Museums

Whitney Biennial 2017

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The yearly show opens to the public on Friday, March 17 and it is a sight for the eyes and ears.  With a heavy dose of video and audio the biennial really moves into the present time.  There are short movies, that take you to beautiful lush islands, a 3D movie about the senses a hyper-violent immersive experience in Virtual Reality, video using iPhones, numerous films and more.  There are paintings using standard media and thoughtful pieces using sunlight through the windows.  There is a large installation of a manuscript asking for censorship.  There are pieces that address relevant social issues.  

This is an entertaining and thought provoking opening and a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.  Enjoy! 

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Museum HACK!

New York City is a a city of museums.  There are more than 80 here.  And for the majority of the population and visitors to NYC, one of those museums are not on the top of their "Must-Do" lists.  But maybe that is because we have been stuck in a rut of how to experience the museums.  Enter Museum Hack, a museum tour company for people who don't like museums.  

The guides at Museum Hack have "hacked" the museum experience to make it more streamlined and interesting for the Millenial crowd.  They give the juicy gossip or back story that you never hear about.  They point out the interesting pieces that you may have missed before and explain why you should be interested in them.  They make you take an ugly selfie and perform a tableau of famous paintings.  They are energetic and extremely knowledgeable about the museums the hack.  They know the secret bathrooms with shorter lines!

They are currently doing tours on different subjects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History.  I took one of the Met tours and had a fantastic time, I highly recommend them.  

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Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum

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The Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit at the Whitney Museum explores a whole wealth of art by the modern American artist from the extravagant to the mundane.  The Whitney has dedicated the majority of the museum to this major exhibition spanning his professional lifetime and including pieces from various exhibits from over the years.  While there are x-rated pieces(that are separated by signage) the majority of the collection is family friendly and inspiring to all ages.

Cat on a Clothesline 1994-2001

Metallic Venus 2012

Koons produced most of his major work in New York City and is best known for his reproductions of banal objects like balloon animals produced in stainless steel or other metallic colors with mirror finishes.  This has made him loved by some critics and loathed by others.  I personally love the playfulness in all his art and his creativity in presenting everyday things in a new way.  There are a lot of underlying sex as well as other "hidden" messages in many of his works.  Take a close look at the Luxury and degradation series for examples.

Olive Oyl 2003

Michael Jackson and Bubbles 1988

Balloon Dog  1994

Here is but a small taste of the fun and thought-provoking art by Mr. Koons on display at this exhibit

Rabbit 1986

Pink Panther 1988

Wall relief with Bird 1991

WHITNEY MUSEUM

JEFF KOONS official website

 

Super Bowl week with the 'Hawks

Friday, Blue Friday before the Super Bowl to be exact. As we inch closer to the big game things are fast and furious. 

Took the next few days off work, but I am still working in a sense from my phone doing concierge work.   First up, a walk through of Radio City for tomorrow's NFL Honors ceremony.   The inside of Radio city looked like the backstage of a rock concert with electrical wires and lights all over the place. waiting to be hung or hidden.  Same went for the red carpet tent that looked only half done.  It'll be cool to see the finished, ready for prime-time product after seeing the first stages of it today.

Next, I took the PATH train over to Jersey City to do some business at the official team hotel.  Getting off the train on the other side of the Hudson River was a little discombobulating at first, but as I came to street level it felt like a little Seattle with 12s everywhere in Seahawk regalia.  The hotel had security right up front  and a couple large yellow signs reading "NO AUTOGRAPHS OR PICTURES."  And of course guests of the hotel were the only ones allowed in.

 Jersey City - Seahawks Central

Jersey City - Seahawks Central

When going back to the PATH train, I noticed an older couple doing the "not sure where to go" look and spin.  The hospitality side of me kicked in and I asked "where are you trying to get too?"  "Super Bowl Boulevard" they responded.  "Great!" I said "I  am going to the same station, follow me."  They said people here are so nice and asked if I am from Seattle since I was wearing Seahawk gear (of course).  I replied I had lived there but grew up in Fairbanks, AK and have been a fan for almost 30 years.  After more small talk I came to find out they were none other than Seahawk Tight End Zach Miller's parents.  I told them they should definitely stop by Carlow East at some point during their stay here.  It is THE Seahawks bar here in NYC.

 American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Party Time at the American Museum of Natural History.  The Super Bowl Party was held here and I was there to assist with escorting, meeting and greeting NFL owners and other VIPs.  The NFL knows how to throw a great soiree.  The venue was beautifully done up with each team having it's own alcove decked out in team colors.  Around the main room was NFL memorabilia and media.  The food was fantastic and John Mayer played an acoustic set to a captivated crowd.  The highlight of the night for me was being able to meet Seahawk General Manager John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll, both very nice and genuine guys. 

 Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl party

Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl party

The night ended with a stop at Carlow East to have a drink with all the other fans.  It's great to see so many passionate 12s there having a great time.  Seahawk chants went back and forth all night and it was absolute mayhem, but in a good way.  There were even a couple of brave Bronco fans that made their way in.