Continuing up Fifth Avenue from where the previous installment of Don’t Forget to Look Up ended, this stretch along the upper half of Central Park is known as Museum Mile, and it is indeed home to an abundance of august institutions, starting with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and ending with the Museum for African Art at Central Park’s northeast corner. Trying to take in all of this cultural treasure trove might be overwhelming, but we’ll stick to what we can see from Fifth Avenue–which is still quite a bit!
In April of 2013, Frank Lloyd Wright’s auto showroom on 430 Park Avenue quietly disappeared and will soon be replaced by a TD Bank. The Hoffman Auto Showroom was home to the latest and greatest imported cars for nearly sixty years, but even more importantly, was one of the three remaining Wright design commissions in New York City (the other two being the Guggenheim Museum and Cass House on Staten Island).
Visitors to James Turrell’s monumental light installation currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum probably noticed that Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous rotunda has been completely transformed. Rather than quickly passing through on the way to exhibits on the upper floors, people gather in the rotunda, lounging on the nearly 360 degree benches or standing around and staring up at the light emanating from the five concentric rings installed for Aten Reign, the largest of Turrell’s installations that make up the exhibit. (more…)
Today inaugurates Maurizio Cattelan’s retrospective “All” at the Guggenheim. I was invited to the opening party, where photography of the exhibit was permitted as an exception to the rule. The structure of the exhibit is quite unconventional, which is fitting for such an unconventional artist. Over 130 works created by Cattelan since 1989 are featured hanging haphazardly from the great domed ceiling of the museum. Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, writes, “The exhibition is an exercise in disrespect: the artist has hung up his work like laundry to dry.” One of the riggers who I met this evening told me that it took about five months to install the whole thing, and it was quite a feat of engineering, as each work had to be balanced with all the others. Each sculpture, seemingly so out of context, invites the viewer to imagine how it was originally conceived and displayed.
“Novecento” 1997, originally shown at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin