Showing posts with label admiring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label admiring. Show all posts

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Richard Serra at Gagosian Gallery


Seen from the air, as here, the Richard Serra sculpture on view through February 8 at Gagosian Gallery has definitive shape, balance, and logic. On the ground, however, the labyrinth proves disorienting, as huge walls of oxidized steel seem poised to tip over at any moment, crushing the wee humans who walk between them. Maybe it's the winter blues, but something about this work had us contemplating mortality.  

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Origami Tree at the American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

For more than 40 years, origami-ists have conceived, folded, and executed amazing shapes for the American Museum of Natural History's Origami Tree. It's just about our favorite holiday tree around town.

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History
  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sir David Attenborough at AMNH


Mandarin duck, Bronx Zoo

Last night Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster, octogenarian, and hero to naturalists everywhere, gave the capstone lecture for the American Natural History Museum's celebration of Alfred Russell Wallace's centenary. The standing ovation lasted almost as long as the talk. 

Sir David focused on Wallace's commitment to and interest in the natural world, specifically the birds-of-paradise that led to both his theory of natural selection and the development of the Wallace Line, what we now know to be patterns of biodiversity based on continental shifts and drifts. The talk featured Sir David's plainspoken-ness, occasional malapropism, and absolutely infectious enthusiasm. If we hadn't had to go home and feed our cat, we'd probably still be clapping.  
  

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

CBS New York: Prettiest Cemeteries

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

The phrase “Rest in Peace” takes on a whole new meaning at New York’s prettiest cemeteries. Home to the wealthy, the famous, the well-connected, and, in some cases, the long-forgotten, these areas make for pleasant strolls and nice afternoons [read more].

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CBS New York: Best Museums for Children

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

The six museums that follow offer the best experiences for kids, along with a range of classes and programs. They’re ideal for the pint-size, budding archaeologist, artist, entomologist, gymnast, pilot, explorer, or dreamer in your life [read more].

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nighthawks at the Flatiron

Nighthawks

On view at the Flatiron Building through October 6 is a 3D rendition of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, painted in 1942 and likely based loosely on several Village locations. If you can't get enough Hopper, head up to the Whitney for "Hopper Drawing," which includes the original depiction of late-night loneliness, big city anonymity, and mundane despair at a diner.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pattern Recognition at MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

While we haven't done a formal study, we're pretty sure that the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) ranks as one of the city's tiniest museums. Located on a residential corner in Fort Greene, MoCADA makes the most of the space it has. These days, that means Pattern Recognition, mixed media work by five emerging artists, all of whom traffic in abstraction. Your eye can't help but send set signals to your brain as you look, struggling to make meaning out of the information it receives, which is kind of the point.  

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Monday, September 09, 2013

Breaking Bad at the Museum of the Moving Image


It's not large, but the Breaking Bad exhibit currently on view at the Museum of the Moving Image nearly blew our minds. Featuring key scenes, behind-the-scenes interviews, and significant paraphernalia, including the charred pink bear, equation-filled notebooks, a hazmat suit for cooking, the famous underpants from the pilot, and a huge baggie of the blue meth itself, "From Mr Chips to Scarface" focuses on the transformation of Walter White. All excitement, zero spoilers, utter moral ambiguity.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Boxer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Boxer

On view recently at the Met is The Boxer, a magnificent sculpture of a fighter at rest dating to the Hellenistic period (late 4th–2nd century B.C.E.), uncovered in Rome in the 19th century. Different types of metals depict his injuries, from cuts on his cheeks and chest to cauliflower ears to drips of blood on his leg. He breathes through his mouth, as his nose has been broken, repeatedly. He turns his head --- does he hear his name? A cry of pain or death? A master's call? The roar of a crowd or applause? It's impossible to tell. He is massive and heart-breaking, still capable of wounding, so many thousands of years after his final fight.  

The Boxer

The Boxer

The Boxer

The Boxer

Sunday, June 23, 2013

CBS New York: 5 Best Spots for Birdwatching

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.


Why, yes, you can go birdwatching in New York City, and we’re not talking about pigeons. Thanks to a unique combination of natural features and resources, the NYC area welcomes a variety of birds both seasonally and year-round. Read on for some of the city’s most scenic spots to see winged creatures.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Once a year, the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden bloom, a reminder of the beauty --- and transience --- of life.

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Cherry blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CBS New York: 5 Fun Sculpture Gardens

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.
 

  EAF Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park 

Sculpture gardens offer the best of two lovely worlds: wonderful art and wondrous nature. Here are five in New York worth exploring and enjoying [read more].

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thierry Cohen at Danziger Gallery



To live in a city means to live with light, especially at night. But what if it didn't? What if we could see the city and its night sky? As a result of an innovative project by photographer Thierry Cohen now showing at Danziger Gallery, we can. Cohen took multiple photos of a cityscape, then replaced the light pollution-filled sky with an image of the stars and galaxies taken in a less densely populated area along the same latitude. The results, “Villes Eteintes” (Darkened Cities), are mystifying and utterly spell-binding.

Photo: thanks and thanks
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

CBS New York: NYC's 5 Most Interesting Churches

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.
 

Rose Window

St. Patrick’s Cathedral might be the most well known, but New York City boasts several churches with interesting histories. Here are five worth visiting [read more].
 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Inventing Abstraction at MoMA

Now at MoMA, your chance to see the original version of the poster that crops up in living rooms and dorm rooms the world over. We're talking about Kandinsky's Color Study 1913, on view as part of the museum's Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925. This exhibition seeks to show how artists borrowed from, corresponded with, and commented upon the work of other artists in other media in order to, well, invent abstraction ("All these people would have been Facebook friends," said a mom to her kids as they prepared to enter.)


It starts with Picasso and ends right around Beuys and the Arps, who saw the traditional canvas as characteristic of a "pretentious, conceited world." It includes a recording of and program from a performance by Schoenberg that helped lead Kandinsky to radically rethink the possibilities of painting, as well as the resulting post-performance sketches. It displays Mademoiselle Kupka Among the Verticals (above), a powerful work from 1910-11 in which FrantiĊĦek Kupka pretty much lays the groundwork for the eradication of the figure by obscuring a portrait of his wife. It's a reminder that abstraction isn't just about looking at color and contemplating how it makes you feel, but is an exercise in cogitation, in considering what makes a shape, in reducing art to its fundamentals like brushstroke and lines, in contemplating the multifaceted ways of representing the world.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Renovated Hall of North American Mammals at the AMNH

This fall the American Museum of Natural History reopened its Hall of North American Mammals, after a year-and-a-half, $2.5 million renovation. The results are astonishing, with colors so bright they're almost neon, and creatures so fresh they might pop out of the display and offer a paw in greeting.

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

Hall of North American Mammals, AMNH

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