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Away With Escapism: Whitney Biennial 2017

Away With Escapism: Whitney Biennial 2017

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | Marking its first installment in the museum’s new home in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney Biennial is as comprehensive as it is eclectic. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, both in their mid-30s, it reflects the result of several months of research and studio visits. There are 63 participants […]

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

FIT Spotlights Iconic Black Fashion Designers

BY NAEISHA ROSE | Celebrating style mavens of African descent and their contributions to fashion from the 1950s to the present, “Black Fashion Designers” is a notable first for the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). In the past, FIT has presented work on individual black designers — but never before with a focus […]

Design By DeGeneres

Design By DeGeneres

Television host, comedian, and writer Ellen DeGeneres guest-curates the 14th edition of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Selects” series, featuring prominent designers, artists, and architects invited to mine and interpret the museum’s collection of more than 210,000 objects. Through 50 objects, the installation offers an intimate look into DeGeneres’ eclectic design aesthetic, with a […]

Memphis Does Hanukkah

Memphis Does Hanukkah

LA-born Peter Shire created pottery, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and furniture informed by Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism, but in the late 1970s he joined the Memphis group, a Milan-based coterie of international designers including Michele de Lucchi, Barbara Radice, George Sowden, and Natalie du Pasquier. In “Memphis Does Hanukkah,” the Jewish Museum exhibits Judaica objects, textiles, […]

French Shape-Shifter

French Shape-Shifter

Among the modern art giants of the past century, Francis Picabia (1879–1953) remains one of the most elusive. Best known as a leader of the Dada movement, he vigorously avoided any singular style, and his work encompassed painting, poetry, publishing, performance, and film. His work ranged from Impressionism to radical abstraction, from Dadaist provocation to […]

Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim

Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim

One of the preeminent American painters of the 20th century, Agnes Martin (1912-2004) was often associated with and considered an important figure of Minimalism, creating subtle and evocative work that had significant impact on her contemporaries and those who followed. With a signature grid-pattern that encompassed limited compositional motifs, she discovered endless nuance and variation […]

Kids Do Art in NYC

Kids Do Art in NYC

“P.S. Art 2016” is the latest in an annual celebration of arts achievement in New York’s public schools. This juried exhibition of the work of talented young artists showcases the creativity of 90 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs and includes paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings. The collection […]

Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field & the Polo Grounds

Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field & the Polo Grounds

For a decade beginning in the late 1940s, New York City was home to three of the best Major League baseball teams — the Yankees, the Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1951, the Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit an unforgettable three-run homer against Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca, giving New York the pennant over Brooklyn, and […]

A True Museum Take-Away

A True Museum Take-Away

Typically, museum-goers consume art only by looking at the paintings, sculptures, or photographs on view. Touching is a no-no. Defying that standard, “Take Me (I’m Yours)” extends an invitation to visitors: from the work of more than 40 artists from different generations and around the globe, feel free not only to get in close touch […]

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

Trek to the Intrepid And You’re a Starfleet Cadet

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | What began on September 8, 1966 as a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and ways of being, “Star Trek” didn’t even make it past season three as a network television series. By then, though, creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a culturally diverse 23rd century starship crew united in the […]

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