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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Art Spaces (For Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh)

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From The New York Times  today —

MoMA’s Makeover Rethinks the Presentation of Art

"The new design calls for more gallery space and a transformed
main lobby, physical changes that, along with the re-examination
of art collections and diversity, represent an effort to open up MoMA
and break down the boundaries defined by its founder, Alfred Barr.

'It’s a rethinking of how we were originally conceived,' Glenn D. Lowry,
the museum’s director, said in an interview at MoMA. 'We had created
a narrative for ourselves that didn’t allow for a more expansive reading
of our own collection, to include generously artists from very different
backgrounds.'"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Gift

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"Give 'em hell." — Ben Bernanke at Princeton's Baccalaureate, 2013

Some background — Janet Leigh and the Museum of Modern Art

"The Varnedoe Debacle," by Hilton Kramer (Dec. 1991)

Hell… Hell. — Sinatra in The Manchuran Candidate

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Saturday November 20, 2004

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Janet's Tea Party

From October 5, 2004:
 

For Janet Leigh,
who died on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004:
 

The Manchurian Candidate

MARCO — What's your last name?

ROSIE — Chaney.  I'm production assistant for a man named Justin who had two hits last season.  I live on 54th Street, a few doors from the Modern Museum of Art, of which I'm a "tea privileges" member,  no cream.  I live at 53 West 54th Street, apartment 3B.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

On the redesigned
Museum of Modern Art,
11 West 53rd Street:

"… the ultimate judgment will have to wait: Taniguchi himself told a MoMA curator who'd complimented him that considering the building without the art in it is like admiring the tea cup without the green tea. Next month the museum will have art on the walls and crowds in the galleries—and then the tea ceremony will begin."

— Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek,
    issue dated Oct. 11, 2004

 

The art of Theo van Doesburg suggests
the following "tea party" mini-exhibit:

 

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From
the book
Tangram

 

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From the book Tangram

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Tuesday October 5, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Tea Privileges

On Janet Leigh,
 who died Sunday:

The Manchurian Candidate

MARCO — What’s your last name?

ROSIE — Chaney.  I’m production assistant for a man named Justin who had two hits last season.  I live on 54th Street, a few doors from the Modern Museum of Art, of which I’m a “tea privileges” member,  no cream.  I live at 53 West 54th Street, apartment 3B.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

ROSIE — El Dorado 5-9970.  Can you remember that?

MARCO —  Yes.

On the redesigned
Museum of Modern Art,
11 West 53rd Street:

“… the ultimate judgment will have to wait: Taniguchi himself told a MoMA curator who’d complimented him that considering the building without the art in it is like admiring the tea cup without the green tea. Next month the museum will have art on the walls and crowds in the galleries—and then the tea ceremony will begin.”

— Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek,
    issue dated Oct. 11, 2004

Related material:

Review of A Man and His Art, a book of paintings by Frank Sinatra:

“… he’s a solid abstractionist with an excellent eye for color, composition and geometric precision.”

Booklist (Jan. 15, 1992)

“Blue Eyes took his Sunday painting seriously.”

Eric Banks in Artforum Magazine,
    September 2004

See also
Art Wars.

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