City as Canvas: an Exhibition at City Museum

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York) Graffiti took hold in New York in the early 1970s, starting in Washington Heights and the Bronx before spreading throughout the city. Artist Martin Wong moved to New York in 1978, and he saw the seeds of a major art movement popping up on the streets around him. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wong collected about 300 pieces from graffiti artists around New York, and now about half of the collection is on display at the City Museum in an exhibition called City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.

Graffiti is a democratic form of art that has given artistic and cultural legitimacy to artists such as Basquiat, Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy, and Lee Quiñones, in addition to providing an outlet for young artists around the world. Although it is a contentious form of art, graffiti continues to thrill and impassion people today (see: Banksy's residency in New York and the erasure of 5 Pointz).

City as Canvas features Wong's collection, which includes paintings and sketchbook drawings by graffiti artists, as well as photographs from notables such as Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, and a short documentary entitled Graf Obssession made by Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal film Wild Style)The exhibtion encapsulates a period of early hip hop culture that has since become integrated into the spirit of the city, and highlights the graffiti movement's cultural importance and its place in New York City history.

The exhibition opens Tuesday, February 4, and runs through Sunday, August 24.

Salon Series: Celebrating Art and Food with Derrick Adams and Marcus

Derrick-Adams-Head-14-web1-300x283 You're invited to a one-of-a-kind salon on Wednesday, January  15th at 7pm for an intimate dinner and conversation with Marcus Samuelsson and artist Derrick Adams. The New York-based artist, who graduated from Columbia and Pratt Universities, will be our honored guest at Ginny's Supper Club to discuss topics focusing on the conversation between art and food. If his art seems familiar, it's because many of his pieces have been featured at Red Rooster and last week Derrick installed 6 new works in our private dining space. The installation will live with us for at least a year. Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams is one of the young rising stars is the international art community, and focuses on deconstruction and collages with multiple mediums of texture. He largely highlights urban culture and the African-American archtype.

You'll notice that much of Derrick's latest work involves layering. Many of his collages include strong brick and metal imaging juxtaposed with the softness of a woman's profile and torso. He positions this perspective as tools for self empowerment/determination, building of a cultural identity and celebration of resourcefulness by the African-American people. Poignant color is used to further highlight the history of patterns and boldness in the African aesthetic tradition.

Iconic images of urban soul, hip-hop culture and familiar black aesthetic props are common in Adam's work as well (afro sheen, kangols, afro pics, camouflage, boom boxes, power to the people fists, black panther posters, church fans and pews, African cooking utensils, etc.)

He received his Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Arts from Pratt Institute. Adams was a prestigious Skowhegan fellow and has exhibited in MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and has been honored with a number of distinguished awards. He is currently on exhibition in Studio Museum of Harlem.

To read more about the artist, click here. Hope you'll be able to join us for this spectacular evening.

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Inspired By: Food as Sunset

It's epic sunset season and what better way to celebrate it than with foods that most resembles is stellar colors! Check out the succession of a sunset below as portrayed with food, and if you see a dish that excites you, click on the caption to get the recipe. yellow tomato and papaya gazpacho




roasted radishes with greens






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Inspired By: The Jazz Age

Lavish, luxurious and absolutely sinful! The "Jazz Age" was all about indulging on a whim without a care about what tomorrow will bring. So play the song below and let your Monday blues Charleston themselves far, far away...

Then check out this mood board to get you, well, in the mood for a Monday morning. What inspires you?



photo on the right: xmascarol


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New Art at Rooster: Sunday Brunch by Pontus Hook

pontus hook, red rooster, art Pontus Hook is an accomplished Swedish photographer that spent one afternoon capturing the vivid characters that frequent Sunday brunch at Red Rooster. A downtown New York resident, Pontus knew he wanted to capture our restaurant's patrons after his first visit uptown. Not knowing what he wanted to capture, the photographer brought his camera and a screen one Sunday afternoon.

The experience resulted in twelve portraits that reflect Pontus’ view of the elegant and playful ritual of dressing for church. The series hopes to touch on the diversity of Harlem culture and the celebration of intergenerational connection.

Pontus’ motivation for shooting the images in black and white was to give a timelessness to the series. He was inspired by Richard Avedon, who shot a similar project focusing on everyday people in the 80’s while traveling around the US. This is Pontus’ humble twist on a similar cultural immersion.

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Pontus feels that Red Rooster is the perfect place to showcase the work because people from all walks of life come to the establishment to celebrate togetherness and diversity in their own way. We are honored and elated to showcase his beautiful work on the Red Rooster walls.


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