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The SculptureCenter is an impressive space located in Long Island City near MoMA PS1 and Socrates Sculpture Park.  Every time we head back to the City, I’m going to see what sculptures are being exhibited, because I wouldn’t want to miss seeing a 50’ sculpture installed and exhibited here. 

The SculptureCenter is an impressive space located in Long Island City near MoMA PS1 and Socrates Sculpture Park.  Every time we head back to the City, I’m going to see what sculptures are being exhibited, because I wouldn’t want to miss seeing a 50’ sculpture installed and exhibited here. 

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens is a unique setting for exhibiting contemporary art.  It was originally a Primary School, so individual rooms house exhibits, and details such as old lighting fixtures which really make it feel like school time. 
As we walked the wide hallways, a small wooden door was closed so we opened it to a James Turrell piece, “Meeting”. This is a permanent piece, installed in 1986, but was completely new to us.  It felt so good to just open a random door and first experience the outdoor chill, then look up to the framed sky.
M. Wells Dinette is awesome too!

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens is a unique setting for exhibiting contemporary art.  It was originally a Primary School, so individual rooms house exhibits, and details such as old lighting fixtures which really make it feel like school time. 

As we walked the wide hallways, a small wooden door was closed so we opened it to a James Turrell piece, “Meeting”. This is a permanent piece, installed in 1986, but was completely new to us.  It felt so good to just open a random door and first experience the outdoor chill, then look up to the framed sky.

M. Wells Dinette is awesome too!

Since 2005 the Macy’s Day Parade has incorporated fine-art balloons in the line-up, with balloons by artists such as Tom Otterness or Jeff Koons.  Before we headed out for the parade, Russ showed me a blog post that featured KAWS in front of his inflated balloon. 
During the parade, kids gleefully yell out “Kermit the Frog!” or “Spiderman!”  Russ and I were among the only in the crowd that yelled out “Companion by KAWS!”
See a video and concept images here.

Since 2005 the Macy’s Day Parade has incorporated fine-art balloons in the line-up, with balloons by artists such as Tom Otterness or Jeff Koons.  Before we headed out for the parade, Russ showed me a blog post that featured KAWS in front of his inflated balloon. 

During the parade, kids gleefully yell out “Kermit the Frog!” or “Spiderman!”  Russ and I were among the only in the crowd that yelled out “Companion by KAWS!”

See a video and concept images here.

Bas relief Art Deco Sculpture (or low-relief) at 30 Rockefellar Center by Lee Lawrie titled “Wisdom, with Light and Sound.”

Bas relief Art Deco Sculpture (or low-relief) at 30 Rockefellar Center by Lee Lawrie titled “Wisdom, with Light and Sound.”

The American Wing at The Met caught my fancy during this visit.  Daniel Chester French is among my favorite sculptors, and there are two larger than life marble memorials expertly carved, flanking a grand doorway in this wing.  His work is awe inspiring. The Melvin Memorial “is considered by many to be French’s finest ideal sculpture. A tribute to three brothers killed during the Civil War, it is composed of a female figure emerging from a block of stone—an ethereal consideration of mortality.” (from Heilbrunn Timeline of History).

The Richard Morris Hunt Memorial is located across from The Frick Collection in Central Park.  Last year I read, "Daniel Chester French, An American Sculptor" and honoring one of the country’s Beaux Arts architects was among the most satisfactory of his career as well as being commissioned for his first public monument in New York. 

The Guggenheim featured the exhibition, "Picasso Black and White".  This exhibition highlights the artists’ use of black and white through his expansive career.  It was especially nice to see Picasso’s “Maids of Honor”, a variation on the Velazquez masterpiece.  Recently, I am looking at works from the past to influence compositions and it’s as if Picasso gave me permission to go for it. 

This exhibit covered so much history, that we saw the artist develop and time move on.  From sketches of his wife, then onto his lover then to the build up to creating “Guernica”.  The exhibit certainly pointed to the artist’s life and process.

Enjoying brunch among beautiful nudes frolicking in lush exotic gardens was certainly a highlight of ours!  The Leopard at des Artistes was a highly anticipated experience and everything was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant near Central Park.

For years my family and I had poured over the Cafe Des Artistes Cookbook featuring recipes and the paintings at the cafe by Howard Chandler Christy.  Christy lived above the cafe and painted the murals beginning in 1934.  They are absolutely stunning, it was such a treat to be among them while feasting on fine dining. 

Stumbling upon public artworks mid-way through installation is always fun.  It wasn’t until I looked up El Anatsui that I recalled his work.   “Broken Bridge II”, the piece being installed, differs from his gallery work but is fitting on The High Line.  He continues to use the layering technique, while also incorporating a reflective surface.  View some more of El Anatsui’s work here.

The 9/11 Memorial was designed by architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, it features large water falls and reflecting pools.  The concave shapes of the reflecting pools honor the void of the missing towers, while the names of all of the people affected by the tragedy are laser-cut around the perimeter of the pools.  This memorial was very well designed and I am glad that we went. 

There are concerns about efforts sustaining such a costly memorial, read about it here.

Try everything that can be done.
Be deliberate. Be spontaneous.
Be thoughtful and painstaking.
Be abandoned and impulsive.
Learn your own possibilities.

—George Bellows, 1920