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T. Charnan Lewis’s “Chocolate Road” uses candy to pave the way at chocolate-infused art show

T. Charnan Lewis’s “Chocolate Road” uses candy to pave the way at chocolate-infused art show

511 West 25th St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.
February 8-14
Admission: free - $75

We were crushed when the downtown Ritz-Carlton shut down its luxurious Rise bar, where pastry chef extraordinaire Laurent Richard had been creating majestic works of art made out of chocolate every February. Well, Migration of Senses’ Virginie Delavaud and Marco Antonio Castro also know about the art of chocolate; they have teamed up to curate a Chelsea exhibition dedicated to chocolate and its relationship to us addicted humans. For the show, which runs one week leading up to Valentine’s Day, CW&T will drip chocolate from the ceiling for “Chocolate Timepiece”; Jason Krugman uses LED technology in “Firefly”; Michelle Mayer delves back into the history of chocolate in “Conflict Confection,” an installation that will make gold-leafed chocolate bullets; Carolina Vallejo takes her thoughts and writings and turns them into chocolate pieces she will serve to visitors in “You will eat my words”; T. Charnan Lewis takes on corporate globalization and America’s past in three pointillist paintings that use such materials as candy dots and Styrofoam; EMA’s mixed-media mural “Hedonistic Cloud” features the artist’s imaginary characters; and Elim Chen’s “I Need You to Need Me” looks into our need to need.

In addition to sponsoring the free art show, Chocolate & I will also be holding a series of chocolate-related lectures, discussions, workshops, and tastings all week long at the gallery, which will be divided into Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and White Chocolate Rooms. Among the special events (some are free, but most cost $35-$95) are “What Would the Gods Say?,” in which Bond Street’s Lynda Stern and Sakaya’s Rick Smith pair chocolate with sake; “The Art of Artisanal Chocolate Making” with Bespoke’s Rachel Zoe Insler; “Save the World Through Silliness & Chocolate” with Fine & Raw’s Daniel Sklaar; a fondue party for singles; a chocolate-infused Valentine’s Day dinner designed by Anne Apparu; and much more.

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