Here’s a break in my pandemic-themed posting for late March!
The Perfumed Plume just announced the finalists in their 2020 Awards for Fragrance Journalism and I’m happy to be represented in two categories…
On February 10, I’ll be giving a short talk at Caveat NYC for SASS‘s February event, Love Stinks.
My talk is titled “Aphrodite’s Aromas” and it’s a look back at several legends of love, lust, and scent. You can find further details and a link to registration here on the SASS Tumblr!
Image: William Blake Richmond, Venus and Anchises, 1889-90.
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!
I mentioned this in an earlier post, but now it’s gone “live” — my presentation on “Five Iconic Fragrances of the 20th Century” was accepted into the New Jersey Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars Project for 2020 and I’ll be offering it at various venues around New Jersey (my home state!).
If you’re based in New Jersey and you know of a local organization that would be available to host me, here’s what you can do…
A new fragrance-related project to announce!
I recently learned that I’ve been accepted into the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholars Project, part of the Council’s “Humanities to Go” initiative.
A new project for the fall!
I’ll be offering an art-and-scent tour in my “official” role at the Brooklyn Museum. Since this is a gallery event, attendance is limited. Please visit the BKM website for registration and more information!
Image: Christopher Grant La Farge (American, 1862-1938). Small Card Decorated with Iris, ca. 1880. Watercolor and metallic ink on very thin card stock, 3 1/16 x 4 1/4 in. (7.8 x 10.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Christiana C. Burnett, 2001.47.6
I’ve just added a brand-new class to my list! It focuses on two perfumes that were released a century ago: Guerlain Mitsouko and Caron Tabac Blond. As usual, this will be a cross-media “show and smell.” It’s taking place at the Brooklyn Brainery on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
You can find more information on the Brooklyn Brainery website.
I’m teaching my one-night “Perfume 101: Fragrance Appreciation” class at the Brooklyn Brainery on Thursday, July 11, 2019. This class is an introduction to the past and present of perfumery, including some classic scents that we’ll sniff together. If you know someone who has a beginner’s interest in this subject, feel free to pass this information along!
Image: Rimmel Perfumery’s “perfumed almanac” of 1861
I’m working on approximately eleventy-six different things right now, but this is one of the most exciting. I’ll be giving a presentation about Frida Kahlo’s favorite fragrances (really! scents she actually owned and wore, as evidenced by the perfume bottles in her house!) followed by a tour of the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum on April 4, 2019.
If you’d like to learn more about this event, please visit the Museum’s event page, here. (It’s a ticketed event.)
Many thanks to the coworkers who have helped to make this idea a reality!
UPDATE: This event filled up quickly! I’m hoping to be able to offer a second date. If so, I’ll announce it here.
UP-UPDATE: The second date, on April 18, filled up VERY quickly. It’s exciting to know that people are so interested in Kahlo *and* fragrance…!
Image: Nickolas Muray, Frida Kahlo with Olmec Figurine, 1939.