Have you seen the “Say No to the MoMA” ad? It makes Jean Nouvel’s proposed MoMA Tower look like a rabid King Kong, casting ominous shadows across midtown Manhattan. It also suggests that this building — unlike the scores of skyscrapers that have gone up over the past century — will block the entire skyline. It would be rather funny if the alarmist attitude wasn’t holding up progress on what is such a bold, exciting… Read More
I’ve always considered the MoMA’s sixth floor as the place to escape from the otherwise escapist’s ultimate playground. It’s where the intelligentsia, the freelancers, the art history students and the discerning tourists alike all co-mingle, satisfied at having bypassed the hordes who are arrhythmically struggling to catch an unobstructed glimpse of a Picasso or Cézanne. If the sixth floor were a busy sidewalk, its inhabitants understand basic pedestrian… Read More
Ron Arad, whose show Ron Arad: No Discipline opened at the MoMA in August, recently gave a talk at the 92nd Street Y as a part of their “Dialogues with Design Legends” series. While the dialogue in question was meant to be between moderator Daniella Ohad-Smith and Arad, the talk quickly became an open forum between Arad and his audience. From the moment he walked on stage in a hat that looked like a stiff milkmaid’s bonnet and opened his lecture with “Any questions?,” it was a… Read More
1. Ellen Degeneres will be American Idol‘s fourth judge in the show’s upcoming ninth season. [via The Daily Beast]
2. The New York City Planning Commission chopped 200 feet off of Jean Nouvel’s midtown tower, assuring that it will not rival the Empire State Building in height or muck up the Manhattan skyline.… Read More
Tamara Thomsen makes the bones of old homes beautiful. In her large-scale watercolor paintings, spare and elegant architecture is rendered ageless and glamorous in jeweled washes of lime, lemon, magenta and turquoise. Her most recent series, Chambers memorializes Benedict Arnold’s former home, Philadelphia’s neoclassical landmark, Mount Pleasant Mansion.… Read More
A group calling itself The Coalition for Responsible Midtown Development, a branch of the neighborhood block association surrounding New York’s Museum of Modern Art, has put up its dukes and is ready to scrap. The coalition has created a website to collect opinions and criticism of MoMA’s projected Jean Nouvel tower, currently awaiting approval and already making a nuisance. All the dirt and video proof after the… Read More
Online forum ArtBabble has museums like the Guggenheim and MoMA riding the digital wave with original video contributions.
The site features exclusive content from visual heavy hitters such as the Museum of Art & Design and Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a platform for user-generated discussion. Visitors can watch lectures from the 2009 International Design Symposium, scope demos of the art-installation process, and preview Season 5 of PBS series Art:21, all providing a diverse bird’s-eye view of the world of contemporary art. … Read More
Where were we bright and early this past Saturday morning you ask? MoMA’s sculpture garden. More specifically, Flavorpill was honored to co-host the second installment of YoGA at the MoMA, an event program that seamlessly aligns art and movement. Two-hundred yogis of all levels joined us for the hour-long session, guided by Virayoga founder Elena Brower. Wish you’d been there?
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