Harry Potter: A History of Magic is an exhibition that originated at the British Library and has recently arrived at the New York Historical Society. The show puts the Harry Potter series in its historical context by showing how it follows and fits into historical beliefs about witchcraft. The exhibition includes lots of Harry Potter material, like original illustrations, alongside medieval, Renaissance, and later books and objects to do with magic.
The Frick is one of my favorite museums. It’s a small, world-class museum with collections and scholarship of the highest international importance. It's also a calm oasis in the middle of New York City.
On Memorial Day, my mom and I visited Kykuit for a belated Mothers' Day. Kykuit is the Sleepy Hollow, NY estate of the Rockefeller family. It's massive and gorgeous, and we had a great time there. The estate is well-known for two things - its gardens and Nelson Rockefeller's collection of modern art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the world's largest art museums. It's also one of my favorites. Since the museum is so big, consider one of these strategies for planning your visit.
My experience at the Morgan Library & Museum, a New York City museum of rare books and manuscripts, works on paper, and other small treasures.
Lyndhurst is an huge house in Tarrytown, New York. It was home to politician William Paulding, businessman George Merritt, and finally Gilded Age industrialist Jay Gould and his family. Lyndhurst has incredible Gothic Revival architecture, stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge, and great furniture.
I freely admit that I haven't been great about posting gargoyles over the past few months, but I recently found a reader grotesque that I hadn't seen before, and it seems to have snapped me back into action. This scholarly fellow attends the City College of New York. I believe that he resides on the… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: City College of New York
Thomas Cole and Frederick Edwin Church, the two most prominent Hudson River School painters, both had homes and studios in the Catskill area of New York. One summer day, I went up there to visit the two houses, which are now museums open to the public for tours. This was my experience.
George Luks (1866-1933) was an American social realist painter. He is known best for his images of New York City, specifically its working-class and immigrant neighborhoods, and his energetic style seems to suit these scenes' vibrancy perfectly. He also studied and painted in Europe. Along with fellow American painters of urban life, Luks was part of the… Continue reading American Art of the Week: Houston Street by George Luks
The Cathedrals of Broadway, from a series of four paintings by American artist Florine Stettmheimer about life in 1920s-40s New York.