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New Museum Exhibition

In Manhattan on November 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

Urs Fischer + 3 floors of the New Museum =

Marguerite de Ponty

From The New York Times:

…these pieces have seemed to signal the end of installation art, like monochrome paintings sometimes seem to forewarn the end of painting. Add nothing, just use the space and the architecture, dummy. Boom.

The New Museum, seeking some heat of its own, has given Mr. Fischer the run of nearly all the exhibition space — three full floors — in its two-year-old building. It’s a smart move, even if those hoping for a sizable new aperture in one of the museum’s surfaces will be disappointed. The exhibition, titled “Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty” (the subtitle referring to a character from the Symbolist poet Mallarmé), has been supervised by Massimiliano Gioni, a New Museum curator.

In the trifecta of sculpture surveys at major New York museums this fall — expect Roni Horn at the Whitney next week and Gabriel Orozco at the Museum of Modern Art in December — Mr. Fischer’s show started in the lead, with the most anticipation. It felt premature, presumptuous and unpredictable, even though Mr. Fischer, who was born in Switzerland in 1973, descends from a line of German-speaking bad boys that includes Sigmar Polke and Martin Kippenberger and that has been one of the strongest strains of postwar art. Anything could happen, the thinking went, given Mr. Fischer’s capricious, encompassing and, at best, fearless conception of sculpture…

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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!

The Queens Museum takes on the Recession

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Curator Larissa Harris with the "Red Lines" installation on the panorama at the Queens Museum. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Curator Larissa Harris with the "Red Lines" installation on the panorama at the Queens Museum. Photo courtesy of the New York Times

The Recession has of course been hitting the museum world very hard, but not too many museums are drawing attention to the economic hardships we are all suffering. But artist Damon Rich has made the housing foreclosures the subject of an exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, called “the Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center.” Using photographs, installation, sculpture, drawings and models, Rich gives a visual narrative to the current economic crisis, as well as the history of economic hardship in America, going back to the depression.

The artist even made use of the museum’s large panorama of the five boroughs to map out the neighborhoods effected by foreclosures in our own backyard. The museum bought about 2,000 of those plastic thingies that come in pizza boxes to keep the cheese from sticking to the box, painted them pink and used them to mark city blocks that have had three or more foreclosures on the block. The visual break down really opens up your eyes to who is getting hit the hardest by the economy: poorer neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens seem to be infested by the pink markers, while in Manhattan, there are a whopping two blocks marked pink.

Some would say art has a social responsibility, and that is exactly what Damon Rich is doing at the Queens Museum. You can learn more about the exhibition, which is open until September 27, by clicking here.

The Frick Collection

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm
The Frick Collection, Fifth Avenue (at 70th Street), New York

The Frick Collection, Fifth Avenue (at 70th Street), New York

One of the many illustrious mansions on Fifth Avenue is the Frick mansion at 70th street, which houses the extensive collection of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), a Pittsburgh coke and steel magnate. Upon his death, Frick bequeathed his impressive collection–which includes Old Masters, 17th century Dutch art, Italian Renaissance works, Chinese porcelains, and Eighteen-century furniture and painting–to establish a public gallery. To this day, the Frick is still one of the most outstanding private collections to feature works by such artists as  Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Bellini, El Greco, Johannes Vermeer, Francois Boucher, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and J.M.W. Turner, to name a few. Also of note for you art history scholars out there, the Frick also has one of the largest art history libraries in the country, open to scholars affiliated with a credited institution.

In addition to the permanent collection (which is slowly expanding), the museum also puts on special exhibitions: the 2009 summer show is Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection (June 2 through August 23). While it seems to be a small show, given Mr. Frick’s good taste, I am sure the Whistlers will be worth seeing.

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

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.

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