#MuseumWeek Exposes NYC’s Cultural Secrets

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While hashtags can certainly be bothersome, there is one in particular that we wait all year for. #MuseumWeek is a full seven days of insight into the fabulous world of art. All of the world’s top museum and art connoisseurs spill their secrets with #SecretsMW so you can discover the best works, exhibitions and installations around town. As a cultural hub for art, New York’s blogger and institutions have some of the best gems out there. Here is a selection of Haute Living’s favorite reveals of the week thus far!

@MetMuseum: 

“Last May, after ten months of conservation work, Charles Le Brun’s arresting portrait of Everhard Jabach and his family was put on view in gallery 617. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes photograph of Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Department of Paintings Conservation, applying the first layer of varnish to the surface of the Jabach portrait. #TheMet #MuseumWeek #SecretsMW

 

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@TheMuseumOfModernArt:

#MuseumWeek‬ 2016 has begun! Follow museummodernart on Twitter for stories, videos, and photos all week long. Today’s theme is ‪#SecretsMW, so we’re sharing some of our favorite lesser-known spots in the museum, like this wall of Andy Warhol’s “Cow Wallpaper” in our education building that’s perfect for photo ops. [Andy Warhol. “Cow Wallpaper.” 1966. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]”

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@CmainNYC:

It is #MuseumWeek— 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags! Each day we will be sharing tidbits about CMA on our Twitter related to the theme of the day. Today’s theme is #secretsMW, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. Robb Putnam’s “Dunderhead,” part of#SewWhatShow, has a soft exterior made of mixed materials such a rope, blankets, plastic bags, threads and leather scraps, but have you ever wondered what lies beneath? Standing at almost 9 feet tall, Dunderhead’s shape is made from a metal armature, and has wheels on the bottom to move its massive frame.
Check out our Twitter for more fun facts this week: @cmainnyc

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@Guggenheim:

“Did you know there is a hidden mural by #JoanMiró permanently installed in the rotunda of our Frank Lloyd Wright building? “Alicia” (1965–67) is comprised of 190 separate ceramic tiles and is obscured by the first wall encountered as one ascends the museum’s spiral ramp. Thomas M. Messer, the Guggenheim Museum’s director from 1961 to 1988, contacted Miró in 1963 following the proposal of Harry F. Guggenheim, then president of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, to commission an appropriate memorial to Guggenheim’s wife, Alicia Patterson Guggenheim, who died that year at the age of 56. Miró undertook the project with enthusiasm, writing to Messer in August of 1966 and noting the significance he ascribes to the firing process in the completion of his ceramic works: “I am delighted to tell you that the great mural has already been started. I am very hopeful about the results of this first stage. Let’s hope that our great friend Fire will also bring us his richness and his beauty for the next steps.” #SecretsMW

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@TagFineArts

In exploring the new Whitney Museum of American art, @TagFineArts discovers this Frank Stella masterpiece. Captioned: “#MuseumWeek #FrankStella #SecretsMW

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