With no Olympics in 2011, patriots wishing to cheer on America will have to be content with the thrilling international competition of the 54th Venice Biennale. The State Department traditionally sends blue-chip art stars to bear our standard–a strategy that saw Bruce Naumann bring the Golden Lion home to the American Pavilion in 2009–but next Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/10/10 10:08pm
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum will not be open for another year, so to tide over the hungry masses, they have released an iPhone app (free!) just in time for tomorrow’s anniversary. It’s called “Explore 9/11,” and what does it offer? From the Memorial’s website:
- A seven-stop walking tour of Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/10/10 3:45pm
With no Olympics in 2011, patriots wishing to cheer on America will have to be content with the thrilling international competition of the 54th Venice Biennale. Whereas the State Department has traditionally sent blue chip art-stars to bear our standard—a strategy which saw Bruce Naumann bring the golden lion home to the American Pavilion in Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/08/10 3:24am
Beneath a swatch of duct tape in the gleaming rotunda of the Morgan Library and Museum, there’s a patch of marble blackened by a century’s soot, grime and smoke from Havana cigars. It is a whole spectrum darker than the creamy marble around it, and until May it was the color of the whole room. Read More
By W.M. Akers 9/01/10 9:20pm
The Neue Galerie’s permanent collection is stuffed with lovely things. It has cafe chairs that can’t be sat on, cabinets that can’t be opened, and coffee cups which have been dry for decades. But in these galleries, where time seems to have stopped in 1933, the clocks are still ticking.
The Neue’s Otto Dix spectacular Read More
By W.M. Akers 8/31/10 8:55pm
When the Met shut the doors this month on their home grown Picasso In The Metropolitan Museum, it had become, despite tepid reviews, the first Post-Montebello blockbuster and one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum’s history. The seventh most popular, in fact, an impressive feat for most everyone besides King Tut, the Read More
By W.M. Akers 8/25/10 1:32am
Intellectuals, unite. This fall, the ideas and ideologies will be flying at New York museums. Here’s a look at some of the more important, or interesting, lectures and readings coming up.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Reading Mark Twain
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
$30 for non-members
By W.M. Akers 8/10/10 5:30pm
Despite years of demands that the forthcoming September 11 Memorial transform the site of the 9/11 attacks into something more than a cemetery, there will be human remains underneath Ground Zero. At a tour this morning of the subterranean cavern that will soon be the National 9/11 Museum, director Alice Greenwald pointed out an unadorned concrete Read More
By W.M. Akers 8/04/10 1:20am
The way we look at 9/11 is about to undergo a radical change.
Quietly, as the city focuses on the ground zero mosque and Condé Nast’s planned move to the neighborhood, Joe Daniels has been working on a $700 million monument to the dead. Mr. Daniels, president of the foundation behind the Read More
By W.M. Akers 7/28/10 1:05am
When Ken Burns goes to the movies, he sits wherever he wants. Not through any kind of documentarian intimidation tactic, but by showing up very early. On Monday night, at the New York premiere of Cairo Time, Mr. Burns arrived 45 minutes before the rest of the crowd to secure seats in the Read More