This weekend check out some photography in Istanbul, attend the New Yorker festival in the Big Apple, and enjoy the new album by Swedish pop singer Taken By Trees.
1. FESTIVAL: NEW YORK
—The New Yorker Festival
The New Yorker’s annual festival runs this weekend packed with performances and discussions between cultural tastemakers and The New Yorker contributors. The rare appearance of directors Andy and Lana Wachowski for the premiere of Cloud Atlas promises to be one of the festival’s most popular events. Guests include Patti Smith, Christian Louboutin, and Dustin Hoffman as well as music acts Vampire Weekend and Norah Jones. The New Yorker Festival is at various locations throughout Manhattan. Until 7 Octobernewyorker.com/festival
2. PHOTOGRAPHY: ISTANBUL
—Gaze: The Changing Face of Portrait Photography
Istanbul’s Museum of Modern Art tracks down the development of portrait photography through the last two centuries with over 70 works by 54 international photographers such as American modernist Man Ray, English painter and printmaker David Hockney and Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. Curated by Sena Cakirkaya the show runs until 2 January and has loaned its pieces from the “Art in Our Community” programme under the Bank of America’s Art collection.
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo No: 4, 34433 Karaköy. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00, Thursday 10.00-20.00. Until 2 January
3. RETAIL: NEW YORK
Artisan denim makers Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko of Raleigh have recently opened a new shop in NoLIta, the brand’s first bricks-and-mortar space outside of their native North Carolina. The minimal, yet intimate space was designed in collaboration with the Office of Metropolitan Architecture’s Shohei Shigematsu. In addition to Raleigh’s jeans, the shop highlights the brand’s newly-released apparel collection in addition to shoes and accessories. We recommend trying on the Alexander jean in raw cone denim.
211 Elizabeth Street (near Prince Street)
4. EXHIBITION: LINCOLNSHIRE
This weekend the work of budding international artists Bethan Huws, Jem Finer, Jordan Baseman and Amanda Coogan will occupy three stately homes throughout rural Lincolnshire. Compass’s grand settings and diverse mediums feature a cinematic journey through the universe, projected onto the walls of a caravan and an audio monologue from a ghost hunter among other exhibitions. Transport between the country piles is provided by Beacon, a project that has been organizing and promoting contemporary art in unlikely venues throughout the east Midlands since 2004.
At various locations throughout Lincolnshire. Until 28 October
5. MUSIC: GLOBAL
—Taken By Trees: Other Worlds
You’ll know her half-asleep (in a good way) vocals from any number of successful Swedish singles. Victoria Bergsman or “Taken By Trees” as she’s known, was the voice of Peter Bjorn and John’s omnipresent 2006 whistle-athon “Young Folks” and was formerly singer in the Concretes. Her last record, 2009’s East of Eden was a folky trip recounting her travels in Pakistan and her latest Other Worlds was inspired by Hawaii. Her music washes intelligent electronic production through the organic flavours of inspiring locales. And although it’s not always immediate we’re supposed to be in Hawaii, Other Worlds is clearly a good place to be.
Other Worlds is out now