District Profile: Michael Moriah
September 20, 2018
Name: Michael Moriah
Title: Retail Sales Associate / Brand Ambassador Eckhaus Latta: Possessed
Organization: Whitney Museum of American Art
What do you do, and how did you get here?
I have been a member of the Whitney’s retail team for the last four years. Currently I am working as a brand ambassador for our exhibition, Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, on view until October 3 in our lobby gallery. Echkaus Latta is a New York- and Los Angeles-based fashion label, helmed by designers Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus. They are known for successfully melding the worlds of fashion and contemporary art. This is their first solo museum show, and the Whitney’s first fashion-related exhibition at our new home on Gansevoort Street.
Over these last few years I have served in various capacities within the department. I was particularly excited about this opportunity to work with Eckhaus Latta because the exhibit focuses on consumerism. The exhibition is largely an operating retail environment, so visitors are invited to touch, try on and purchase clothing and accessories designed for the show. It provokes inquiry into how and why we buy.As a retail professional I had to get involved. Our lobby gallery is always free and open to the public so come by to check out this extraordinary show before it closes and say hello!
What do you love about Meatpacking?
The Meatpacking District has a rich culture imbedded within it that reflects authentic New York. I adore the street artists and vendors on Gansevoort Street leading directly to the doors of the Whitney, an institution on the cutting edge of contemporary art.
If you had 15 minutes, how will you spend it in the neighborhood?
I love the serenity of the pier in Hudson River Park paired with a cone from Ample Hills.
If you had a few hours, how would you ideally spend the day?
Ideally I would walk to the neighborhood on the High Line, after which I would enjoy a matcha latte from the Whitney’s Studio Café, followed by some stimulating art at the Whitney, and finally brunch or lunch at Bubby’s.
Where do you go to escape the crowds? People watch?
I find that the High Line offers many places to relax and unwind, while still being able to view other travelers.
Where will you recommend for a great cocktail or bite?
What’s your most memorable moment or experience in Meatpacking?
For me it would be the Whitney Museum building inauguration in May 2015, when former First Lady Michelle Obama dedicated the building.