Art & Museums

Cartoons are for kids, right? Comics are … well, you’d never mistake a comic book for Moby Dick, would you? Or would you? Art Spiegelman has perhaps done more than any other living artist to raise cartoons and comics to the level of literature and art. The proof is in the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded in 1992 and now the major museum show.

Abe Lincoln was many things: impressively tall, our nation's 16th president, the great emancipator...but, gay? During New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein's exhibit The Lincoln Bedroom at Chelsea's C24 Gallery, the question of Lincoln's sexuality is played with, raising a titilating (and punny) question: Was Abraham Lincoln a Log Cabin Republican?

Abe Lincoln was many things: impressively tall, our nation's 16th president, the great emancipator...but, gay?

Dark Universe, the new Space Show that opens at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium on Nov. 2, is a bobby-dazzler. A cosmic spectacle. A really Big Bang.

Christopher Wool, "Trouble"

After the summer madness of its transforming (and transformative) James Turrell exhibition, the Guggenheim Museum has pretty much returned to normal.

The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, at the New-York Historical Society thru Feb. 23, 2014, is both smaller in scale and larger in scope than I had anticipated.

The walls of The Morgan Library & Museum drip with blood—that’s blood as in blood-red paint.

I was on a tight schedule the other day, so I allowed myself just15 minutes for a romp through Chris Burden: Ex

WARNING: Do not trust your eyes.

The standard rules of visual perception do not apply at James Turrell’s Iltar, an otherworldly component of the minimalist master’s eponymous exhibit that has taken over the winding walls of the Guggenheim. Sure, there has been a lot of buzz about Aten Reign, his colorful light installation that transformed Frank Lloyd Wright’s fabled atrium into an elite, space-age rainbow room, but a wholly different, and seemingly underrated, kind of transcendent experience awaits visitors a few flights up.

So here is how it happened. I was strolling through the office, on my way to the coffee maker (for, say the 8th time that day: hello, my name is Lois and I am a caffeine-aholic), when I came across a gorgeous coffee table book sitting on the desk of one of my co-workers called Across the Ravaged Land by Nick Brandt, the third book in the photographers’ trilogy on the wildlife of Africa. I stopped, immediately moved by the cover image of an African ranger, kneeling, almost prayerlike, holding the tusks of a killed elephant. I started flipping through page after page of dramatic and beautiful images of East African wildlife, soulful-eyed elephants, a regal lioness, a curious-looking baboon.

Chagall: Love, War and Exile at The Jewish Museum (Sept. 15-Feb. 2, 2014) is not an easy exhibition to love. This is not the celebratory, lighthearted, Fiddler on the Roof Chagall. Nor is it the seductive colorist of the Metropolitan Opera House’s two enormous lobby paintings. The show covers the period from the 1930s through 1948 (the first to do so), when Chagall was at his most somber: in pain and in exile from World War II in New York, a city he did not much like and where his beloved wife and muse, Bella, died.


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