Just in time for summer, NYC is opening up to in-person cultural events and experiences a bit more each day. Even art fairs such as Frieze and the Affordable Art Fair have successfully returned, which is great news for art fans! I’ve written previously about the very fun New York Gallery Tours, where local art historian Rafael Risemberg offers small group tours in NYC’s popular Chelsea gallery district, and I’m happy to announce that those tours will expand in size as galleries increase the number of visitors allowed inside their spaces at one time. But for those who aren’t able to get out just yet, and to accommodate folks located outside of NYC who still crave an interactive art experience, Rafael offers his virtual Digital Arts tours, which are streamed live via Zoom. Best of all: there are no Covid restrictions!
The antique velvet chair seen above is part of the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects, on now at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Embedded in the seat back of the chair is a small tablet screen which shows videos of dancing ballerinas. Thus the work’s title, Velvet Chair and Dancing Videos. Clever.
For this exhibition, the author, artist and designer has filled the former first-floor Drawing Room of what was once the Carnegie Mansion, with 40 objects from sources including the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of American History, and her personal collection to suggest the journey of a life story, from birth through death.
Kalman is best known for her whimsical take on modern life. Here, she explores the human condition, presenting objects that create a picture of daily life as she sees and lives it. In her words, the exhibition is about “falling in love with a group of objects”; “the preciousness of time”; and the realization that “many of the most important memories in your life will be populated by the most seemingly unimportant objects. A chair. A bowl.”
And what does she suggest you do when you enter the exhibition? Just look. And listen. “To wander about in a room in a museum and to have the fluttery feeling of discovery and potential,” she says, “is a great feeling.”
Maira Kalman Selects will be on View Through June 14th, 2015 at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at the Corner of 92nd Street.
Two Words: Baby Pandas.
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Can you imagine a world without kitten videos on YouTube? I can’t, but soon, that’s the world we will be forced to live in. YouTube has announced that it will be banning Kitten Videos. No more Surprised Kitty. No more Keyboard Cat. Whole generations will be denied the joy of kittens chasing laser beams and cats getting their heads stuck in boxes. If we don’t stop them here, how long before they shut down the sneezing pandas or take away our dramatic chipmunks? I don’t know about you – but I’m not willing to take that chance. Please sign the petition to Keep Kitten Videos on YouTube at This Link!