December 19th, 2014

Just Up The Block

Cooper Hewitt

My older daughter announced recently that she’s thinking of majoring in art history and, I had to laugh. I was an art history major with a studio minor and I have never been able to get my girls excited about anything art related. Maybe a few ‘fun’ exhibitions like the ones atop the Met and Jeff Koons at the Whitney before it decamped but, nothing else. However, I’m not complaining, and the timing is perfect with the reopening of the newly renovated and restored Cooper Hewitt just down the street. Housed in the famed Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, this will be the first stop on our art-filled holiday.

On a side note—I’ve started following the lifestyle blog Quintessence (thanks to my friend Alexandra who toured the incredible Verdura at 75 exhibition with me), and the author Stacey Bewkes recommended the gift shop at the Neue Galerie.  And I found a beautiful Advent calendar in the shape of a pear tree in the Morgan Library & Museum gift shop when I went to the Cy Twombly exhibition. Good places to find unusual presents.


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  • Thanks for the reminder! It’s been under renovation for so long I forgot it existed (and as a design/architecture/history of art major, I used to go ALL THE TIME).

    joannawnycDecember 19th, 2014  10:14 AM

  • I often wish I had immersed myself in art history or foreign language as part of a double major or minor when I was in college. Of course, that would have left less time for socializing, and as I recall that was a significant priority at the time. I caught the Verdura exhibition this past Saturday, exquisite! As an aside, I thought the website registration suggested that you couldn’t walk through the exhibit unless you were registered and there was still space in the selected time slot. As it turns out, I was told you only need to register for the guided tour. Anyone is free to walk through the exhibit without registration. So, anyone who wishes to go should do so! Quite a remarkable exhibit!

    AprilDecember 19th, 2014  10:44 AM

  • When my daughter was younger, she would get bored by long museum visits – I started to do studio visits with artists, as she was more engaged talking to the artist and watching some of the process. It’s an easy thing to do in LA – not sure about NY? I’m still a fan of one artist exhibitions in museums, so lovely to be totally emersed that way. Less frantic.

    KathyDecember 19th, 2014  12:08 PM

  • Thanks for the mention Preston. Hope you enjoyed the Neue Galerie shop – it’s a treasure. And another art history major here…

    Stacey BewkesDecember 19th, 2014  4:52 PM

  • Ahh, lucky New Yorkers have the Frick to go to, a personal favorite of mine. If that doesn’t make one love art, I’m not sure what would!

    MelissaDecember 20th, 2014  9:58 AM

  • Cooper Hewitt is at the very tippy top of my list for next week. As a MFA design major at SVA a lifetime ago I spent A LOT of time at the Cooper Hewitt. Can’t wait to see the newly renovated space and I’m very excited to see how they are changing the museum experience with interactive displays and new methods of engagement. And Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Gallery is also on my list. Will be sure to pop in to the gift shop. Please report back after your trip to the CH, would love to hear your opinion.

    Laura ( 20th, 2014  12:15 PM

  • Museum shops are my secret weapon, especially for mother-in-law gifts and the like.

    MamacitaJanuary 28th, 2015  1:44 AM


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