Arts and Politics
Late hours, cocktails and music mark the summer art scene.
Rubin Museum of Art
Friday Nights until late evening, ongoing
Named, rather modestly, for the second-tallest mountain in the world, the Rubin Museum of Art’s weekly transformation from Eastern art museum to club lounge is remarkable because it’s actually kind of cool. Read More
If city budget planners have their way, there will be less Shakespeare in the Park, shortened museum hours and thousands of layoffs throughout the city.
It is all part of a potentially damaging-and ill-advised-attack on the New York art scene that could leave arts in the city with $30 million less in Read More
Today the Post picks up the Atlantic‘s story about the end of the Brooklyn Museum’s New York architectural collection. In the magazine’s June issue, John Freeman Gill had reported that the museum was quietly selling off the turn-of-the-century ornaments that art dealer Ivan Karp had salvaged in the 50s and 60s:
Over Read More
In 1978, as crowds packed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s blockbuster “King Tut,” Steve Martin had a hit with the novelty song about the doomed pharaoh. “Now, if I’d known they’d line up just to see him, I’d trade in all my money and bought me a museum.” Thirty years later, the boy king, his Read More
Before they became entertainment centers, museums were meant to be encyclopedias of cultural heritage where objects were kept in the public trust.
It is in this spirit that the Brooklyn Museum’s reinstallation of its Islamic art collection puts on view an exhibition within an exhibition: the small, pitch-perfect “Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Read More
Tonight’s the night! Opponents of the Atlantic Yards project plan to protest outside of the Brooklyn Museum of Art because the museum’s honoring developer Bruce Ratner. Black tie is optional (it’s not inside the museum) but, please, according to organizer Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, bring your own pickets!
DDDB has called the museum Read More
Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn is inviting Atlantic Yards opponents to grab their pickets (and don formal dress if they so desire) to protest the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to honor the developer Bruce Ratner at its annual $1,000-a-plate Brooklyn Ball, which DDDB calls an “affront to Brooklyn communities.”
Kayne West will perform at Read More
How much pleasure you derive from Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005, a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will depend on whether you think art should simply confirm what we know or expand and deepen our knowledge.
Anyone conversant with Ms. Smith’s sculptures, drawings and installations will recognize that the word “pleasure” Read More
As Rudy Giuliani ramps up his presidential operation, he’ll presumably be engaging in more and more retail politicking in the early primary states to win over donors and rank-and-filers who’ve never seen him up close. What’ll that be like?
Dipping back into the book Giuliani: Flawed or Flawless?, I came Read More
Frank Gehry’s proposed stoop at Atlantic Yards is being called the “biggest stoop in Brooklyn.” But back when the Brooklyn Museum was completing its new facade, Director Arnold Lehman bragged about building “Brooklyn’s newest and largest ‘front stoop.’” (PDF) It was designed by Polshek Partnership.