This week’s choice: On Wednesday, 42 cultural institutions in the New York City area swapped Instagram accounts for the day.
Why we love it: In a world of algorithms catered to sate personal taste, discovery can be difficult. #MuseumInstaSwap gives audiences a chance to look at institutions they know through a new lens and to be exposed to others they may otherwise not seek out.
No shortage of architectural inspiration @themorganlibrary! — Renzo Piano’s sunlit central court (2006), a gathering space in the spirit of an Italian piazza, which connects Pierpont Morgan’s original library, its 1928 Annex, and Jack Morgan’s former residence. — Gilder Lehrman Hall, a beautiful theater on the lower level. Don’t miss the free film screenings on select Free Friday evenings—classic monster movies this summer to coincide with the exhibition ‘Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders’! — The East Room in Morgan’s iconic 1902–06 library building designed by Charles McKim to showcase Morgan’s vast rare book and art collections. In his will, Morgan stated his intent that his collection be made “permanently available for the instruction and pleasure of the American people.” — The glorious rotunda at the center of the McKim building. — The exterior is constructed of Tennessee pink marble, placed with a nearly mortarless precision that Noguchi might have appreciated. — Images RG @themorganlibrary / 3,4 Graham Haber — Thanks for coming along for #MuseumInstaSwap! #morganlibrary #mckimmeadandwhite #renzopiano #archilovers
#MuseumInstaSwap Artist @derrickadamsny's exhibition "Sanctuary" @madmuseum takes inspiration from "The Green Book," an annual guidebook for black American road-trippers published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1967, during the Jim Crow era in America. Visitors are confronted with issues of race, assimilation, and identity—a delicate balance also negotiated by the subject of artist @kehindewiley's painting "Alios Itzhak (The World Stage: Israel)" on view now at the Jewish Museum.
Today we’re excited to participate in NYC’s #MuseumInstaSwap with @thetenementmuseum! To start things off, we’re sharing photos from the #TenementMuseum that capture the lives—and reflect the anxieties and hopes—of 19th- and 20th-century #immigrants in New York. Their concerns about how to raise a family, earn a living, and survive in an unfamiliar land were paired with the hopeful promise of making a new life in the United States. What hopes and anxieties do you share with those who came before you?
Stepping into @nytranistmuseum transports you to another time and space! Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Brooklyn, the museum’s working platform spans a full city block! Families can step through a time tunnel of turnstiles and explore vintage subway and elevated cars that date back to 1907. Each car contains original maps and replications of advertisements that would be seen when the train operated! Don’t miss their #SubwayShindig for families and children aged 2-17 on Tuesday, July 17th for an evening of classic board games and kooky contests in the #nytransitmuseum’s vintage subway cars! #MuseumInstaSwap #nycmta #nycsubway
Decorative arts enthusiasts might recognize this fantastic example of Meissen porcelain in the @metbreuer exhibition— The Judgment of Paris, ca. 1762— from the renowned Royal Meissen manufactory, and attributed to Johann Joachim Kändler. The manufactory led the ceramic industry in Europe, both scientifically and artistically, during the early to mid-eighteenth century. In 2011, the Frick received a promised gift of 131 pieces of Meissen from the collection of Henry Arnhold, several of which are currently on view. #metlikelife #metbreuer #frickcollection #museuminstaswap ___ Kändler’s brilliantly composed figural group was intended as a table centerpiece that would appear with dessert. It depicts the story of the shepherd Paris awarding the golden apple to Venus, whose charms he preferred to those of Minerva and Juno. The splashes of color add a frivolous note, in tune with the frothy rococo spirit of the sculpture. Moreover, hints of naturalistic coloring deny these goddesses the timelessness of idealizing sculpture, making them instead into modern beauties who perform a titillating after-dinner entertainment. ___ This object Is on loan to the exhibition from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan @thewadsworth