Alums who do cool things: Orly Genger ’01 returns to Brown for installation, You

Orly Genger '01, with her 2013 piece Red, Yellow and Blue in Madison Square Park, NYC

Orly Genger ’01, with her 2013 piece Red, Yellow and Blue in Madison Square Park, NYC

Orly Genger ’01 has returned to campus for her newest site-specific installation, You. This 250-foot-long recycled lobster rope sculpture will transform the Quiet Green between University Hall and the Van Winkle Gates. The installation will be completed this Thursday, and the piece will remain on view through Summer 2015.

Orly, based in New York, is known for her large-scale hand-knotted rope installations. After receiving her BA from Brown in 2001, Orly went on to receive her post-baccalaureate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. Orly’s large-scale work has been displayed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, and The Contemporary Austin. Orly’s largest installation to date, Red, Yellow and Blue, was installed at NYC’s Madison Square Park in May 2013, made out of 1.4 million feet of hand-crocheted rope.

Blog chatted with Genger as she worked on the project’s installation earlier this week:

BlogDH: What was the creative process like for this project? How did the collaboration with Brown start?

Genger: Brown approached me to come and do a piece here, so I came back, which has been a pleasure. I walked around and picked a location, and then drew out some ideas. This rope was originally from Red, Yellow and Blue, which was then made into a piece on the Chicago lakefront, and is now in its third life here.

BlogDH: What drew you to this location, out of the ones you surveyed?

Genger: There were a few options. This one seemed the best because I liked the amount of foot traffic in this spot, as well as the significance of being by the Gates. The proximity to the art department was also nice, because I spent so much of my time there and walked through this green so often as a student.

BlogDH: What was your experience at Brown like?

Genger: Brown for me was completely crucial to where I am today. If I didn’t have the experiences that I had at Brown, I don’t know if I’d be doing what I’m doing now. It created a real comfort zone to experiment and to try things that maybe otherwise I wouldn’t have tried. It gave me the space I needed to become an artist.

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Alums Who Do Cool Things: A day in the life of a billionaire

While we may be told to manage our expectations, stories of alums hittin’ it big in the real world tend to keep aspirations for life after Brown very high. Still, even the most Commercial, Organized and Entrepreneurial of us don’t necessarily envision a future of outfits that require their own security and a salary that makes Mitt Romney look like Joe the Plumber.

But one enterprising recent alum figured out a way to try out just such a life. Kevin Roose ’09.5 , a New York Times reporter and published author, recently spent a day living like a billionaire in order to investigate America’s obsession with the super wealthy. He spent his day cruising around in a Rolls Royce Ghost (and a private jet) doing rich people things with a private security detail at his side — all for the sake of journalism (huzzah!). Check out the story here for more details from Kevin’s swagged-out day (and a glimpse into the future of aspiring Brunonian journalists?).

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Crazy for Krasinski


In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last eight hours and haven’t yet seen the latest event to blow up your Facebook newsfeed, John Krasinski ’01 is leaving Dunder-Mifflin behind and making an appearance in the 401 next week. Brown Lecture Board will be hosting a Q&A with the former Theater Arts major, which, we can only hope, will involve numerous Brown specific inquiries like: “what’s the weirdest thing you saw at SPG?” and what are your thoughts on “K Berg’s fashionable up-do?” .

The triumphant return of our dear Jim will be taking place next Wednesday in Salomon 101, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis next Monday and Tuesday in the J. Walter Wilson lobby.

Tickets go on sale at 12 pm, so get ‘em while they’re hot!


Herald spillover (or as BlogDH would call it: Alums who do cool things): Gabriel Kahane ’03

In the Brown Daily Herald Media Empire, the people are informed by two separate, yet equally important groups (and Post-): the paper, which you grab from the Ratty and the Blog, which you read on your laptop during lectures. Occasionally, a story will be too big and awesome to completely fit into the pages of the Herald, so we’re here to pick it up.  This is their spillover.  DUN DUN!

Gabriel Kahane’s ’03 music is like the love child of Arnold Schoenberg, Andrew Bird, Elliot Smith and Steven Sondheim if that child were raised by drunken Russian crystallographers on a maritime kick. In short: his music is very, very good. Also, he looks like a friendly elf. Best of all: people are noticing. The 31 year-old has been written up in the New York Times more times than I, a humanities concentrator, can count; Pitchfork says fewer bad things him than they do about almost anyone except Kanye West; he was recently named a composer-in-residence of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; he’s collaborated with Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright, among others and he’s currently writing a musical for the renowned Public Theater. Here are some of the choicest things he said to me — including a recipe for braised pork shoulder ragu — after his concert at Grant Recital Hall last Thursday. Continue Reading


Mama Kim comes to Brown

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If you’ve walked by the SciLi in the past couple of days, you may have caught a whiff of the mouth-watering aroma coming from Thayer Street’s newest addition: Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ food truck.

Lines of students greeted Mama Kim’s last Friday on opening day, so much so that they emptied the truck of all the food it had stocked up for the weekend. After re-opening on Monday, the truck’s menu offers a wide variety of traditional and contemporary dishes, such as bulgogi (marinated beef), seafood pajun (scallion pancakes), spicy pork wraps and sliders. The truck also offers vegan options, such as kimchi pajun and yuba (marinated tofu) rice.

Run by Mama Sook Kim and son Hyun ’01, the truck’s website boasts of using locally grown produce and meats. So far, the response to Mama Kim’s has been predominantly positive, with many noting the lack of other Korean restaurants around Brown.

Mama Kim’s can be found on the corner of Waterman and Brook or outside of Barus and Holley during lunch and around the corner of Thayer and Waterman, outside MacMillan, for dinner. The truck also operates late night, but posts its location via Twitter and Facebook.

And with that, Mama Kim’s gets the award for being the most social media savvy food truck.


“Hermes Editeur” lecture tonight!

At 8:00 pm tonight, Brown alumnus Pierre-Alexis Dumas ’91 and Chief Creative Officer of Hermes will be lecturing on “Hermes Editeur: A Journey on Silk from Art to Craft.” The lecture will take place at the new Granoff Center in the Martinos Auditorium, and will go from 8:00-10:00 pm. The lecture is also free. The description of the lecture reads,

“It is the constant tension of design challenging craft that helps us develop skill and knowledge. That necessary tension is at the heart of the creative process. How do we generate change in order to keep our traditions alive? In 2008, Hermès Editeur was born out of the desire to challenge this tradition further and bridge fine and contemporary art together with silk-printing craft. Dumas’ talk will focus on the genesis and contents of the first two series of Hermès Editeur, featuring Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square, as well as Daniel Buren’s Photo-souvenirs au Carré. Sponsored by the Brown University Creative Arts Council and the Rhode Island School of Design Apparel Design Department.”

So, whether you’re interested in fashion, love Hermes, want to attend an interesting lecture, or are interested in seeing what the space of the new Granoff center is like, go check this out.

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