Monday, May 21, 2012
FEROCIOUS ART GUARDIANS, WALK-THROUGH ART (c) By Polly Guerin
Chatting Over Tear Multi-block woodcut by Wu Jide (British Museum, London)
THE PRINTED IMAGE in CHINA, 8th-21st Century: Do you want to enlist the aid of a Deity to be successful for education or better yet, ward off evil spirits or thwart a thief then go no further than the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, where all you need is a fierce-looking Door Guardian from the Qong Dynasty. These fascinating wood block prints, created in China as an artistic medium for popular culture and political commentary include Buddhist prints from the Silk Road, the earliest example of multiple block color printing, striking anti-war images and a woodblock image depicting the deity of infinite compassion. Production techniques are also on view establishing China as the country with the longest history of printing in the world and contemporary artists respond to the genre such as pictured above Chatting Over Tea. These prints from the British Museum are on view through July 29, 2012. www.metmuseumorg. Or 212.535.7710.
TERRACOTTA WARRIORS, Defender of China’s Great Emperor. Might as well make your way to Discovery Times Square, and without traveling, right here in the Big Apple see direct from China, the legend behind china’s First Emperor and his remarkable Terracotta Warriors, each standing 6 feet tall and over 2,000 years old, along an exclusive collection of more than 200 ancient treasures and artifacts. At Discover Times square, 226 West 44th St. By phone 866.987.9692. Tics adult $25. For discount info email email@example.com or 866.811.4111.
WALK AROUND A PAINTING, DRINK A COLOR. This is an experience not to be missed!!! In the 1950’s such questions were answered by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica who created amazing environmental installations. Now Helio gets his due recognition at New York’s Galerie Lelong exhibition, PENETRABLE. A highlight of the show is “Penetravel Filtro,” a room filled maze whose path is occasionally blocked by yellow and blue plastic strips that viewers must brush past very much like moving through a car wash. As the visitor continues they listen to various recordings of writers like Gertrude Stein reading one of her novels. Alas when you reach the final chamber, you see a table with plastic cups and a dispenser of orange juice. Help yourself. The gallery says that visitors have already gone through 60 bottles. This innovative artist was born in Rio de Janeiro and lived from 1937 to 1980, died of a stroke. The installation is fascinating to say the least. At Galerie Lelong, at 528 W. 26 St. (Between 10th and 11th Avenues) Tues. through Sat., 10am-6pm. 212.315.0470.
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT!!! It’s the Broadway sensation of the season. This musical comedy has a familiar storyline but there’s nothing ordinary about the production. It’s a laugh a minute and just when you thought the theatrics had done their utmost up pops another episode to keep you dancing in your seat. Matthew Broderick is perfectly cast as the nerdy wealthy Jimmy Winter and around him other stars like Kelli OHara keep the antics up and rousingly funny. Characters like Michael McGrath’s slapstick role and Chris Sullivan’s dimwit role also steal the show as do the talented chorus girls and vice squad boys all romping it up with nonstop songs by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin like Fascinating Rhythm, I’ve got a Crush on You, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off and my favorite, Someone to Watch Over Me. At the Imperial Theater, 249 W. 45th St.
Ta Ta Darlings!!! I’m heading to the West Side Art Galleries where Penetrable is all the rage to pass through color and drink it too. Fan mail welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Polly’s Blogs at www.pollytalk.com and in the left-hand column click on poetry, fashion, visionary men or amazing women.