Museum Tours

Watch Mario Batali Amble Around the Frick With Director Ian Wardropper

The Lunchbox Fund Fall Fete and "Feedie" App Launch

If your Thursday morning is getting off to a slow and lazy start, you could do worse things than watch renowned hedonist Mario Batali swing by the Frick with venture capitalist Fred Wilson (not to be confused with the other Fred Wilson). It’s for Mr. Batali’s program The High Road, something that we had no idea existed. It’s kind of like No Reservations for those with tiny attention spans. It’s 10 minutes long.

“This is one of the most important Rembrandts in the world,” Mr. Wardropper says, referring to Self-Portrait (1658), as a ponytailed Mr. Batali looks on, pensive. “It’s rather sardonic—it was painted shortly after he became bankrupt.” Read More

Museum Bars

An M. Wells in the Sky: MoMA PS1 Opens a Boozy New Outpost of the Beloved Restaurant on the Roof

MWells

M. Wells Dinette, the stellar eatery at MoMA PS1, occupies the old cafeteria at the former school, and evokes universal childhood memories: waiting in line patiently, tray in hand, listening to the cafeteria ladies, generally following the rules. But a new collaboration between the budding Long Island City restaurant empire and the MoMA outpost seems less buttoned up than the fancy place downstairs, with a bar cart and summery rooftop vibes—it perhaps reminds one of the places in school where you can sneak away from teachers and sneak a cigarette. Read More

Museums

Museum Attendance Figures Show Slump for Troubled MOCA Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art saw a drop in attendance in 2012.

The Art Newspaper has released its closely read annual worldwide museum attendance figures for 2012 and while there is good news for New York, there is some rather bad news for Los Angeles’s embattled Museum of Contemporary Art.

The most popular exhibition globally in 2012 was one of Dutch Old Masters that opened in Japan, something the paper points to as evidence that while new art may steal the spotlight, old art still draws crowds. In the major cities, however, modern and contemporary art stayed on top. Read More

Museums

Wolfgang Pluck: Artist Laib Brings Pounds of Pollen to MoMA

EPSON scanner image

Last Thursday, as visitors to the Museum of Modern Art queued in the second-floor atrium for Christian Marclay’s The Clock, some of them probably couldn’t help but notice that they were joined in the airy space by a slight man hunched over on a low, cordoned-off platform adjacent to the line. Bald, bespectacled and in a dingy sweater, he focused his attention so keenly on a tiny spot of color on the 24-by-27-foot dais that he seemed not just uninterested in the Clock crowd or the blockbuster work of art, but even immune to the concept of time itself.

This was the artist Wolfgang Laib, 62, who at that moment had put all his attention into sifting and sweeping a two-foot square of yellow hazelnut pollen on the platform, kneeling before it in socks, like a monk, for hours. Read More