“Fun art, no pictures on the walls” is how we proposed a multi-exhibition, whirlwind museum outing to our kids. Last week, courtesy of a mid-week holiday, my friend wrangled me, six kids (mine, hers, 2 nieces and a nephew) and one nanny to go see some amazing art installations. It took a bit of strategic planning to get the timed tickets and travel to three locations, but my friend, a true force of nature, had us in and out in just over two hours. And boy, was it fun!
First stop was “Cloud City”, an interactive work by Tomás Saraceno which sits atop The Met. A bit like a hamster toy, we climbed up and through the habitrail-like structure composed of plexiglass and mirrored surfaces. Although it was overcast, the views from the Cantor Roof Garden are spectacular.
“Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City” is on view through Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org.
Second stop, and this was my favorite, “Discovering Columbus”, by Tatzu Nishi. The artist built a living room around the 1982 statue of Columbus smack in the middle of Columbus Circle. You hike up 70 feet of scaffolding to access the space. It is very cool!
“Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus” will be on view at Columbus Circle through Nov. 18. Information: (212) 223-7800 or publicartfund.org.
Our last stop, Yayoi Kusama’s “Fireflies on the Water”, was a visual treat. The installation is a small dark room lined with mirrors, a pool and small lights hanging from the ceiling. Visitors go in one at a time for a minute each. However, a group of U.N. delegates jumped our line so we were able to go in as a small group, which was more fun.
“Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water” will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art through Oct. 28; (212) 570-3600 or whitney.org