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A New Yorker returns: Art in Chelsea

pace2Hey, I’m in NYC, visiting from Los Angeles, where I write for LA Metblogs. I  used to live here for a couple decades, moved to LA five years ago– jury is still out on that move but I get back to the city for a shot of cultural stimulation now and then. In LA there is very little of either unless your idea of culture is shopping and talking about how great the weather is.

I’m holed up with the boyfriend in London Terrace for a couple weeks. Yesterday we stuck around the neighborhood, art peeping and such.

Top of the list was the Manzoni exhibit at Gagosian (555 W 24 St.) It was curated by Germano Celant and is displayed chronologically with a time line for each year of his short life (he died at the age of 29), placing Manzoni in context artistically as well as historically. Holland Cotter’s review here. Highly recommended.

The other notable exhibit I saw was Robert Irwin at Pace Wildenstein (545 W 22 St.) Appealing in a visceral sense, monumental in size and if you like Dan Flavin, this will work for you.

Photo of Robert Irwin exhibit @ Pace Wildenstein by CP.

Pictures From the Edge

Next time you have time to spend, sit down and log onto Borough Edges and be ready to be totally mesmerized! Bettina Johae took 2418 digital images of the perimeter around the whole city — all 5 boroughs! From Riverside Park to Astoria/Ditmars to the Brooklyn Riviera, it’s a trip around the edges. It’s like that coffee-table book that everyone picks up and can’t put down…truly amazing!

Find your way around NYC more easily

I’ve lived in NYC now for practically my entire adult life and sometimes it’s difficult to find my way. While Google maps makes things a bit easier with its new features, I still find that by following directions, I’ll get lost.

As an example, it took me 1 year to find 9th street Espresso. I know, how hard could it be to find an espresso shop whose name itself tells you the location? I have no idea. I’m slow and I looked in every single direction except for the right one when trying to find the shop.

I accidentally bumped into mondomaps yesterday while trying to find the name of a restaurant in Curry Hill. We were search for Tiffin Wallah—but their Web site is not listed on mondomaps. But a bunch of others are and the way it is linked up is very helpful. I don’t know if they update the site and if so, how often…I definitely see some missing information. But I’m always looking for new tools to find my way around the city, so I thought I’d share. Here’s a link to all of Chelsea’s art galleries. This one particularly excited me because I rarely know where all the great art in NYC is and I’m definitely going to check them out now using the data from the map.

Enjoy discovering.

Blogging monk

Part of Red Black and Gold exhibit at RMA

Part of Red Black and Gold exhibit at RMA

I am quickly becoming a fan of the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA.) It’s one of the few places in NYC that continues to impress me with its vast list of programs and exhibits available. There’s a dearth of good Asian art collections around the U.S. but RMA along with the Asia Society do a good job in filling the void.

So as part of their marketing campaign or whatever, RMA features a blogging monk on their site. For anyone who knows anything about the tenets of Buddhism, this blog will not be beneficial to you. To all those who want to read an entertaining encounter of an endearing monk who is getting acclimated to the big city—you’ve hit the jackpot.

While he does not preach and there is a lack of spiritual insight and satisfaction in his entries, what you do get the same amount of entertainment as you do in your favorite reality TV shows. Some silliness, some reactive commentary and basically things that wouldn’t be interesting if the blogger weren’t a Buddhist monk.

Stay classy, NYC van driver

Stay classy, NYC van driver

Originally uploaded by kmcgivney

On Friday as we headed out of town to visit family, we got stuck in some really bad traffic on the FDR due to an accident. Luckily, we had some reading material generously provided by the fellow in the van in front of us.

If you can’t see it, across the rear windows of his van reads the poignant and poetic statement, “USA LOVE IT OR GET THE F..K OUT”. His flowery, almost musical language continues on the door panel below with, “IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SIGN CALL 1-800-EAT-SHIT”. Truly a man of conviction and purpose, he also drew upon his artistic creativity to place a rubber chicken inside the door so that its body hangs out, with a sign describing who he is portraying for those without his pure, artistic vision: “OSAMA B.”

I’ve seen vans that claim to be art cars before, but never have I seen such a brilliant translation of performance art on a moving vehicle before. I hope you take your show to Broadway one day. Bravo, sir.

MoMa Soaking, Dali Toking

As I waited on line to get admission for the museum of Modern Art, better known as MoMa, I heard many people speaking in different languages. The guy behind me poked my head with his umbrella several times spoke German. But he also sheltered me unwillingly from the rain (for a little bit).

Once inside the museum, it seemed more like the local Whole Foods than a museum. Everyone and their mothers was there. And since I’m not a big fan of modern art nor do I know anything about Dali except for the fact that he painted a lot of crazy things including melting clocks, I was paying attention to the people.

Dali at MoMa

Dali at MoMa

It seemed to me that everyone in there wanted to follow a certain decorum. People, it occurred to me stared with serious faces at the captions on the walls even if the content was hilarious. . . which some of it totally was. And another thing I noticed was that there was no way the 3 security guards in each room could come even close to enforcing the strict “no photography” policy. MoMa authorities, if you’re reading this, I suggest a throwback to grade school – CONFISCATE until they leave the premises.

And lastly, many people were talking about how slippery the city was with flip flops on. . . since it rained tonight. Now I’m exactly the type of person to tell you, I told ya so.



There’s plenty of cool shit going down (including Graffiti Research Lab from Vienna) – tomorrow (10th July, 2008) at Alphabeta Shop on 70 Greenpoint Ave. (BROOKLYN) – 6PM – 1AM. One night only, that means – ONLY TOMORROW.

Be there, or be square.  :)

More info:

Waterfalls in NYC

Not since Christo’s “Central Park Gates” have we had an installation so impressive. Olafur Eliasson’s four “NYC Waterfalls” have come to NY Harbor. There are bike tours, boat trips, and water taxi runs, to go up close to see the falls [think Niagara Falls “Maid of the Mist”], but if you prefer to stay dry, you can view them from spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island as well.

Check out the official websites for locations, times, pictures, and other details.

The Camera Club of New York

The Camera Club of New York is a long lived organization that has been around for over 100 years. It is THE club that helped photography gain acceptance as an art form. The movement by Alfred Stieglitz was started right here in our city. It became a forum for the advancement of the new art form with lectures given by some of the world’s famous photographers, Steichen, Atget, and Avedon. The Camera Club is steeped in rich tradition that makes me proud to be a New York photographer. I went to see their new space recently at 336 W. 37th st. They have juried exhibitions and some of the best darkroom rental rates in the city; provided that you sign up for at least 3 months or a year. The Camera Club is for serious photographers who want a forum to present their art and a place to create it. I urge anyone who has even a remote interest in photography to go and view their exhibition space or attend a lecture.

Camera Club Exhibition Space


SatyagrahaWhen I recently saw the poster for Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, I had no clue that the opera had been composed in 1980. With the Metropolitan Opera now trying to reach out to a younger crowd, posters that would be saved for the newest indie pop record was plastered in the Lower East Side on a phone booth.

I’m really freaking glad I saw it. Tickets are pretty expensive, but if you look closely, they have standing room only space that sells for as little as $15.

I’m so IN for peace. And so IN for Philip Glass. By the by, the image to the right is not the poster I saw. The poster I saw had the background image of Gandhi and a foreground filled with yellow letters exclaiming something along the lines of “what if an opera led you to non-violence” or something like this.

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