My first trip to NYC of the year was not only a stimulating one, but a warm one, as the temps pushed 60 degrees – no exaggeration! I guess that’s the silver lining to global warming.
The Chelsea highlights were…
- Ai Weiwei’s porcelain sunflower seeds at Mary Boone. Fab! Too bad you can’t roll around in them like you can at the Tate. Love the idea of selling sculpture by the ton
- Shirin Neshat at Gladstone Gallery Powerful, black and white portraits of Iranian and Arab people with Persian poetry subtly super-imposed on their skin
- Joel Sternfeld at Luhring Augustine Captivating, dated, narrative, early photographs
- Bosco Sodi at Pace Gallery Huge textured fuchsia wall works in a gallery space to die for
- Damien Hirst at Gagosian Not truly a highlight but I was glad I saw the work, even though I left with this nagging desire for a game of twister
- Finished the day seeing the film Pina about Pina Bausch, directed my Win Wenders, which was a real treat in 3-D. Anyone who appreciates dance should see it!
Museum Highlights on Day 2 included a visit to MOMA…
- Sanja Iveković (provocative, feminist, intervention)
- Diego Rivera (fresco murals, totally worth seeing, especially his preparatory drawings)
- Rirkrit Tiravanija's spicy curry soup (art you can eat, how great is that?!)
And at the Whitney…
- Aleksandra Mir: The Seduction of Galileo Galilei (video of stacked tires ala Leaning Tower of Pisa and an insightful look at the relationship between faith and science)
- Real/Surreal (a look at just how influential Freud and the European surrealists were in American Art if the 20's, 30's and 40’s)
- Calder’s Circus I could see this every day and never grow tired of it, especially the video and Calder ‘performing’ his creations. Truly a highlight!
I figured this one to be a Work-the-Kinks-Out Trip and hope to improve on the details on the next go...
- Dodge rush hour at all cost
- Plan my gallery/museum hit list before I go
- Avoid Mondays and Tuesdays as many galleries and museums are closed
- Avoid the very end of the month as galleries close to install the next show
- Memorize museum free nights
- Pack light, wear good shoes, carry water and emergency almonds