One Day, Three Museums

Louise Xie

Now that the joys of Fall break are over and Thanksgiving break is but a mere echo of hope in the distance, take a day out of your busy schedule to recharge yourself. Avoid the pressures of deadlines and prelims by spending a day in NYC at one, two, or three of these different must-see museums.

Guggenheim - Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

This is largest exhibition of contemporary art from China covering the years of 1989 to 2008 ever to be showcased in North America. Engage in relevant and thought-provoking pieces (3 controversial artworks have already been removed days before its opening due to violent protests around animal welfare) regarding questions of human rights and oppositions of free speech. This exhibit is bookended beginning with the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where student protests for democracy were violently terminated by the government, and ending with the 2008 Beijing Olympics – a different picture of technological advancement under the same dominating government. This exhibit is open until January 7th, 2018. The Guggenheim’s promotional video is here.

The Met - Rodin at the Met

A century has passed since Auguste Rodin’s death (1840-1917), and this year the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist’s work. This exhibit – which includes nearly 50 marbles, terra cottas, bronzes, and plasters by Rodin – represent more than a century of gifts and acquisitions to the Museum. The exhibition showcases epochal sculptures such as The Thinker, The Hand of God, and The Tempest which has not been on display for decades. The main exhibit currently is open and closes on January 15, 2018. Some installation of paintings and sculptures will be permanently on display with periodic rotations of selected works.

MoMA - Items: Is Fashion Modern?

This exhibit examines the past, present, and even future of 111 clothing items/ accessories that have made and continue to make a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. It features hallmark garments such as Levi’s 501s, Little Black Dress, Breton shirt, and ancient and culturally significant items such as the sari and pearl necklace. Items welcomes engineers, manufacturers, and designers to react to these invaluable items with pioneering approaches, techniques, and materials. This exhibit seeks to connect the history of these items with its current use and future recombination interwoven into a complex system of politics, economy, culture, technology, and identity.