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Dinner at Market Street Restaurant, Rhinebeck, NY
Catherine, Benjamin, and I met Christina and Adrian for dinner in Rhinebeck.
Shopping at Adams Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie, NY
First, I ran into ?, and then Brian and his wife came up the aisle.
Dinner at Peter and Shawn's, 1 of 2
See the following entry.
Dinner at Peter and Shawn's, 2 of 2
See the previous entries.
Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY
The four of us (Elisabeth, Ralph, me, and Cathy) went to Upstate Films to see Cold War. On the way out, we ran into Mehai and Anne. After the movie, we went out to dinner. See the following entry.
Dinner at Amsterdam Restaurant, Rhinebeck, NY
The four of us (Elisabeth, Ralph, me, and Cathy) went to Upstate Films to see Cold War. After the movie, we went out to dinner at the Amsterdam Restaurant, Rhinebeck, NY. See the previous entry.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, NYC. 1 of 2
We planned the day around getting to the opening at The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation: "Doing What Comes Naturally, Seven Painters in Their Prime." Our close friend, Joyce Robins, was one of the seven painters. The other people in the show were Riley Brewster, Denzil Hurley, John Obuck, Nathlie Provosty, Rebecca Purdum, and Andrew Spence. Robert Storr curated the show. We got to Chelsea in the morning and saw the Dana Schutz show, the James Siena shows, and a couple of others. We had lunch at Bottino's. We were hoping to have time to go to Dawn Clements' memorial service at Pierogis before getting to Joyce's opening. When we stopped by Pierogis, the memorial service had already started, and the gallery was jammed with chairs that were jammed with people. So we headed straight to Joyce's show. See the following entry.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, NYC. 2 of 2
We planned the day around getting to the opening at The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation: "Doing What Comes Naturally, Seven Painters in Their Prime." Our close friend, Joyce Robins, was one of the seven painters. The other people in the show were Riley Brewster, Denzil Hurley, John Obuck, Nathlie Provosty, Rebecca Purdum, and Andrew Spence. Robert Storr curated the show. We got to Chelsea in the morning and saw the Dana Schutz show, the James Siena shows, and a couple of others. We had lunch at Bottino's. We were hoping to have time to go to Dawn Clements' memorial service at Pierogis before getting to Joyce's opening. When we stopped by Pierogis, the memorial service had already started, and the gallery was jammed with chairs that were jammed with people. So we headed straight to Joyce's show. See the previous entry.
Reception at Alumnae House following the Memorial Service for Kathy (Kathleen Ann) Brown, Vassar College
At 1:30 pm, there was a Memorial Service for Kathy Brown at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. I didn't get to the mass at the church. At 3:00 pm, there was a reception at Alumnae House at Vassar College. Cathy worked at Vassar for a number of years.
Thomas Demand and Jeffrey Eugenides at Rizzoli Bookstore, NYC. 1 of 2
I left for NYC this morning at about 10:30 and headed to the Lower East Side. I got there at about 12:40 pm. I was going to see "Zentrified!" a group show at Thomas Park Gallery. Christina Tenaglia was in the show. The gallery opened at 1:00 pm. I got a parking spot opposite the front door. I arrived too early. So the gallery was not open yet. I went off to find someplace to eat lunch. I went to the Gentleman Farmer, a restaurant I had never been to before. I had Wagyu Beef Tongue, gnocchi, celery green, truffle reduction. It was quite tasty. I got back to Thomas Park at 1:20 pm. The show was very good. I got back in the car and headed uptown. I realized I was already more North than the two-person show Gary Stephan was having, and I didn't think I had enough time to get to Rizzoli's for the conversation and book signing. I got a parking space, practically opposite Rizzoli's. Getting two spots right where you need them in one day in NYC is an event in itself. I had invited Thomas Demand to speak at Vassar, which he couldn't do this spring semester because his wife was due to give birth with a couple of weeks. One of his dealers, Karina Daskalov, suggested he might be able to come next fall. She told me about the book signing and suggested that I come to the event and could meet her and Thomas Demand there. I introduced myself to Thomas, and he told me that Karina probably had to leave to catch a plane. So, I planned to call her the following week. I got food in NY to bring home for dinner. Catherine (Murphy) stayed home to paint. The light was right, and she had wet paint makes (which made the next transition in her painting easier to do). See the following entry.
Thomas Demand and Jeffrey Eugenides at Rizzoli Bookstore, NYC. 2 of 2
I left for NYC this morning at about 10:30 and headed to the Lower East Side. I got there at about 12:40 pm. I was going to see "Zentrified!", a group show at Thomas Park Gallery. Christina Tenaglia was in the show. The gallery opened at 1:00 pm. I got a parking spot opposite the front door. I arrived too early. So the gallery was not open yet. I went off to find someplace to eat lunch. I went to the Gentleman Farmer, a restaurant I had never been to before. I had Wagyu Beef Tongue, gnocchi, celery green, truffle reduction. It was quite tasty. I got back to Thomas Park at 1:20 pm. The show was very good. I got back in the car and headed uptown. I realized I was already more North than the two-person show Gary Stephan was having, and I didn't think I had enough time to get to Rizzoli's for the conversation and book signing. I got a parking space, practically opposite Rizzoli's. Getting two spots right where you need them in one day in NYC is an event in itself. I had invited Thomas Demand to speak at Vassar, which he couldn't do this spring semester because his wife was due to give birth with a couple of weeks. One of his dealers, Karina Daskalov, suggested he might be able to come next fall. She told me about the book signing and suggested that I come to the event and could meet her and Thomas Demand there. I introduced myself to Thomas, and he told me that Karina probably had to leave to catch a plane. So, I planned to call her the following week. I got food in NY to bring home for dinner. Catherine (Murphy) stayed home to paint. The light was right, and she had wet paint makes (which made the next transition in her painting easier to do). See the previous entry.
Charles LeDray opening at Peter Freeman Gallery, 1 of 5
We were very pleasantly surprised to see Nan and Bob at the opening, though we shouldn't have been. Because a number of years ago Bob wrote about Charles' work, and they are friends. See the following four entries.
Charles LeDray opening at Peter Freeman Gallery, 2 of 5
See the previous entry and the following three entries.
Charles LeDray opening at Peter Freeman Gallery, 3 of 5
See the previous two entries and the following two entries.
Charles LeDray opening at Peter Freeman Gallery, 4 of 5
See the previous three entries and the following entry.
Charles LeDray Opening at Peter Freeman Gallery - Dinner, 5 of 5
We came down to New York to attend Charles Ledray's opening at the Peter Freeman Gallery. There was a dinner afterward at restaurant Lafayette. This is a photograph of the people at our table. There was a fixed menu for everyone which consisted of: Hor D'oeuvres - Gem lettuce Salad, Manchego, Roasted Beets, Pomegranate, Pistachio, Mache, Za'atar Dressing: Entrees and Garnitures - Grilled Local Trout, Cocoa Beans, Crispy Saucisson Sec Rotisserie Chicken Grand-Mere, Bacon, Potatoes, Mushrooms, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables: Les Desserts - Selection Ice Creams and Sorbets, Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Chantilly. See the previous four entries.
Dinner with Josh and Chie at Brasserie 292, Poughkeepsie, NY. 1 of 2
We had been trying to arrange a date to get together with Josh and Chie since they moved to Beacon, NY, about six months ago. See the following entry.
Mole Mole, Poughkeepsie, Dinner for Sophia Narrett (This video plays much better in Safari & Firefox than in Chrome)
Peter Charlap invited Sophia Narrett to be a Claflin speaker at Vassar College. He arranged dinner at Mole Mole. For the past years, we have been having large dinners of around 20 people after the artist lectures. Peter went to a dinner recently, which was much smaller and he thought it was better. So he told the students that the first five who signed up could come to dinner. Three students signed up. One of the students at dinner mentioned that some of the other students thought it was too much trouble to go to the building where the sign-up sheet was located. Because the signup was located in the same building where their studios are, this was a bit troubling to hear. I also felt that it indicated that some of the students who attended previous dinners were not enthusiastic enough to make any effort beyond simply showing up. Despite my feelings about all of this, the smaller dinner was more enjoyable and allowed everyone to take part in the conversations and at least hear what other people were saying. Sophia gave a good, well-prepared lecture.
Lunch with Billy and Arthur for Billy's Birthday, Gino's Italian Restaurant, Wappingers Falls
It was Billy's Birthday, and we asked him if he wanted to meet for lunch on their way to Pittsfield. We told him we'd be happy to go to the Italian Restaurant which we usually never want to go to, but that Billy likes a lot. Cathy ordered something she liked quite a bit, which means going back will be a little easier. We brought Billy Isaac Mizrahi's new memoir as a present.
Fundraiser for the Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie. NY. 1 of 3
Some time ago, Tom Ellman asked me if I would come to a fundraiser for the Barrett Art Center. Tom is the President of the board at Barrett Art Center. He was going to see if Vassar College would buy a table. The college did buy a table, so I went to the fundraiser. There was a purchase raffle for donated artwork as well as for taking tours and dinners. They served us lunch. There were quite a few people there that I knew. See the following two entries.
Fundraiser for the Barrett House Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. 2 of 3
Some time ago, Tom Ellman asked me if I would come to a fundraiser for the Barrett Art Center. Tom is the President of the board at Barrett Art Center. He was going to see if Vassar College would buy a table. The college did buy a table, so I went to the fundraiser. There was a purchase raffle for donated artwork as well as for taking tours and dinners. They served us lunch. There were quite a few people there that I knew. See the previous entry and the following entry.
Fundraiser for the Barrett House Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. 3 of 3
The band was good but our table was directly in front of it so it was quite loud. They would have been a good band to dance to. I recognized the lead singer who runs an art gallery on Main Street, in downtown Poughkeepsie. See the previous two entries.
Palace Dumpling Restaurant, Wappingers Falls, NY
We had arranged to meet at Palace Dumpling for dinner. The expected snow storm started as we left for the restaurant. When we left to go home, it had not amounted to much.
Adam's Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie, NY
Annual garden show. Some of the staff from the nursery.
Mercato Osteria Enoteca, Red Hook, NY
I sat next to Shane at the recent fundraiser for The Barrett Art Center on March 3, 2019 (five entries before this one). Shane and I had run into each other periodically at Vassar. Bryce Daniel, a student in his documentary film class, made a short film about me (see the Bryce Daniel entry from October 14, 2016). I had met Shane's wife, Xinran, briefly on campus. Cathy and I decided that it would be nice to meet Elena and David for dinner since we hadn't seen them for a while, and also invite Shane to see if he and Xinran would like to attend with the four of us. It seemed like a good group of people. So we all met for dinner at Mercato, which turned out to be a good fit. I think everyone had a good time. Lots for everyone to talk about. I had forgotten my camera, and the conditions for photographing with my phone weren't great. So I wound up taking some quite poor photographs. But combined as GIF, they turned out reasonably. Shane's email from later that evening mentioned that Francesco Butoni, the chef-owner of Mercato, was on the "Beat Bobby Flay" television cooking show last week. Bobby Flay won because the judges thought Francesco's seafood d'Avalos was under seasoned. Catherine had that dish, and although the seafood was perfectly cooked, the dish was under seasoned. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following are Shane and David's email messages to me... Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla Sun, Mar 17, 11:23 PM (16 hours ago) to me, elena_sisto, david, Xinran Thanks Harry for the dinner invitation and thank you all for a lovely evening in Red Hook. I don't have Cathy's email so please let her know I'd love to reconnect her to Amitava, who is deep in his own drawing/painting practice right now and would love some more friends and mentors to advise him. A pleasure meeting you Elena and David -- please keep in touch. Xinran is heading off soon to Art Basel Hong Kong and won't be back until April, but I'll be around nursing my torn ACL and wrapping up the semester if anyone wants to get another meal or drink. Take care & keep in touch, Shane David Kirkpatrick Tue, Mar 19, 2:50 PM (19 hours ago) to Elena, Xinran, Shane, me Thanks for the note, Shane- It was a wonderful evening and thanks to Harry and Cathy for arranging it. I hope Xinran (and maybe you?) can come to Techonomy NYC on May 14-15. I believe my colleague Caitlin Hamilton already sent her a note with an invitation. Hope to stay in touch David David Kirkpatrick Founder & Editor-in-Chief Techonomy Media I am trying something new, which is to include related emails.
Billy and Arthur's new house in Williamstown, MA. 1 of 2
Billy and Arthur bought a new house in Williamstown, MA about six months ago. We finally got a chance to meet them there and see their house. The house was designed by Charles Moore in about 1980, for a former teacher of Billy's at Williams. They hadn't moved from Pittsfield yet because they were having work done on the Williamstown house. After seeing their new house, we went out for lunch. See the next entry.
Billy and Arthur's new house in Williamstown, MA, Lunch. 2 of 2
We went to have lunch after we looked at the house. The restaurant, Pera Mediterranean Bistro, was passable. See the previous entry.
Dinner at Butterfield at Hasbrouck House, Tom's Birthday, Stone Ridge, NY
We had dinner with Tom Nozkowski, Joyce Robins, and Judy Linn for Tom's Birthday. Tom treated everybody. Right after dinner, we followed Tom and Joyce in our car because they wanted to show us something. We went to Applestone Meat Co. It was really something- a bit like the old Horn and Hardart Automats with glass doors that you can open when you have put money in a slot. Applestone's is open 24 hours a day. I am not sure of the exact story, but it goes roughly like this. Fleishers Grass-Fed Butcher was in Rhinebeck at some point and closed some time ago. They were also in Kingston, I think, after Rhinebeck. It was owned and run by a couple. Kingston also closed. Then they opened Applestone in Stone Ridge. Somewhere in all of this, the couple separated. I think the wife may have been the person who ran the Stone Ridge store. And her husband opened a store in Brooklyn. I think I remember that his father or grandfather had a butcher shop. When the store was in Rhinebeck, we went to it from time to time. I cannot vouch for this narrative, but some of it is correct. Postscript: Tom called to tell us that someone from Butterfield called him because I had left my glasses there. Judy Linn picked them up and gave them to me at the Vassar Student Majors' Critique on March 27th.
MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. 1 of 3
Tony Shore, has asked Catherine to come to MICA for a couple of years. Tony was a student of Catherine's at Yale at least 20 years ago. So Catherine finally did say yes, and so the time came, and we headed to Baltimore on a Sunday. It took forever to get there, much longer than we had expected. We arrived late afternoon at the Revival Hotel. The MICA people set up the reservation. We had thought if we got to Baltimore early enough, we'd go to the art museum. That didn't happen. We had dinner in our rooms and rested for the evening. Catherine had to be at the Brown Center auditorium at about 11:15 am for a technical check. Her talk was at noon. Ben Busch, who was in College Park, MD working on the house that he and Tracy used to live in, attended the talk. The talk went exceedingly well. We had lunch (pictured in this entry) in a place on campus. Following lunch, Catherine did critiques with a number of students-- many more than she had planned. After the critiques, she conducted a discussion and question session with some students and faculty. I planned to go to the Baltimore Museum of Art. But I didn't think of it, and no one who I told I was going thought of it either. So when I finally remembered and arrived at the museum, it was closed-- not entirely a surprise, considering most museums I know of are closed on Mondays. I spent the rest of the time writing the first draft of a proposal for an exhibition to give to Elena Sisto. She had asked me for something in writing for a show she is working on for me. More about this later on, if it happens. If, not then this is the last you'll hear of it. See the following two entries.
MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. 2 of 3
Tony Shore, has asked Catherine to come to MICA for a couple of years. Tony was a student of Catherine's at Yale at least 20 years ago. So Catherine finally did say yes, and so the time came, and we headed to Baltimore on a Sunday. It took forever to get there, much longer than we had expected. We arrived late afternoon at the Revival Hotel. The MICA people set up the reservation. We had thought if we got to Baltimore early enough, we'd go to the art museum. That didn't happen. We had dinner in our rooms and rested for the evening. Catherine had to be at the Brown Center auditorium at about 11:15 am for a technical check. Her talk was at noon. Ben Busch, who was in College Park, MD working on the house that he and Tracy used to live in, attended the talk. The talk went exceedingly well. We had lunch (pictured in this entry) in a place on campus. Following lunch, Catherine did critiques with a number of students-- many more than she had planned. After the critiques, she conducted a discussion and question session with some students and faculty. I planned to go to the Baltimore Museum of Art. But I didn't think of it, and no one who I told I was going thought of it either. So when I finally remembered and arrived at the museum, it was closed-- not entirely a surprise, considering most museums I know of are closed on Mondays. I spent the rest of the time writing the first draft of a proposal for an exhibition to give to Elena Sisto. She had asked me for something in writing for a show she is working on for me. More about this later on, if it happens. If, not then this is the last you'll hear of it. See the previous entry and the following entry.
MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (dinner at La Cuchara, Basque Cuisine). 3 of 3
After Catherine finished her work for the day. A group of us went out to dinner at La Cuchara, Basque Cuisine. See the previous two entries.
Essie's Restaurant, Poughkeepsie, NY. 1 of 2
We were supposed to meet Barbara Paige and Judy Dollenmeyer at Essie's, but they mixed it up on their calendar (see Essie's April 19th). So we ate dinner by ourselves and rescheduled for the next day. Harvey and Mary (Flad) were also having dinner at Essie's. See the following entry.
Essie's Restaurant, Poughkeepsie, NY. Dinner with Barbara and Judy. 2 of 2
We had made a date to meet Barbara and Judy at Essie's on the 18th. But they had mixed up their calendar, so Cathy (Catherine Murphy) and I went to the restaurant on the 18th, and after a phone call with Barbara, we ate by ourselves and remade the date for the next day, the 19th. See the previous entry.
The Corner Restaurant, Tivoli, NY, Easter Sunday
From time to time, we meet up with a group of friends for an early Easter Sunday dinner. Tom Nozkowski and Joyce Robins were supposed to come, but Tom wasn't up to it.
Mole Mole, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dinner for Yun-Fei Ji. 1 of 4
Yun-Fei Ji came to Vassar to give a talk on his work as well as to do critics with some of the studio majors. See the following three entries.
Mole Mole, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dinner for Yun-Fei Ji. 2 of 4
Yun-Fei Ji came to Vassar to give a talk on his work as well as to do critics with some of the studio majors. See the previous entry and the following two entries.
Mole Mole, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dinner for Yun-Fei Ji. 3 of 4
Yun-Fei Ji came to Vassar to give a talk on his work as well as to do critics with some of the studio majors. See the previous two entries and the following entry.
Mole Mole, Poughkeepsie, NY, Dinner for Yun-Fei Ji. 4 of 4
Yun-Fei Ji came to Vassar to give a talk on his work as well as to do critics with some of the studio majors. See the previous three entries.
Galleri Se Konst, Falun, Sweden
We arrived in Stockholm on Thursday, May 2nd. John Rasimus picked us up at the airport in Stockholm and drove the 2 and 1/2 hours to Falun. He dropped us off at our hotel, the Bergmastaren. The hotel, a cashless establishment (typical in Stockholm), served breakfast and dinner. The hotel contributed some of the cost for the rooms to the Galleri Se Konst. The Galleri provided the rest. It was a smallish hotel and a lovely place to stay. The next day, Friday, Rasimus picked us up at 10 am. We all spent the morning organising and hanging the show. Catherine and I gave our input into where the drawings should go. Rasimus and Gunilla did the physical hanging. When the show installation was completed, we all went to lunch at the Dalarnas Museum, the location of my lecture.
The Delarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden
We had lunch at the restaurant in the museum before dealing with business. Gunilla had to leave following lunch. So Catherine, John, and I went upstairs to the auditorium where I was to do my lecture. We did a technical check with a guy from the museum. We also installed five of my drawings for a small exhibition at the museum. We had to get back to the gallery in time to meet a reporter, who would be interviewing me for an article on the exhibition.
Interview at the Gallery
We got back to Galleri Se Konst in time to meet the reporter, Anders K. Gustafsson. While Anders was interviewing me, Rasimus, Catarina, and Catherine were doing the lighting for the show. I talked to Anders for about 45 minutes. He wrote an article about the exhibition that was later posted online. When we left the Gallery (Catherine, Rasimus, me), Rasimus took us to his parent's house for fika (Swedish tradition for getting together for camaraderie, and food/drink, but mostly camaraderie).
Fika at Rasimus's Parent's house. 1 of 2
Rasimus brought us to his family house (the house he grew up in) for fika. We visited, we drank, we ate. Rasimus's mother baked cinnamon buns and chocolate squares. See the next entry.
Fika at Rasimus's parent's house. 2 of 2
Rasimus' father is originally Finnish and didn't speak much English. His mother had a little more English. Nonetheless, we all were able to communicate enough, helped by Rasimus periodically filling his parents in on what we had been talking about. After fika, Rasimus dropped us off back at the hotel. We had dinner that night in the hotel dining room. Dinner and breakfast were both smorgasbords, with a number of choices and lots of food. See the previous entry.
Galleri Se Konst, Falun, Sweden, Opening. 1 of 2
Saturday Morning, Rasimus picked us up from the hotel at 11:15 AM. When we got to the galleri, we needed to coordinate the names of the drawings with their placement. When we were almost finished, people started coming in for the opening, which began at 12 noon and went to 2 pm. See the following entry.
Galleri Se Konst, Falun, Sweden, Opening. 2 of 5
Saturday Morning, Rasimus picked us up from the hotel at 11:15 AM. When we got to the galleri, we needed to coordinate the names of the drawings with their placement. When we were almost finished, people started coming in for the opening, which began at 12 noon and went to 2 pm. See the previous entry and the following three entries.
Galleri Se Konst, Falun, Sweden, Opening. 3 of 5
Saturday Morning, Rasimus picked us up from the hotel at 11:15 AM. When we got to the galleri, we needed to coordinate the names of the drawings with their placement. When we were almost finished, people started coming in for the opening, which began at 12 noon and went to 2 pm. See the previous two entries and the following two entries.

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