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As you’ve most likely read in about 10,000 articles over the past five years, the once-overlooked NYC borough of Brooklyn has experienced an artistic renaissance, giving birth to an independent art, music, and literary scene that now rivals Manhattan’s. But here’s something you didn’t know: the newest quirky Brooklyn hotspot is set inside Manhattan’s stuffiest museum.
This summer, the Guggenheim Museum launches It Came from Brooklyn, a new monthly concert series that pays tribute to the accomplishments of the inner-est outer borough, with Brooklyn-based artists, bands and writers performing inside the museum’s famed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. The series gets going on August 14 with Brooklyn band the Walkmen (two-fifths of whom now live in Philadelphia), and novelist Colson Whitehead (who is Internet-famous for writing about how he’s so over the Brooklyn writer thing).
So to summarize, two Brooklyn artists who both appear quite often in Brooklyn itself, and who are both at least somewhat tired of Brooklyn, will celebrate Brooklyn’s quirky, independent spirit at Manhattan’s snobbiest museum. And don’t forget the Manhattan-sized price tag: $45 a ticket. Is it just us, or is this the most ironic spin on Brooklyn yet?
· It Came From Brooklyn [Official Site]
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiraling Guggenheim Museum is one of New York’s most interesting architectural landmarks, but that hasn’t meant much to visitors over the past three years, when the museum’s aging exterior has been shrouded in a thick coat of scaffolding.
The restoration was recently completed, and the Gugg is showing off it’s shiny new façade with a site-specific installation from artist Jenny Holzer, whose work consists of giant text projected onto the side of the museum.
To celebrate even further, the museum is getting rid of the admission fee--for one day only. This Thursday, October 30, the Guggenheim will be open for free from 12pm to 8pm, with free audio tours, too.
· Guggenheim Highlights Restoration with Oct. 30 Free Day [Newyorkology]
· Museums coverage [Jaunted]
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.)
[Photo: emmanuelle waeckerle]