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Lou's Cultural Picks

Louis Blumengarten passed away on April 13th, 2016. He was a good friend to The Shul and we all miss him. We leave his last column up as a memorial to our friend, Lou.
-The Board
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) doesn't need me to advertise their great exhibitions, so I don't normally find it necessary to recommend a Met exhibition.  But I must recommend that you see "Wordplay:  Matthias Buchinger's Inventive Drawings from the collection of Ricky Jay." 
This exhibition,  despite its off-putting title, is super and it has important Jewish content in that micrography is a longstanding form of Jewish art and the exhibition features some major works loaned by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).  I had never heard of Buchinger before, but he was a major talent as are many other artists whose work is being displayed.  The exhibition is up until April 11, 2016 and shouldn't be missed.  It beautifully illustrates the idea of using text as image.
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The Brooklyn Museum has recently opened an amazing exhibition on Coney Island called "Coney Island:  Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008".  It's up until March 13, 2016 and is well worth seeing and is accompanied by two minor Coney Island exhibitions and a recently opened "Agitprop" exhibition.
The Brooklyn Museum is easy to reach by subway, take the 2 or the 3 trains to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop and you are right at the front entrance to the museum (and the front entrance of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden).
The Brooklyn Museum also has a great collection of Egyptian art and a fine American art collection as well as the incomparable Judy Chicago "Dinner Party.
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Until February 14th, 2016, the Bronx Museum at 1040 Grand Concourse (in a former synagogue building) at 165th and Grand Concourse has a just opened wonderful exhibition of the art of Martin Wong
Nobody paints bricks and storefronts better than Martin Wong, one of my favorite painters whose work is well represented in NYC museums including the Metropolitan, the Whitney, the Brooklyn and the Bronx Museums. 
I highly recommend this exhibition.  The museum can be reached by taking the D train to the 167th Street station and walking downhill several blocks.  Don't miss this great exhibition.
Go and enjoy!

Louis H. (Lou) Blumengarten will be writing an occasional column for The Shul of New York.  Lou is a licensed New York City tour guide who spends much of his time visiting New York's museums and galleries, as well as volunteering at two museums.  In the warmer months, he leads small group walking tours of his favorite NYC neighborhoods and places.  When it's too cool for walking tours, he can be found exploring the cultural riches of NYC.  Lou has graciously volunteered to share his expertise with us.


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