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Waste Not by Song Dong at the MOMA

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

“Waste Not” by  Song Dong is a current exhibition at the MOMA and consists of an installation created in collaboration with his mother.

As described on the MOMA website: “the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or “waste not,” was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.”

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More pictures of the Waste Not installation and interviews with MOMA curators can be found on ChinaDigitalTimes.

When you visit make sure to walk around the installation and really think about all the carefully arranged items, categorized and grouped, and what it means to have collected and amassed them over the years. All of these items, ‘rat-packed’ in hope that they might be of use one day and come to your rescue. No regrets. Keep everything.

Then go to the top floors and look down; the view from above is equally magnificent!

Oskar Kokoschka at Neue Galerie

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

It’s pretty easy to spot those Oskar Kokoschka portraits: emaciated, contorted looking figures, expressive lines that somehow can render a face demented but composed. And that big initialed, mildly ironic signature in the corner: OK. An Oskar Kokoschka painting rarely leaves the impression that everything is “OK.”

Oskar Kokoschka, Rudolf Blümner, 1910, oil on canvas

Oskar Kokoschka, Rudolf Blümner, 1910, oil on canvas

Kokoschka’s portraits and drawings are the subject of an exhibition that opened at the Neue Galerie a few weeks ago. As the recession is finally catching up with exhibition schedules, you may see more museums putting on collection shows–it is a lot cheaper to make an exhibition from one’s permanent collection than spend thousands of dollars on loaned paintings. Focus: Oskar Kokoschka is a selection of the artist’s work from the Neue Galerie‘s permanent collection, which is still very much a treat–with such small gallery space, the Neue usually has a fragment of its illustrious collection on view at any one time, so an assemblage of Kokoschka’s haunting work should be pretty fabulous.

The exhibition is up until October 5.

TONY’s take on museums

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm
This funky sculpture might catch your eye, on the cover of the new TONY.

This funky sculpture might catch your eye, on the cover of the new TONY.

The cover of this month’s Time Out New York caught my eye: the headline read “Museums: the actually cool guide.” Ahem, clearly TONY is not aware of my blog. But nevertheless, I looked at the online feature of the article, and their many superlative lists were interesting.

For their list of “not-boring museums” they’ve included some of my favorite spots, including places I’ve blogged about: the Met (easy one), Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, and the Asia Society. Some unexpected–and I admit, for me, unheard of–additions included the Museum of Finance (wonder how morale is over there) and the Paley Center for Media. You’ll definitely learn about some new cultural spots in their list of “NYC’s most underrated museums” too–did you know Williamsburg hosts the City Reliquary Museum? If vintage pasties are in the collection, as the article states, I have a feeling it won’t exactly be a house of saintly remains.

And let us remember to thank TONY for conveniently putting all the “best museum parties, open bars, and more” in one place. It’s a really great list of some fantastic events one should especially take advantage of before the summer is out.

I do admit, TONY has assembled an “actually cool guide.” Crap, is my blog out of business?