Edit – April 2018

Frame Structures at Magenta Plains.

What to do, see, and imbibe this April in New York and beyond. This month: a conversation with Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, Ruffian Wine Bar, James K's exploration of the female scream, Laurie Anderson, and more.

Christophe Lemaire
& Sarah-Linh Tran

When we think about design today, so much of it is, well... so much. Not so in the case of Lemaire, the Parisian fashion house preserving the dignity and delicacy of modern apparel with restrained and gorgeously rendered collections season after season. With a special upcoming installation highlighting the label's accessories planned at 190 Bowery, we caught up with designers and partners Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran on creative process, the role of fantasy and nostalgia, and finding serenity in this branded world.

We Margiela:
Documentary Screening

  • Link to Event
  • Fashion/Film
  • Location The Museum at FIT
  • Date April 17

Anonymity and ambiguity have always been dominant themes for Maison Margiela — from the reclusive personae of its founders, Martin Margiela and Jenny Meirens, to its ultra-discreet and yet iconic branding. Now, for the first time, admirers of the label will have the chance to explore the Maison's inner workings with new documentary We Margiela, directed by Menna Laura Meijer. The film is a far-reaching examination of the brand's history and ethos, told through intimate and in-depth interviews with Meirens (who passed away in July of 2017) as well as with members of the Margiela creative team. Fresh on the heels of the Palais Galliera's recent Margiela retrospective, We Margiela promises to be a stunning further elucidation and celebration of one of modern fashion's most lauded houses — a lucky Spring for the brand's fans everywhere.

Laurie Anderson in
conversation with
Neil Gaiman

Artist, author, inventor, modern sibyl... with an ouevre that has ranged from an artist residency at NASA and direction of the feature film Heart of a Dog to the haunting, dystopian music for which she is best known, Laurie Anderson is an icon defying classification. Lately, her focus has been trained on page over song, making a conversation with author and artist Neil Gaiman a natural choice for an upcoming talk at the 92nd Street Y. We expect that Anderson's new book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, will make an appearance within the discussion, but also look forward to the dynamic between the two hosts, whose parallel and yet highly disparate overarching themes of fantasy and reality, comfort and terror, effectively guarantee a fascinating dialogue.


Elektra (Scream Through the Eyes of a Statue) is sure to be one of the most unmissable multimedia performances of the year. Loosely based on the Sophocles play, Elektra sees James K gathering some of New York’s most brilliant musical minds to collaborate in a study of the female scream. All of the artists involved have die-hard followings and a singular approach to performing — from James’ core eviscerating vocals and rhythms, to Via App’s ground-pummeling electronics, to Eli V Manuscript’s fiercely passionate readings, to Eve Essex and Leila Bordreuil's masterful instrumentations — and each sprinkle a bit of their own specialty into the pot.

Ruffian Wine Bar

  • Website
  • Restaurant
  • Location East Village
  • Date Always & Forever

Nestled in the beautiful little area surrounding Tompkins Square Park, Ruffian Wine Bar has every quality necessary to become a neighborhood staple. You’ll always be greeted by a friendly wave, they have the perfect wine to accommodate any mood (including many great skin-contact, or 'orange' varieties), and all the food is cooked right behind the bar, filling the small space with countless intoxicating aromas. The constantly-shifting menu has offered many standout moments, from lentil crab cakes to some of the world’s most delectable burrata, served over spiced and whipped eggplant. If all that wasn't enough, you’ll find a giant poster of Pina Bausch in the bathroom, the ultimate complement to any invigorating experience.

Mindfulness Meditation

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  • Art/Well-Being
  • Location Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

In a time that encourages — nay, insists — that individuals operate at the uppermost limits of ambition and efficiency, life seems to slip all too quickly away, leaving no trace but for those undetectable, gradual changes that seem to hit all at once. With this in mind, among our recommendations of things to do this month, we choose to suggest a bit of intentional nothing as well: at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery, the second Thursday of the month has seen a guided, free-of-charge Mindfulness Meditation workshop in James Turrell's "Skyspace" installation for some years now. The positive effects of such an exercise cannot be understated; the simple action of raising one's awareness of body and surroundings has been shown to reduce stress and emotional reactivity, improve attention, and boost the immune system.


  • Link to Event
  • Performance
  • Location Gavin Brown
    Enterprise Harlem
  • Date April 19

In the last 6 months alone, the artist Klein has released one of history’s most twisted RnB records on legendary UK imprint Hyberdub, in addition to writing and directing a play for London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her haunting voice and peculiar productions have aligned to create an intensely singular sound, which has been impressing audiences from Los Angeles to Tokyo for the last several months. She will now be returning to New York courtesy of experimental performance purveyors Blank Forms, who have set her up to sing in Gavin Brown Enterprise’s uptown location.

Ryuichi Sakimoto,
Taylor Deupree,
Joseph Branciforte,
Theo Bleckman

Very few can convey an emotion through music in the way that Ryuichi Sakamoto can. Whether through his work with Yellow Magic Orchestra, scoring beloved films such as The Sheltering Sky and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, or creating seminal albums such as Neo Geo and async, there can be no doubt that many lives have been touched by his thoughtful compositions. For this special concert at National Sawdust, he will be joined by fellow musicians Taylor Deupree, Joseph Branciforte and Theo Bleckman, who will be using an array of instruments both organic and otherwise to create a wholly unique sonic journey.

Frameworks 2018:
Art on Film

  • Website
  • Art/Film
  • Location Jacob Burns Film Center
  • Date April 11 - 19

In the beautiful town of Pleasantville, New York, you’ll find the Jacob Burns Film Center, housed in a century-old Spanish Mission-style theater. This month, its curators will host FrameWorks 2018: Art on Film, which will screen an array of movies that revolve around the lives of artists and the work they create. From contemporary artists like Joseph Beuys and Maurizio Cattelan to iconic early pioneers such as Vincent van Gogh and Hieronymus Bosch, the selection offers a great opportunity to revisit human history through the talents of some of its greatest minds.