[On Display]: America Is Hard to See x The Whitney Museum

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Memorial Day Weekend was absolutely awesome in my book. I started out with a full list of things I wanted to do with my time off—from a few museum visits to bike rides along the West Side Highway and movies with friends—and, as usual, wound up doing next to none of them; but I still managed to have a great time from the second I walked out of my office to the last moment before I fell asleep Monday night. One box on my list did manage to get checked though: Friday night at the new Whitney Museum.

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Kadeem and I hit the streets of Meatpacking to check out the museum’s new location and their inaugural exhibit, America Is Hard to See, an extensive curation of more than 600 works spanning the past century of American art. It’s an amazing representation of the journey contemporary art has traveled to become what it is today. Above and below, you can check out a few of the pieces that caught my eye for one reason or another.

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Sidebar: I’m reading this book called Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs. and it’s really helped me refine my eye. I’ve been looking at the things around me so differently. Lines are clearer, shadows are so much more captivating… It’s pretty cool when you notice your attention for aesthetics developing. In particular, I loved the way the light played with the work below. I had to snap a quick shot.

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It was definitely a great way to start my three and a half-day vacation. Now that Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer has passed, I’m looking forward to all that’s in store for this fresh new season ahead. -JxR

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“She’s So… Urban.” #StyledBy Jovel Roystan

Okay, it’s time for me to take a break. The clock says 12:55 (that’s AM, fyi) and I’m currently throwing clothes around my apartment while I put looks together for a shoot I’m styling this weekend. I remember back in college I always told myself that I’d never style anything—I had no interest whatsoever and, frankly, I didn’t think I could do it—but I guess that’s changed a bit. My friend asked me to style a shoot for her back in March and it was actually pretty fun. I teased the looks on Instagram, but never really shared them once I got the images back. Well, I finally sat down and picked a few of my favorite shots and figured now is the perfect time to post a few.

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I’ve never dressed women before, so it was slightly nerve-wracking going into it, but I’m always down for a good fashion challenge. The concept was urban street—like, real street, not Vogue “street”—so I got a little bold and added some boyish edge to the mix as I did my best to translate my interpretation of the idea. Looking to my own wardrobe for a little inspiration (and for some pieces to use), I blended the women’s garments I got with a few of my oversized layers, kept the accessories golden, and added a little “hood swagger” with the boxers (haha).

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It was super exciting to see my first-ever looks come to life on set, but the best part is looking back on it now and seeing things that I could’ve done better. Obviously, with this being Shoot #1 for me, I wouldn’t expect to be anywhere near perfect yet, but I think I did pretty okay. And next time, it’ll be even better! -JxR

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Brands included: Class Villain, Mugler, Alexander Wang for H&M, TopShop, H&M, Forever21, Zara

Photographed by Tiara Marei.