NewYorkology: More Museums Please
After a brief sabbatical, we are happy to announce the return of NewYorkology to Jaunted for the weekly update on things to do in NYC, courtesy of Amy Langfield.
If you're going to be in New York this fall, there are several new museum exhibits worth your time, including two I've just seen in the past week or so. First off, the Museum of Modern Art has put together a small but impressive report on Manet and the Execution of Maximilian, which is up through January 29. (Pictured above.)
Not only do you get his three large paintings and a lithograph of the same subject, but also first-hand accounts, photographs and sketches from others, all materials which likely influenced the artist. And of course there's an obvious modern-day political parallel to this show, considering Maximilian's Mexican execution came after Napoleon III abandoned him there after installing him as emperor only to collect on European debts. Despite where you fall on the political spectrum, you'll probably find something here to fuel your point of view.
Further uptown, the staid Frick Collection has a loan through January 28 of Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum of Art. The offering of Old Masters, including a naughty "Cupid and Psyche" from Jacques Louis David, are displayed in the garden and oval room of the museum's Beaux-Arts mansion.
Also keep your eye on the Neue Galerie, the little Upper East Side museum for German and Austrian art. Earlier this year, museum founder and Estee Lauder heir Ronald Lauder turned heads when he paid a reported $135 million for Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," making it the most expensive price ever paid for a painting. And earlier this week, the Neue, along with an unnamed helper, paid $38 million at auction for Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's "Street Scene, Berlin." No word yet on when both will go on permanent display at the Neue.
More from NewYorkology this past week:
Stuck-in-traffic taxi rates rise Nov. 30; and $45 to JFK
Wired to open another pop-up store in SoHo
Intrepid stuck in mud, Dec. 8 next possible attempt
Palm shop to open at Rockefeller Center