Sunday, August 4, 2019

Staycation 2019: August Exhibitions that Spark Joy!

"Camp: Notes on Fashion," 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through September 8th
Franco Moschino (Italian, 1950–1994) for House of Moschino (Italian, founded 1983). 
Dress, fall/winter 1989. Courtesy of Moschino. Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2018

Dear friends,
There are times when writing this blog seems so trivial in the midst of tragedy here in the US or abroad.  Whether the circumstances are natural disasters or human actions that bring loss and pain, the notion that this blog shouts out "go see art" often feels inappropriate these days.

And yet - speaking only for myself - I need to go to museums and galleries to escape the gloomy thoughts about our current global mess.  For we still have so much to be thankful for,  especially the good fortune of living in or near New York, which this summer is brimming with exceptional opportunities in museums, theaters, concerts, performances, and lectures. 

"Camp: Notes on Fashion," 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, through September 8th
Jun Takahashi (Japanese, born 1969) for Undercover (Japanese, founded 1990). Ensemble, fall/winter 2017–18. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2017 (2017.399a–d). Photo © Johnny Dufort, 2019

Here are a few museum exhibitions for those of you in search of art that "sparks joy":
Camp: Notes on Fashion,  Met Museum, through September 8th
Play It Loud, Met Museum, through October 1st.
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, Jewish Museum, through September 8th

"Play it Loud," Metropolitan Museum of Art, through October 1st
Ludwig Drum Company, Four Drum set with cymbals, 1963
Formerly in the Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach Collection. Photo: Courtesy of Jay Irsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything,"
Jewish Museum, through September 8th 
 Installation photograph, courtesy of the Jewish Museum

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
--Leonard Cohen

May a day with art bring you joy and peace -
With warm wishes from the Big Apple,

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
Director and owner
New York Arts Exchange, LLC

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