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Free Admission

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

“Pay-What-You-Wish”

… or pay nothing at all!

From Time Out, New York:

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3587). 5:45–8pm

International Center of Photography 1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St (212-857-9700). 5–8pm

Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600). 5–9pm

American Folk Art Museum 45 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-265-1040). 5:30–7:30pm. FREE

Museum of Modern Art 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400). 4–8pm. FREE

A Day at the MoMA

In Museum Resources on October 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm

It is always fun and invigorating to visit temporary art exhibitions, but let’s not overlook the renown displays of works from permanent collections.

Has it been a few years since you took a stroll through the permanent galleries at your favorite museum? Have you taken advantage of the visitor resources and programs available? Why not plan an museum excursion for the weekend, a lunch break, or to unwind after a chaotic day at work??? One of my favorite (and luckily local) museums is….

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The MoMA website makes it easy to plan your visit with everything from their hours and directions to advanced ticket purchases! They even provide a daily calendar to refer to if you find yourself with an empty block of time in your schedule.

In order to make the most of your visit, especially if your time is limited and you’re not sure what is on view, I suggest checking out the collections beforehand. If you are super organized, you may want to coordinate your list of must-see exhibits with the map of the galleries.

Most importantly, enjoy!

Summer getaway: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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It’s starting to be that season (well, if the rain will stop…) that New York gets sweltering and you want nothing more than to be out of the city. For those of us who can’t afford our own McMansions out in the Hamptons, we must settle for those cherished getaway weekends. Well, just because you’re miles from museum mile doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice culture! In the tri-state area you can find such gems as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, located about an hour outside the city. According to the MutualArt profile on the museum,

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield’s historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution.

There are some very compelling shows up at the moment, including “Pretty Tough: Contemporary Storytelling” which just opened on June 21. The show features nine women artists who use storytelling to address warfare, environmental issues and feminist issues. The work featured above,  Lit from Within (2009) by Kate Clark, is in the show (cool, no? Looks like something out of Pan’s Labyrinth.) There are about four other shows up as well, including the Robert Lazzarini show “Guns and Knives.” Read the interesting interview between the artist and Aldrich director.

As a former resident of the Ridgefield area, I can also tell you there are delightful restaurants in the area, and for those nature-lovers, parks abound in the Connecticut woods! So if you’re looking for a day out of the city but want a slice of culture with it, check out Ridgefield, Conn.

The Jewish Museum

In Manhattan on June 8, 2009 at 9:50 am
The Jewish Museum, New York (92nd Street and Fifth Avenue)

The Jewish Museum, New York (92nd Street and Fifth Avenue)

The Jewish Museum at 92nd Street and 5th Avenue is one of the most important institutions in the world devoted to the preservation and study of Jewish art, culture and history. In addition to a permanent collection of Jewish cultural artifacts that spans four millennia, the museum sets the bar for special traveling exhibitions. The current summer shows are definitely worth checking out: Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker tells the tragic yet redemptive story of a Dutch Jewish art dealer, whose large collection of Old Masterworks was stolen by the Nazis. The recovery of about two hundred works to the Goudstikker heirs in 2006 marks the largest restitution of Nazi-stolen art yet. The descriptive title of the second current show, They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, chronicles a culturally vibrant moment in Polish Jewish history, obliterated by the events of World War II. Read Roberta Smith’s glowing review of the Mayer July show from yesterday’s New York Times.

Other reasons to check out The Jewish Museum: the French Gothic exterior to the century-old Warburg Mansion, an architectural highlight on Museum Mile, was recently renovated, liberating the beautiful facade from a year of scaffolding. The museum also recently revamped the website, including a killer online collection search engine. Check it out.

Photographs at MoMA

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

I went to MoMA (it’s really hard to get tired of this place) this weekend to see the new photography exhibit on the American West. I thought it was an excellent show with a great combination of well known contemporary artists (like Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman) and super old school daguerrotypes from the 1850s. It was very comprehensive, covering a wide variety of subjects, time periods and themes. I highly recommend people seeing it if you’re got an afternoon to spend at the museum.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

In Far Off Places on March 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’m here in Santa Fe this week and haven’t a really wonderful time. I made some time yesterday to see the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. It really is a must-see. The space is really small, the selection of works excellently curated and showing the variety of O’Keeffe’s style and works. They even have this lovely video on view about O’Keeffe’s life and love. I never knew that the sexualization of her work really stems from this Steiglitz exhibition of photographs of Georgia looking pretty “sensual.” And it was after that point that she stopped working in the abstract and starting working with flowers, etc. New Mexico really is a more colorful place after having seen how this landscape influenced one of America’s greatest painters. 

So go on, and visit this great museum if you’re in the area. And if you don’t find yourself in NM, then take a trip on down here. It is well worth it and quite an extraordinary place.

The Met

In Manhattan on February 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

The Met could a blog all to itself, so I am just going to touch on some basics that people may or may not know. The Met is located on 5th Ave at 83rd street and is a huge structure with one of the most amazing art collections in the world. It is so big that I am often very overwhelmed by the whole thing. But I’ve just discovered one very crucial detail that makes the Met manageable – it’s FREE (well there is a suggested donation, but for all intents and purposes it’s free). You can see the Egyptian section, you can see the sculpture garden, you can see the Impressionist room but you don’t have to see them all in one trip. Especially if you live on the Upper East Side, this is a great way to see one of the best art collections in the world without devoting a whole day to the endeavor. 

 

Don’t let this museum scare you away. It is so well worth it – and you can’t take a trip to NYC without stopping by. 

Whitney Museum

In Manhattan on February 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Another of the biggies in NYC. The Whitney is a museum for artists – they focus widely on very contemporary and upcoming artists. It is a place for artists to go to see the best of the best contemporary art. It is a museum for all those people who are tired of seeing lots of modernist, dada, and Warhol art. It is a museum for people who are really looking to expand their thoughts and understanding of what it means to be art. 

While I’m not always a fan of the Whitney it is certainly a “discovery” sort of place. You’ve got to be patient, be prepared to see some trippy, wild, weird, and sometimes not wholly enjoyable stuff. But its worth it when you do finally find that gem. 

Alexander Calder’s Circus has been on view for quite some time. Last chance notice for anyone looking to see it still. It closes on Feb. 15. 

MOMA

In Manhattan on February 9, 2009 at 11:08 am

Now I know that everyone and their mother loves the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) so I was quite hesitant to write about it. MOMA certainly does not need a review from me when it gets more publicity than it can shake a stick at. But….and this is a big but…I went to MOMA this weekend. It wasn’t crowded, I didn’t want to pull my hair out, the exhibits were fair but not fantastic, and I had a really good time. 

My best suggestion for MOMA is NOT to go at 5.30 on a Friday evening. Target sponsors Free Fridays and New York City flocks to get around the hefty $20 admission fee (and this, friends, is not suggested). If you actually want to see some art and hang around the museum for a while it is worth getting up early on a Saturday morning (we were there right as it opened at 10.30) and paying the fee. There were few people around, benches were available, we could actually see the art – as opposed to jumping up and down trying to get a glance of whatever new installation is around.

I saw a great Jasper Johns exhibit of his late works on paper, a photo exhibit by Paul Graham, the Marlene Dumas exhibit of works on canvas and paint (which was painfully depressing and a bit too deep for Saturday morning). On the whole it was a lovely way to spend a weekend morning, crowd free.

Oceanside Museum of Art

In California on January 26, 2009 at 12:39 pm

The Oceanside Museum of Art is a small regional museum in Oceanside, California about 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. It has just been entirely refurbished with a giant addition to the original Irving Gill building. I think they are still in the middle of a massive capital campaign. The museum generally shows regional exhibits of regional artists with several juried exhibitions every year. I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with their newly hired curator while I was in Oceanside and she has very forward views about making the museum more than just a regional California museum but really making it a destination in a part of the world where you can’t hardly go two feet without stumbling upon another museum. She seemed very clever and certainly seemed to know her stuff, so I would watch out for the upcoming OMA! While I was there, there was a show called Quilt Visions. Quilt Visions is a juried exhibition of the best fabric and textile arts in Southern California. There is quite a bit of innovation going on in the fabric arts (or, if nothing else, I’d not paid much attention to what was going on and so what surprised by how interested I was by it all. It is certainly not limited to Amish-style quilts). I believe that the museum aims to put on four to five shows per year. This is quite the feat considering that the museum staff is limited to five paid employees. I have ABSOLUTELY no idea how a museum (and a pretty decent one at that) can run with only five employees. Think of it: the Met has over 130 curators alone, not to mention the development, education, and administrative staff, assistants, building and grounds crew, etc. There must be around 1,000 individuals working to make the Met the great museum that it is. It’s not wonder that it moves so smoothly. I am excited for what the future has in store for this museum. And if nothing else it is worth a visit merely for the fact that it is about two blocks from one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been to!