Modern Art Along The Scioto Mile

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Columbus wants to complete its Scioto Mile Park with a monumental sculpture.  The plan is to add a large piece of artwork along the riverfront that will become as identifiable with Columbus as the Gateway Arch is with St. Louis and the Space Needle is with Seattle.

The proposed piece would be abstract, six stories tall, made of reflective metal, and shaped like . . . the cooling tower of a nuclear plant.  Not surprisingly, some people are questioning that design.

I like the idea of putting a large piece of public art along the Scioto Mile.  I think it should be a bold statement, not some timid, compromise product of a committee.  We don’t need another realistic sculpture like the big statue of Christopher Columbus in front of City Hall.  I’m not sure how I feel about the “cooling tower” design — it seems like the shape is…

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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Whitney Museum of American Art 

  • 945 Madison Ave (at 75th St) Upper East Side
  • (212) 570-3600
  • Subway: 6 to 77th St | Get directions
  • map can be found here
Opening Times Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun 11am–6pm; Fri 1–9pm

Admission $18; seniors, adults 19–25 and students $12; ages 18 and under free

Like the Guggenheim, the Whitney is set apart by its unique architecture: It’s a Marcel Breuer–designed grey granite cube with an all-seeing upper-story “eye” window. When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor and art patron, opened the museum in 1931, she dedicated it to living American artists. Today, the Whitney holds about 18,000 pieces by about 2,700 artists, including Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper (the museum holds his entire estate), Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Claes Oldenburg. Still, the museum’s reputation rests mainly on its temporary shows, particularly the exhibition everyone loves to hate, the Whitney Biennial…

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum, a masterpiece of architecture.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 

  • 1071 Fifth Ave (at 89th St) Upper East Side
  • (212) 423-3500
  • Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St | Get directions
  • map can be found here
Opening Times Mon–Wed, Fri, Sun 10am–5:45pm; Sat 10am–7:45pm
Admission $18, seniors and students with ID $15, children under 12 accompanied by an adult free. Sat 5:45–7:45pm pay what you wish
The Guggenheim is as famous for its landmark building—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and restored for its 50th birthday in 2009—as it is for its impressive collection and daring temporary shows. The museum owns Peggy Guggenheim’s trove of Cubist, Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist works, along with the Panza di Biumo Collection of American Minimalist and Conceptual art from the 1960s and ’70s. In addition to works by Manet, Picasso, Chagall and Bourgeois, it holds the largest collection of Kandinskys in the U.S. In 1992, the addition of a ten-story tower provided…

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