By now, we're all counting down the days to November 7th, and happy to see it end. It's been a grueling campaign but you can take the kids to an exhibit that speaks to the moment. "Commander in Chief" an exhibit at CRG gallery in Chelsea, features sculptures and other mixed media by artist, Brain Tolle. Most of the works are representations of U.S. presidents in sculptural from. A bust of President Obama is crowned with a collector's set of miniature presidents that the artist purchased on ebay. The head of President, Abraham Lincoln, has red white and blue ribbons inscribed with the words from his two inaugural orations, shooting out of his eyes. A reminder of the power of his words and the violence of his death. The exhibit is up until November 10th and is perfect for 7 and up. Small children alert: lots of temptation to touch.
CRG gallery 548 West 22nd street
It didn't take too much to effort pack my family in the car this weekend and drive to Beacon, New York to see the art at Dia:Beacon's Riggio Galleries. The beautiful fall weather and promises of apple cider sealed the deal. A trip with your family is could also include apple picking in the nearby groves. Fall festivals are advertised every where. A car is not necessary if you the take Metro-North Train at Grand Central Station or Harlem Station. Ask for the One-Day Getaway ticket to Beacon that includes a reduced admission fee to Dia:Beacon. General admission is $12 for adults, $ 10 for Seniors, $ 8 for students and children under 12 are free. The Galleries are spacious and filled with works by artists like John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt, Imi Knobel, Jean-Luc Moulene, and Richard Serra to name just a few. The kids love the giant metal sculptures by Richard Serra that draw you in and gently set you on a path to find their center. Linger awhile and you may find yours.
Dia: Beacon www.diaart.org
3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Telephone 845 440 0100 (map and directions) Top image: Child enjoying a Richard Serra sculpture. below: Walking on grounds of Dia: Beacon