Location: Upper West Side, NYC
Art: Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926â€“1933
Show time: See website for schedule; Through February 15
Venue: Whitney Museum of American Art
Food: Brother Jimmyâ€™s Bait Shack
Miscellaneous: Dylan’s Candy Bar
When Alexander â€œSandyâ€ Calder (1898â€“1976) arrived in Paris in 1926, he aspired to be a painter; when he left in 1933, he had evolved into the artist we know today: an international figure and defining force in twentieth-century sculpture. In these seven years Calderâ€™s fluid, animating drawn line transformed from two dimensions to three, from ink and paint to wire, and his radical innovations included open form wire caricature portraits, a bestiary of wire animals, his beloved and critically important miniature Circus (1926â€“31), abstract and figurative sculptures, and his paradigm-shifting â€œmobiles.â€ The exhibition Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926â€“1933 takes a look at the artist’s work during this period. If youâ€™ve got a craving for barbeque, check out Brother Jimmyâ€™s Bait Shack as the ribs, chicken, beef, and pork are all smothered in some amazing BBQ sauce. BB&R, which stands for Blonde, Brunette, and a Redhead is the brainchild of three best friends. What theyâ€™ve created is something between a neighborhood bar and a lounge with leather seats in the front and a pool table, photo booth, and video games in the back. Looking more like it came out of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Dylan’s Candy Bar is a colorful place to get lollipops, licorice, and all things sugary. Donâ€™t go crazy though, or your sweet tooth might melt here!