Photos by G. Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi.
If you are into sculptures, you should definitely take a trip to the Noguchi Museum in Queens. The museum is quite large and features an outside sculpture garden which is very lovely and peaceful to visit. In addition, the Noguchi Museum is conveniently located near the Socrates Sculpture Park.
There are literally hundreds of sculptures housed inside and outside of the museum and the presentation of these works is really cool.
outdoor garden at Noguchi Museum
Admission is only $10 and the docents there are happy to answer any questions you might have about the art or the life of Isamu Noguchi.
The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard) in Long Island City and is open Wednesday – Sunday. Check their website for more info.
Photos by G. Various Artists.
The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens
Recently, the Happy Famous Artists were in town and they turned me on to the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Gail and I went on an urban adventure to sunny Queens and checked out a really cool exhibit entitled “Do It (Outside).” [Side note: you can see more photos of this exhibit from Worley Gig, Happy Famous Artists or the official Socrates website by clicking the links above.]
Socrates by David Barry
A selection of artists (including Robert Ashley, Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, John Baldessari, Yto Barrada, Robert Barry, Jerome Bel, Mel Bochner, Minerva Cuevas, Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, William Forsythe, Paul-Armand Gette, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Konstantin Grcic, Anna Halprin, Cristina Iglesias, Koo Jeong-A, Joan Jonas, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Adriana Lara, Bertrand Lavier, Xavier Le Roy, Sol LeWitt, Lucy Lippard, Anibal Lopez, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Enzo Mari, Paul McCarthy, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Albert Oehlen, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Lygia Pape, Nicolas Paris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Cedric Price, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Martha Rosler, Eszter Salamon, Tomas Saraceno, Peter Saville, Kazuyo Sejima, . Shimabuku, Gabriel Sierra, Andreas Slominski, Michael Smith, Nancy Spero, Hugo Suter, Anton Vidokle, Hannah Weinberger, Ai Weiwei, Franz West, Erwin Wurm) have written out instructions to be interpreted by other artists, performers, community groups, and the public, as you can see above.
“What Would Tracey Do” by Tracey Emin
If you are looking for a fun getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, take the N train out to Queens and enjoy this beautiful park with nice views of the city and in addition, if sculptures are your thing, you are walking distance from the Noguchi Museum (more to come on that).
Gail For Rent
Gail and I had fun interacting with the art on an extremely hot but gorgeous day.
G inside Konstantine Grcic art.
“Do It (Outside)” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist only runs through July 7, 2013, so don’t miss your chance to see and interact with a lot of great art.
Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City and is open 365 days a year from 10 am to sunset.
Photo by G.
Adam Yauch Mural in Queens
RIP MCA. This mural lives at 5Points in Queens.
Photos by G.
Oh Bjork! The Icelandic singer has made an album combining science and nature with the latest in sound technology called “Biophilia.” She’s promoting the record with a series of concerts at New York’s Museum of Science in Queens. I attended the show on February 12, 2012 and when it comes to putting on an amazing live show, Bjork does not disappoint. Backed with a choir, who sounded like a chorus of angels, Bjork performed her entire album “Biophilia” while trippy visuals were shown on screens over the stage. The venue for a concert like this was perfect as we were situated in a tall building with amazing acoustics and since the show was in the round, every spot in the room was a decent vantage point.
Aside from the new album, Bjork also played “You’ve Been Flirting Again” and “Isobel” from “Post,” “Mouth’s Cradle” from “Medulla,” “Pagan Poetry” from “Vespertine,” the non-album classic “Generous Palmstroke” and the finale, “Declare Independence” from “Volta.” Though “Possibly Maybe” was on the set list, it was not played. Bjork was recovering from a cold but she still sounded amazing and was wearing an interesting dress that only Bjork could pull off. Bjork said thank you after many of the songs but didn’t say much else to the audience except to ask if we would help her sing happy birthday to one of the women in her choir.
For those that think “Biophilia” is a little too obscure to get into, seeing it performed live really helped me to enjoy the music more; however, like a lot of Bjork fans, I am waiting for an all out dance album. Bjork will be performing several more shows in New York throughout February including a few more at the museum and some at Roseland in Manhattan. If you like Bjork’s music, you will not want to miss this show. It’s extremely intimate and it makes you reaffirm your love for Bjork, whose talent and willingness to experiment is the very thing that is missing from so many acts that are out there today.
See the set list after the jump.
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