MEGA cool: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is going to be exhibiting the armor from “Game of Thrones” next month with an accompanying talk on arms and armaments featuring the series’ costume designer, Michele Clapton. She’ll be joined by post-minimalist artist Miya Ando and the Met’s curator in Arms and Armor, Pierre Terjanian.
(Have I mentioned before that a suit of armor belonging to an ancestor of mine is in the Met? Once upon a time the Viponds were barons; now we’re, y’know, writers. Well, anyway.) Keep reading »
When I went to the MoMA, I went not knowing what exactly they had in their collection. I do that with museums — why spoil the fun of discovery? I went to the National Gallery of Art in 2012 and was preoccupied with a Sol LeWitt and a Lawrence Weiner before I rounded the corner and happened upon Tony Smith’s Die, a seminal minimalist artwork that I never dreamed of encountering in person, the kind of artwork that absolutely requires your physical presence in order to actually understand the artwork, and I was floored and overwhelmed by how lucky I felt to be in the same room as this object. Keep reading »
Killer news for gritty Sid Vicious appreciators and louche Givenchy fanatics alike: the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute has announced the subject of next year’s illustrious spring exhibition, and they’re drawing inspiration from some very badly behaved candidates. On the heels of this year’s “Schiaparelli and Prada” exhibit, which drew less-than-desirable numbers, the museum has secured itself a premise that’s guaranteed to be a number one hit. “Punk: Chaos to Couture” will highlight the roots of the punk revolution and the manner in which it diffused into mainstream culture, particularly high fashion. Keep reading »
I do enjoy going to museums and galleries to get a closer look at art, whether it’s an iconic masterpiece produced by a long-dead Renaissance man or a modern work by an up-and-comer, but truth be told, I’m also lazy. Of course, some of the most amazing museums are right here in New York City, but $20+ price of admission and a long hike uptown are two factors that invariably make me want to gag. I fantasize about one day strolling through, say, the Château de Chantilly or the Leopold in Vienna, but those dreams are intangible for now.
Thankfully, the fine people at Google, bless them, have established what I think to be one of the most truly innovative ideas on the web: the Google Art Project, which allows users to look at works of art from galleries all over the world. Keep reading »
Like many of us, the first thing I like to do when I’m wasted is find the nearest multi-million dollar painting and rub up all on it. That’s just what poor Carmen Tisch, of Denver, Colorado, was trying to do when she was stopped by police for punching and then pressing her bare ass on a $30 million Clyfford Still painting.
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“I always try to give back with everything I do. The idea of not doing everything in your power for other people is crazy to me. I learned it from my parents. Having children of my own I know the importance of having a safe place for them to go and learn. [The Westchester Children's Museum] will give children the opportunity to nurture curiosity and enhance knowledge.”
– Rachel Roy explains her commitment to philanthropy and her passion for the Westchester Children’s Museum, which will be located in the historic Rye Playland Bathhouses in New York, and will open in late 2011. Keep reading »