NYC Museums

After completing the Thansgiving weekend events with family, went to see several art pieces in Manhattan. Started with seeing the statue of Christopher Columbus enclosed in a room with furniture, a book case and windows that offered a great view around the Columbus Circle area. The Public Art piece was fun.

After spending several hours at MOMA looking at a few shows, we headed over to one of my favorite NYC Museums, Art and Design. Everytime I go, they are pressing the boundaries in the content of what they show and how they show the material.

The Doris Duke exhibit of her Hawaiian house was solid. Then we went down to the fourth floor and were blown away by the Scent show. The Art of Scent 1889-2012 is the first major museum exhibition to recognize scent as a major medium of artistic creation and fifteen artists who work in this medium.

The exhibition focuses on twelve works made between 1889 and 2012, and will include Jicky, created by Aimé Guerlain in 1889; Ernest Beaux’s Chanel N° 5 from 1921; Jean-Claude Ellena’s Osmanthe Yunnan from 2006; and Daniela Andrier’s Untitled created in 2010.

What blows you away is the design of the room. Against white walls are indentations with little holes. You walk up to the indentation and see if looks like a nose. You bend down and the hole shoots the smell of a perfume into your nostrils. What a great idea! So unusual and fun.

We went down the next level and encountered Fifty years of glass. The show included a wide range of artists and works ranging from colored bowls through video inside glass, such as Tim Tate’s piece.

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