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Fall Culture Travel :: The Whitney Gets Wordy

Where: 945 Madison Ave. [map], New York, ny, United States
November 30, 2007 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

Epigrams and snippets of sentences replace the Whitney Museum of American Art's usual contemporary and postmodern visuals this winter. The words, which are painted and printed directly on the walls of the museum, are part of a career-spanning exhibit of the work of US conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Though well known and respected in Europe, this is the first retrospective for 65-year-old Weiner held in his home country.

While staring at phrases on white-washed walls might seem like an odd museum experience, Weiner's works exude the type of optimism inherent to the conceptual artists working in the '60s. The exhibit's title, "As Far As the Eye Can See," takes its name from the opening phrase of Weiner's exhibit, and sets the tone for the rest of the work, which also includes the occasional poster and small object.

If you're still hesitant about paying the museum's $15 general admission to stare at semi-haikus, take a cue from Time Out New York art critic Howard Halle, who wrote this in the magazine's most recent issue:

'The occasion of receivership'--i.e., how and why we look at art, what we get out of it by looking at it, and what it may ultimately mean or not mean--has been the focal point of Weiner's ouevre for more than 40 years

Got it? Now go get conceptual.

Related Links:
· Lawrence Weiner: As Far As the Eye Can See [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]

[Photo: Whitney Museum]

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Fall Culture Travel: Copyright Murakami

Where: 152 North Central Ave. [map], Los Angeles, ca, United States, 90013
November 21, 2007 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Our Fall Culture Map will give you things to ponder over that second piece of pie.

There's no faster way to our heart than putting together a rollicking art show by an artist who "effortlessly navigates between the worlds of fine art and popular culture." So we're gagging to get to The Geffen Contemporary branch of the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA.

Running until February 11, the oddly-titled exhibition features a retrospective of works by Japanese shining star Takashi Murakami, with painting, sculpture, film and installation all represented. (We're hoping to see some of his cherry-bedecked Louis Vuitton bags.)

© Murakami will also feature the premiere of the artist's newest animated film and a self-portrait in sculpture with Takashi as a buddha. If that's not blending high culture and low culture, we don't know what is. Oh, did we mention the show's in Los Angeles?

Related Stories:
· © Murakami [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]
· Los Angeles Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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Fall Culture Travel: The Guggenheim's American Mashup

Where: 1071 Fifth Ave. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10128
November 19, 2007 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Visit our Fall Culture Travel map to take advantage of what's left of fall--just because you're traveling for Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to check your brain.

Photographer, painter and sculptor Richard Prince obviously lives in a different America than we do. How else could his massive multi-stage retrospective "Spiritual America," currently at New York City's much-scaffolded Guggenheim Museum, include threatening nurses, disembodied cars and Borscht Belt-style jokes written over canceled checks?

You'll probably love some of the series on display (like our favorites, the white-on-white collages incorporating "New Yorker" style cartoons) and hate others, but at least you'll walk out thinking. (And if you're jonesing for some classic modernism, there's a nifty selection of Kandinsky paintings from the permanent collection on display as well.)

Related Stories:
· Richard Prince: Spiritual America [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel: Seurat at MoMA [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel: We <3 Goya [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: emmanuelle waeckerle]

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Fall Culture Travel: We <3 Goya

Where: Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid, Spain
November 9, 2007 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

Our Fall Culture Travel Map can get you to the good museums.

And here we thought Goya just made delicious black beans and pastel colored sodas that taste like cartoons. Apparently Goya also makes masterworks of 19th century Neo-classicist portraiture, hung not in the aisles of your local bodega but in the newly renovated halls of Madrid's Prado Museum.

This Fall the Prado is pulling the classics out of storage to fill their new wing with little-seen examples of 19th Century Spanish art. Hidden from the public eye, these paintings and sculptures have been the subject of many years of research and restoration and will also be featured in an exhaustive catalog of the Prado's collection. Titled A Collection Rediscovered, this exhibition takes the viewer through the years that separate Francisco de Goya from Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition runs until April 24 with a concert on November 16 and a screening on the 17 that both explore themes of 19th Century Spanish art. Admission is relatively cheap (about $9) but bring whatever special ID (student, teacher, AARP?) you have lying around to drop the price through the Prado's liberal discount admissions policy.

Related Links:
· The 19th Century in the Prado [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]

[Photo: Lanpernas 2.1]

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Fall Culture Travel :: See Giant Rabbits Live In Boston

Where: 2 Arrow St. [map], Cambridge, MA, United States
November 6, 2007 at 11:15 AM | by | ()

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Forget Halloween Horror Nights and "Saw IV." The scariest thing you can see this fall is a giant rabbit prophesying the end of the world. Boston's American Repertory Theatre is bringing the cult film "Donnie Darko," in which a troubled teenager in the '80s experiences peculiar hallucinations, to the stage now through November 18.

Donnie Darko's just a regular guy discussing the '88 presidential election over dinner with his parents and wooing his first girlfriend when a giant rabbit begins appearing to him at night and telling him the world will end within a month. After the bunny saves him from being smashed by a jet engine which falls into his house, Donnie decides to listen. Here's what adapter-director Marcus Stern told Bostonist.com about his adaptation to the cult film:

What we're doing is a very faithful rendition of the film; it's a really great film and we're trying to bring that to the stage. We're not trying ot do some interpretation or take on the film, we're trying to honor this killer story, killer event.

Related Stories:
· American Repertory Theatre [Official Site]
· Preview: Donnie Darko [Bostonist]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]

[Photo: amrep.org]

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Fall Culture Travel :: Wit, Whisky and Wales

November 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

November in the Northern Hemisphere tends to signal the beginning of the season for "inside sports", foremost among these being things that involve drinking and wordplay. How appropriate, then, that this week finds us smack dab in the middle of a tribute to poet/drunk Dylan Thomas in his native city of Swansea, Wales.

The Dylan Thomas Festival runs from October 27th to November 9th, the days of the poet's birth and death, respectively. The festivities include film screenings, readings, concerts and a general excuse for celebrities of a literary bent to gather in a really Welsh city. Exercise your liver and pack a sweater as that November in Wales tends to be rather wet, damp and gray. Inside sports, folks.

And before you remind us it's a little late for a trip to Wales, fear not. Thomas' memory can still be appropriately toasted at the site of his death, Manhattan's White Horse Tavern in the West Village. Legend has it that Thomas lost a drinking contest to the jealous husband of his lover at the White Horse and later died from the experience. Be sure to enjoy your poetic nostalgia in moderation.

Related Stories:
· Dylan Thomas Festival [Official Site]
· Swansea Park Festival [Jaunted]
· Literary Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: sallypics]

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Fall Culture Travel :: Cartoons At The Library

Where: 101 Independence Ave, SE [map], Washington , DC, United States, 20003
October 31, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

Since a chill officially filled the air and the leaves dropped, it's time to toss the apple picking and hikes aside and barricade yourself indoors. Visit a museum, or the Library of Congress, for example. Sound boring? Wrong. The LoC's Prints & Photographs Division in Washington, D.C. houses an enormous cartoon collection.

The Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, assembled by J. Arthur Wood, Jr., contains an estimated 36,000 works by more than 2,800 artists and includes political cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, humor cartoons, illustrations and animation slides. Collections range from hard-hitting commentary on corruption, war and public figures to family strips such as "Gasoline Alley" and "For Better or For Worse."

The collection is sometimes trotted out for public exhibitions, but you can always stop by to see it with a little advanced planning. Just figure out what you'd like to see--comics, political cartoons, whatever--then get in touch with the librarians via email. They're happy to help you dig up to old strips you want to see.

Related Stories:
· Cartoon Cornucopia [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]

[Photo: Library Of Congress]

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Fall Culture Travel: See Movies, Rutger Hauer In Santa Fe

October 30, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

Visitors to Santa Fe, New Mexico, may not realize movies like "3:10 to Yuma" and television shows like "Kid Nation" have been filmed in and around the city. But this fall's Santa Fe Film Festival, from November 28th to December 2nd, ought to remedy that, or at least draw in cineastes to see Rutger Hauer accept a lifetime achievement award, as well as sneak previews of prestige films to be announced.

Last year's showcase films included the highly acclaimed "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Venus." If you missed Toronto and don't have the dough (or the boots) for Sundance, get to this fest before it gets big. As Christian Bale sings in the most important musical of our time, "Dreams come true, yes they do in Santa Fe."

Related Stories:
· Santa Fe Film Festival [Official Site]
· Jessica Simpson Films in Santa Fe [Jaunted]
· Movie Set Travel: "3:10 to Yuma" [Jaunted]
· Television Premiere Travel: One "Kid Nation" Under CBS [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: hjv1000]

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Fall Culture Travel :: Seurat at MoMA

Where: 11 W 53rd St. [map], New York, ny, United States, 10019
October 29, 2007 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

We ducked into the Museum of Modern Art on Sunday to check out opening day of Georges Seurat: The Drawings. The show is about how Seurat turned his formal training and his experiences in and around Paris into now-famous paintings like A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. (You'll remember it as the painting that Cameron wants to see in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.)

We picked up the little audio guide, which was free, but it didn't really add anything we couldn't figure out by looking at the drawings. Because most of the drawings are done with the same media (Conte crayon and handmade paper), you can really focus on how Seurat created his figures and scenes rather than the materials he used. There were lots of art lovers drawing in sketchbooks while we walked through.

Near the back of the exhibit hall, we discovered some drawn and painted studies for La Grande Jatte. After the drawings, we weren't too keen on the paintings, but if you're not gonna see the renowned work at The Art Institute of Chicago anytime soon, these are great substitutes.

If you get the itch to do some drawing after the show, don't buy your art supplies at the museum gift store. Just a few blocks away, Lee's Art Shop has multiple floors of goodies. Pencils in hand, head for Columbus Circle, where an always interesting cast should provide some inspiration.

Related Stories:
· MoMA's Georges Seurat: The Drawings [Official Site]
· Lee's Art Shop [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: MoMA]

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Fall Culture Travel :: All the Arts in Madrid

Where: Madrid, Spain
October 26, 2007 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

While Americans fawn over events dedicated to cookie jars, butter sculptures and the art of sausage-making, a European festival needs some heft in order to distinguish itself in the culture glut of The Old World. Luckily Festival de Otoño (Autumn Festival) in Madrid has the stats to set it above the rest.

For five weeks every autumn, invited companies take the stage daily and nightly. This year's shows include 73 theatre, 21 dance, 13 music and 39 circus performances. The 28 international productions hail from world-renowned companies from a host of European countries, the United States, South America and Asia. To find that kind of diversity stateside, you'd have to ride "It's a Small World" at Disneyland.

La Comédie-Française, which claims the title of the western world's oldest theater company, just wrapped the first Spanish performance of Molière's Le Misanthrope. And while it's too late to catch the French comedy of manners, ¡Piratas, Piratas! might be more fun anyway: 60 acrobats from Mongolia, Russia, India, Malaysia and China flip and fly in a Cirque-like battle between good and bad pirates.

Now in its 24th year, the Autumn Festival started October 15 and lasts until November 18.

Related Stories:
· Festival de Otoño [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]

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Fall Culture Travel :: Chicago's Ghostly Games

October 23, 2007 at 4:15 PM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

There's some truly scary news coming out of Chicago -- but don't worry, you can still take the kids there. In fact, you should for the city-sponsored Chicagoween celebration, now through, of course, the 31st of October.

For the tenth anniversary Halloween party by the lake, Daley Plaza has been transformed into Haunted Village for the Ghostly Games: Performances by the acrobatics group Midnight Circus five times a day starting at 11:30 am (the last show is at 7 pm). Dress up in one of this year's topical Halloween costumes (Sexy Subprime Mortgage? Zombie Joe Torre?) and shop the farmer's market or get your fortune told. Spooky, yes, but awesome.

Related Stories:
· Ghostly Games Come To Pumpkin Plaza [Cityofchicago.org]
· Fall Culture Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Mike Boehmer]

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Fall Culture Travel :: Tinguely Museum and Unser Bier in Basel

Where: Paul Sacher-Anlage 1, Basel, Switzerland, 4002
October 18, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

You don't have to stay at home just because the leaves are changing. Follow along on our Fall Culture Map to discover what's happening this autumn.

If you're not quite an art gallery fan but need to get inside during a fall day in Basel, Switzerland, then try the eccentric but well-renowned Jean Tinguely Museum. Initially created by the (allegedly) crazy artist Tinguely, it's a collection of unusual sculptures, decorations and other kinds of artwork, a large proportion of which were created from junk. The artwork also tends to move, make noises, jump, clatter and generally surprise you. Rotating exhibitions from like-minded artists keep the Tinguely a fascinating place to return to, too.

In the center of Basel, there's also a Tinguely statue and sculpture set, all designed to function as a fountain. Weird things spray water in unexpected places, and you'll usually find a bunch of tourists taking pictures.

Afterwards, back near the central train station in the Gundeldinger District, you'll find the simply-named brewery Unser Bier, which translates to "Our Beer". You'll have to time your visit right as Unser Bier is usually only open to the public on Thursday and Friday nights (the rest of the week it's often booked for private functions), but it's such a sweet Swiss success story that you've got to try it. It's a microbrewery that opened just a decade ago but is quickly grabbing market share from people who want to buy strictly local beer--that tastes really good.

Related Stories:
· When Garbage is More Than Garbage [Jaunted]
· Tinguely Museum [Official Site]
· Unser Bier [Official Site]
· Fall Culture Travel Map [Jaunted]
· Fall Culture Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: tbonejuju]