Friday, November 18, 2011

Museum of Modern Art

I am now in full swing at the Museum of Modern Art, where I will be completing the third year of the WUDPAC program. It feels as though I have come full circle, as my first internship in art conservation was at MoMA back in 2008. My supervisors, Lynda Zycherman and Roger Griffith have a roster of exciting projects lined up for me. Hopefully, I will be able to share some of my projects on the blog as I make more progress (As is the case at all institutions, I am limited in what I can include on the blog.)

I’ve been in New York for less than a month, but I have already been to some fantastic openings. At the Hole, a gallery on Bowery, I went to the opening of Matthew Stone/Matt Stone. The two artists share a name, though their work could not be more different. Matthew’s work in this show consists of photographs printed on plywood that is hinged together to form sculptural installations. Matt’s work consists of a suite of sculptures with formal geometries, but executed with neon foams. His color palette took me back to the early nineties – I still haven’t decided if that is a good or bad thing. For images of the show, click here. I had invited Kathy Grayson, the director of the Hole, to speak at Winterthur, but she was too busy at the time. However, as a result of our exchanges, I now get invited to her openings!

Some colleagues of mine from Rago Arts and Auction Center invited me to the opening of Mechanical Wonders: the Sandoz Collection at La Vieille Russie. The show was stunning. In my opinion, the Peacock Faberge Egg was the stand out piece. Made by Nicholas II for his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna, the work consisted of a rock crystal egg in which sits an enameled gold peacock. When taken outside of the egg, the peacock walks and fans its tail, while a companion peacock shakes its head. Everything was bizarre, solid gold, and had a mechanical surprise. You can watch a video featuring the exhibition by clicking here.

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