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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

playing hooky part 1 - MoMA

So last week Drew asked me if I wanted to play hooky take  a vacation day and do the  tourist thing in the City.  Of course I said yes.

So off we went on the LIRR, headed to a glorious spring day in New York.

Well, a glorious day.  Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that it's springtime, it was so cold and raw that I actually had to wear gloves.

Our first destination was MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, located on 53rd between 6th and 5th.   Drew has a museum membership, but I had never been to MoMA.  How did I ever let that happen?

I must admit, I'm not very knowledgeable about art.  But  I know what I like.  My favorite painters are Van Gogh, Chagall, Picasso...in college, instead of posters,  I had unframed prints of some of their work adorning the walls of my dorm room.  A framed print of "Starry Night" currently hangs in my bedroom. 

We decided to start on the 5th floor and work our way down.  My favorite gallery is on the 5th floor, the artists I like most ae featured there.


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Gaughin
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Picasso
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Matisse
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There is an entire room devoted to Monet's "Water Lilies"
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Wyeth -- Christina's World
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I always thought that painting symbolized a tortured soul, one who wanted to leave but was afraid.


Jackson Polluck
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Music and art combine:
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And in the contemporary gallery, a mural I found provocative and disturbing:

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And, of course, my souvenir:
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And to close things out:

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

As many NY museums as I've been to, the Guggenheim and MoMA are ones I've yet to see.

Guggenheim is on the CityPass, which we are contemplating for our trip up there this summer. Also hoping to get back to the Cloisters, but that might have to wait.

songbird's crazy world said...

It's been far too long since I've been to the Guggenheim. And I've never been to the Cloisters, which is surprising considering my interest in medieval studies.

Suzanne said...

That's why I'm itching to go back, the tapestries and medieval art are amazing. It is possible that I may end a Philly work trip with a drive to NY and fly out of there to do it again. (though the younger child would be mad-he's also into that era of history. )

songbird's crazy world said...

Sounds like a plan.

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