Challenging racism, sexism and class, this selection of five exhibitions will give you diverse perspectives into art history which is just the way I like it. Whenever my creative well runs dry, a trip to New York City will fill my inspiration bank with more ideas than I could ever do in a lifetime. For each show, I am already fantasizing about who I most want to drag with me to share in the excitement.
Although, I confess I rather go to a show alone than miss out on it altogether. I actually get mad at myself if I miss an exhibit on my wish list. Once, I even braved the weather to travel into new York (by train) with a blizzard on the way. With beautiful fall weather and a plethora of gorgeously curated exhibits, I have no excuse not to see them all this fall.
Visit NYC Fall 2016
If you are planning to travel to New York, all of these shows will be open by October and most are in the museum mile district of the upper east side for those with enough energy to museum hop. I usually can only handle one exhibition per day or I risk sensory overload. When I am by myself, I grab the audio guide to keep me focused, but when I am with friends and family I prefer to talk to them about the art.
For me, the experience is usually just as much about the gift shop goodies, and the museum restaurant as it is about the art and when possible I've made some notes on some favorite museum restaurants and ways to save you money.
1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
September 22, 2016-January 16, 2017
The exhibition includes approximately 12 draw dropping ornate paintings as well as 40 drawings, 40 works of decorative art, and vintage photographs of Klimt.
Central to the exhibition will be two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer Woman in Gold. Adele Bloch-Bauer was an important Klimt patron and notably, the only subject the artist ever painted twice in full length. Gustav Klimt, a central figure in the cultural life of Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, provided a crucial link between nineteenth-century Symbolism and the beginning of Modernism. beginning in 1903.
|Klimt's Influences: This artist's art has had an influence on my Art Nouveau depictions of peacocks. you can collect a print of this art on imagekind in your choice of framing or on canvas.|
|collect a dramatic over the sofa sized art to make a statement with an affordable print on canvas|
If you go: Make time to have lunch at the authentic Viennese cafe, the Cafe Sabarsky. Even the wait staff are Austrian. If you refuse the tempting desserts, at least treat yourself to chocolate covered almonds as your souvenir takeaway.
Thrifty Tip: Museum is free 6-8 on Fridays.
John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children
Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave, New York (near 92nd)
September 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017
If you thought the Jewish Museum is a building full of menorahs and spice boxes, think again. The museum regularly curates exhibition of Jewish artists, illustrators and well as collections from prominent Jewish collectors. This capsule exhibition, features the lushly painted portrait of English Jews enjoying high society England. Lady Meyer, a socially concerned philanthropist, supported working class women, underprivileged families, and women’s suffrage.
From the museum's website: "On loan from the Tate Britain in London, it has been over 10 years since this painting was on view in the United States. The exhibition highlights this remarkable work—contextualizing it with other family portraits, family photographs, personal correspondence and domestic memorabilia, as well as satirical imagery from popular culture that relates to both the Meyer family and John Singer Sargent."
Sargent's Influence: Both a water colorist as well as a portrait artist, this artist will always have a special place in my heart. Be sure to check out my other blog posts on this artist
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If you go: visit the Russ and Daughter's cafe that is in the basement level and treat yourself to a lox sandwich.
Thrifty Tip: Thrifty travelers can visit the museum for free on Saturdays, but then you will have to get your lox elsewhere since the museum's cafe is closed on Saturday,
Jerusalem Every People Under Heaven
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York (near 82nd)
through January 8, 2017
Art depicting Israel...
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4) Kerry James Marshall
Met Breuer 945 Madison Ave, New York
October 25, 2016- January 29, 2017
From the museum website: "Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in Birmingham, Alabama, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. He is known for his large-scale narrative history paintings featuring black figures—defiant assertions of blackness in a medium in which African Americans have long been invisible—and his exploration of art history covers a broad temporal swath stretching from the Renaissance to 20th-century American abstraction."
influence on my art: TBA !
if you go: Madison Avenue is home to some of the best boutiques in the city- one personal favorite is Nanette Lepore
5) Cecily Brown
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York
October 6, 2016- December 18, 2016
About Me (Miriam Schulman)
|Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place|
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and I’m the founder of The Inspiration Place where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired.