With the weekend forecast calling for sunny skies and warm temps, we recommend heading on over to the great and glorious MET Roof Garden to enjoy the beautiful weather and take in the latest exhibit, Cloud City!
This highly-anticipated installation was created by the Argentine artist, Tomás Saraceno, who combines art, architecture and science in a striking installation on the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that gives visitors a different perspective of the sky, clouds and the city around them. Rising 20 feet above the roof garden, the structure consists of 16 interconnected modules made with reflective and transparent materials. You’ll be enthralled with this fascinating display, and even better, it’s interactive! A limited number of visitors can walk through the nonlinear, “habitat-like” structures for up to 20 minutes at a time for a lesson on “complex geometries and interconnectivity.” How fun!
The exhibit, which is Saraceno’s first in the United States, was commissioned specifically by the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the roof garden and was two years in the making. It will be on view until November 4th.
Happy Friday! If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, you should definitely check out the Frieze Art Fair, taking place May 4–7, 2012. The event features 180 of the most forward-thinking contemporary art galleries from around the globe. Like its established London counterpart, Frieze New York is housed in a bespoke structure, designed by New York–based SO-IL architects. Anchored in Randall’s Island Park, a unique setting overlooking the East River, Frieze New York hosts an outdoor Sculpture Park, a full program of discussions, a series of artist commissions and food from some of the best restaurants in New York City. Click here for more info.
A great exhibition to check out this week—especially since this is the last week it’s open! Stop by the Forbes Galleries to explore Princess Grace’s exceptional contribution to the arts at a free exhibition showcasing photos, videos, ballet costumes (including some from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, which recently performed at the Joyce Theater in New York), and more. The Princess Grace Foundation—founded by Prince Rainier III of Monaco upon his wife’s death, honoring her passion the for arts—presents this exhibition, a look at the princess and her contribution to the arts in Monaco. The exhibition ends March 31st. More Info
Youthquake! The 1960s Fashion Revolution opens today at the Museum at FIT! This multimedia exhibition is organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textiles: History, Theory, Museum Practice program and explores the dramatic impact of youth culture on fashion during the 1960s. More than thirty garments, accessories, videos, and other related media are featured, including fashions by Yves Saint Laurent, André Courrèges, and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo. On display will be original sixties designs such as a metallic cooper mini-dress, a paper dress imprinted with Bob Dylan’s picture, and a pair of Wing Dings shoes featuring images of the Beatles. March 6 to April 7. More Info.
Ladies, here’s another great fashion event you don’t want to miss! French designer agnès b. has selected the films that most influenced her career in fashion, photography and film for February’s Cinema Tuesdays series at the French Institute. The next film to be screened in the series is “My Life to Live”, which will show on February 21st at 12:30 & 4 PM.
Cinema plays an important role in agnès b.’s world. Her love of black and white films and the casual elegance of New Wave cinema are reflected in the straight lines of her classic designs and fashion films, all of which pay homage to the cinematic art form. The series ends on February 28th. All films will be shown in French with English subtitles. More Info.
If you live in NYC or anywhere near NYC, you should definitely make it a point to stop by City Bakery for their Hot Chocolate Festival. This month long celebration of hot chocolate features a new flavor each and every day! Today’s flavor of the day is Vietnamese Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. Yum! Click here for the complete list of flavors for the month.
The Museum at FIT has joined forces with Diane von Furstenberg and the CFDA to curate a spectacular new exhibition celebrating the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the leading fashion trade organization in the United States. This fascinating exhibit is entitled IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA and will showcase approximately 100 garments and accessories designed by the CFDA’s most impactful creators of the last fifty years. Each living designer participating in the exhibition has selected a single object or ensemble that best represents his or her impact on the fashion world. Among the designers included in the exhibition are Halston, Donna Karen, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more! The exhibit will be on view until April 10th. More Info.
Are you a jewelry aficionado? Do you obsess over unique, fine jewelry? If you answered yes to both questions then you most certainly will want to head over to the NYC Museum of Arts and Design’s newest exhibit: Hanging Around: Necklaces from the MAD Collection. The exquisite and unique works on display date from the 1960’s to the present. Some items feature precious metals and rare gemstones, while others derive their impact from materials as unconventional as pig intestines, gun triggers, mustard seeds, LED lighting, black coral, butterfly wings, phone directories, mirrors and lenses. The Museum of Arts and Design’s collection of contemporary jewelry is considered to be one of the finest in the world! The exhibit runs until May 21st so you have plenty of time to enjoy this amazing collection. General admission: $15; students and seniors, $12. Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle. (212) 299-7777. More Info.
Hat lovers will want to check out this fantastic hat exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center! While the hat remains a timeless category of garb, Lady Gaga and guests of the royal wedding have put the avant-garde types back in the spotlight as of late. The exhibition, which opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2009, includes more than 250 extraordinary pieces by Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Bill Cunningham. American- and New York–centric items like Mouseketeer ears and Babe Ruth’s baseball cap were added for the show’s US debut. The exhibit runs through April 15th. More Info