Let’s explore the art scene of New York!
If you’ve just looked in your wallet and only see $2 in it because you hit the town the night before you may need to turn your Sunday brunch plans into something less expensive. For me, I turn to the gallery district in Chelsea and skip the lines and obscene prices at the big museums (Whitney, MoMa, Guggenheim etc).
I have been to many galleries in the area. Sometimes not even knowing what I’m walking into and all of a sudden I’m looking at the face of a sugar sculpture made by Kara Walker. Consistently pleasing for me has always been the artwork at David Zwirner Gallery. Located on 19th street at 11th avenue.
My first visit was in 2013 when I saw Yayoi Kusama’s Mirrored Room. My mom was visiting me for the day and we had gone to a place for brunch and they informed us they had bottomless bellini’s… on a Monday! My mom managed to sip down a few drinks.. perhaps one too many. When we arrived at David Zwirner there was nothing but silence and a piercing eye from the gallery girl at the desk. My mom however, was stumbling around. When we headed into the Mirror Room we were fortunate enough to not stand in any lines. The room contains tiny lights with mirrors on all four walls creating an infinite display of lights. We took a few flicks and decided to hit the next bar, but not before posing in front of a few of her painting in which she is most well known for the polka-dot.
Leading into my next journey I went alone this time. In my current job I don’t get weekends off and often find myself hitting the art scene on quit Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The exhibit also was Yayoi Kusama, The Obliteration Room. It was an interactive exhibit. On the outside it was a simple country looking home. Upon entering you were handed a sticker sheet with polka dots of different shades and colors. You could place them where you pleased inside the house. Voila! An eruption of colors, placement and circles.
I visited the gallery again this past week to see Dan Flavin’s Corners, Barriers & Corridors. When I entered I got the piercing eyes of the gallery girl. What an interesting job, people walk into the space you are representing, but you don’t say hello or acknowledge them.
Anyways, this gallery was BRIGHT. Different colored fluorescent lights are placed around the gallery in linear ways. What I found the most interesting was the way the light would cascade out of each room rather than the assembled pieces themselves. My friend and I got a kick out of trying to get the right angle in a selfie, so that we could see ourselves and the lights.
In the end I was able to have three great visual experiences with out spending a dollar. The best part is that I was truly enjoying New York and it’s cultural offerings.
Until my next journey,