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For architecture enthusiasts, Columbus, Indiana has many attractions with buildings from famous people such as Eliel Saarinen, Harry Weese, IM Pei and Deborah Berke. But when I went on a pilgrimage last summer, my greatest discovery was not in the middle of the century; It was the work of the self-taught artist Carole Wantz, who created more than 150 paintings by her residents in the 1970s and 1980s. Now over 35 Her work is on display at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, marking Wantz’s first museum exhibition at the age of 81. The exhibition was curated by Richard McCoy, Managing Director of the Landmark Columbus Foundation, and offers an insight into the artist’s oeuvre exhibition with pieces reminiscent of that of the American folk artist Grandma Moses: “I was fascinated and enchanted by her,” says Wantz about the artist who, in her opinion, inspired her technique of “painting memories”. Wantz recorded everyday scenes like her daughter’s swimming competitions and her son’s hockey games, but it was a commissioned portrait by philanthropist J. Irwin Miller, one of the most famous masters of Columbus architecture (he lived in a house designed by Eero Saarinen) launched theirs in 1975 Career. The play, which shows different aspects of life in Columbus together with scenes from people or places that are important to Miller, is the result of several weeks of interviews in which Wantz asked Miller and those closest to him to share their stories from his life tell what she would draw from. The portrait attracted so much attention that Wantz was soon sought for more commissioned paintings, particularly from the upper tier of the Columbus Society. Fifty years later it is finally due. “Carole Wantz’s Artwork: Collected Tales from Columbus, Indiana” is on view at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, indianamuseum.org, through July 25th.

Taiwan is an island of 23 million people who are very interested in food. And now some of its foods have found their way to North American shores. Small, handmade soy paste, an everyday condiment for dumplings or beet cakes, is traditionally made by boiling glutinous rice grains and water with soy sauce, creating a thick, shiny body similar to oyster sauce. Yu Ding Xing, a family business in XiLuo, still produces it this way, along with a range of soy sauces made from black soybeans naturally fermented in terracotta barrels and then burned with wood. One of the brand’s notable soy pastes is mixed with miso paste to create a smooth and pourable umami breakout. Another variety that contains mirin and licorice has subtle notes of chocolate and aniseed. Yu Ding Xing products are sold online by Yun Hai, an e-commerce website launched in 2018 by Lisa Cheng-Smith and Ivan Wu that specializes in Taiwanese pantry ingredients. Cheng-Smith personally likes to sprinkle these on blanched greens or brush them on spring onion pancakes. “It’s essentially an even more versatile soy sauce with a little more sweetness and body,” she says. This year, Yun-Hai will add several more products to its small collection of Taiwanese ingredients, including cold-pressed black sesame paste or “Taiwan’s Nutella,” as Cheng-Smith describes it. From $ 14 at yunhai.shop.

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After six years of expanding the cooking residency program to three places in Paris (L’Adresse, En Face Wine Bar and L’Entrepôt), the trio behind the restaurant group Fulgurances – Rebecca Asthalter, Hugo Hivernat, and Sophie Coribert – recently brought their vision to a 34-seat outpost in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in the United States. The restaurant opened this week and is located in a former laundromat in a Grade II listed building on Franklin Street. chosen for the size of the site and the European atmosphere of the street. The restrained interior was designed by the local architecture firm Re-ad. While the room retains many historical details such as the sheet metal ceiling, exposed brick walls, and the original laundromat signage, it also plays more contemporary Parisian accents from custom-made wall lamps and tiles to parquet and wooden furniture. “There are really strong connections between this space and L’Adresse in Paris,” explains Hivernat, who lives in Brooklyn. “It was crucial that the essence of the Fulgurances remained intact.” Also in the interests of the group, the Fulgurances Laundromat will act as a culinary incubator for young international chefs. Starting with the Chilean cook Victoria Blamey, right next to her residence in the Blue Hill Stone Barns, followed by the American chef Aaron Rosenthal, who was previously Sous Chef in September, each resident will take over the kitchen for three to six months. “We want the guests to see what these chefs can do when they get a license and are in the spotlight,” says Asthalter. fulgurances.com.

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In 2019, Ryan O’Connell wrote and starred in a semi-autobiographical short-form Netflix comedy “Special” about a gay man with cerebral palsy who found his way around Los Angeles and was both tender and snappy in the way people who don’t are disabled, stumble upon those who are. Now the show is back for a second (and final) season, with 30-minute episodes – twice as long as last time – showing a new confidence that reflects the growth of its protagonist, played by the showrunner, and his name and shares his ironic joke, honed from years as an online writer. “It took me certain moments to breathe and swing, and in 15 minutes, honey, they can’t,” O’Connell, 34, wrote me in an email. “I wanted to show the world what I can do when I have the right time and the right resources.” After quickly finishing the new episodes, I found that one of O’Connell’s many talents is creating characters that feel real – unlike other sitcoms, nobody is overly ambitious, personable, or stocked, but they still deserve the compassion they need – and then hire fantastic actors like Max Jenkins, Punam Patel and Jessica Hecht to add nuance, humor and a bit of selflessness to those complicated roles. “I’m such a slut for the casting,” adds O’Connell. “My poor casting director was constantly besieged when I sent 30 options for a person who has a two-line part.” netflix.com.

According to ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, “clay can be formed into a vessel, but it is its emptiness that makes it useful.” It is a quote dear to Jenn Tardif of the mindfulness collective 3rd Ritual, who worked with ceramic artist Julianne Ahn of Object & Totem last year to create a piece that “is as useful as it is beautiful, even if left blank,” says Tardif. The egg, as it is called, is a ceramic vessel modeled on an ostrich egg and inspired by the Japanese tradition of ikebana or flower arranging. With a height of 5 inches, it is perfect to sit on a bookshelf. It has three small holes on top and a hollow center to display flowers, hold incense, or hide small keepsakes (just lift the dome off the base to reveal a sacred space to tuck a special object or note). To make the egg, the mold is set with a plaster mold, then cleaned, fired in an oven, waxed and glazed – and fired again. As a final touch, diluted Indian ink is hand rubbed into the egg to highlight the thin, eggshell-like cracks that appear after firing. Each ceramic comes with a card inviting its new owner to participate in a meditative ritual, whether by arranging their own selection of stems or by creating a new sanctuary in their home. $ 150, 3rdritual.com.

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