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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!

Upcoming “sexy” show at MoMA

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

When people think of Surrealism they usually think of Magritte’s men in bowler hats or Dalí’s melting clocks, but the Surrealists were also active in the third dimension as well. Opening this coming week is a MoMA exhibition that focuses on the sexual themes of Surrealist sculpture. Sculpture allowed the artists an imaginative foray into the sensuality of art, and they took full advantage of the medium: don’t you just want to rub that Meret Oppenheim fur-lined saucer on your cheek? Here’s a tidbit about the show (June 24, 2009 – January 4, 2010) from their website:

Surrealist artists, writers, and poets placed persistent emphasis on the power of the imagination to transform the everyday. Beginning in the early 1930s, the production of elliptically erotic, sexually charged objects and sculptures became central to their concerns. This exhibition features some of the most notorious works, including Salvador Dalí’s bread-and-inkwell-crownedRetrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim’s fur-lined teacup (1936).

Meret Oppenheim. Object. 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4 3/8" (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8" (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8" (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8" (7.3 cm). Purchase. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich

Meret Oppenheim. Object. 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4 3/8" (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8" (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8" (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8" (7.3 cm). Purchase. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich

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.

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.

Neue Gallerie

In Manhattan on January 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

When I went to see this small, private museum it was still t-shirt weather in New York (i.e. it’s been a while) but I think this place warrants a post all the same. Neue Gallerie, literally the “New Gallery” in German is a wonder of a place and fully deserves the attention of any dedicated art aficionado. I’d never heard of this place before a professor of mine recommended that we go around and see it. It’s housed at 86th street right up against Central Park in a gloriously decadent mansion which once belonged to the Vanderbilts (but, really, what part of New York didn’t once belong to one of them).

The museum is the brainchild of Estee Lauder heir Ronald Lauder, who, after his good friend and gallerist Sarge Sarbarsky passed away in 1996, opened the museum of German and Austrian Expressionist art as a tribute shortly thereafter. The museum houses some of the best examples of Gustav Klimt’s work (such as the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer which was bought at auction in 2007 for 132 million dollars) and many great examples by Egon Schiele, Max Beckman, Erich Heckel and German design by Josef Hoffmann and Peter Behrens.

The show I saw was very carefully curated and the grounds and building are amazing. With any interest in Art Nouveau or architecture, I think it is well worth a visit to this museum. And perhaps most importantly to me (who tends to get very overwhelmed by the large crowds at MOMA blockbuster exhibitions), the crowds were quite tame and I was really able to get up close and personal with the paintings and other works. I find it so much more rewarding when I am able to really study the works rather than do a fly by like so many people are forced to do at the international quality museum which are so often frequented by hoards of tourists.

The Brooklyn Museum

In Brooklyn on January 18, 2009 at 12:02 am

I have been to New York City countless times in my life but I’d never been to the Brooklyn Museum before. Maybe there is something about crossing the East River that lends a bit of inertia or maybe it just doesn’t have as high a profile as the Met or MOMA. Whatever it is, the Brooklyn Museum deserves better, much much better.

I saw the Judy Chicago “Dinner Party” there and it was spectacular. I can’t say that the exhibit was designed particularly well (my friend and I circled about three times before we found the entrance and the educational materials) but the show and the Feminist Art Center was spectacular. It far exceeded my narrow-minded Manhattanite expectations.

In total it was wonderful. There were few people there, the exhibits were well curated and not too jam packed with information and the grounds are great. I have a special place in my heart for Brooklyn and now the Brooklyn Museum only solidifies that place. After we’d seen the Dinner Party we finished up with the Feminist wing and then saw a ridiculously huge exhibit by Gilbert + George. It was far and perhaps even good, if that sort of art suits your fancy. Otherwise I was a bit underwhelmed by the remaining special exhibitions. I hope to return again soon and spend more than an hour or two perusing the offerings.

The best part: $8 (suggested, ha!) entrance fee. Why go to the Met and pay a $20 (suggested) fee when you can go to Brooklyn, bypass the crowds and see some fabulous art.