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For the architecture-obsessed, Columbus, Indiana, offers many attractions, with buildings by renowned figures such as Eliel Saarinen, Harry Weese, I.M. Pei and Deborah Berke. But when I made the pilgrimage last summer, my biggest discovery wasn’t the midcentury structures; it was the work of self-taught artist Carole Wantz, who in the 1970s and ’80s created more than 150 paintings of its residents. Now, over 35 of her pieces are on display at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, marking Wantz’s first-ever museum exhibition, at the age of 81. Curated by Richard McCoy, the executive director of the Landmark Columbus Foundation, the show provides a glimpse into the artist’s oeuvre, with pieces reminiscent of those by the American folk artist Grandma Moses: “I was captivated and charmed by her,” Wantz says of the artist, whom she credits as having inspired her technique of “painting memories.” Wantz chronicled everyday scenes like her daughter’s swim meets and son’s hockey games, but it was a commissioned portrait of the philanthropist J. Irwin Miller, one of the most prominent champions of Columbus architecture (he lived in a home designed by Eero Saarinen), in 1975 that launched her career. The piece — which depicts various aspects of Columbus life along with scenes of people or places important to Miller — is the result of several weeks’ worth of interviews, whereby Wantz asked Miller and those closest to him to tell her stories of his life, from which she would draw from. The portrait garnered so much attention that Wantz was soon sought after for more commissioned paintings, primarily by the upper echelon of Columbus society. Fifty years later, she’s finally getting her due. “The Artwork of Carole Wantz: Collected Stories From Columbus, Indiana” is on view through July 25 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis,

After six years of growing their chef residency program across three spaces in Paris (at L’Adresse, En Face wine bar and L’Entrepôt), the trio behind the restaurant group Fulgurances — Rebecca Asthalter, Hugo Hivernat and Sophie Coribert — recently brought their vision stateside with a 34-seat outpost in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. Opening this week, the restaurant occupies a former laundromat in a landmarked building on Franklin Street, chosen for the location’s size and the street’s European feel. Its understated interior was designed by the local architecture firm Re-a.d, and while the space retains many historic details — such as the tin ceiling, exposed brick walls and original laundromat signage — it also plays up more contemporary, Parisian touches, from custom sconces and tiles to parquet flooring and wood furnishings. “There are really strong ties between this space and L’Adresse in Paris,” explains Hivernat, who’s based in Brooklyn. “It was crucial that the Fulgurances essence remains intact.” Also in keeping with the spirit of the group, Fulgurances Laundromat will act as a culinary incubator for young international chefs. Beginning with the Chilean chef Victoria Blamey, just off her residency at Blue Hill Stone Barns, followed by the American chef Aaron Rosenthal, previously the sous chef at Septime, each resident will take over the kitchen for three to six months. “We want guests to see what these chefs can do when given carte blanche and the spotlight,” says Asthalter.

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