Explore the city’s hottest launches, openings and happenings this month.
John Currin, “Mantis” (2021), detail
In his first solo exhibit in New York since 2010, artist John Currin has unveiled a plethora of new paintings at the Gagosian in the new exhibit Memorial. The engaging show features provocative new works, which Currin started in 2020, all calling on themes of intimacy, eroticism, and feminine and masculine identities while ushering them into a new context that builds upon the explicitly sexual imagery seen throughout his earlier career. Currin oft en incorporates elements of his eternal muse—his wife, artist Rachel Feinstein. One of the interesting new works in Memorial titled “Pinup” captures a nude female subject draped in rags, arms raised. Likewise, in “Sunflower,” a female subject depicted in an isolated space holds only a large red flower, with a mission to escape the confines of the scene. Memorial is complex and startling—yet it’s hard to look away. Through Oct. 30, 541 W. 24th St. –LB
PRIDE GROOM The Final Coat conditioner
Pup parents, rejoice: Master hairstylist Julien Farel and his acclaimed French American beauty and wellness brand, the Julien Farel Group, now carries NYC-based dog grooming brand PRIDE+GROOM. Available at his salon at Loews Regency New York Hotel, the all-natural, coatspecific shampoos come in a signature cone-shaped dispenser, allowing for ease while cleaning. “Being new dog owners, Julien and I have tried tons of pet shampoos—of course!” says Suelyn Farel, CEO of Julien Farel Group. “PRIDE+GROOM is an equal to our haircare products—luxurious, sensorial and delivering top-notch results.” With three different shampoo options, such as The Shedder and The Sensitive One, every dog’s coat in NYC will be looking as manicured as its owner. 540 Park Ave. –AT
The Great Escape
The Aurum offers a dreamy escape from the bustling city.
The Catskills are welcoming a new transformative hotel and hammam experience like no other this fall. The Aurum, a 36-room hotel set on 131 acres in Mount Temper, is the brainchild of Million Dollar Listing’s Steve Gold and interior designer Samuel Amoia, and is the co-developers’ first venture into the hospitality industry. Inside the main building will be the historic Maidstone Lodge, which was built in 1902 and more recently underwent extensive renovations, and will be home to the lobby, guest rooms and a Sicilian farm-to-table restaurant. Influenced by ancient Rome and its impact on today’s society, the hotel will reimagine the bathing culture that was at the heart of the first social clubs in Rome. With the thoughtfully crafted Aurum Thermae, the hammam and spa calling on its Roman roots, guests will step back in time and unwind just as ancient leaders and philosophers did thousands of years ago. For a bit more privacy and exclusivity, 12 mountain bungalows starring incredible views and private gardens await. Mount Tremper –AT
Amy Sherald, “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama” (2018)
Upon their debut at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in 2018 and a wildly successful tour across the country, the Obama portraits have become monumentally popular and transformative works. Now, through The Obama Portraits Tour, the paintings are on view at Brooklyn Museum. The portraits—President Barack Obama’s painted by artist Kehinde Wiley and former first lady Michelle Obama’s by Amy Sherald—are colorful masterpieces that portray the subjects in a new and beautiful way, unlike any other presidential portraits have, sparking unprecedented positive reactions from the country. Along with the paintings, viewers can experience audiovisual aspects, workshops and presentations, as well as pick up The Obama Portraits book, published by the National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press, to dig in even more. Through Oct. 24, 200 Eastern Parkway –AT
The revered Italian carmaker is revving up with the opening of its invite-only Lamborghini Lounge NYC, a new immersive experience offering Lamborghini’s clients, partners and friends an unparalleled opportunity to interact with the brand like never before. Located in Chelsea beneath the High Line, the exclusive lounge allows access to never-before-seen vehicles, top-notch Italian culinary experiences and intimate exhibitions.
Lamborghini Lounge NYC is sure to fulfill gearheads’ dreams.
Upon entering the state-of-the-art, two-story facility spanning 5,400 square feet, numerous private spaces beckon, including the Ad Personam design studio, which allows members to design and purchase their own Lamborghini. The impressively appointed lounge boasts a Bang & Olufsen sound system as well as top-of-the-line furnishings from Living Divani and La Dolcevita. “Following the success of our Lamborghini Lounge venues across the globe, this new flagship in Manhattan will create a vibrant and personal connection to share the Lamborghini lifestyle,” says Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. The space artfully hones the brand’s Italian roots and masters Lamborghini’s sleek character. 533 W. 26th St. –AT
Photography by: CURRIN ARTWORK PHOTO BY ROB MCKEEVER/COURTESY OF GAGOSIAN, © JOHN CURRIN; OBAMA PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION; ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDS