Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescos at the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC

Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Frescos at the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC

View the Sistine Chapel ceiling pictures at the ground level at the World Trade Center’s Oculus

 

Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC
Sistine Chapel, Vatican / photo by Patrick Landy (FSU Guy)

Michelangelo’s frescos on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican City are conveniently brought down to earth by the very modern means of digital photography and are displayed in the Oculus of NYC World Trade Center Transportation Hub.  The visitors have the convenience of enlarged images to see all the details of historical paintings, the spacious and well-lit hall housing the freestanding plinths with good labels to follow the Creation story from the Book of Genesis and the modern architectural design of the Hub by a Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava all in one place. No hurrying up by the guards and neck craning necessary.

Sistine Chapel in Vatican was built in 1477-1480 by Pope Sixtus IV for whom the chapel is named. The Chapel is used for special ceremonies of the close circle of the Pope and is a place were the Papal Conclave of Cardinals meets to elect a new Pope. Interestingly the dimensions of the Chapel are the same as the Temple of Solomon as described in the Old Testament, the Book of Ezekiel, the first temple built by the Hebrews in 832 BCE under King Solomon, and destructed by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem of 587 BCE.

Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Chapel from 1508 to 1512 on a commission by Pope Julius II. Because at the time Michelangelo was preoccupied with sculptures and was reluctant to commit to such an enormous undertaking, Pope Julius granted him full freedom in selecting the scenes and figures to paint thus convincing him to take on the project. The resulting frescos are considered to be the triumph of the artistic expression in Western civilization.  The ceiling is populated with more than 300 figures starting from the Christ ancestors including Adam and Eve, the scenes from the Garden of Eden and the Great Flood all the way to Christ followers, prophets and sibyls.

Michelangelo’s mastery brings us the “faces of our time: anxiety masked by domesticity, women at work at household duties, men staring out blankly at an opaque fate” in the words of A.Gopnik in The New Yorker review of this exhibition at the Oculus.  Now that we can comfortably see those faces and their expressions, the connection to the history and its meaning can be better understood and appreciated.

After staying in NYC for one month, the exhibition will travel around the US. Check all the locations and dates here.

Read about the exhibition at TimeOut via Notizie Dal Web blog:

Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at the Oculus, World Trade Center, NYC

It’s hard to say which feat was more grueling: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century or the lengthy construction of the Oculus at t Sorgente: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been recreated at the Oculus

via Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been recreated at the Oculus — Notizie Dal Web

To book your tickets click here.

Venue: World Trade Center Transportation Hub, NYC          Dates: June 23 – July 23, 2017

The Met Fifth Avenue Roof Top Garden: The Theatre of Disappearance by Adrian Villar Rojas, April 14 – October 29, 2017

Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theatre of Disappearance at The Met Fifth Avenue Roof Top Garden

On view April 14 – October 29, 2017

The Roof Top Garden of the Met Fifth Avenue Museum is hosting a fascinating exhibition titled “The Theater of Disappearance” by Argentinean artist Adrian Villar Rojas. The exhibition, which includes 16 large sculptures by Villar Rojas, is intertwined with multiple other events under the same umbrella title this year including film series at Berlin Film Festival and visual art shows in Greece, Austria and Los Angeles. This overarching theme seems timely today as our accelerated pace of life with at times endless pileup of stuff leads to its opposite, a void or disappearance.

Villar Rojas came to fame when at the age 32 he was selected to represent Argentina at the 2011 Venice Biennial. His next big engagement on the international art scene was at the Documenta 2013 and Istanbul Biennial 2015. Villa Rojas is known for making life-size sculptures from large animals caring heavy loads as at the Istanbul Biennial to the ruins of tumbled staircase at MoMA PS1 “LA INOCENCIA DE LOS ANIMALES” in 2013.

For current installation at the Met the artist used spectrometry and 3D scans of the artifacts from the Met collection mixing up the time periods, places, ideas and facts. Ideally the viewers have to visit this installation after seeing the originals on the floors below. The FT review notes that at times it seems that the artists is “undoing all of art history”. The ArtNews reports about Rojas’s laborious study of the Met Museum collection encompassing its all 17 departments as well as interviews with the staff as part of the creation process.  

The photos from Art Summary blog lets you get a taste of the exhibition:

The Met Fifth Avenue Roof Top Garden: The Theatre of Disappearance by Adrian Villar Rojas, April 14 – October 29, 2017

Photographs by Corrado Serra. Artist’s Statement The Met’s history as an institution is a testimony to America’s path as a nation. Its doors opened in 1870 with a large collection of plaster casts of sculptural masterpieces. By the mid-twentieth century, genuine artifacts had displaced the copies. Departments quickly emerged, dividing the cultural endowment into regions […]

via The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theatre of Disappearance at The Met Fifth Avenue, April 14 – October 29, 2017 — Arts Summary

The Roof Top floors had to be redone with the tiles created by the artists for this installation . The particularly designed greenery were added as well as the bar. The effect of the spectacular Manhattan skyline in the background accentuates the bacchanal in the garden. Come and see it yourself.

For museum hours and more click here.

Venue: The Met Museum on Fifth Avenue        Time: till October 29, 2017

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival: Don Giovanni by Budapest Festival Orchestra

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival: Don Giovanni by Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer, conductor and director 

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival: Don Giovanni by Budapest Festival Orchestra
Don Giovanni by Max Slevogt, 1912

This year Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center brings back to New York a fascinating production of opera Don Giovanni. The performance will take place at the Rose Theater at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Mozart wrote this opera to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte which was based on the legend about Don Juan, a philanderer and seducer. Premiered at the National Theater of Bohemia in Prague in 1787, it was billed by Mozart himself as opera buffa. However, this particular rendition of the story is much more a tragedy and a learning lesson than a comedy or a melodrama.

Ivan Fischer, co-founder and conductor of Budapest Festival Orchestra, was also directing the production. In an interview  by NPR in anticipation of the opening in 2011, Fischer points out that this dual role as conductor and director lets him offer “much more unified experience” for the actors. The resulting accents in the story are on bringing the villain to justice. The costume, stage design and casting of the students of Bucharest Acting Academy in the supporting ensemble are both innovative and highly appropriate. Instead of a singing statue, the actors costumes are designed to resemble the stones serving as both the silent elements of the design and the embodiment of the fate and consequence that gets a final say. The New York Times review of the performance back in 2011 highlights the “climactic moment staged to such haunting effect” under Fischer’s direction.

Venue: Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, NY                               Dates: August 17, 19, 20

Kevin Spacey in One-Man Show on June 15-16, 2017 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, NY

Kevin Spacey in One-Man Show on June 15-16, 2017 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, NY

Starring as Clarence Darrow in American Debut of the Play

Kevin Spacey will star as Clarence Darrow in a one-man play by David. W. Lintels. The play has already had its successful run at London’s Old Vic Theater in 2014-2015 season. The raving reviews by the British press rightfully emphasize the close connection that Spacey builds with the theatergoers with The Telegraph stressing that Spacey’s artistic power “remains a masterclass in how to woo an audience”.  The Guardian called Spacey’s performance “a barnstorming” which given the venue in NY, found by the actor himself, can be paraphrased as “stadium-storming” with an expectation of even more power from the actor.

You can read more about the play in the review on the Deadline.com re-blogged below:

Kevin Spacey in One-Man Show on June 15-16, 2017 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, NY
From Deadline.com

Kevin Spacey will star in Clarence Darrow, a one-man play about the famed “Monkey Trial” lawyer by David. W. Rintels and directed by Thea Sharrock. First presented at the Old Vic Theatre in London, it will now come to New York for a two-night event at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY, on June 15-16. […]

via Kevin Spacey Will Appear In (Tennis) Court As Clarence Darrow — Deadline

For tickets click here.

Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, NY                          Dates: June 15-16, 2017

July 14, 2017 Jazz & CHIHULY concert at New York Botanical Garden

July 14, 2017 Jazz & CHIHULY concert at New York Botanical Garden

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF JAZZ

July 14, 2017 Jazz & CHIHULY concert at New York Botanical Garden
Chris Washburne

The collaboration between  New York Botanical Garden and Catskilll Jazz Factory brings the summer concert program Jazz & CHIHULY  to the scenic Conservatory lawn of the garden. The second concert in the series is a celebration of 100 years of American Jazz from it’s folk roots to such american classics like Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. The program brings together bandleader Chris Washburne on trombone, Brazilian pianist Andre Mehmari , vocalist Brianna Thomas and friends.

July 14, 2017 Jazz & CHIHULY concert at New York Botanical Garden
Andre Mehmeri by Maristela Martins

The concert series are part of elaborate program around the CHIHULY glass sculpture exhibition on the grounds of New York Botanical Garden. 20 works are spread-out on over 250 acres, including artist’s early drawings and more recent creations. This is the second collaboration between Dale Chihuly and NYBG as his art naturally blends in with the nature and seems to be destined to be exhibited at NYBG. The first exhibition was held in 2006 attracting 350,000 visitors.

July 14, 2017 Jazz & CHIHULY concert at New York Botanical Garden
Brianna Thomas

Chihuly stresses the uniqueness of glass as the only material that lets the light through. In his works he capitalizes on this property of the material. With that in mind, garden environment is an ideal showroom for seeing Chihuly’s works as it gives viewers a chance to see the changes in light and its reflection in the ponds depending on time of day. Playing on this notion, the nighttime illumination adds some magic to the works. The garden will be open late for the visitors to experience it.

The concertgoers will have a chance to view CHIHULY exhibition in daylight and with the nighttime illumination after the performance.

Venue: New York Botanical Garden, NY                                               Time: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6pm