“The Vine” by Harrier Whitney Frishmuth is one of the works Museum Hack explored on a recent tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo: Regina Mogilevskaya
Museum fatigue is most definitely a thing, according to Museum Hack founder Nick Gray. “If you’ve ever been to a museum, you’ve probably experienced walking through a gallery feeling tired and lethargic,” he says. An enormous institution like The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains hundreds of thousands of works, and no clear way to order your visit, so it’s no surprise that everyone, even the most dedicated art lover, encounters this type of exhaustion.
Museum Hack takes the overwhelming aspect out of the equation by providing focused museum experiences, which is how I found myself speedwalking down marble-tiled corridors on a chilly Saturday afternoon, on a Badass Bitches tour of The Met.
Remember those super enthusiastic, super energetic tour guides when you visited colleges? Well, they’ve grown up to be Museum Hack guides. They’re eloquent, they’re excited, and they will eagerly tell you the weirdest art-related stories you’ve ever heard. My guides were two young women named Lindsay and Lily, and for two hours they led a group of about 15 of us from the Greeks and the Romans all the way to the American Wing, conducting a tour that was part storytelling, part ice breaker, part therapy session, and hey, we even got to draw a bit. (more…)
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Sat October 19, 2013
The 35th Bedford Stuyvesant Annual House Tour is happening this Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo: The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant
This annual house tour hosted by The Brownstoners of Bedford Stuyvesant is the one day a year when it’s okay to sneak a peak into the area’s beautifully restored brownstones and limestones without anyone accusing you of being a Peeping Tom. Thousands of people are expected to flock to the neighborhood to tour its historic homes this Saturday, Oct. 19, and if you’re at all interested in interior design, architecture or Brooklyn’s history, you’ll put on your walking shoes and join them. The self-guided tours, which run from start at 11am and go until 4pm, start at the Boys & Girls High School, located at 1700 Fulton St. (near Stuyvesant Avenue), and this event is rain or shine. Tickets are $20 in advance when picked up at Brooklyn Swirl, Sista’s Place or Bed-Vyne Wine, otherwise they’re $25 on Saturday.
Sat October 12, 2013 - Sun October 13, 2013
The new Native Flora Garden Extension at BBG is one of the many places you can roam for free as part of Open House New York this weekend. Photo: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This weekend you’ll be granted access to some of the city’s historic landmarks, private residences and skyscrapers in all five boroughs as part of Open House New York–the largest architecture and design tour of NYC. Learn about the city’s rich history while poking around buildings you thought you’d only ever see in photos. The event is free, but some sites and tours require RSVPs so be sure to go to the OHNY site for info. Check out the 13 floors of the Frick Art Reference Library, explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard or take a tour with SHINE NYC ART’s Mary-Beth Shine as she takes you on a walking tour of Red Hook and drops some knowledge about the neighborhood. Cap off the weekend with a special screening/panel discussion for the gentrification documentary My Brooklyn on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Tribeca Cinemas–tickets are $35 and it starts at 6pm. Check out the map of participating venues and plan your weekend now!
Tue August 13, 2013
Art organization Elastic City asks artists to create participatory walks around the world where putting poetic exchange back into public spaces is the main objective. Next up is Gowanus on Aug. 6. Photo: Elastic City
Every now and then, an event comes along that is so obscure its existence alone is of interest as a curiosity. Elastic City’s Ways falls into this category. The experiential workshops are open to six people at a time and intended to blur the lines between a walking tour and an odyssey of the senses. Next up is Unbinding the Library by Andrew Beccone on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Beccone is the founder of Reanimation Library in Gowanus, and plans to host a participatory walk around the neighborhood aimed at exploring the physical, historical and ecological relationships between the literary time capsule and its surrounding streets. Prepare to play along if you attend–guests are being asked to recreate images from the library’s collection of obscure ephemera–Reanimation Library’s haul is amassed from books no longer in mainstream circulation. The pictures will then be posted around the neighborhood in areas of referential importance to their subjects. So prepare to strike a pose and post it for posterity. Tickets are $20.