Perfumed Pages: Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath on the Yorkshire Moors, September 1956, via Smith College

Earlier today I started noticing Sylvia Plath’s name appearing repeatedly in my Twitter feed. Then I realized that today’s Google Doodle is also a tribute to Plath. It’s the anniversary of her birthdate — October 27, 1932.

I started reading Plath’s writing when I was sixteen or seventeen and she remains one of my favorite poets. Today, then, seems like a fitting date to share a few lines from Plath’s journals, as published in The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2000).

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Upcoming Class at the Brooklyn Brainery: Scentennial (Two Iconic Perfumes of 1919)

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On Thursday, December 5 (6:30 PM) I’m leading a class at the Brooklyn Brainery called “Scentennial: Two Iconic Perfumes of 1919.” We’ll mark the year’s end by immersing ourselves in two fragrances released a century ago — and, as usual, I’ll be incorporating art and cultural history through a visual presentation.

For information and registration, please visit the Brainery website. I hope to see some of you there!

Screen Time: El Camino (A Breaking Bad Movie)

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Last week my husband and I sat down to watch El Camino, Netflix’s new spin-off sequel to the series Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad was probably one of my favorite television experiences of all time, and I’ve come to “miss” many of its characters. El Camino is a chance to reunite with a few of them for a little while. Make no mistake, however — it’s a dark two hours of viewing.

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