By Wendy Rosler (headline graphics by Istvan Ocztos) While the government of Hungary may have taken some justified flak for closing its borders to refugees, when it comes to art, the country maintains an open door policy. As a prominent gateway for international musicians and a regular destination for film productions, Budapest is a hub…
Get a sneak preview of a new exhibition or tour the permanent collection. Meet at the Metropolitan Museum’s group tour desk. Pre-registration for all tours is required at least 24 hrs in advance. Attendees will be emailed details of the tour—with specific meeting location and additional directions 24 hrs in advance of the tour. All…Details
by Rory Winston In a vain attempt to keep up with emerging poets, playwrights and new productions, I – like many theater professionals and enthusiasts out there – supplement my monthly subscriptions by scouring online sources and skimming through additional information alluded to by friends and friends of friends on Facebook. Admittedly, despite my best…
By Rory Winston
'Temple of the muses’ – so sacred, so much grandeur, all that pressure attached to a single word: ‘museum.’ The fact that many are inspired to quote the etymology of the institution, and spend hours raptly invoking the atypical way in which they experience these renowned bastions of culture means there are way too few actually attending.
It is something one associates to foreign countries, something one sets aside a special time of the year to do. It is, for many, an intellectual obligation, a cultural necessity, a way in which to properly pay one’s respects to those who have contributed to our world; it is, in short, a visit to the cemetery.
Note: there is no such thing as a special ‘museum mood.’ There are as many different museums as there are emotional states. And, as sacrilegious as it may sound, museums are downright entertaining. They are there as much for our amusement as for our education.
By Joe Alexander
Looking at the art of Jessica Lichtenstein, one is transported into an imaginary world of childlike hedonism. The colors bombard you with a familiar sense of happiness, the thick acrylic glimmers back at you like a diamond on display, and the girls well…they smile at you, seducing you from behind an optical lens as you voyeuristically “peep” into their candy colored landscapes. But as always, there is more behind that lens than meets the eye.
By Rory Winston For all his flaws, Sergei Diaghilev was the quintessential impresario. Beyond scouting out the most exceptional talents of his day, he inspired them to traverse what were otherwise strict boundaries. He created interdisciplinary collaborations that brought diverse artists the likes of Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Picasso under one roof. Whether or not Mikhail…