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Schools out, go see some art!

Schools out and I’m always looking for ways to inspire my kids and get them thinking about things besides video games and movies on Amazon. We went to see some exhibits this weekend and the sketchbooks are out again. The car ride home was very quiet as the kids were all working on their masterpieces. When we got home my 12 year old  asked for some acrylic paints and canvas.  The kids are planning an exhibit.  Keep in mind that these shows close this week and next week so check closing dates. Here’s what we saw:

Neil Golberg: Stories the City Tells Itself

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
March 2 – July 4, 2012
Open 7 days, 10am-6pm

This show is moving on many levels but especially made me think of the moments we take for granted: waiting for the subway or sitting in traffic. Neil Goldberg: Stories the City Tells Itself is a mid-career survey that brings together nearly two decades’ of video work and photography exploring the power and resonance of the everyday and overlook. This is the Museum’s first-ever exhibition of contemporary video art. Sharon Marcus of Columbia University writes: “Neil Goldberg’s videos and photographs alert us to the perplexity of being alive in a body in a particular place and time. In this exhibition, New York City provides the unifying inspiration and context for this exploration. Goldberg makes us see how strange it is that we do what we do: eat, breathe, move, wait, feel pleasure, experience surprise, endure disappointment.”You can definitely take the kiddies.  Here is some press connected with the show:

 Selected Press:
The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/xsi5AN
Time Out New York:  http://bit.ly/IFdHM1
Time Magazine’s LightBox site: http://ti.me/JMVXCu

Thomas Demand: Mathew Marks Gallery

May 5 – June 23, 2012
522 W 22 Street http:// www.matthewmarks.com/new-york/exhibitions/2012-05-05_thomas-demand/

The main piece in the exhibit is an amazing short film made on a set that Demand constructed of paper.  It comprises a total of 2,400 frames, filmed one at a time, as animators meticulously retraced the movements of each item in the room, shifting the paper models of plates, lemons, pendant lamps, chairs, an upright piano, and a refrigerator by several millimeters at a time.

Maira Kalman: Julie Saul Gallery

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22 Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212 627-2410
Fax: 212 627-2411
As always, Kalmans work is magical and don’t miss the embroidered table cloth in the center of the gallery

 

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