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Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

A Wedding Night at the Museum

thiebaud wedding cake.jpgOr at least an evening ceremony there. Harry Philbrick, director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, tied the knot at the Ridgefield, Connecticut museum on Saturday. Philbrick, 50, has served as director of the Aldrich since 1996, shepherding the museum through a $9 million capital campaign and the addition of 25,000 square feet of new and redesigned space in a building designed by Charles Mark Hay of Tappe Associates. Philbrick married Carolyn Coleburn, a vice president and the director of publicity at Viking, according to the listing published in yesterday’s New York Times.

The Aldrich is worth a visit even in the absence of dancing and free cake. On view there through February 8 is “The Silent Echo Chamber,” a multi-screen video installation by Harry Shearer (yes, that Harry Shearer). The multi-talented actor, writer, and musician culled raw feed satellite footage (but you didn’t hear that from us!) to assemble an awakward yet fascinating series of silent portraits. Nine plasma screens in the atrium of the Aldrich feature close-up shots of celebrities such as Barack Obama, Larry King, and Dr. Phil as they prepare to be interviewed on live television.

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Friday Photo: And Then There Was Jimmy

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(Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)

As you may have heard, there was something of a Presidential reunion in the Oval Office earlier this week, when President-elect Barack Obama met and lunched with President Bush as well as former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Or so they would have us believe. In this week’s Friday Photo by Doug Mills and pretty much all of the shots we’ve seen of what Obama called an “extraordinary gathering,” Carter has a wonderfully Photoshopped-in quality about him. Meanwhile, we hear that after lunch, they retired to the south lawn for a rousing game of ultimate croquet, blue ties versus red ties.

Shepard Fairey’s Obama Is Time‘s Person of the Year

time obama cover.jpgIn the event that your holiday celebrations have kept you from newsstands and other non-UnBeige media outlets, we thought it prudent to alert you that Barack Obama has been named Time‘s 2008 Person of the Year. And not just any Obama—Shepard Fairey‘s illustration of him, an update of the iconic campaign poster that Time managing editor Richard Stengel calls “the great populist image of the campaign.” As for Fairey’s latest cover creation, Stengel describes it as “a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original.” The cover is also a nod to the issue’s theme of “citizen art”—the millions of representations of Obama created by ordinary people (and then, frequently, posted to Flickr). Time mined 100,000 such Flickr images and highlights Obama-themed art that includes an Obama photo mosaic (made up of thousands of tiny portraits of those who attended a campaign rally), Obama’s head made out of Legos (Legobama?), and our favorite, artist Zilly Rosen‘s Obama comprised wholly of cupcakes (below).

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Photo: Shasti O’Leary

AIA Offers Obama Team Advice on How to Make White House Green

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Promoting green buildings begins at home, and so the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is offering its advice to President-Elect Barack Obama on how to turn the White House green. “During the campaign, Barack Obama voiced plans to invest in infrastructure, advance energy efficiency and sustainable buildings, and to develop a 21st century transportation system,” said AIA CEO Christine McEntee in a recent press release. “These are all longstanding AIA goals, and we look forward to working with the new administration as they tackle these important challenges.” Among the AIA’s proposals? To create a high-level advisor on green buildings who would coordinate executive branch activities and promote these issues to the public, to develop a White House Office of Urban Policy (which Obama proposed during the campaign), and to focus on making the White House an international model of energy efficiency. OK, we admit that these ideas trump our suggestion that the Obama team draw all energy for the White House from a basement full of Gilligan’s Island-style pedal-powered generators.

Obama Household Favors HGTV

obamas HGTV.jpgIn mere months, the U.S. will elect a new president (our prediction: Michael Phelps, by nine-tenths of a second), and so it’s time to focus on the important things, like what TV shows, music, and movies the candidates like. Never afraid to ask the tough questions (e.g., “If you could be any superhero, which superhero would you be?), Entertainment Weekly is on the case, devoting four pages in its August 15 issue to pop culture Q&As with Barack Obama and John McCain. While we were intrigued to learn that McCain adores Viva Zapata! and cried at Bambi, the first movie he ever saw, some news about the viewing habits of the Obama household caught our design-focused eye. In a discussion of who controls the remote, EW finds a way to get fascists into the follow-up question:

EW: So neither [you nor your wife, Michelle] are fascists when it comes to the remote…
OBAMA: If I tell her, “Sweetie, we’ve got game 5 of the NBA finals on,” she’s willing to give me a little slack. Most of the time, though, the TV is on HGTV, and I suffer that silently.

Rolling Stone Queries Readers on Planned Redesign

rolling stone reader.jpgThe windows of Macy’s stores natonwide are spotlighting the new line of t-shirts that feature iconic Rolling Stone covers (the $36 purchase price includes a free one-year subscription), and now comes news that the magazine is pondering a major redesign and looking to readers for feedback. The New York Observer‘s John Koblin describes a test issue recently sent to some subscribers as “a tighter, smaller, glossier version of the current issue of Rolling Stone,” with covercandidate Barack Obama smiling down at his American flag lapel pin.

The test issue is the same size as your Vanity Fair, your Gourmet, your Lucky. It’s glossy and perfect-bound (goodbye, staples!), and the spine has all sorts of type on it making it perfect for your bookshelf: the dates, the issue number (RS 1056/1057), and a peek of what’s inside: BARACK OBAMA / BONNAROO / AMY WINEHOUSE / RUSH / GREENLAND. The logo-type in the test issue is a brighter shade of red and smaller.

Ultimately, Koblin is not impressed by the new look. Aside from its more substantial feel, the test issue “just feels so…generic,” he writes. “It doesn’t retain any of the flavor of the old Rolling Stone, and the way that a magazine feels in your hands is half its game.” As for how the magazine feels on your body, you’ll have to buy a t-shirt to find out.

Barry Blitt’s New Yorker Cover Tests World’s Satire Detection Skills

politics of fear.bmpIt’s entitled “The Politics of Fear” and features a turbaned, robe-clad Barack Obama in an Oval Office fist bump with his wife, Michelle, who has swapped her usual sheath dress and pumps for camo fatigues and combat boots, accessorized not with gumball pearls but an AK-47 and a swath of bullets. In the fireplace beside them burns an American flag. This is the Barry Blitt illustration that adorns the cover of the July 21 issue of The New Yorker, and while it’s only now winging its way to most subscribers’ mailboxes, the cover is already generating a flurry of controversy, as our sister blog, FishbowlNY predicted yesterday in a post that began with the question: “Ironic or just nuts?” Meanwhile, today’s Daily Heller helpfully provides both Merriam-Webster’s definition of “satire” and a selection of past New Yorker covers designed to “make readers question social, political, and cultural assumptions.” FishbowlNY has just posted Blitt’s past New Yorker covers for you to print, cut out, collect, and trade. And over at the Huffington Post, New Yorker editor David Remnick tells Rachel Sklar, “The fact is, it’s not a satire about Obama—it’s a satire about the distortions and misconceptions and prejudices about Obama.”

Barack Steady: Obama’s Design Wins

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The standard disclaimer applies: We at UnBeige do not endorse political candidates (unless they buy us stuff off our Amazon wishlist) and we are not a partisan organization (unless you count our steadfast Scientology affiliations).

We’ve touched upon reviews of the Presidential-hopeful logos before (back when Newsweek invented the typeface Ventura). But over the weekend, as we were analyzing the outcome of Iowa caucusing and preparing for tomorrow’s New Hampshire primarying, we had the same realization that Armin Vit had over at Speak Up: Barack Obama‘s identity has evolved into a real winner:

From the day this logo was unveiled I received many e-mails asking whodunit and commenting how much they liked it and how different it was from all other Presidential candidate logos. Ever. The logo was designed (jointly or separately, depending of what you read into each firm’s blurb) by Chicago-based Sender LLC and mo/de: “We were looking at the ‘o’ of his name and had the idea of a rising sun and a new day,” explains Sol Sender, “The sun rising over the horizon evoked a new sense of hope.”

Vit focuses on the “______ for Obama” banners that can be found in the People section of his site (also pretty nice), which each seem to be a subtle but considered branding exercise. We’re not sure where he stands on No Spec or anything, but how soon before we start seeing some “Designers for Obama” banners?

Update: Prescott Perez-Fox posted a very funny response to the post:

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Annie Leibovitz Captures the African Conversation for Vanity Fair

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In an unprecedented effort by Vanity Fair, 20 different covers of the July issue hit newsstands today for their Africa issue, featuring famous peeps having a “conversation” about the continent as shot by Annie Leibovitz. Feast your eyes on the slideshow: Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush (Surprise! But excellent coordination ensured he was paired with safe Condi and Tutu to prevent his eyes from being clawed out), Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Djimon Hounsou, Madonna, Maya Angelou, Chris Rock, Warren Buffett, Bill & Melinda Gates, Oprah, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Iman and Don Cheadle.

Although we’re not gonna go into the politics of the pairings, a few poses definitely caught our eye (even though it sounds like they were patched since VF published Leibovitz’s shooting schedule):

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Chris Rock whispers sweet stock tips in Warren Buffett’s ear; Barack Obama definitely has Don Cheadle’s vote, and perhaps his undying affection.