Last year, the storied three-Michelin-star restaurant El Bulli closed its doors in Roses, Spain, so that its chef of 27 years, Ferran Adrià, could focus on El Bulli Foundation, a mysterious institute that will do some sort of gastronomic research. To raise money for that endeavor, the foundation is selling off about 8,800 bottles of wine from the restaurant’s cellar. Over two sales next April at Sotheby’s, in Hong Kong and New York, it hopes to bring in $1.1 million to $1.6 million. Read More
A Friday evening at the Morgan Library and Museum is one of New York’s great pleasures. Admission is free after 7 p.m., there’s usually a classical-music ensemble playing in the Renzo Piano–designed space and the Morgan Café is open late. Also, the café serves this drink called the Three Martini Lunch, which is, yes, three two-ounce martinis, each with a different garnish—an onion, a twist and an olive. (“In a Hemingway unpublished ten-page draft, an expatriate’s distractions are alleviated only by a three-martini lunch,” the menu explains.) Read More
After months of speculation and painful waiting, the glorious day is near: the M. Wells Dinette will open at MoMA PS1 on Thursday. The original M. Wells, which was located in Hunters Pointer in Queens, earned acclaim for inventive cooking that was intensely heavy on meat (offal, especially). It closed in August 2011, after only about a year in business. Since then, its owners, Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants. Read More
The chef Sara Jenkins, who runs the Porchetta pork sanctuary in the East Village, has long been recognized as one of the city’s finest emerging restauranteurs. Now she is also an official participant in an international art biennial. Read More
It’s official. The much-loved Quebecois M. Wells Diner, which closed its Long Island City home last year after a dispute with its landlord, is set to open a “cafeteria-style restaurant” in MoMA PS1 in May of this year, ending months of rumors about the move.
MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator at large Klaus Biesenbach had this to stay in a news release:
“In our growing emphasis on presenting all aspects of contemporary practice, MoMA PS1 is welcoming M. Wells as adding the experience of innovative and excellent food to our offerings of contemporary art, performance, experimental architecture, music, fashion, and design.” Read More
Performance artist Alison Knowles will stage her landmark Fluxus score Make a Salad at the High Line on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day.
First staged in Baltimore, in 1962, Make a Salad was a famous score in which Ms. Knowles did just what the title dictated, and in large quantities, for her audience. Since then it’s been repeated in other venues, usually for art historical purposes, notably at the Tate Modern in 2008. Read More
MoMA PS1 has something of an appetizer for the slavering hordes hungry for the news that the shuttered diner M. Wells will indeed open a cafeteria in the museum, which has been rumored since August. This Sunday, at the museum’s Winter Open House, the beloved and defunct diner will offer two “slamming sandwiches.” Read More
“When I was naïve and I thought I could fight destiny, I worked in the art world, out at SFMOMA,” Niki Russ Federman told Gallerist over the phone this weekend. But destiny has taken hold. Ms. Federman now owns and operates the family business, the redoubtable Lower East Side appetizing store Russ & Daughters, along with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper. Read More