ALL ARTS’ Social Media of the Week: New York City #MuseumInstaSwap

ALL ARTS’ Social Media of the Week: New York City #MuseumInstaSwap

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

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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

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