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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 14, 2013
From journal A New York Minute
St. Augustine, Florida
May 18, 2010
Our Weekend in New York,
Montage of Museums
by Traveling Jen
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
March 15, 2007
From journal New York City on the GO!
by Kamla Srinivasan
Mt View, California
October 25, 2005
The Guggenheim is located on Museum Mile, opposite Central Park.
Recently we were at the Guggenheim to see the current exhibit called Russia! Let me confess that our timing was lousy. We should not have gone on a weekend, when the crowd was at its peak, which made it difficult for us to enjoy the exhibit.
The first thing that you are drawn to when you are at the museum is the building itself. The wonderfully designed building of Frank Lloyd Wright is a showstopper. People cannot help but crane their necks, look up at the dome of the building, and marvel at the ingenious way in which the museum was constructed.
Like everybody else, once I was partially satiated with my examination of the building, I focused on the ambitious art exhibit that displays Russian art through the ages. The exhibition was a disappointment in part because it was difficult to sync up the audio with the numbering of the exhibit. Compounding this was the fact that there were quite a few people who were treating this like a roadside exhibition, making it impossible to view the pieces in quiet contemplation. Some were holding mundane conversations on where to eat, while others were busy catching up on their gossip. It was awfully loud for a museum, and that came as a surprise.
I guess I will have to go back another day to see the exhibit.
I did go back on a Thursday, and it turns out that this is the day the museum is closed, but the store is open.
From journal New York
June 22, 2005
From journal Things I Learned Living in New York City
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 20, 2005
The museum is a collection of European abstract art and modern art. Its permanent collections include Picasso, Kandisnsky, Modiglianni, Klee, Modrian, Braqe, Chagall, Gleizes, and Malevich. One of the heralded pieces is Van Gogh’s Mountain at Saint-Remy. One of the best ways to view the collection is start from the top and work your way down. On the fifth level, you can walk out into the Sculpture Terrace. While I didn’t find anything particularly impressive, you do get a nice view of Central Park. Once inside, you can only photograph the main lobby. You will have to check your camera in coat check.
Personally, I was as not impressed by the collection. It is included in the city pass, and MoMA was closed, so we decided to check out the museum. I love art as much as the next person, but I prefer the old masters. I love French impressionists such as Monet and Renoir. I also love painters such as Georgia O’Keeffe. As far as photography goes, I will take the serene photos of Ansel Adams. I just fail to see the art in these paintings or a photograph of three black fingernails. Most of the art looks like something kids draw when they are doing finger-painting! We only spent about 30 minutes in the place. But hey, plenty of others do like this stuff.
From journal A southern belle in the big city- New York City
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 27, 2004
A spiraling rotunda circles over ramp that leads past exhibits. We saw Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso works. When we were there three special exhibits were on display, Speaking with Hands, Constantin Brancusi and the Mondrian to Ryman. It was very beautiful to see all the art work/sculptures, etc.
I am not a real art person; however, I enjoyed the museum. I am glad I went to see the exhibits, as they were very well displayed and the talent of the artists came through. It was $10 US to enter the museum as a student, $15 otherwise. The museum was open Saturday–Wednesday 10 AM–5:45 PM,
Friday 10 AM–8 PM. To reach the museum by subway, take the 4, 5, or 6 train to 86th Street. Walk west on 86th Street, turn right at 5th Avenue and proceed north to 88th Street.
From journal New York Baby!!!!!!
Caterham, England, United Kingdom
April 12, 2003
Before going inside spend a few minutes looking at the museum from across Fifth Avenue. Designed for Solomon Guggenheim in 1943 by the notable architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the construction commenced in 1957 and was finished in 1959, unfortunately 6 months after Wright’s death. The 10-storey tower was added in 1993 and was designed by Gwathmey Siegel.
The museum hosts an ever-changing main display housed in the spiral tower plus an impressive permanent collection of late 19th and early 20th century impressionist works in the offshoot galleries. Also of note is the collection of 200 photographs on the 4th floor, donated by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
The major plus of this museum is that you cannot get lost, which is a real concern for anybody who has visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. It does sometimes feel as if you are walking around inside a surreal car park, trudging up the continual spiral towards the incredible glass ceiling and wondering which level you parked the car on, but the artwork is unparalleled and the climb is definitely worth it.
The museum specialises not just in paintings but also sculpture, music and films. The main exhibit when I was there was a series of 5 short films with accompanying paintings, photographs and sculpture by Matthew Barney entitled ‘The Cremaster Cycle.’ The most incredible feature of this display was how the structure of the museum had been incorporated into the sculptures. Everywhere there were pools of hardened resin, stalactites hanging from the underside of the spiral walkway and sections of climbing wall from one level to the next bolted to the walls. (Not for use by the general public unfortunately).
The positioning of the exhibits is incredibly liberal, like most things in the Guggenheim. Priceless sculptures can be found sitting in the middle of the walkway often requiring a complicated pedestrian slalom from the visitors. Although you are requested not to, it is very difficult to avoid a brief touch of some of the exhibits in the desperate attempt to acquire more artistic appreciation by osmosis.
Trying to decide what it all meant was thirsty work and another nice feature of the Guggenheim was drinking fountains situated at each turn of the spiral. You find yourself guzzling from them even if you’re not really thirsty, anything to become more a part of this incredible museum.
You do not need much more than a couple of hours to see everything the Guggenheim has to offer and, as such, it is the ideal attraction for those desiring some culture but who have only a short time in which to appreciate it. This was definitely my favourite and most memorable attraction and a must for the art buffs among you.
From journal New York, New York
Los Angeles, California
November 17, 2002
From journal Taste of New York City
New York, New York
October 22, 2002
From journal Some New York Favorites