This year, New York residents have waited on line for many a cultural phenomenon. From mind-numbing 13 hour waits to see the MOMA’s Rain Room this summer, to multi-block lines for the Cronut and the Ramen Burger, this city has done its fair share of idle standing around.
With the visibility of the exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery entitled “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” by Yayoi Kusama,, everyone’s favorite Japanese conceptual artist and psychiatric hospital patient, the trend of the long line seems to be here to stay. It may, in fact, be accelerating, with lines of upwards of 6 hours for one of the exhibit’s famed “infinity rooms” during record breaking snow over the past week. The exhibit closes on the 21st of this month, so get yourselves down there–or experience it through our photos. (more…)
In 1983, Madonna was an art school dropout who moved to New York City to try to jumpstart her dancing career. She lived in the East Village and paid her rent by doing odd jobs, like serving at the Russian Tea Room and nude art modeling. She did a brief stint as a showgirl in Paris, came back to New York and formed several bands before going solo in 1981. She was both rebellious and a perfectionist, with unrelenting ambition and drive.
That Madonna—the young, reckless performer on the cusp of fame—is the girl portrayed in Madonna NYC83 at Milk Studios in Chelsea. The photographs by renowned photographer Richard Corman tell the story of a girl who really doesn’t seem to care about what other people think. She’s not conventionally pretty, but she’s idiosyncratic. (more…)
The New York Public Library’s semi-famous row of old phone booths in the basement
With the imminent demise of New York City’s pay phones in 2014, it seems miraculous that the wooden phone booths of fifty or sixty years ago still survive in private spaces. We’ve rounded up seven of the last stragglers, most of which are tucked away in bars and restaurants throughout the city.
1. New York Public Library (the main branch, or Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) in Midtown, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. The basement has a rather famous row of wooden phone booths, pictured above. Library employees have been known to use these booths for privacy––to make calls on their mobile phones.
The latest Banksy is a play on the gallery in an outdoor space under the High Line at West 24th Street. It appears to be a collaboration with Brazilian twins Os Gemeos, whom we previously covered for his massive mural in Boston.
Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries, but wished they had more gravel in them? Then this temporary exhibition space is for you. Housing just two paintings but also featuring a bench, some carpet and complimentary refreshments. Opens today through Sunday 11am til midnight.
This should have really been a Daily What?! but we were too excited about it to wait until tomorrow morning. Vanishing New York and Atlantic Cities have both reported about a Getty gas station that’s been converted into an art gallery with rolling hills in Chelsea on 10th Avenue and 24th Street. It’s the future site of a high-rise condo (no surprise) but in the meantime, the Paul Kasmin Gallery and real-estate mogul Michael Shvo have gotten creative with the unused space. And there’s going to be fake sheep soon!!