Photos by G. Various Artists.
Here’s a list of exhibits that are worth checking out if you are in the New York area between now and May 2015. This beats sitting on the couch and texting, according to G.
I Want To Cum In Your Heart by John Giorno
“Space Forgets You” by John Giorno at Elizabeth Dee Gallery (located at 545 West 20th Street) through May 9, 2015.
Paula Hayes – Gazing Globes
“Gazing Globes” by Paula Hayes. Through April 19, 2015 at Madison Square Park. (23rd Street and Park Ave).
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi
“God Complex” by Joseph Grazi at Joseph Gross Gallery (located at 548 West 28th Street #232) through May 2, 2015.
Thomas Nozkowski 2015 at Pace Gallery
New work by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery (located at 510 West 25th Street) through April 25, 2015.
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery
“Cacophonous” by Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery (located at 534 West 25th Street) through May 9, 2015.
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery
“Mise-En-Scene” by William Basso at Last Rites Gallery (located at 325 West 38th Street) through May 16, 2015.
The Drawing Room – Hans De Op Beeck
“The Drawing Room” by Hans De Op Beeck at Marianne Boesky Gallery (located at 509 West 24th Street) through May 2, 2015.
Katsushika Hokusai – “Under The Wave off Kanagawa”
Katsushika Hokusai’s (circa 1830-32) iconic “Under The Wave off Kanagawa” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art located at 1000 5th Avenue (at 82nd Street). Ongoing.
Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum
“Infinite Possibility: Mirror Works and Drawings” by Monir Farmanfarmaian at The Guggenheim Museum (located at 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) through June 3, 2015.
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production
Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production (located at 623 West 27th Street) through April 18, 2015.
Photos by G.
World Trade Center Version 2.0
Let’s face it, when there’s a tragedy, the city it happened in commemorates it with a museum. It’s tasteless, but it’s just a fact of life. So with that thinking, it was just a matter of time before New York built a 9/11 Museum. Curiosity got the better of me and a friend so we visited the museum on Memorial Day. What I will say is that the museum is high-tech and well laid out. There are hundreds of artifacts from the worst day in modern history on display. From horrifying photos of people jumping off the building to their death to miscellaneous items of clothing that were charred and rescued from the building collapses, even the blackest heart will probably shed a tear or two. It’s sort of strange to think that for every closeup photo you see from “ground zero,” that represents a person who whipped out a camera to capture a tragic moment instead of helping, but as we all know this is the day that changed everything!
I wasn’t living in New York on 9/11/01, and knowing what I know now from living here, reliving the events of this day seem more horrific than ever. Days like 9/11 remind you of the awesomeness of New York and how when it sucks here, it sucks more than you can even imagine. New Yorkers get a bad rap as being rude and blunt, but when tragedy strikes, seeing the community come together gives you a kernel of hope for humanity. To think of all the courageous people that risked their own lives to try and save others, the amount of people that didn’t live to tell the tale and the people that have suffered effects of the aftermath is almost too much to take. The museum will definitely give you a new appreciation for the people that were at the Trade Towers when tragedy struck and it will take your mind on a trip when you think of how many thousands of lives were permanently affected and how many of those stories were never told.
The 9/11 Museum sure does its best to take your wounds of that day, rip them right open again and throw a bunch of salt in it. From the second you’ve paid your $25 entrance fee, you have to go through airport security and it makes one wish they had a “before 9/11 airport security monitor” as well as an “after 9/11 airport security monitor” just to show the youth of what the world was like before the government decided to scare us all into submission. To think of all the hassle the world goes through to get onto an airplane now and how many times “the bad guys” have still managed to sneak weapons onto planes makes you think “Let’s have less security. We’ll take the risk!” But we don’t have a choice, do we? There’s also a ton of “America, Fuck Yeah!” propaganda peppered throughout the museum and NOT ONCE is there even the slightest mention that 9/11 “could possibly have been” an inside job. I’m not here to try and convince anyone of anything – but there is a ton of research out there that if even one out of every one hundred facts are true, it’s enough to make you question everything! If you are not questioning things, you are sheep and I ask that you please wake up OR move the hell out of my way!
The most tasteless part of the museum, of course, is the gift shop and here are 11 items you DON’T need from the 9/11 Museum gift shop.
The Dogs of 9/11
1. A Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11. There are also doggie costumes (isn’t that animal abuse?) for sale.
9/11 Coffee Mugs
2. 9/11 Coffee mugs. I don’t know about you, but I do not need to be reminded of death when I am trying to wake up in the morning.
9/11 Charm Bracelets.
3. Charm Bracelets. No comment needed.
4. Earrings. The commemorative trees at the bottom sort of make sense, but 9/11 earrings?!
9/11 iPhone covers
5. 9/11 iPhone cases. Doesn’t the cover on the right look like a burnt flag to you? Yikes.
New York Skyline Scarf and plate
6. The scarf and plate make perfect sense to be sold in the million “I Love New York” tchotchke shops throughout the city, but in a 9/11 memorial museum, it’s very tacky.
9/11 Stuffed Animal
7. 9/11 Search and Rescue stuffed animals. File this one under “creepy toys for kids.”
World Trade Center Scarves!
8. 9/11 Handbags and Scarves. Upscale and yet, TASTELESS!!!
9. 9/11 Totebags. On your daily travels these bags will remind you and everyone you run across with one of the most horrific days in recent memory. Super size it!
American Flag Coasters.
10. American Flag Coasters. America… FUCK YEAH!
9/11 Key-chains, Lanyards
11. Last and certainly not least – 9/11 Keychains and Lanyards.
Also for sale are coffee table books filled with horrifying photos of the 9/11 events, T-shirts galore and DVDs. Many of these other items literally baffle me that people would want them, but during our visit to the museum, people were taking selfies in front of building wreckage, so I guess we can go out on a limb and say that the world has officially been ruined and nothing is sacred anymore.
911 Gift Shop (Partial View)
Apparently the America cheese plate has already been discontinued. Maybe there is hope for humanity?
Exit through the gift shop.
Photos by G. Art by John Chamberlain.
John Chamberlain - Choices. Now showing at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through May 13, 2012
Prepare to be wowed when you go to the Guggenheim Museum in New York for an retrospective of works by John Chamberlain entitled “Choices.” Chamberlain made sculptures out of scrap metal from used car parts and his career spanned decades.
I’d estimate there are no less than 40 sculptures of varying sizes, shapes and colors and seeing all of these works together is extremely impressive. It’s heart breaking that Chamberlain died in December 2011, so he did not get to see the fantastic arrangement of his art in the spiral shaped museum.
“Choices” by John Chamberlain runs until May 13, 2012 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (located at 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street). Get your art on and don’t miss it!
Photos by G. Art by Damien Hirst.
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark by Damien Hirst
2012 is the year of Damien Hirst! I was fortunate enough to meet one of the most successful and controversial artists in the world earlier in 2012 and as my great luck would have it, I happened to be on holiday in London on the day that the retrospective of his art opened at the Tate Modern! If you are unfamiliar with his works, if you are already a fan or if you just shrug your shoulders when you hear his name, you should check out this exhibit. So many works you only read about in books are all on display in the same place at the same time.
Extreme Close Up: Spot Painting by Damien Hirst
While perusing the exhibit, many of the following thoughts will enter your head – “do people dislike Hirst because he is so rich and blame it on his art?” “It’s well known a staff of assistants helps him carry out his projects. How many people are employed and what types of schedules do they keep?” “How on earth do they transport these works of art across the world?”
An Enormous Ashtray Filled with Cigarette Butts by Damien Hirst
At the retrospective, you’ll see the infamous spot paintings (and before you dismiss them, you should research the reasoning behind the color schemes as well as the fact that though these paintings look like they are done by machines, they are actually done by Hirst’s assistants); Medicine Cabinets, the glass cases filled with diamonds, cigarette butts and pills; spin paintings, skulls, butterflies; the animals in formaldehyde; the flies attacking a rotting carcass and more!
Flies eating a rotting carcass!
Whether or not Damien Hirst’s art is “your thing,” it will certainly give you lots of food for thought. I think that’s one of the greatest things about his work – it will certainly force you into making a decision about your opinion of his art. Like it or not, I can’t imagine a single person that sees this exhibit will walk away and have no opinion of it. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing museum patrons expressing extreme views of his art as I walked around the galleries.
Medicine Cabinet by Damien Hirst
If you will not be able to make it to London to see this exhibit, you should definitely check out The Happy Famous Artists’ Flickr page that is chock full of great snaps from the press preview of the Hirst retrospective.
If you go see the exhibit in person, make sure you exit through the gift shop!
Damien Hirst - The Merch!
“Damien Hirst” runs at the Tate Modern in London, England through September 9, 2012. Don’t miss it!