Archive: Pop Watch

Family Fun at the New Whitney Museum

Newly reopened Whitney Museum is catering this November to the next generation of artistic minds.

whitney museum family fun

The Whitney is celebrating the work of Frank Stella in Frank Stella: A Retrospective through February 7th 2016.  Stella, an abstract artist and sculpturist currently lives in Greenwich Village.

Enjoy the hands-on experience by participating in interactive events. The Whitney suggests skipping the lines and buying your tickets early. The museum is exclusively open from 9:30am – 10:30am for families to enjoy! Most programs are free with museum admission (some include an extra fee).

Have a newborn, the Whitney has designed a guided stroller tour made for you. Crying babies are actually encouraged! Join Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, on engaging tours that highlight works in the exhibition. Tours are for new moms and dads when the museum is closed to the public.

Whitney Tour

Kiddos aged 4-5:  Choose from Whitney Wees: Color, Color, Color! or Shape It! In November, Color, Color, Color!, will explore the vivid colors in Frank Stella’s work—engage with shimmering silver surfaces, multicolored stripes, and the dark tones of Stella’s Black Paintings and coming in December (Shape It!) will explore shaped paintings that zigzag across space and look at sculptures made with parts that twist and turn.

Older kids can enjoy sketching tours. Start off in November discovering what inspired Stella’s works. Look closely at his works of art and create experimental sketches based on what you see. Frank Stella was inspired by nature, architecture, literature, music, and art history. Discover how he incorporated these inspirations in his work.

Chock full with events this fall, the Whitney, has  planned extensive activities that will educate and inspire children of all ages!

by: Pia Finnigan

Eyes on You: Ernesto Pujol Comes to Brookfield Place

Yes!, someone is watching you, especially if you are shopping downtown at Brookfield Place this Monday, Oct 26th – Wednesday Oct 28th. Ernesto Pujol, a site-specific performance artist and choreographer, has enlisted 11 artists to watch and document the foot-traffic through Brookfield Place for 8 hours (each day), in the world premiere of his performance piece “9-5,” produced and commissioned by More Art and presented by Arts Brookfield. Performers, decked out in all white, will silently write about the thousands of commuters, office workers and shoppers that enter Brookfield Place. Pujol endeavors to awaken public consciousness, illustrating the themes of silence, community, labor, and empathy, through his living literature of pedestrian city life centering around the new luxury mall.



Culture Fix: Reliving the Jazz Age in Meatpacking District

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin' Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Gettin’ Religion, 1948. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm).

Travel back in time to the smooth sounds of jazz while embracing the sky-lit 8th floor gallery at the Whitney; relishing in the paintings of Archibald Motley. The Jazz-Age Modernist is the subject of one of the selected inaugural exhibits appearing at the newly opened Whitney Museum. A crucial figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Motley, born in New Orleans, uses a mix of expressionism and social realism to depict modern life in the 1920’s.

October 2, 2015-January 17, 2016, The Whitney Museum

By: Pia Finnigan

Spiffy Miffy: Celebrating 60 Years of the Beloved Bunny

Miffy, the cherished girl bunny, has been delighting children since her inception in 1955. This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved character. Miffy officially became 60 years young on Sunday, June 21st, and premiered her movie in London’s West End. The beloved bunny, however, deserves more than just one day, why not a parade? The Miffy Art Parade has no less than 60 statues designed in the bunny’s honor by esteemed artists and will be touring worldwide. Throughout Japan and Holland, where Dick Bruna created Miffy, more than half a decade ago, the statues are on display to delight Miffy fans. Since March, one by one, a new Miffy doll has been revealed. The final statue shown, designed by Marte Röling of Holland, (Miffy’s birth place), is all in gold.
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Another Miffy favorite was designed by two New York based artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin using florals, Drew Barrymore and Lara Stone (a Holland model) for an inspirational mashup. While some statues have replicas for you to snatch up, the original statues will be auctioned off for UNICEF after the tour is completed this October. Happy Birthday Miffy!

by:Pia Finnigan

Dress Up & Geek Out: Comic Con is in Town

Get ready for a selfie and explore all corners of comics at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Meet your favorite characters, dress up and release your inner geek (everyone’s doing it) for an event celebrating pop culture’s best anime, comic, gaming and superhero characters. Sunday, Oct 11 is the first NYCC’s Kids Day, where children ages 6-12 can enter for $5. If you did not get your fill of “DMC” at Sneaker Culture he will be appearing all 4 days at NYCC along with Castle’s Nathan Fillion. Selfie stick not allowed!
October 8-11, 2015, Javits Center

New York Comic-Con 2014

New York Comic-Con 2014

by: Pia Finnigan

Reviewed: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes

We’ve started to rev up our youth book selection and as such have asked our 10 year old reviewer Amina (a voracious reader & my daughter) to read and write a blurb about the books in our collection.
Peter Nimble and his fanta
~Review of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes~by Jonathan Auxier
“If you know anything about blind children, you know that they make spectacular thieves,” states the author in Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. So starts the story.
An orphan is born into the world. In the water he lies, nameless, parentless, sightless in his tiny basket. He was sent by sailors into a church, in order to be given a real sense of the world. Yet the church, having no use for a blind child, called him Peter Nimble and sent him off into the streets alone.
Peter Nimble somehow managed to survive the hard roads by robbing the markets of
food. After that had been done, he saw to getting himself other important items, such as
a bandage for his eyes, clothes and more necessities.
A horrible man named Mr. Seamus saw his obvious talent, so he milked the boy for all his worth.
For little Peter, life was hard. He earned his food by stealing. He earned his life by stealing. He earned his gift by stealing. That all changed the day he found the Fantastic Eyes.This powerful, moving book allows people to see what blind children such as
Peter go through, speaking with the power of imagination.
Though Auxier had stolen more than just time in the making of this book, he can be
forgiven for his masterful work, done by skillful hands.

-Amina, 10

Ronaldo-ready duds and more at Babesta

soccer style for kids

Check out some of our favorite soccer inspired duds and more at Babesta!

1.Babiators: Cool shades in sunshine yellow.

2.World Map by Janod: Be sure you know exactly where your team is from!

3. Vilac Ball: Have a ball practicing some goal-getting.

4. Native shoes: They’re no cleats, but they’re great summer outdoor shoes!

5.Retro shorts: Throwback and so sporty!

6. Sunshine sweatshirt: This Bobo Choses sweatshirt is from Messa’s club team-town, Barcelona.



Blast from the past: Superbowl Shuffle!

Every year the Super Bowl comes around, I can’t help but remember back to the best Super Bowl song ever! Apparently some of the original crew (Including the punky QB known as McMahon) are in court these days over a rights dispute for the song, according to Forbes. Too bad. This vid is pretty poor quality (remember, it came out in 1985) but the throwback tune makes you want to dance. Challenging the SeaHawks or Broncos to come up with something this catchy!

Ever, Jane: New Kickstarter Campaign

Ever, Jane

With a 9 year old at home, it’s no surprise that dinnertime convos often revolve around the world of MMOGS. I’m just not totally able to wrap my head around Minecraft and Roblox (though I do appreciate the retro graphics!)  But I just stumbled upon this new Kickstarter project, a Jane Austin based MMOG that’s filled with gossip, intrigue and Regency period dress. I thought it was a pretty cool idea to take classic literature into the immersive world of these games, and am going to give it a shot. It’s sort of a 19th century upper crust Real Housewives online. (cringe, love). If they meet their goal, the game will feature quests, families, mini games and lion’s share of intrigue. They’re 1/3 of their way there on their goal of $100,000. Bravo?