APRIL 6, 2020

Tough times have always produced the most memorable of art movements. 

But what does it do for patrons of art? 

In this three-part series, Curina explores how COVID-19 and our stay at home can change the way we consume art - not merely by moving everything online but by giving us the time to ruminate, absorb, and reminisce on things. 

1. Getting Back into Books 
2. Our Favorite Art Girls on TV: What would they do? 
3. Maximizing Social Media for Connection

Sure, we were all happy for about two and a half days mindlessly binging TV shows. But what can you do to still feel like a creative, productive human being? 

Mind you, we don’t mean replicating the exact things you have been doing before COVID-19. 

If anything, this is a good time to ponder what part of art you have always enjoyed. Was it the wine nights at gallery openings? The feeling of quietude at a museum’s morning hours? Do you prefer reading and writing to process your thoughts about a painting, or would you rather enjoy the moment of viewing? 

Our goal  is to recognize these different tastes and to get creative with them. So here are a few (very subjective) suggestions for a vicarious life in art, inspired by your favorite art girls from TV.

Oh, the one show that started all the other shows about girls trying to make it in the big city. 
Charlotte’s contribution to this show was 50% the “gallery opening” montages where people seem to think girls dress up and meet cute guys. A truly old-school lady, Charlotte would definitely use this chance to catch up on books. Check out Curina’s guide to online shopping for all kinds of art books on part 1 of this series. 


While Charlotte didn’t have this in the 90’s and probably resorted to public libraries, now there are a mindblowing amount of resources online to teach yourself art history. 
  • If you’d feel more comfortable having a high school-style curriculum, try Khan Academy’s art history course. They are a nonprofit, so it’s completely free but very comprehensive nonetheless. Personally, the narrators have a very soothing voice too which makes for perfect ASMR… 
  • Then there are the truly encyclopedic ones: the Met’s famous Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History and this Art History Resources page compiled by Dr. Witcombe.
  •  On the opposite, maybe you want to teach yourself more production skills - visit BRIC, a nonprofit arts organization in Brooklyn Heights for online classes on video editing, photoshop, motion graphics, and more. They’re all either free or under $20! 

Speaking of online resources...everyone is giving recommendations for virtual museums and galleries now, but which one is actually worth the click?
  • It’s surreal to see the Vatican Museum without the crowd, as if you were a lone pilgrim during the Renaissance.
  • Google Arts definitely covers the most amount of works but loses points on photo quality.
  • For those of you tactile learners, here’s a game at the Victoria & Albert Museum in the U.K where you can design your own 18th century wig (!!).
  • The Met Opera is streaming performances daily - but they expire at 3:30PM the next day - which may actually motivate you to watch it.


Breaking the mold that art girls are type A is Abbi, a millennial art school kid and true chaotic good. 
  • The actual actress Abbi Jacobson has a podcast on WNYC called Piece of Work breaking down contemporary art.
  • While you’re there, also check out shows like Art+Radio. The host of this show, Sioux Art Center, may not be well-known, but it’s valuable for representing real voices of Native American artists. 
In the veins of the show Broad City itself, mitigate the occasional depressing moments with the power of humor. 
  • The two gals at White Pube always get a bitter laugh out of me, and they are posting useful and relatable tips for young people in the arts. 

Ilana and Abbi would never miss a good party
  • Nowadays , a venue in Ridgewood, is streaming their DJ sets every single night. And it’s not just sound either, they put their amazing tropical-themed interior space with flickering lights on video stream as well so it really feels like you’re there. Similarly, check out Pleasure Jams or House of Yes’s virtual parties. 
  • The nonprofit The Lot Radio (also https://www.instagram.com/thelotradio/) has been, and still is, putting on shows 24/7 hosted by independent musicians. 
  • And if you follow the art of drag, a lot of New York drag queens are doing photoshoots from their homes or putting on shows online. We’ll talk more about how to support artists through streaming on Instagram on Facebook in our next article. 

Marnie seems like the kind of girl to go on long bike rides around the city. After all, if you decided to endure these times in the city, might as well put its best resources to use - the amazing architecture and street art. Quieter streets also mean being able to have a “you moment” at those spots. Not without, of course, your handy sanitizer and gloves...
  • Check out iconic churches like Saint John The Divine or St. Patrick's (there are two Patricks each in midtown and East Village)
  • If you live in Brooklyn, venture a little further than usual to ride around the beautiful Evergreens Cemetery (the cemetery itself is closed, but the grounds are park on its own); Brooklyn Heights’ Borough Hall area; the fairly new Domino Park in Williamsburg; the now famous murals in East Williamsburg and Bushwick...the possibilities are endless.

If your hamstrings start to hurt a bit from the pedalling (I’m telling you, citibikes are a lot heavier than you think) kick back and watch some artsy movies
  • No film buff has not had a subscription to Criterion Collection that conveniently has a sale on discs right now. Hiroshi Teshigahara’s film on the architect Gaudi, any of Michelangelo Antioni’s but especially Red Desert, Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, or Godard’s Alphaville all have great cinematography. But repeat after me - just don’t watch Rashomon


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