Monday, March 29, 2010


By Polly Guerin


No need to go excavating for gems of culture this spring. Like finely chiseled facets of splendor New York’s museum exhibitions proliferate with diverse subjects to attract everyone’s palate. Here’s the scoop!!!

PALLADIO AND HIS LEGACY (1508-1580): Illustrates Andrea Palladio’s profound influence on American Architecture and the eternal beauty of his Palladian villas and buildings. Rarely seen drawings together with his pattern books and architectural texts highlight the growth of his design sensibility and his influence in Monticello, the house that Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) the 3rd president of the United States built for himself in Virginia. Just think of the White House and other monumental buildings in Washington, DC. , all cultural touchstones of Palladian style. At The Morgan Library & Museum, April 2-August 1, 2010. 225 Madison Ave.,
TUTANKHAMUN FUNERAL, the Metropolitan Museum of Art digs deeper into the elaborate rituals at boy king’s funeral. While speculation revolves around Tut, who died at around age 18, it left more questions than answers. Discoveries by archaeologist Theodore Davis in the Valley of the Kings of burial preps in 1908 provide fascinating insights. A colossal statue of the god Amun is a ‘must see.’ 1000 Fifth Ave.
The Infamous Gangster World Has Its Day at the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN GANGSTER located appropriately in a former local speakeasy at 80 St. Marks Place. Exhibits trace the Prohibition era, the whiskey still to the St. Valentine’s Day massacre newspaper accounts and the Thompson, Tommy machine gun, and much more lore. See the underground office of the notorious gangster Frank Hoffman. Adm. $10.
METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE’s chamber music concert Monday, April 5 at 7 pm at Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., features the New York premiere of Timo Andres’ piano quintet, I FOUND IT BY THE SEA, paired with Brahms' masterwork in the genre, Op. 25. FREE, reserve
RALPH M. CHAIT GALLERIES, The oldest specialist gallery celebrates 100 years dealing in Chinese Art with a historic photographic retrospective of its former locations as well as a selling exhibition of rare and exceptional objects. 724 Fifth Ave. By appointment 212.397.2818.
Well, Ta Ta darlings. Send fan mail to Now for a rare treat, I’m off to visit Theresa McCullough, dealer and appraiser in the field of Indian and Southeast Asian art and a specialist in sculpture, miniature paintings and ancient jewelry. She welcomes clients by Appointment 1-646. 368.1717.

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