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Rubin Museum of Art

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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Although I am more familiar with the Rubin Museum for their Friday nights (see bottom), the Rubin is an impressive collection of Himalayan art.

From the Museum”

“The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) is home to a comprehensive collection of art from the Himalayas and surrounding regions. The artistic heritage of this vast and culturally varied area of the world remains relatively obscure. Through changing exhibitions and an array of engaging public programs, RMA offers opportunities to explore the artistic legacy of the Himalayan region and to appreciate its place in the context of world cultures.
The RMA collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and textiles. Although works of art range in date over two millennia, most reflect major periods and schools of Himalayan art from the 12th century onward.
The exhibitions are organized with particular care to assist viewers who are new to Himalayan art. Wall texts and interpretive panels supply aesthetic, social, and historical perspectives to both scholars and casual viewers. The ExploreArt Galleries on the 3rd and 5th floors (with a video alcove on the 6th floor) take the viewer behind the scenes, answering questions about why and for whom the art was made. Books, paintings, photographs, artifacts, and computer terminals accessing the museum’s website and affiliated sites offer other examples of Himalayan and related art.”

The Rubin Museum of Art – Friday Night Cabaret Cinema – film screenings start between 8-9:30 – free with $7 bar minimum

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New Museum: Younger than Jesus

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm

The New Museum currently has a show up entitled “Younger than Jesus“.  The show is the first in a new series called “The Generational, examining, obviously, specific generations of artists.  “Younger than Jesus” is a clever name for a show that features 50 artists (from 25 different countries) that were all born after 1976.  I’m also excited that one of my favorites, Ryan Trecartin, is in the show. The idea of curating a show based on birth year is a fascinating, and I’m definitely heading over there this weekend now that I have some free time.

According to their site:  “Inspired by the fact that some of the most influential and enduring gestures in art and history have been made by young people in the early stages of their lives, “Younger Than Jesus” will fill the entire New Museum’s building on the Bowery with approximately 145 works by artists all of whom are under the age of thirty-three years old. Hailing from countries including Algeria, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Lebanon, Poland, Turkey, and Venezuela, many are showing in a museum for the first time. The exhibition will span mediums and encompass painting, drawing, photography, film, animation, performance, installation, dance, Internet-based works, and video games. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation.”

“The Generational: Younger than Jesus” at The New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC

4/8/09 – 7/5/09
Lobby, Second Floor, Third Floor, Fourth Floor, and Fifth Floor

Ryan Trecartin, composite image from Sibling Topics (Section A and Section B), 2009

Ryan Trecartin, composite image from Sibling Topics (Section A and Section B), 2009

Mohammed Bourouissa, La fenetre, 2005

Mohammed Bourouissa, La fenetre, 2005

AIDS 3-D, OMG Obelisk, 2007

AIDS 3-D, OMG Obelisk, 2007

New York Historical Society

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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The New York Historical Society, which is located just next to the behemoth Natural History Museum, is a slightly lesser-known, but ever-s0-impressive museum here in New York.

Touting the claim of being home to New York City’s oldest museum, as well as an impressive research library, you know the museum will have an amazing collection.  While I was there, I saw the temporary exhibitions on Lincoln (and we all know how popular and chic Lincoln is these days), and the Eighteenth Century Portraits.

The top floor of the Society is the “Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture“, which really is simply an awesome collection of  – well, for lack of better words – American things.  They have a great set of Tiffany lamps, truly beautiful furniture (that makes me so so ashamed of my rather extensive IKEA collection), sets of canes, campaign buttons, board games, tableware, guns, statues, coins, and so much more.  All of this is housed in a really innovative way – a sort of visible storage.  More than 40,000 objects are up there, and they are all placed on shelves behind glass walls.  You feel like you’re walking through the hallways of a secret storage room.

So, if you’re up on the UWS (Upper West Side), go check it out.

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