Jeff Koons Exhibit

BY: TARA BURKE 

This past weekend Cailin, a few friends and I went to the Jeff Koons: A Retrospective exhibit at The Whitney. The exhibit runs through October 19th and we have wanted to go since it opened in June, so we decided to go before time ran out on us. Did September go by really fast or is it just me? We went on a pay-what-you-wish night (Fridays 6-9pm) and arrived around 7:30pm. There was a line so beware. I don’t think we would have made it in time if it weren’t for our lovely friend using her museum employee pass. As a result, we’d recommend getting there early if you plan on going on a Friday night.

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We did the museum in quite a backwards way, starting on the second floor then proceeding to the fourth floor, third floor, first floor and then back up to the fifth floor. It ended up being kind of a fun way to see his pieces. The second floor is filled with a lot of his work featuring everyday consumer items. This is a good starting point for seeing his work since it is one of his central themes in his pieces.

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That’s a pretty sci-fi looking toaster.

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Next we saw his series: Celebration, which houses iconic pieces like Balloon Dog. We had all only seen pictures of Jeff Koons’ famous work with aluminium, so it was really fun to see it in person. We realllly wanted to touch a lot of the pieces in the Popeye series since they look exactly like inflatable pool toys. I don’t think anyone at first glance would guess these works are made from metal.

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After taking a few shameless selfies in the mirror polished artwork we made our way through the rest of the museum. Overall, it was a great exhibition! If you’re in the area you still have a few more weeks to see it. You can even drag some non-artsy type friends with you since this exhibit is sure to entertain.

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MAD Museum

BY TARA BURKE

One of the things I love about living in cities is that museums and cultural events are right outside your doorstep. A few weeks ago we made our way to the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle. One of their current exhibitions is called “NYC Makers” and features all sorts of creators that are based in NYC. We made it just in time to go on a guided tour and we were really glad we joined the group, since there were a lot of pieces that we might have overlooked. One section of the museum displayed Trompe l’oeil art which is often a realistic representation of an object, like wood for example, that is actually made out of clay. Trompe l’oeil means to “deceive the eye” in French and we may have just left the museum completely fooled without our guide. We’ll see if you can decipher which pieces below are the Trompe l’oeil art!

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Overall, we really enjoyed the exhibition and would recommend it to anyone seeking to go to a museum that features works of varying medias and styles. Try to go when there is a scheduled tour so you can learn extra details on the artists and works, as well as appreciate the pieces more! To find out additional info on the MAD Museum’s current exhibitions check out their website: http://www.madmuseum.org !