Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Category: Art Exhibitions (Page 1 of 4)

Questioning the Past at Rojas' The Theater of Disappearance. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Roof Garden. All photos Robert Ruben and Yvonne Korshak.

ART REVIEW The Theater of Disappearance | By Adrián Villar Rojas | Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden

… the party’s over …

A. Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, Metropolitan Museum Roof Garden, Summer 2017

It looks like a party — all those banquet tables (my heart lifted as I thought we’d be served refreshments!)   But don’t try to take a seat.  Only one figure is seated at a table, and his plate is empty (left).

As you move through this world of white, you see the tables are cluttered with elegant but toppled empty goblets, plates and platters with ancient imagery, askew, moldy rolls, chicken bones and scavenger crabs.  On others tables are recumbent figures, alive and dead, writhing humans entwined with tomb effigies. Black sculptures, with chalky white dust drifted onto them, surround and punctuate the “banquet.”

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A. Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance, Metropolitan Museum Roof Garden, Summer 2017

FIRST LOOK and The NY Times got it all wrong | The Theater of Disappearance | Adrian Villar Rojas | Metropolitan Museum Roof Garden

  • The New York Times got it All WRONG.  
  •  I kid you not.

           * Friday, April 14, 2017, Weekend Arts II, “A Mini-Met Mashup on the                             Roof” by Jason Farago

It’s no mashup.  My own review will follow as quickly as I can write it.  Meanwhile, have a look …    4/21/17: For my full review, scroll one up.  

The Theater of Disappearance, Rojas' rooftop installation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Summer 2017

A Musical DEcomposition   (my title)

A Musical Decomposition. Rojas' The Theater of Disappearance, Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Installation Summer 2017

A Musical DEcomposition — detail


Strongman, Qindynasty (221-206 B.C.), Terracotta, H. 61 3/4 in. (156.8 cm), Lent by Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum.

REVIEW | Age Of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin & Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D.220) | Metropolitan Museum of Art

… when China became China …

Here is an opportunity to see some of the most remarkable objects of art and archaeology excavated in China.  Because some are so lavish, and in some cases unique, a number have been featured in Western publications including newspapers and magazines, but most have never been seen outside of China.

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Max Beckmann in New York, exhibition at Metropolitan Museum, NY, October 19-2016 -February 20, 2017

Max Beckmann in New York | Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, NY | October 19, 2016 – February 20, 2017

… great expressive power …

Max Beckmann was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.  In a way, his tragic vision was the truest.

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Parker's Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) reflected in the glass of Temple of Dendur gallery while museum Director Thomas Campbell speaks at the press opening

Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) | Metropolitan Museum Roof | Summer 2016

… they never promised us a “real” garden …

Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), site specific installation on roof of Metropolitan Museum, summer 2016

When is a house not a house?  When it’s a Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) by Cornelia Parker, site specific installation for summer 2016, Roof Garden of the Metropolitan Museum


When I first saw photos of Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object in a newspaper, I thought oh no, why do they have to stick an eyesore on the museum’s lovely roof garden.  When I went to see it actually I found that it’s an intriguing eyesore, not what I’d like best to see on the roof but it does get you thinking.

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Sections of the Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar of Pergamon, 2nd century B.C., in the foreground (Herakles Finding Telephos n the right), with, high in the background, photographs of some of the most central images from the frieze.

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World at the Metropolitan Museum 

… from lofty gods to lusty satyrs … 

Arial panorama of the ancient theater at Pergamon and surrounding terrain, poster of exhibition Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Panorama of the ancient theater at Pergamon and surrounding terrain, exhibition poster. Those steps were too steep for me — didn’t have the nerve!

Hellenistic Art covers huge sweep of three centuries from the death of Alexander to that of Cleopatra (323 – 30 BC) and in geography.  Through the conquests of Alexander the Great and their aftermaths, Greek culture spread from the Gibraltar to India, casting a defining influence everywhere it went, while absorbing new ideas.   Remarkably, this magnificent exhibit of Hellenistic art, with a focus on the city of Pergamon, is truly large and varied enough to give a fair idea of the whole, and to offer many examples of stunningly beautiful and profound works.

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Vijay Iyer, creator of Relation: A Performance Residency, at the Met Breuer March 18 - 31, 2016

The New MET BREUER | Overview II | Nasreen Mohamedi | Vijay Iyer’s “Relation”

… continuing from Overview I … previous post …

Nasreen Mohamedi … and existentialism

With Unfinished:  Thoughts Left Visible on the third and fourth floors of the Met Breuer (previous post, Overview I), the inaugural exhibit on the second floor surveys in over 130 works the career of “Nasreen Mohamedi, an Indian artist, born in Karachi (British India, now Pakistan), who worked in a small format in tones of black, white, grays and taupe, most often using ink and graphite on paper, as well as black and white photography.

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In the exhibition "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible", Metropolitan Museum of Art, inaugural exhibition at the new MET BREUER, March 2016

The New MET BREUER | Overview I: The Building and the Inaugural Exhibition “Unfinished”

The opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new space is a wonderful event.  The Met has done this just right!

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art | “Roof Garden Installation” | by Pierre Huyghe | Summer 2015

… only there’s no “garden”…

Paving stones are uprooted and water is tricking in and around — is the maintenance crew working on a leak?  No. This is the new art installation on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum.  

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Van Gogh: Irises and Roses | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

… together and apart …

Van Gogh, Irises, 1890, o/c, 36 1/2" x 29 1/8" (92.7 cm x l73.9 cm), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Van Gogh, Irises, 1890, o/c, 36 1/2″ x 29 1/8″ (92.7 cm x l73.9 cm), Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is the first time the two paintings of irises and two of roses are exhibited together, the way van Gogh conceived them and in the order he painted them, four paintings, but monumental in terms of their importance for the history of art – like just about everything van Gogh did in his short life.

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