Opening: June 30
Closing: Oct. 16
Photo caption: Lyonel Feininger. Gelmeroda XIII (Gelmeroda), 1936 Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 31 5/8 in. (100.3 x 80.3 cm.) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; George A. Hearn Fund, 1942 42.158 © 2011 Lyonel Feininger Family, LLC./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photograph © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY
I tried to make the final days of the Alexander McQueen exhibit at The Met but the line was too long. Instead, I wandered down to the Whitney where I saw “Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World.” Feininger was born and raised in New York City but moved to Germany at age 16. He returned to the city when the Nazis rose to power and spent the rest of his life in New York. I had never heard of him but he has a tremendous body of work that includes paintings, hand-carved miniatures, musical compositions and even comic strips.
Diana Byer is the founder, president, and artistic director of New York Theatre Ballet and its training school, Ballet School NY. She has performed as a principal and as a guest artist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Manhattan Festival Ballet, New York City Opera Ballet, and the Juilliard Ensemble.