The Daily Shortlist December 24


Nam June Paik and Otto Piene. Untitled. 1968. Manipulated television set and plastic pearls, 9 x 13 x 10″ (22.9 x 33 x 25.4 cm). Gift of The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Greenwich Collection Ltd. Fund, and gift of Margot Ernst. © 2003 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Thomas Griesel

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Art: Looking at Music
Show time: Sat – Mon, Wed & Thurs: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Fri: 10:30 AM – 8 PM, Tuesday closed; Through January 5, 2009
Venue: Museum of Modern Art
Food: Sullivan Street Bakery
Drink: Rudy’s Bar & Grill
Miscellaneous: The Shops at Columbus Circle

While it’s Christmas for many, us Jews also tend to spend this time going to the movies and eating Chinese food. Thankfully NYC has plenty going on, like the MoMA’s exhibit Looking at Music. Here, MoMA takes a look at the early days of video art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s with early media works by Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Steve Reich, Joan Jonas, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie. Also featured are related drawings, prints, and photographs by John Cage, Jack Smith, Ray Johnson, and others. Arguably one of the top bread makers on the east coast, and good to get gourmet pizza’s and sandwiches, Sullivan Street Bakery makes exquisite food using ingredients you’d see on the Food Network! More bar than grill, Rudy’s is like going back to college, minus the books. The beer is cheap and by “grill,” they mean free popcorn and hot dogs. If you have trouble finding the bar, just look for the 6 foot tall fiberglass pig standing outside! To get out of the cold and see what an upper-class mall is like, stop by The Shops at Columbus Circle. Expensive restaurants like MASA and shops like Williams Sonoma are fun to browse through to see how the other half lives.

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