Winter Storm Stella has effectively put New York’s art world in hibernation mode. All three branches of The Met are closed today, as is the Brooklyn Museum, The Guggenheim, The Frick. The Japan Society announced it’s closure over Twitter last night, as did Pace, Petzel, David Zwirner, and countless other galleries. Basically, it’s a safe bet that pretty much everything is closed.
MoMA, however, is open during the storm. (We feel for their employees.) They announced this with a cheeky Facebook post of Derek Ryden’s “Blizzard Foil Blanket” from their design collection this morning. If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of the house, MoMA is showing Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and an exhibition of Josef Albers’ Bauhaus-era experimentations with photocollage. Both shows look great.
But the biggest weather-related art news is the delayed opening of The Whitney Biennial. The 78th installment (which, ironically enough, is the first in its new “iceberg” home downtown) was set to preview to members during gallery hours today, and open with a star-studded gala tonight. They’ve rescheduled both the member preview and VIP reception for tomorrow, Wednesday March 15th. There will be an additional reception for Friend, Patron, and Contemporaries members on Thursday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m.