Jazz Foundation of America Presents Cirque Du Jazz

Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th Street, NY, NY | 04.26.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On Saturday, April 26th, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) presented Cirque Du Jazz, a festive, circus-themed incarnation of its annual Jazz Loft Party at New York's Hudson Studios. The 23rd annual benefit, sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier and the Montreux Jazz Festival, featured performances by jazz, blues, tango, folk, swing, and flamenco legends. Iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis presented JFA's Lifetime Achievement Award to former Columbia/CBS/Elektra/Blue Note record company executive, Bruce Lundvall. (shown left). Musicians Matthew Whitaker, Nick Depuy, Norah Jones, and Dianne Reeves honored Mr. Lundvall with special tribute performances. Notable celebrities included actress Jennifer Beals and journalist Maria Bartilomo. more...

DIFFA Cocktails by Design Event Launches Annual Dining By Design Tour

Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY | 03.20.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On March 20th, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS welcomed guests to the 2014 Cocktails by Design launch event for its 17th Annual Dining By Design Tour. The New York leg of the tour, held in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94, featured world-class dining environments designed by international and local talents. Guests enjoyed gourmet food and drink from celebrated New York City restaurants and national beverage sponsors, and had the opportunity to bid on luxury items at the silent auction. The annual Dining By Design schedule of events includes five days of public table viewing that concludes this year on Monday, March 24th with a gala dinner. (left: Design by Marc Blackwell New York) more...

Sensational Umbria through the Lens of Photographer Steve McCurry

Italian Trade Commission, 33 East 67th Street, NY, NY | 11.07.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media Sensational Umbria, a spectacular photo exhibit by renowned National Geographic and Magnum photographer, Steve McCurry, opened on November 7th at New York's Italian Trade Commission. The exhibit features vibrant large format prints selected from a body of 100 photos commissioned by the Italian Region of Umbria. McCurry's images capture Umbria's landscapes, art and architecture, industry and products, food and wine, tourist attractions, and the lives of inhabitants. Italian Trade Commissioner, Pier Paolo Celeste introduced the show, along with Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle, and President of Umbria, Catiuscia Marini. (left: "Mercato delle Gaite: A woman in costume for the Perugia Medieval Summer Festival - Bevagna", © Steve McCurry 2013) more...

International Center of Photography Honors Jeff Bridges and Other Luminaries

Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media The International Center of Photography (ICP) welcomed supporters to its 29th Annual Infinity Awards on May 1st at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers. The Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding achievements in photography by both seasoned professionals with distinguished careers and emerging luminaries. The Awards are ICP’s primary fund-raising event, supporting the full range of its programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach. This year's event drew a mixture of collectors, philanthropists, photographers, artists, writers, media, and other professionals. The program included a special presentation to Academy Award-winning actor and photographer, Jeff Bridges (shown left). more...

Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL | by Merry Esparza & Alan Horowitz

Style 1 Media Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Western Hemisphere, welcomed over 50,000 visitors to its 11th edition from December 6-9. A companion to Switzerland's Art Basel, and the new Art Basel Hong Kong, the show featured more than 250 galleries from 31 countries. The fair showcases the best and latest in 20th-21st Century art, featuring both established and younger galleries and artists, and attracting seasoned and new art collectors, museum directors, curators, celebrities, and art lovers. Art Basel Miami Beach collaborates with local and international partners to present special exhibitions, events, panel discussions, and private collection tours, making it a nexus for key players in the international art world. (left: "PixCell–Red Deer," Kohei Nawa, 2012; taxidermy covered in glass beads; SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo) more...

Design Miami

Meridian Avenue & 19th Street, Miami Beach, FL | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media The eighth edition of Design Miami/, held from December 4-9 in South Beach, welcomed 31,000 design collectors, enthusiasts, and museum representatives to its pavilion located next to the Miami Beach Convention Center. The show, which ran concurrent to Art Basel Miami Beach, presented 36 galleries this year, a 25% increase over last year's number of exhibitors. The caliber of the fair's exhibitors, its site-specific design collaborations, its program of talks and tours, and its cross-disciplinary approach to design at the intersection of culture and commerce contribute to its status as a global forum for design. The pavilion's entrance concept, "Drift" (left), designed by New York-based studio, Snarkitecture, consisted of a floating environment made of huge inflatable tubes. more...