Legion of Honor

This Wednesday Aashish and I had our interview with immigration for his green card. We were both super nervous and I could barely sleep the night before. Thankfully the interview went very well and we decided to grab breakfast in the city and head to the Legion of honor to celebrate.

I seriously cannot believe that I hadn't previously heard about Legion of Honor before! Aashish only discovered it by accident when he took his parents to see Land's End from the opposite direction from where we normally enter. He came home so excited about his discovery and could not wait to take me since he knew I would love it! (I am so lucky to have a husband who genuinely enjoys - and gets excited about - going to museums and art galleries with me!)

 
 

While we were there, they were setting up for a new exhibit called "Good Muse" with these sculptures by Sarah Lucas. I loved the pieces we did get to see. They were a tad shocking, but interesting. I really enjoyed the pieces a lot. I came up with names for the two pieces below: (Top) Smoking is for Pussies!, and (Bottom) Smoking is for Assholes! Haha.

I'm a little sad we missed the rest of the exhibit, but Artsy has a gallery of the show which shows more of the pieces. It runs through September 17th if you're interested!

 
 

But we actually came to Legion of Honor for the Degas exhibit. The exhibit explores the Impressionist fascination with the French millineries and has paintings from Degas, Cassat, Renior, and others, along with beautiful hats from the era. I will have to share more from that later this week. Stay tuned!

Until next time!
Shayna

The Women Who Made New York

 
 

I am currently in the middle of reading The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo, and it is too great to wait until I am finished reading it to post about it. I originally picked up the book for two reasons: the cover art is amazing and one of my most favorite women, Iris Apfel, is featured on the back cover. (Seriously though, how awesome is that cover art by Hallie Heald?!)

I decided to start reading the book on July 4th, which was perfect because one of the first women featured, "The Revolutionary," was Margaret Corbin, a woman who actually fought in the Revolutionary War!

There are so many wonderfully inspiring women featured in this book and it really shows just how many women were forgotten in history books about New York, whithout which women our country would not be what it is today.

The Women Who Made New York features so many remarkable women, including Emily Warren Roebling, Ella Baker, Joan Didion (who is actually from California and went to UC Berkeley!), Iris Apfel, Dr. Uma Mysorekar, among others. I highly suggest this book to anyone and everyone, especially those like me, a woman who holds a special place in her heart for New York.

Until next time!
Shayna

The Woman Destroyed

 
 

I have been a little lazy with reading this summer. Aashish's parents have been visiting from Nepal, we have been taking Liam to puppy classes, and summer school has been keeping me busy. But every day I have tried to squeeze in at least 4-5 pages of The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir.

Even if one is neither vain nor self-obsessed, it is so extraordinary to be oneself - exactly oneself and no one else - and so unique, that it seems natural that one should also be unique for someone else.

This book is broken into three short stories: "The Age of Descretion," "The Monologue," and "The Woman Destroyed." Each does a wonderful job of describing the inner workings of the woman whose story is being told in such a way that you can completely empathize with each of them. In one moment I was crying, the next gasping, the next angry, and the next feeling inspired. De Beauvoir's exploration of the woman's mind is remarkable. I really wish I could have read it in the original French so I could truly appreciate the rare beauty of this book

Now that I have finished this, I am very excited to delve into the next treasure I picked up at the UCB library: The Women Who Made New York by Julie Scelfo.

Until next time!
Shayna