America by Car
A new exhibition, which opens on September 4th at the Whitney, brings an unusual twist to travel photography. “America by Car” is a selection of stills taken by master photographer Lee Friedlander while driving across most of the country’s 50 states. Through an effective conceit, he turned the many mirrors of an ordinary rental car into picture frames. Friedlander’s multilayered images record reflections of this country’s eccentricities and obsessions at the beginning of the 21st Century. The photorapher’s own image is sometimes visible among the details of essential American landscapes.
In classical music this week, a favorite of the Mostly Mozart Festival returns to Lincoln Center. On August 17 and 18 Joshua Bell and his frequent collaborator Jeremy Denk will perform Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for violin, piano and strings in D minor.” In celebration of Schumann’s bicentennial, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, under Louis Langree, will also perform his “Symphony no.4 in D minor.”
If you enjoy contemporary French music, then don’t miss the series Hear France at the Museum of Modern Art. The shows take place in the museum’s sculpture garden. On August 19 you can hear Arnaud Fleurent-Didier, a multi-instrumentalist, whose recent song “France-Culture” has become a sort of polarizing manifesto. Marianne Dissard’s “Chansons” will be performed on August 26. Her music has a strongly American flavor, while her French lyrics charm with their timeless edge. These performances provide an introduction to the landmark exhibition “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917.” On view through October 11, this is the first exhibition dedicated to this important period in the artist’s career. It focuses on the revolutionary experimentation of these five years, in which Matisse developed his most enigmatic works.
The Sculpture of Spaces
Isamu Noguchi was an influential sculptor whose life spanned most of the 20th Century. Designing gardens was part of what he called the “sculpture of spaces,” the result of his interest in making sculpture useful in everyday life. From 1951 on the garden became the reigning metaphor for Noguchi’s post-war landscape sculpture. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Noguchi’s “California scenario” – located in Costa Mesa, California — the Noguchi Museum presents an exhibition documenting this project’s conception and realization. This exhibition is on view through October 24.