Hello, Friends!

Welcome to Resident Modernist, the site formerly known as Adventures in Tiki.

Resident Modernist is a brand new blog that includes more things that tie into my love of modernism, food and history. I figured it was time to branch out a bit!

I apologize the blog has been a bit sparse this year. The whole virus/quarantine thing keeps me from going out, so I whether or not I write largely depends on how inspired I am. This year has been kind of tough, as far as that’s concerned.

What’s up with the name change?

I nearly tore my hair out coming up with a new identity for this blog. Because I wanted to write about other things in addition to Tiki, it became an ordeal to find a name that encompassed all of it. Eventually, I realized I didn’t need to do that. I chose two words I thought defined me pretty well.

When I go out and find cool things to see and do, I like to pick what locals do. It’s the residents who know where the treasures are within their communities. I enjoy being shown around when I travel, and I enjoyed showing others around when I lived in Texas.

And anyone who knows me knows I’m a champion of modern design, living, and art, and the word modernist describes me to a T.

What about the Tiki stuff?

There will still be lots of Tiki in my new blog. Come on, I just moved to southern California, which was ground zero for Polynesian Pop!

If you’d like to keep up with my new adventures, please subscribe to my blog. I have locked down my personal social media profiles and don’t usually accept friend requests from strangers, so if you’re on Facebook, you can follow me there. I hope you enjoy the new blog!

  • Tiki & the Cultural Appropriation Debate: Pt. 2

    August 19, 2020 by

    This follow-up to my last article elaborates on a few points I made and answers a few questions I was asked afterward. While I don’t support erasing Tiki and its history as a part of mid-century Americana, I do support a balanced approach to discussing it in today’s social context.

  • Tiki And The Cultural Appropriation Debate

    August 5, 2020 by

    Wherever Tiki goes, an argument on cultural appropriation follows. But there are deeper questions I’d love to ask that I feel merit some consideration. This post examines Tiki’s definition, how I feel about it as a POC, and some of the unintended consequences of scrubbing our society of all references to it.

  • Alexander Girard at the Palm Springs Art Museum

    January 26, 2020 by

    I recently visited the Alexander Girard exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum, which runs through March 1st. Alexander Girard is one of my absolute favorite modern artists, so I thought I’d share some of my top exhibit highlights – check them out!

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