Tagged NYC

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond by Jan Greenberg is a non-fiction book written for children. It focuses on The Gates exhibition from 2005 in NYC, but also introduces a handful of the artists’ other major works. My favorite line in the book is when Jeanne-Claude is quoted asserting “It has no purpose. …

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ANIMA @ The Invisible Dog

“Children will be the main actors in this installation…” says the description for ANIMA, the current exhibition at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, NYC. The magical, forest-like installation is co-presented by the Tilt Kids Festival. For more information, read Meredith Craig de Pietro’s account of taking her six-year-old son to “contemplate the meaning of life” over art & ice cream.  I wish …

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Christine Sun Kim

My parenting vocabulary is thick with cues, commands, or consequences related to listening. How many times a day do I ask my preschoolers, “Are you listening?” But Christine Sun Kim’s artwork makes not hearing beautiful. In her most recent installation, “Game of Skill 2.0,” at PS1 in New York, the audience has to walk along the path to power a console that is …

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Home Affairs at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space

Open in New York City through March 12th at the EFA Project Space, The Let Down Reflex is a group exhibition including the work of Home Affairs, Dillon de Give, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley), Lise Haller Baggesen, LoVid, and Shane Aslan Selzer. The curators brought these artists together to take a look at “the complexities …

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Favorite Books about New York

We spent one week traveling with our two preschoolers from New York City to Hudson. We focused on visiting art at sculpture parks because our two little boys love being outside (and we wanted to see art). Books help us prepare for new experiences, and remember our adventures. These are the books about New York that we …

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“The Brownstone” by Paula Scher

I stumbled upon Paula Scher’s Ted Talk, after my husband surprised me with her children’s book,“The Brownstone.”  44 years since the first edition, and Kottke initially recommend we scoop it up. It’s a cheerful story about the difficulty of getting along with neighbors.  And a fun wintertime read about a bear family trying to hibernate. In the short Ted Talk, …

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Micawber by John Lithgow

A story you can read over and over, attests Chris Blattman, an economist and political scientist at Columbia University. His blog introduced me to this story of a squirrel from Central Park (NYC) that loves art. Written in rhymes that include phrases like “A viridian Central Park dale” and using colors like “alizarin crimson” and “cadmium green.” You get to practice …

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