Traffic Tide

Dinner Series

Brooklyn, N.Y. (January 2, 2016) — Ksenya Samarskaya (branding-typography-art) and Leon Johnson (performance-culinary-art) introduce Traffic and Tide, a dinner series that exploits agile collaborative partnerships and conjures inventive convivial gatherings. Our upcoming season will include a range of chefs from diverse culinary traditions, custom-made dinnerware, limited edition art objects, readings and performances… all in the context of a shared meal.

Something happens at table, with so many elements intermixing—the unique shape of a glass can determine the position and openness of your hand, guiding the diners’ interactions. The journey of the ingredients from their place of origin encapsulates a multitude of stories and triumphs. The Traffic and Tide dinner series will take place overlooking the East River, amidst the hustle and fervor of movement of the city, celebrating all these paths, conversations and labors that lead to the center of the table.

Previous dinners from Johnson and/or Samarskaya have been staged at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Detroit, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, USA Today, The Guardian, and Conde Nast Traveler.

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About Ksenya Samarskaya

Curator, Director of Operations

Ksenya Samarskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and left for America in 1989, months prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Samarskaya serves on the Board of Directors for AIGA/NY, runs the branding studio Samarskaya & Partners, and is on the cusp of launching her type foundry, Solonka. Clients include Sweethaus Cafe, Light + Ladder, IDEO, Bacardi, Apple, Tiffany & Co., Google, Font Bureau, Wall Street Journal, Best Made Co., WeWork, Monotype, and Snoop Dogg Marketing. | | @samarskaya

About Leon Johnson

Curator, Chef

Leon Johnson was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and left for America in 1979, three years after the murder of Steve Biko. He is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Painting, a Yaddo Fellowship, and he won both the Ersted Award and the Williams Fellowship for innovative teaching. Johnson is developing a new learning and production laboratory in Georgia, as part of the work he initiated during his 2014 Martha Daniel Newell Distinguished Scholar residency. He was recently named a Bemis Center Fellow, and a Kresge Arts Fellow in Film and Theater.