Baseball season marks the return of the timeless springtime words “Play Ball!” Aficionados may have heard about the records of the New York Mets, New York Yankees, 3-0 and 0-3, respectively. The last time the two Gotham teams had palindromic records with the Yankees winless was 1966. According to CBS Sports, the last two times the Yankees started 0-3, they finished with the majors’ best regular-season record and won the World Series: In 2009 (103-59) and 1998 (114-48). For now, though, the Mets can claim to be kings of the city.
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In the art realm, another Met (singular) makes you king for a day. The Metropolitan Museum of Art today offers “Met Mondays”, its special series of Monday hours.
Today, The Met’s galleries, shops, and public restaurants—will be open at 9:30 a.m. and close 5:30 p.m. (restaurants close at 4:30 p.m.). Other Met Holiday Mondays recur during the baseball season, and include:
In addition to Jen Recommends every week, New York City is blessed with a plethora of choice art events at some of the premier art venues in the world.
Last week we started a multi-part series to help you plan your year in art, beginning with the Museum of Modern Art. Today, we continue with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known simply as, The Met!
[Editor's note: Show descriptions are excerpts from The Met's website.]
Featuring many rare international loans, this exhibition will present an unprecedented survey of the period and provide new research and insight into the early history of portraiture. It will be divided into three sections and will span a period of eight decades.
Started: Dec. 21, 2011
Ends: Mar. 18, 2012
"Shi Le Seeking The Way" by Fu Baoshi, ca. 1945. (Photo from The Met)
Perhaps the greatest figure painter and landscapist of China’s modern period, Fu Baoshi successfully integrated Western and traditional artistic influences to create haunting images that evoke a mood as much as a place or person. This exhibition, co-organized with the Cleveland Museum of Art, will treat Fu’s forty-year career with some seventy paintings, including many of the artist’s recognized masterpieces, drawn from the preeminent holdings of China’s Nanjing Museum, and a New York private collection.
Self-Portrait as a Young Man by Rembrandt, ca. 1628
Although it is well-known that Edgar Degas was inspired by Rembrandt, whose etchings he saw when he was in Rome as a young artist studying the Old Masters, this exhibition is the first to explore the phenomenon. Organized in association with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, The Met will show a series of self-portraits of the two artists when they were both starting out on their illustrious careers.
[To get a sneak preview of the show, head to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, where the works are currently on view until Feb. 5, 2012.]
The Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, is a jewel among Italian museums and a haven for art lovers. Founded at the end of the eighteenth century by Count Giacomo Carrara and housed in a beautiful Neoclassical building, it contains a range of masterpieces dating from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. At its core is a group of outstanding pictures from the Renaissance. Because of closure for restoration, it has been possible for the museum to lend to The Metropolitan Museum of Art fifteen masterpieces by Venetian and north Italian painters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including works by Bellini, Titian, and Lorenzo Lotto.
This exhibition brings together some 175 objects gathered from the Metropolitan Museum’s important collection of early art and from the collections of twelve other museums in the U.S. and Europe to illustrate the origins and early development of ancient Egyptian art.
Long time readers of The Bare Square will remember our coverage of the King of Spain’s visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Of course, what actually happened was a prank. Improv Everywhere, a “prank collective,” collaborated with a volunteer who bore a striking resemblance to King Phillip IV of Spain to pose in front of a Velázquez portrait of the 17th century monarch and sign autographs.
Head prankster Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere, gave The Bare Square an exclusive interview in the wake of the fantastic prank in March, and the video of the prank already had 500k interviews. Now the video is at nearly 1,000,000 views!
Improv Everywhere should be proud of the accomplishment, and their overall body of work. Their YouTube channel has over 100 uploaded videos, almost 1,000,000 subscribers, and recently surpassed 200,000,000 views! Amazing!
To top that, Improv Everywhere is working on a HUGE new project–a documentary!
Improv Everywhere released their teaser fundraising video just a few days ago, and it already is approaching 100,000 views. They’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project, and have already raised more than $25,000 of their $125,000 goal.
Here’s the trailer:
The Bare Square loves Improv Everywhere. Call it simply comedy and improv or performance art–we call it great. We’ll be donating. Will you?
Click here to go to Kickstarter and make your donation today.
If you haven’t yet had the experience of walking trough, around and looking up at Richard Serra’s massive experiential steel sculptures, then this is a must-see show. If you’ve already experienced Serra’s work, then I know you’re probably hungry for more.
Richard Serra is one of the most influential and accomplished artists of his generation. MoMA held a (great) retrospective of his work in the summer of 2007. There is currently a retrospective of his drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works can also be seen in public spaces all over the world.
The show will consist of two large, new, complex steel works, Junction (2011) 13′ tall & 75′ x 49′ and Cycle (2010) 14′ tall & 57′ x 55′.
Juction by Richard Serra
Serra’s monumental, minimalist steel sculptures transform the space surrounding them. Walking through a Serra sculpture often makes me introspective and contemplating ideas of structural creation, cities, strength, isolation, and “how can little me make a big impact on the world?”
“I consider space to be a material. The articulation of space has come to take precedence over other concerns. I attempt to use sculptural form to make space distinct.” – Richard Serra
I first saw Serra’s work in person at a Chelsea gallery in 2003 when I was in school and had just moved to New York…and I think it left me forever changed. His work can have that large of an impact.
Although I gave you short notice on the opening, the show is up for over two months. If you can’t make it tonight, make sure to see it while you still can.
Gagosian Gallery Richard Serra – Junction/Cycle
Sep. 14 – Nov. 26 Opening Reception TONIGHT (9/14) 6-8pm
555 W 24th St.
New York, NY
- Jen Wallace
(For more this week, if you want a little more Gagosian and a dose of Andy Warhol head to the opening of Liz on Friday from 6-8 at their21st St. Gallery.)
As a heatwave grips New York City, art is still cool, literally and figuratively.
Met Director Thomas P. Campbell announced statistics today that make The Met is one of the hottest tickets in town. The Met welcomed 5.7 million visitors in its just ended (June 30) fiscal year: the most people in 40 years, and 400,000 more than last year.
That’s very cool.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Campbell also noted the status of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as “one of the largest air-conditioned public spaces in New York.”
That’s even cooler.
With a third day of triple-digit heat indexes in the forecast for New York City, just $25 gets any adult (discounts are available) a full day of amazing artwork, air conditioning included. Buy tickets in advance to skip the ever-present lines.
See the artwork of everyone from artist Lucian Freud, who passed away Wednesday at 88, to ancient sculpture.
One of The Met’s current blockbuster shows, Savage Beauty, features the dresses of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The Met’s exhibit of McQueen’s work, which has brought in up to 6,000 visitors daily, is open now until August 7.