Exhibition review Visitors to the Portland Art Museum (PAM) this summer are greeted, before ever entering the door, by a fashionable Parisian woman, whose vast likeness fills up much of the building’s front wall. From the 1901 painting “Allegory of the City of Paris,” by Louise Abbéma, she stands at the prow of a boat in a smartly tailored pink gown, strewing roses with one hand and holding a laurel wreath in the other. Behind her, we see the Seine and the rooftops of Paris, under an elegantly moody lavender-and-gray sky. “Paris 1900: City of Entertainment,” a special exhibit at PAM until Sept. 8, is as chic and optimistic as that allegorical lady; capturing the feeling of a bustling city during what’s been termed “La Belle Époque” — a time before World War I, when Paris’ International Exhibition captured the attention of the world and showcased a vibrant, creative community. Curated by the Petit Palais Museum of … [Read more...] about Escape to turn-of-the-century Paris with Portland Art Museum’s ‘Paris 1900: City of Entertainment’
‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’ at the American Museum of Natural History (through Aug. 9). Everyone’s favorite 18,000-pound prehistoric killer gets the star treatment in this eye-opening exhibition, which presents the latest scientific research on T. rex and also introduces many other tyrannosaurs, some discovered only this century in China and Mongolia. T. rex evolved mainly during the Cretaceous period to have keen eyes, spindly arms and massive conical teeth, which packed a punch that has never been matched by any other creature; the dinosaur could even swallow whole bones, as affirmed here by a kid-friendly display of fossilized excrement. The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Turns out this most savage beast was covered with — believe it! — a soft coat of beige or white feathers. (Farago) 212-769-5100, amnh.org … [Read more...] about 25 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend
The 52 Places Traveler The two German cities made the 52 Places list because of their arts offerings, but the Traveler found himself pulled in other directions. Sept. 24, 2019 Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is visiting each destination on our 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. His last dispatch was from Orcas Island in Washington, where he confronted the loneliness of a solo trip around the world. In the final years of World War II, about 90 percent of Munich’s Altstadt, or Old Town, was reduced to rubble by Allied bombers. In the years that followed, using an extensive archive of prewar photographs, the city worked to rebuild it stone by stone, to restore as much as possible of its prewar grandeur. About 280 miles north, a much smaller city, Dessau, was also similarly destroyed during a bombing raid in March 1945. Its reconstruction took a different form: the sterile apartment blocks that became emblematic of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. In … [Read more...] about In Munich and Dessau, Art and Design Call. But History Is Even More Compelling.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of Philly's most iconic attractions, announced Wednesday that it will change the price of admission, effective Tuesday, Oct. 1.The museum has not increased its general admission fee or changed its pricing structure since 2012.General admission, offering two-day access to the main building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum and Cedar Grove, will increase from $20 to $25, while admission for seniors will increase from $18 to $23.The museum currently provides free admission to children age 12 and under. Starting in October, all youth age 18 and younger can attend the museum for free.Wednesday evenings and the first Sunday of each month will continue to be pay-what-you-wish.You can easily see all the upcoming changes below.• Adults: $25 (formerly $20)• Seniors: $23 (formerly $18)• Students: $14 (unchanged)• Youth age 13-18: free (formerly $14)• Children age 12 and under: free (unchanged)• Rodin Museum: … [Read more...] about Philadelphia Museum of Art to change price of admission starting this fall
On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, igniting violent conflict and protests that lasted for days.The incident marked a pivotal moment in the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the work of 60 LGBTQ+ Philadelphia-area artists will be on display at Drexel University's Pearlstein Gallery.The art exhibit, "Stonewall @ 50," will open on Friday, June 28. An opening reception with live performances will take place from 5 to 8 p.m."Stonewall @ 50" includes paintings, drawings, photography, video, sculptures, fiber work and installations. All the artists participating are listed here.The exhibit is co-curated by David Acosta and Janus Ourma, and features 110 artworks, making it the largest LGBTQ+ exhibition in Philadelphia's history."A special focus of both curators was to ensure the widest possible representation of artists not only in terms of artistic disciplines but equally … [Read more...] about Largest LGBTQ+ art exhibit in Philadelphia remembers Stonewall riots