October 2007

Far from being an exhaustive list of museum exhibitions (I suggest New York Magazine for that) basically, I’ll collect a brief listing of exhibitions and museums that I’m planning to go to or wish I could go to.  Most will probably be in the New York area, but I’m sure other interesting things will crop up too. Definitely let me know any suggestions you might have for this series in the comments section below!

Vermeer, Woman with a Water Pitcher
Johannes Vermeer, Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

EXHIBITIONS

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
‘The Age of Rembrandt.’ (Now through Jan. 6, 2008)
I’m going to see this show in about two weeks, so stay tuned, because I’m sure I’ll want to write about it. It’s supposed to be incredible. For now, here is the NYTimes’ interactive guide to the exhibition.

The Whitney Museum of American Art
‘Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love.’
(Now through Feb. 6, 2008)
I really adore Kara Walker’s work. Interesting that the Whitney has Walker’s first American survey exhibition. Usually I’m not a big fan of the Whitney, but I’ll definitely be checking this one out.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
‘Saul Steinberg: Illuminations.’ (Nov. 2, 2007 through Feb. 24, 2008)
A museum that holds a special place in my heart… This is the upcoming exhibition and it’s gonna be huge! Make it up to Poughkeepsie and check out the exhibition starting in November.

MUSEUMS

Here’s a list of museums in general which I’ve been meaning to visit for a while and hope to get to before I go abroad next semester…

Dia:Beacon (Beacon, NY).
I essentially live in the Hudson Valley, yet I’ve never been to Dia?! I know, it’s crazy. This semester, I swear.

Neue Galerie (New York, NY).
I’m a huge Klimt fan — and I STILL haven’t been to see the famous purcahse. It’s right down the road from the Met, so really, every time I’m at the Met I have no excuses!

The Morgan Library and Museum (New York, NY).
I’ve wanted to visit since their renovations, and I’ve never been, so definitely have to check it out soon.

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  1. I’m looking forward to following your monthly lists, not least because I’m planning something similar for U.S. exhibits about Britain at my own blog. Turns out, our lists (okay: your list and my still imaginary one) overlap. I, too, hope to get to the Morgan Library on a visit to New York sometime before March 14, to see the Jane Austen exhibit, “A Woman’s Wit.” The show sounds more epistolary than visual, but still worthwhile.

    For Austen lovers who venture farther — about an hour west of London — one can see Austen’s own house, now a museum, in Chawton, Hampshire. I was there this summer, so jet-lagged I forgot to look for the site’s most famous artifact, the tiny writing table at which Jane wrote works including “Emma” and “Sense and Sensibility” and revisions of earlier novels, not to mention many of the letters, skits and doggerel on display at the Morgan. I did spend time, though, examining the also tiny twin canopy bed, smaller than a U.S. twin, that Jane shared with her sister, Cassandra.

    Cassandra and Jane lived modestly at Chawton during Jane’s last eight years, along with their widowed mother and Martha Lloyd, a family friend. (Jane’s brother owned the property. Martha later married a different Austen brother.) Since Jane didn’t like to be known as a writer, a loose floorboard near the doorway apparently served as an alarm for her to hide away her writing implements whenever visitors called. You can still hear it creak.

    Art at Chawton House — which could have been selected by curators, for all I know — consisted mostly of tiny prints and illustrations. A couple large painted portraits of kin were almost certainly assembled by curators.

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