October 5th, 2012

Fun Art

Cloud City at the Metropolitan Museum

“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

Discovering Columbus

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.

Fireflies on the Water at the Whitney

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


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  • Thanks for sharing. The Columbus exhibit and the fireflies look very interesting. In the long run, the kids will remember the fun and your being there.

    AprilOctober 5th, 2012  4:24 PM

  • I’ve seen all those exhibits… You did a great job documenting. Most impressive that you did it in all one day! Thanks for sharing.

    ValerieOctober 5th, 2012  5:52 PM

  • Love the fireflies!!! And if there is any kind of art, I am there!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    SheriOctober 5th, 2012  6:03 PM

  • Kudos for navigating 6 children up 70 feet of stairs! The photos are amazing cannot wait to see Fireflies

    KaraOctober 5th, 2012  7:26 PM


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