Luminance and Brilliance: J.M.W. Turner’s Ports at the Frick

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer As you pass through corridors of the Frick Collection, it would be impossible to miss the brilliant light shining through the port paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner. An exhibition dedicated to the British landscape master, “Turner’s Modern and Ancient Ports: Passages through Time,” takes you on a tour of…

‘Sideshow’ is the Centerpiece at Met Exhibit

By Phyllis Lam, Contributing Writer During the 19th century in France, musicians and other performers — such as clowns, female acrobats, animals and ringmasters — would perform for crowds gathering outside of the circus tent in sideshows. This ancient tradition of the sideshow is the focus of Neo-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s new exhibit at the…

Off the Wall: We Need to Talk

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer The arts represent a field of creative minds on the front lines of political discourse and activism, embodying the principle of free speech and expression. Some are also taking the lead in the opposition to the hate and questionable ethics of the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, exhibiting their…

Off the Wall: Heat Maps

By Emily Conklin, Staff Writer In today’s vernacular, the title “Syrian refugee” is a tight package of language, used to efficiently describe a mass of displaced human beings: a title capable of neatly grouping a people to allow for rationalization of empathy over cups of coffee in cafes. The “Syrian Refugee Crisis” has become a…

New Museum Exhibit Explores Strange Bodies

By Natalie Whalen, Entertainment Editor Artist-in-Residence at the New Museum, A.K. Burns’, new fifth-floor installation, “Shabby but Thriving,” is nothing if not thought-provoking. The exhibit itself centers on a video projected onto overlapping walls. Sometimes the smaller ‘wall,’ which is more or less a piece of heavy material placed at a slant perpendicular to the other,…

Review: “No Place to Go”-YOU Hyeonkyeong

By Qianqian Li, Contributing Writer The ten abstract paintings on view at DOOSAN Gallery are part of “No Place to Go,” Korean artist YOU Hyeonkyeong’s first solo exhibition in New York. Every featured painting is based on her experiences traveling in Europe two years ago, and she explains, “while making art, I bring about and…

Bridgman | Packer Dance and the Art of Video Partnering

By Hailey Nuthals, Highlighter Editor Enter the world of Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, the creative minds behind Bridgman | Packer Dance. It’s a world of illusion and manipulation, of visual confusion and wonder. The pair, who have been dancing and choreographing since 1978, are most well known for their exploration of what they call…

Van Dyck Captures Unique Details in Sketches and Painting

By Tony Schwab, Staff Writer The Anthony Van Dyck show at the Frick Gallery captures the full range of a great artist’s skill. Including both the sketches that established Van Dyck as talented and the paintings that drew him comparisons to his teacher Peter Paul Reubens and to his contemporaries Rembrandt and Velazquez, it is…

MoMA’s New Fourth Floor Exhibit is as Impactful as the Decade it Depicts

By Natalie Whalen, Staff Writer The MoMA’s new fourth floor exhibit, “From the Collection: 1960-1969,” features previously exhibited works in a new and fresh way. For enthusiasts of the impactful and revolutionary decade, this is a must-see. The unique curatorial style of this exhibit is interesting and effective. It encompasses a decade, featuring eclectic works…

Daring Prints by Degas at MoMa

By Qianqian Li, Contributing Writer All artists dabble printmaking at sometime in their careers, but it’s safe to say (though not very well-known) that Edgar Degas was immersed in the medium. In MoMA’s new exhibit, “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty”, senior curator Jodi Hauptman, senior conservator Karl Buchberg, and curatorial assistant Heidi Hirschl bring…

Martha Wilson and The Feminist Art Movement

by Lily Dolin  Art is not always easy. Museums are often filled with visitors squinting at artwork, trying and often failing to understand the meaning behind it. Other times, art is difficult to digest. Artwork that forces us to confront tough topics can sometimes be scary. People often seek to prohibit or censor this controversial…

“A Night on the Nile” is a Night of Entertainment

by  Talia Milavetz “A Night on the Nile” was a night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art specifically for New York City College Students. The Met stayed open after hours for students to experience the new exhibit “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom.” There was dancing, art projects, food and drinks for everyone to enjoy….