Metropolitan Museum of Art || Exhibition: Fatal Attraction~ Piotr Uklański Photographs || until 16.08.2015

Since emerging in the mid-1990s, the New York–based artist Piotr Uklański (born Poland, 1968) has worked with a wide variety of materials, from eye-popping collages made with pencil shavings and motley assemblages of fiber and crockery to paintings made with tie-dye or globs of brightly colored resin. This exhibition, the first to survey Uklański’s photography, locates his work with the camera at the center of his artistic practice. Reveling in moribund or marginal artistic languages from a position at once ironic and sincere, the artist simultaneously subverts and pays homage to defunct modes of expression.

Uklański’s underappreciated yet historically significant series The Joy of Photography (1997–2007) explores clichés of popular photography using the kitschy subjects and hackneyed effects of Eastman Kodak’s how-to manual for the serious amateur. Whereas artists of the 1980s like Richard Prince appropriated such images by rephotographing them to reveal their constructed nature, Uklański remade them in a manner akin to slightly irreverent cover versions of songs that bring out hidden or repressed aspects of his source material. In this way, the artist both acknowledges appropriation’s endgame—that there are no new pictures under the sun—while creating a space for the creation of new works.

 Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP. II Karol Wojtyła) Piotr Uklański


Untitled (Joannes Paulus PP. II Karol Wojtyła)
Piotr Uklański

 The Nazis Piotr Uklański

The Nazis
Piotr Uklański

 Untitled (Coconut Tree) Piotr Uklański

Untitled (Coconut Tree)
Piotr Uklański

 Untitled (Inga Rubinstein) Piotr Uklański


Untitled (Inga Rubinstein)
Piotr Uklański

 Untitled (Island) Piotr Uklański


Untitled (Island)
Piotr Uklański

 Untitled (Story of the Eye) Piotr Uklański


Untitled (Story of the Eye)
Piotr Uklański

  Piotr Uklański (b. 1968). Untitled (Skull), 2000. Platinum print. Collection of the artist. © Piotr Uklański


Piotr Uklański (b. 1968). Untitled (Skull), 2000. Platinum print. Collection of the artist. © Piotr Uklański

 Untitled (Flame) Piotr Uklański

Untitled (Flame)
Piotr Uklański

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

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Byzantine and Christian Museum Athens || Exhibition: Domenikos Theotokopoulos before El Greco || until 31.03.2015

This exhibition ends tomorrow! You still have time to attend!

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On Wednesday, December 3, the exhibition “Domemicos Theotocopoulos before El Greco” has been inaugurated at the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
The exhibition is part of the Greek programme of events organized for the El Greco Year, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the famous painter.
The exhibition seeks to shed light on the social and artistic environment of 26th-century Crete, where Theotokopoulos’ personality was formed before he left Candia for Venice in 1567, and to place the painter and his early artistic output in the context of this environment.
Duration of the exhibition 4 December 2014 – 31 March 2015.

Byzantine and Christian Museum Athens || Exhibition: Domenikos Theotokopoulos before El Greco || until 31.03.2015 Byzantine and Christian Museum Athens || Exhibition: Domenikos Theotokopoulos before El Greco || until 31.03.2015

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Royal Air Force Museum becomes the first cultural venue in the UK to win an Autism Access Award

The Royal Air Force Museum London is very proud to announce that it is the first Museum in the UK to be awarded the National Autistic Society’s ‘Autism Access Award’ for museums and galleries.

The award is given to organisations that are committed to being autism friendly and in the past has been awarded to government bodies. For the first time ever, it has now been bestowed to a Museum in recognition of its endeavours to ensure wider accessibility to visitors with autism.

The improvements were spearheaded by Education Officer, Ellen Lee of the Museum’s Access & Learning Development department and include a dedicated section for accessibility within the Museum’s website and a downloadable autism friendly trail.

Onsite developments include a dedicated quiet space within the main Museum hall and clearer signage. The Museum has also committed to delivering an autism awareness training programme for public facing staff as well as volunteers.  This will also result in certain staff being nominated as Autism Champions.

The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Museum today. In attendance were Trustees from the RAF Museum and The National Autism Society, The Worshipful The Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet Councillor Hugh Rayner and children from valley School who livened up the proceedings with a musical performance.

Says Ellen Lee Education Officer and Project Leader:  “It has been a real privilege to have been involved in the Autism Access Award and I am grateful for the encouragement and support given by the National Autistic Society and by my colleagues at the Museum. I am very happy that the Museum has been recognised for its efforts to improve accessibility for all its visitors. The National Autistic Society were very impressed with the Museum overall and we hope that we will inspire other museums and galleries to become more autism friendly.”

Robert Pritchett, the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) Director of Autism Accreditation, said: “The NAS is delighted that the Royal Air Force Museum is the first cultural venue to win our Autism Access Award.

A trip to a museum can often be a frightening experience for the thousands of people in the UK living with autism. General sights and sounds in the environment such as the hum of the air conditioning, the glare of lights, together with the noise of other visitors, can result in debilitating sensory overload. However, if small, thoughtful adjustments are made venues can easily become autism friendly.

It has been a pleasure to work with the museum’s staff who have made changes which ensure that people with autism and their families not only feel well supported but are able to enjoy the same fantastic places as everyone else.

The NAS has already received many compliments about the venue, its exhibitions and online resources from parents and our adult service users, so this award is thoroughly deserved.”

The Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, Kit Malthouse, said “The Royal Air Force Museum is emerging as one of the most interesting venues for Londoners and visitors to rediscover. Its not just about planes, but about an institution and a community – the RAF family and the people of Hendon. Its fitting therefore that it has been recognised for its inclusivity and is the first cultural venue to receive an Autism Access Award. Well done to one of my favourite museums in London!”

Royal Air Force Museum  becomes the first cultural venue in the UK to win an Autism Access Award

Royal Air Force Museum becomes the first cultural venue in the UK to win an Autism Access Award

Royal Air Force Museum  becomes the first cultural venue in the UK to win an Autism Access Award

Royal Air Force Museum becomes the first cultural venue in the UK to win an Autism Access Award

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The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Autism Partnership Program ~ Exploring Our Way

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Autism Partnership Program

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Autism Partnership Program ~ Exploring Our Way

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Autism Partnership Program ~ Exploring Our Way

Exploring Our Way sessions are now being held on the first Sunday of each month during the school year from 10 am – noon. At each Exploring Our Way session, the Children’s Museum of NH offers free admission to families raising children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This program provides opportunities to enjoy family time at the museum in a safe, understanding environment, allows parents to network with one another, and will help families discover new resources available to them. Special materials will be available for participants, including MAPPS™ (Museum Advance Planning Picture Stories), visual supports using PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), a museum map and more. Exploring Our Way visitors are welcome to stay and play when the museum opens to the public at noon. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about this program, please contact Paula Rais at (603) 742-2002.

Guggenheim for All: Reaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Introducing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s new sequential program series, which serves students with autism spectrum disorders.

Each program is specially designed for the specific needs of the group, and includes two classroom visits by a museum educator and a museum visit for the class.

Guggenheim for All: Reaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Guggenheim for All: Reaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Program goals:

  • Provides a developmentally sound museum and art making opportunity for children on the spectrum
  • Offers an accessible and welcoming experience at the Guggenheim for students of all abilities
  • Strengthens students’ communication and socialization skills
  • Mixes a familiar school environment with new settings, experiences, and routines

Tuition assistance is available for Title I NYC public schools.

Fee: $500/class

For more information, call 212 423 3637 or e-mail atornello@guggenheim.org.

Photo: Sarah Pospiech

Museu Coleção Berardo ||Exhibition: An Infinite Conversation || until 29.03.2015

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The exhibition An Infinite Conversation. Artists’ books, ephemera and documents was designed as an addendum to the permanent exhibition of Museu Coleção Berardo, and presents a selection of artists’ books, posters and other ephemera from the Teixeira de Freitas Collection. The exhibition illustrates the range of thought and process that surrounds art making and shows the various forms it can take, suggesting what is perhaps a more intimate view.

The French writer André Malraux once remarked that the art book is “a museum without walls,” the material presented here often deals with this extension of the artwork outside of the gallery, through different channels of distribution and encounter. The temporary gathering together of this material within the walls of a museum allows a moment to reflect upon the nature of its movement through the world, how its dispersal is related to the spread of ideas and the spread of ideas…

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Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) lived a life of passion in the New York underground and rock scenes in the 1970s and ‘80s. That passion also made its way into his art.

Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.

Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres from Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma.

This exhibition is organized by The Finnish National Gallery – Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais, with the collaboration of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation New York.

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

Kiasma|Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Robert Mapplethorpe || until 13.09.2015

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