Monday, May 25, 2015

EVENTS: Midcentury May in NYC (five-pass available all month)

Midcentury May NYC

Five of the city's primo cultural organizations have partnered this month
for Midcentury May NYCwhen a single pass (@$30) will 
cover admission to all participating venues. Sounds like a great
way to combine museum-hopping with meandering through NY's parks, 
which are now spectacularly in full bloom.

Featured exhibitions include:
 Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand (Museum of the City of NY);
 How Posters Work (Cooper Hewitt); Revolution of the Eye (The Jewish Museum); 
Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism (Museum of Jewish Heritage).

"Everything is Design. Everything!" ... Paul Rand
Rand's witty and eye-catching graphics are on view 
at the Museum of the City of NY --> 
Sept. 7, 2015
Above: Logos by Paul Rand
Paul Rand, Eye Bee M, 1981
(get it?)
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from Cooper Hewitt's How Posters Work
Grammo-Grafik, 1957
"How Posters Work" features more than 125 pieces from the museum's permanent collection, demonstrating how some of the world’s most creative graphic artists have employed design principles to produce powerful acts of visual communication. The exhibition is organized into 14 subsections: focus the eye, overwhelm the eye, use text as image, overlap, cut and paste, assault the surface, simplify, tell a story, amplify, double the meaning, manipulate scale, activate the diagonal, make eye contact and make a system.

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Installation view, Revolution of the Eye, Jewish Museum

The impact of Jews on American television, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, is a force which cannot be denied, sometimes leading to the mistaken impression that "Jews control the media". Rod Serling's seminal "Twilight Zone" and Gene Rodenberry's "Star Trek", both highlighted in this exhibition, exemplify the continuing resonance of the Holocaust and the immigrant experience on Jewish screenwriters.

 Works by Saul Bass, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Eero Saarinen, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol are also included in 
Revolution of the Eye, along with ephemera, television memorabilia, and clips from 
The Ed Sullivan Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.

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Below: from Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) exhibition 
Pathmakers: Women in ArtCraft and Design

   Eva Zeisel, Frame for a Folding Chair, 1949; 
           Chrome-plated tubular steel
Vivian Beer, Anchored Candy No. 7, 2014
Steel, automotive paint

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The design exhibition at NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage 
is superb --a highlight of the 2015 museum season!
See my May 11 blog posting about it.

George Nelson's Marshmallow Sofa and desk --
I'll take one of each!

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