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
When It's Not Your Money
Good work if you can get it.
The heads of the Met, the Natural History Museum and MoMA live in tax-free Manhattan housing, on their employers’ dime. From The Times this morning:
In addition to her $877,000 compensation package, Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, lives rent free in a $5 million Read More
There’s nothing quite like gazing at an Impressionist exhibit to the mellow sound of “Mommmm, can we go yet?” Any parent who has tried to instill love of art and culture into children knows it can be a challenge. Luckily, many New York City museums have special programs aimed for children.
Any self-respecting art lover in New York is sure to visit the Met, but may overlook the M.T.A. “There are many people throughout the world who would be amazed; curators who take the subway are blown away,” said Sandra Bloodworth, who has directed the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Arts for Transit program since 1996, adding murals Read More
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
Yesterday afternoon, the Whitney’s board unanimously approved plans for a new space in the meatpacking district. The downtown building should be completed in 2015 and will allow the museum much needed room to expand–currently, the Whitney can only display 150 works at a time from its collection of 18,000.
The vote was a “carefully choreographed” Read More
Arriving at Vogue’s annual Costume Institute gala at the Met (theme: “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”), editor Anna Wintour emerged from a chauffered black SUV wearing a dove-gray gown covered in a Chanel silver-sequined jacket. It was the ultimate boyfriend blazer.
She was accompanied by her daughter, Bee Shaffer, in floor-length, ivory Balenciaga covered Read More
Last night was the Met’s annual Costume Institute Gala, and this year’s theme was “The American Woman.” This meant Oprah, who cohosted, plus lots of designer collaborations with the Gap, whose Patrick Robinson was the evening’s third cohost.
Further reflections on Americana: The American Woman is polite–according to Cathy Horyn, most guests Read More
Yesterday afternoon the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a massive, three-ring circus of a memorial for the artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in November at the age of 74. Thousands of people turned up despite the rain, with top closies in the Met’s auditorium, second-order closies watching a live feed in the Temple of Dendur, and Read More
Pablo Picasso liked to work fast. When no new canvases were handy, he painted over what he already had. He reportedly completed his masterpiece of the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, in six weeks. And, living in the south of France in his 80s, he had a pair of master print makers relocated from Paris to Read More