Edit – May 2018

Oscar Tuazon at Luhring Augustine, Chelsea.

We have waited long enough for May, and May has come. Venture out and see something new; feel the sun on your skin. This month's key to-do's: conversation in situ with artist Libby Rothfeld, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's latest fashion exhibition, the many delights of Enlightenment Wines, and the launch of Pleasure Garden at Totokaelo — to name a few.

Libby Rothfeld

Having delighted viewers and critics alike with her ethereal solo shows at New York galleries Bureau and Kimberly Klark, Libby Rothfeld is an artist ready to carry your mind away with her. While the methods and media are always transforming from show to show, her signature combination of systematic themes with an organic approach has catapulted her into a space of true singularity. We visited her studio in Queens, not only to see how she physically works, but hopefully to get some small insight into how her brain works as well.

Pleasure Garden Volume III

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  • Magazine
  • Location Totokaelo New York & Seattle
  • Date May 17

The hortus conclusus, or ‘secret garden,’ is a literary convention rooted in the poetry of Medieval and Renaissance Florence: an enclosed space filled with fragile flora (and usually an unattainable woman), its delights are privileged and sacred, yet palpably erotic. Reading through the third issue of The Garden Edit’s biannual magazine, Pleasure Garden, whose focus is trained on the complex history and rich symbology of the rose, there is a sense of scaling stone walls and entering rarified air. Approaching this most iconic bloom with the sensitivity and interdisciplinary insight of the best academia, the issue (launching exclusively at Totokaelo on the 17th) unites compelling research and writings on misogyny, poetry, perfume, and horticulture with an innate sense of style, outfitting its charismatic editorial models with grace and sensuality. At its best, reading a magazine should feel like entering another world — in Pleasure Garden's case, the experience is closer to entering a symbolic plane, headily fragranced and filled with light.


The Japanese avant-garde musician Phew has had a long and storied career in music. Since emerging from Osaka’s legendary punk scene in the late 1970s, she has experimented with pop, folk, krautrock, ambient, industrial, and many more genres — many of which are combined on her groundbreaking 1992 record, Our Likeness on Mute. One thing all her previous work has in common is that it contains instruments, but that is not the case with her recently released album, Voice Hardcore, which is created entirely out of her own (frequently heavily manipulated) vocals. She will be performing this beautiful and groundbreaking record at Roulette, a stronghold for Brooklyn’s experimental performance scene.

Enlightenment Wines

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  • Food/Wine
  • Location Honey's

Mead is a type of liquor made by fermenting honey and water, and has seen enormous growth in popularity due to people’s blossoming love for earthier, more botanical beverages. Enlightenment Wines has become a bit of a mascot for the movement, providing a range of beautiful tasting varieties often encased in bottles screen-printed by hand. They produce their small batches in both Hudson, NY and in Brooklyn, with the latter’s distillery also serving as home to a bar called Honey’s, where one can sample many of their creations and buy full bottles to take home. Some of these are flavored with local fruits and flowers — but if you are looking for a great place to start, their flagship beverage, Nought, is sure to impress.

NYC Designer x Times Talks:
David Adjaye & Thelma Goden

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  • Architecture
  • Location Timescenter
  • Date May 18

David Adjaye is one of the most accomplished architects currently working, having built homes for fellow luminaries such as Alexander McQueen, Juergen Teller and Chris Ofili, as well countless other private and public large scale projects. His already stellar reputation was further solidified by his universally lauded design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, which opened in 2016. He has since been commissioned to oversee the redesign of The Studio Museum in Harlem, which is directed by visionary curator Thelma Golden. Through The Studio Museum, as well as through her time at The Whitney Museum, Thelma is known for having organized some of New York’s most groundbreaking exhibits featuring artists such as Isaac Julien, Glenn Ligon, and Gary Simmons. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear these two fiercely singular minds discuss their upcoming projects and so much more.

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has created thought-provoking and immersive fashion exhibitions year after year — yet none has ever been so gorgeous, so expansive, and so richly layered with emotion as this year’s presentation, a meditation on the infinite connections between apparel and the Catholic faith spread through three galleries as well as the Cloisters further uptown. The exhibition will focus on the works of designers inspired (whether earnestly or satirically... or both) by Catholic themes, set alongside liturgical and monastic garments from around the world. A language of diametric opposites threaded through the exhibition — opulence and austerity, heaven and hell, masculine and feminine, sacred and profane — couldn't offer more fertile soil for conversation and controversy in a world where a place untouched by the Church can scarcely be found. Highlights include Cristobal Balenciaga’s famous one-seam wedding dress, orgiastic golden creations from Versace and John Galliano’s Dior, and 40 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy (many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican).

This is not a f*cking street style book

  • Fashion/Books
  • Location Totokaelo Seattle
  • Date May 25

Sometime in the muddy waters of the early aughts — at the height of the Golden Age of bloggers and alongside the final months of the Bush administration — a fashion phenomenon known as street style caught fire on the global stage after decades of slow emergence. Stylish folk of all walks of life became the spontaneous subjects of photographers on foot or bike in cities around the world, who published their findings to an online forum thirsty for inspiring fashion imagery that felt applicable to daily life. Over ten years into its mainstream existence, street style is a different kind of animal — but what does that animal look like? Is it the art student in thoughtfully arranged thrift, or the editor outside the show in a full runway look? Is it street or stage? Expression or advertisement? Veteran photographer Adam Katz Sinding begs the question in a new book of 200 of his most striking fashion images, including an incisive conversational piece between Sinding, publishing house MENDO, and Off-White founder Virgil Abloh.

Witching Herbs Plant Market

A long winter among frozen tones of grey and black tends to leech upon body and mind until we are immobilized, parched for light, health, and beauty — seedlings planted in the darkest days, however, are often their most beautiful in the first freshness of Spring. Catland, Bushwick’s great occultist bookshop, will host their annual Witching Herbs Plant Market come early May, with offerings ranging from seedlings to strong starter plants of such medicinal herbs as dragon’s head mint, mugwort, valerian, chamomile, borage, holy basil, lemon balm, love-lies-bleeding, and red poppies alongside the shop's regular selections of crystals, pagan texts, and handcrafted goods. Whether your interest lies in herbal medicine or simply in the beauty of plants, a stop by the sale is sure to soothe the soul.

Giacometti, Twombly, West: Sculptures of Existence curated by Dieter Buchhart

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  • Art
  • Location Venus Over Manhattan
  • Date May 3 - June 23

Venus Over Manhattan has one of the most enviable artist rosters of any gallery, allowing them to draw interesting parallels between some of the world's most celebrated creators. While they have had no shortage of inspired exhibitions, curator Dieter Buchhart truly struck gold in combining the works of Franz West, Cy Twombly, and Alberto Giacometti. The connection between their works runs much deeper than their fame or collective worth, with each utilizing a specific visual language that seems to be an offshoot of the others'. You’ll see sculptures by Franz West that seem to mirror the frantic line work in Twombly’s paintings, others of heads that could easily inhabit Giacometti’s slenderizing universe, and many more that are distinctly of his own mind.