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Today, I went to the Morgan Library and Museum.
Fun! )
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Yesterday, I visited two places: one an old friend; the other a new (to me) place.

First, I went to the Museum of the City of New York to see The World of D. D. and Leslie Tillett.

The Tilletts were designers and artists. From about 1948-1980, they ran one an influential design house, providing clothes for all sorts of retail stores and for a host of famous people including Jackie Kennedy, who they developed a friendship with.

It's a neat exhibit, including sample books, lots of outfits, magazine layouts, and photos. If you look at the clothes, they (well, at least the ones on display) were VERY 60's.

The Tilletts were also artists and illustrators. Many of D. D. Tillett's paintings inspired their prints and Leslie Tillett illustrated children's books.

A really neat exhibit.

From there, I went to The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, which is affiliated with NYU for the Echoes of the Past, The Buddhist Caves of Xiangtangshan.

Caves were frequently used as sanctuaries by Buddhist priests, so many governments and wealthy people would turn caves into temples. These caves were constructed by the short-lived Qi Dynasty that rules a portion of northern China during a period of disunity.

Once you enter the exhibit, you can enter the Cave Room, which is a video of the caves themselves. This is interesting because it shows you how it mapped the caves and it includes pieces that have been removed or destroyed.* The movie lasts eight minutes and then you go into the main room, which has some statuary from the caves and two computers in the back, where the artifacts and the caves are described in great detail.

Of course, the statues have blurbs with them, so the computers int he back aren't necessary: they add information, and I enjoyed playing with them.

Part of what makes these caves so different is that the Qi dynasty used lots of Buddhist symbolism that the Chinese in general didn't. Don't ask me to explain this: I don't know much of anything about Buddhist traditions.

It's a neat exhibit and well worth seeing and it doesn't take long: I was there for 45 minutes? an hour? Also, it's free.

If this is the quality of exhibit that this place does, I have a new place to visit.

*In the early 20th Century, during another time of upheaval, some of the statues and pieces in the temple were sold before China realized the importance of these caves.
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Today, a friend of mine and I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hijinx ensued. )
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Actually, being out and about today probably wasn't like walking on the sun... the sun is probably a dry heat.

Today, I visited The Folk Art Museum.

This is my first trip to its new location, which is in Lincoln Square, on 66th Street and Columbus Ave. It used to e housed in this really nice building on 53rd Street, right next to MoMA, but there were money problems (with a bond, I think), and they had to vacate.

MoMA owns that building now. Since MoMA is annoying hipster central, I don't like that it's spreading like athlete's foot.

It's sad for another reason: the new space is so much smaller. The old one was five stories, this one is all on one floor, so the number of items on display is extremely limited.

But.. I am happy the place is still in existence. I think it fills an important niche, and it puts on exhibition (like the giant two-part quilting exhibition that it put on two years ago) that no other space (here in NYC, anyway) would do.

Things have changed... admission is free. They request a $5 donation, but aren't pushy about it. (I donated. Worth it.) It's small ... I took my sweet time and was there about ninety minutes.

Highlights included several quilts, a painting done on VELVET, a weathervane that is much taller than me and dolls made out of unusual materials, like bottle caps.

This museum is interesting because the artists tend not to have formal training and tend to use unusual materials.

Definitely worth a look.
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No Geek Week is complete without a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Just getting there was an adventure today: I have to take two buses to get there, the Q32 and the M3. (Honestly, the M1, M3 or M4 will do, the M3 was the one that showed.)

Well, as we were getting off the Queensboro Bridge, a construction vehicle clipped the front of the bus. No one was hurt, but the rear view mirror was smashed and the bus couldn't continue the route, so we got to wait for the next one.

Then, two stops after I got on the M3, it stalled. So we had to wait for another bus.

*sigh*

I got to the Museum, waved to the security guard, who recognized me, dropped my backpack off at the bag check and went in.

I started in the Greco-Roman area.

Always a good choice.

The two galleries I focused on were the 4th and 5th century Greek galleries.

The exploits of Dionysus, Theseus, Eros and Herakles were VERY popular themes, as was Hermes.

Then I spent a little time in the African Art area, specifically the art of the Bamana, who live in West Africa.

From there, I wandered through the newly-redone "Renaissance in France" Gallery, which was well done. Lots of new items, but it still has the gayest Moses/Pharoah confrontation painting ever on display.

Finally, we I went through the nineteenth century decorative arts section. This particular section had A LOT of timepieces and a chess set, among other things.

While I want to see the rooftop installation, not on a 95 F day.

Surprisingly, the trip back was uneventful, though traffic was horrid.
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After work today, I went to the New York City Historical Society.

I went there for two things: the portraits of the wives of the Robber Barons and Be Sure! Be Safe! Get Vaccinated! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in NEw York

When I got there, the movie about NYC that they produced was about to start, so I went to see that.

It was neat... its free with admission... if you go, make time to see it.

From there, I saw the exhibit on the history of beer and brewing in NYC, so I went there. It was neat: it discussed the history of brewing (it was considered safer to drink than water) and on the taverns of colonial and Revolutionary era NYC*.

From there it discussed, the influence of German immigrants on brewing and on the establishment of hops farms in New York (which due to various fungal infections and prohibition were wiped out, and have only now started reappearing).

Then they discussed productions and then prohibition, and, of course, the modern brewers and advertising.

It was a fascinating exhibit.

At the end of it was a small bar. I ordered a beer and a pretzel ($10). For the pretzel, I got some mustard, the really, grainy vinegar-y type. It was cool.

From there, I went to the fourth floor, where I saw exhibits on Audubon and the Hudson River School.

I was getting a little hungry, so I left, not seeing what I went there to see. Fortunately, both exhibits are there until September.

*In an earlier exhibition, the NYCHS made the claim that tavern culture in NYC helped foment the American Revolution, as they were the promary plces to gether and disseminate news.
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I met up with my friend the Soap Opera Writer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I lured him there with the phrases "Frank Lloyd Wright Room", "Fabrege" and "Tiffany Room".

Who could resist that?

We actually started in the Greco-Roman section, which was fun.

Especially since we had exchanges like this one:

Him: This is clearly a baseball player.
Me: The card says it's a fighting Gaul.
Him: Is he their mascot?
Me: No, maybe it's the name of the team: The Fighting Gauls.

Him: Ooo... what are these.. they're really pretty.
Me: The card says that they're two glass bowls.
Him: It does not. (reads) Why bother including that? I can SEE that they're two glass bowls.

From there, we went to the Medieval Art section -- the museum is in the process of changing the displays, and many new statues are up. Here is one:



These gentlemen are witnessing a crucifixion... and disco dancing.

I don't RECALL a "Crucifixion Dance Party" in Jesus Christ Superstar, but I haven't seen it recently.

Here is the single most smug Baby Jesus I've ever seen:



Doesn't he look like he's saying, "You're a sinner... and I'm not. And that's how it should be."

And here is St. Anne holding her daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is, in turn holding the Baby Jesus.



Apparently St. Anne was a giantess.

From there, we went to the Fabrege exhibit, which was neat. They;ve rotated the items in there as well. There are new things since I saw it last.

And then the Frank Lloyd Wright room, which was delightful.

Then we went to the Cinema Cafe for dinner.

I had the tuna tacos appetizer and the Kobe Burger. Delicious. (Prix Fixe menu: choice of appetizer and entree for 25ish dollars).

Tomorrow? Back to work!
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I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art today: it's open late on Fridays.

*sigh*

I just love that place.

Today, I spent a little over an hour in the Art of the Islamic World section. I went through part of the Art of Umayyid and Abassid exhibits. Most of the pieces here came from Egypt (in fact there were a few Coptic pieces there), Syria and Iraq.

There was a huge section on Islamic Art in Iran (The Met has sponsored several digs there) with an amazing array of pieces, but there were TWO tour groups going through there, and while they almost certainly weren't these morons, I tend to avoid tour groups in museums in general.

So, I turned the other way and ended up in the Art of Muslim India section. Amazing pieces, including some wonderful work in jade.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Islamic art abounded in this section. I love the geometric patterns in ISlamic Art, and they were on display here in latticework, tapestry and porcelain.

From there, I went to the Decorative Arts of the Empire Period (The Napoleonic Era). It wasn't where I meant to go: I wanted to see the rooftop installation, but the line for the elevator was too long for my tastes.

Finally, I visited the special exhibition on British silver. Neat stuff.

I took somewhere north of 200 photos.

Second look

Mar. 1st, 2012 07:58 pm
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I spend a lot of time in museums, so I frequently see the same pieces several times. I've noticed that how I think about these pieces changes.

For example:




This is a painting of the Madonna and Child from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. If you spend ANY time studying Medieval European art, you will see roughly 80 gazillion versions of this.

Anyway.

This particular painting has the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) looking all holy and contemplative while her son is displaying the energy of toddlerhood.

But then, I stopped looking at it through the study of art history.

I know she's *SUPPOSED* to look all holy and contemplative, but the BVM just looks bored and detached to me here. In fact,
she almost ALWAYS looks bored in these paintings.

If you ever see a painting of the Annunciation (another ridiculously popular theme), as the Archangel Gabriel announces that God wants her to give birth to His son, the BVM always looks nonplussed, as if her reaction to becoming the mother of the son of God is "That's nice, winged dude, want some tea?"

So, the BVM just looks bored, and the Baby Jesus... well, maybe it's because I'm gay, and I view things through fabulousness colored glasses.. but... to me...

The Baby Jesus is vogueing. Look at him: he's clearly striking a pose. I don't know if he wants to get his mother's attention or if he's just bringing some Messiah realness to the party.

Same painting, different views.

ETA: I'm not sure why this photo is stuck on its side. Sorry about that.
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A friend of mine who is attending Parson's for Design needed to see The Radical Image exhibit at The Jewish Museum for a class assignment.

We went today. I did not realize that Saturdays were free days at the Jewish Museum. I never go to museums on "free day". They're packed and it's ridiculous and I like my museums quieter so I can contemplate... You kids, get out of my museum! *shakes cane*

Well, I was part way there when I got a text from my friend telling me that she'd be late. I should have planned for that. So, I got off the bus at the right stop and wandered around for a while. I'm in this neighborhood a lot, but I never actually explore it.

Of course, the wind picks up right then and it starts spitting flurries despite being a bright sunny day.

Anyway, I see a Ciao Bella Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe about a half block from the museum, so I stop in there, have some ice cream (single scoop, Tahitian Vanilla, with chocolate sprinkles. Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best.

As I'm getting ready to leave, I get a phone call from my friend who has arrived at the museum. I tell her that I;m almost there and to wait for me.

I check in, drop off my coat and bag and we go into the exhibit.

Before we see anything, I ask to see the assignment. This particular friend had only been in college for one semester and sometimes needs direction on how to approach assignments. It's not that she's dumb: she isn't; it's just that she's never thought this way.

The assignment was straightforward: pick a photo, defend why you chose it, describe it and sketch it.

For somebody into art and design, this is a nice assignment.

The exhibit itself was about The Photo League, a group of photographers who were active in NYC (and other places) from 1936-51. It was wonderful.

The exhibit actually started with early 1930's photos from the Works Progress Administration, which is what the Photo League pun out of. These photos included shots by the amazing Berenice Abbott among others.

From there, it was the Photo League running around Manhattan (mostly) in the mid-to late thirties. The shots here were of neighborhood events (San Gennaro, for example) or everyday snippets of neighborhood life (kids drawing on the sidewalk with chalk).

Next was a section on Harlem. Some amazing photographs here, including one of a dance studio that trained, among others, Nat King Cole and Marlon Brando.

WWII was next. Many of the photographers went to war, and more women photogrpahers rose to prominence in the league, though there had always been some women. It was never exclusively male.

Finally, there was the port-WWII section. In the "Red Scare" days, the Photo League's early ties to radical movements caught up to it. Several members were blacklisted and, by 1951, it shut down.

Still, these photos were AMAZING.

Go to the Jewish Museum. It's wonderful. Also, it has a WALL OF MENORAHS. Just saying.

Then the two of us drafted out her assignment. Usually, I tell her to cut stuff because she can get on a tangent really easily. Here, I was encouraging her to add information, like, when discussing what photo she chose, I wanted her to explain what her favorite photos all had in common.

Finally, we met friends for dinner. I had the salmon over a mash of fingerling potatoes and wild mushrooms. Mmmmmm.

Tomorrow? An Oscar party!
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I wanted to go to the Museum of Art and Design*... they have some interesting sounding exhibitions up and then walk over to the Museum of Biblical Art**, which is across Columbus Circle from MAD, so I got my sorry butt dressed ad went out to the bus.

And waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

For over half an hour.

I figured that this was the MTA telling me to stay home. So, I stopped at a restaurant to have a gyro for lunch and went back home.

I sorted through the pictures I took yesterday (and some earlier ones), and put some up on my tumblr. I've ignored my tumblr, I really need to stop that. It's a lot of fun.

Meantime, I'm meeting friends for dinner tonight.

So, tomorrow, adventures. And since it's a long weekend, I'll be going somewhere on Monday.

*MAD has interesting exhibitions: when they work, they are amazing. When they don't, well, they're still interesting, but in a "OMG! Look at this!" Lulzy sort of way.

**MOBIA has two? three? galleries. It doesn't take more than an hour to go through.
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(You can thank me for that earworm anytime.)

I can divide today into work and play sections.

Work!

Class is going well so far. Of course, let's see if I still say that this time next week, after the first speech (Monday) and first quiz (Wednesday). I'm up to seventeen students. One dropped, but five new students showed up.

Twenty-four students are registered for the courses.

Meantime, the seminar for online teaching lurches forward. Apparently about half of my colleagues haven't done anything with that dumb ass, useless research project they wanted us to do. We're meeting next Thursday? The Thursday after? to discuss the project.

That won't end in disaster.

Meantime, work today was slow. During our mini-terms (both the in the winter and summer), we don't offer Friday classes (though we do offer Saturday and Sunday classes, which always run*). Most departments don't (and in the summer NONE of them do), so Fridays are empty.

I left early.

Play!

So, I decided to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Why? Because it's the freaking Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Since I last visited those galleries, the museum had re-arranged things in the Cypriot galleries as well as in some of the 19th and 20th century European paintings. The American wing is slated to reopen in a week or two so I;ll be visiting that soon.

One highlight? The newly-reopened and (from the few galleries I was in) magnificent Islamic Art galleries lead into the European section. The gallery between them now houses European paintings of the Middle East from (primarily) the 19th Century.

Then I sauntered through several other sections, including the German Romantics Gallery. One of my favorite paintings is up there: a Norwegian artist was in Naples circa 1820 when Vesuvius erupted. He painted a night eruption scene. Dark and beautiful.

Another standout was the winter landscape painted by an English artist: it was all in browns and oranges. It was stunning: all stark and haunting yet still beautiful. From there, I spent time in the early 20th Century galleries. Then I realized that I hadn't eaten since breakfast and it was approaching 4pm, so I decided to try one of the museum;s restaurants.

After that, I stopped by their restaurant. I wanted to do high tea, but I was a little too late. So I had an early dinner instead: a bratwurst with sauerkraut and grainy mustard on a pretzel roll then a molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.

The bratwurst was really good and the mustard was good and spicy and vinegar-y. The pretzel roll was heated up just right. The sauerkraut was kind of bland.

The dessert? Had the cake been warm, it would have been much better. As it was, the molten center was solid, so the cake was kind of like a cake tootsie pop.

After that, I spent time revisiting the new Fabrege exhibit and came home.

Tomorrow? The New York Historical Society has reopened. I am so there.
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If a place had more than one excellent exhibit, I just put them as one entry.

1. Pompeii and The Dead Sea Scrolls, Discovery Times Square
It costs $29/person to get in, but it is absolutely worth it. DTX knows how to put on a show and uses it space really well.

However, don't bother with the audio tours. They disappoint.

2. The Drawings of Rembrandt and his contemporaries at the Frick
The Frick is worth a visit just because ti is amazing. I love the indoor garden, but they put on this exhibit, and it was amazing. While I've seen several Rembrandts (including the ones at The Frick), I've never seen Rembrandt's drawings and sketchwork.

3. The Van Cleef and Arpels retrospective at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum
This was a great send-off for the Cooper-Hewitt, which is undergoing renovations for the next two years and will be closed. The jewelry was (mostly) amazing.

4. The Butterflies and The Frogs and The Brain at the American Museum of Natural History
I love the Butterfly Room. The frogs were in terrariums, but the variety of frogs (The Amazonian Milk Toad?) was neat. The Brain was a great exhibit about, well, the brain.

5. Parts one and two of The Whitney's celebration of 70 years of existence. These two exhibitions dealt with the early 20th Century American art and then the art of the Roaring Twenties through the Depression and the War Years. Lots of folks who you'd expect were on display: Hopper, Burchfeld, Man Ray, but there were aso surprises and a lot fo wonderful pieces.

6. Cecil Beaton's The New York Years and the American Colonial Revival exhibits at the Museum of The City of New York.
Beaton worked from the 20's through the 70's as a photographer, designer of clothing and of set for musicals and ballets and an author. His work gives insight into the lives of the elites of the time. (And the photos that he took of Marilyn Monroe that are on display there are amazing.) Colonial revivla is about the style and how it influenced living and living spaces in the country.

7. Dickens at 200; Delacroix, David and the French Revolution; The Diaries exhibit, the Morgan
The Morgan never disappoints, but these were extremely memorable. The diaries were fascinating, especially Nathaniel Hawthorne's, as that wasn't just HIS diary, but a shared one, with his wife and children. Dickens at 200 was more about his letters and the folks he worked with than his works themselves. The Delacroix exhibit was about the major artists of the French Revolution and how they worked. It also featured 80 pieces of art on loan from the Louvre.

8. The Fort McHenry Flag and the Presidential exhibits at the American Museum of National History.
Just to see the flag that inspired the National Anthem is amazing enough, but the museum also discussed its history, including who sewed it and why part of it were missing (sections were cut out and given as gifts). I LOVE presidential trivia so I was all over the Presidential History section.

9. The Muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image
This was more about Jim Henson than the Muppets, but it was great.

10. Just about anything at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
But if I have to pick something, let's go with the Fabrege exhibit. Three of the eggs and lots of statuettes. Beautiful work

Oh, and the Christmas tree and NEapolitan manger scene!
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I decided to go to the Noguchi and Socrates Sculpture Park today because both are outdoor venues and I don't know how much longer I'll be willing to visit them.

Fortunately, the Noguchi and Socrates Sculpture PArk are about two blocks apart. Visitng them is easy for me, but I live nearby. Most people would have problems getting there. They are on the ass end of Astoria, though, in a neighborhood that feels less than savory.

The Noguchi is actually only partially outdoors: part of the first floor and the garden. The rest is a converted warehouse. They moved things around and changed some of the peices on display.

I like the Noguchi. Izumu Noguchi was an artist who, when he sculpted, worked in stone. His pieces are interesting. His work uses a lot of tool work, but he also deliberately leftoieces out in the weather for a year or two just to have nature affect it.

Really interesting stuff.

From there, I went to the park, where they had a new set of sculptures installed. Most of them were kind of iffy. Still, it was a nice enough day to spend time outside.
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On Friday, after visitng the Whitney. I walked over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I wanted to see the newly re-opened Islamic Art galleries.

They were PACKED. There were two tour groups going through at the same time that I was. Trying to dodge them was like trying to weave between Scylla and Charybdis.

Anyway... I went through the Muslim Spanish gallery and galleries that focused on Egypt and Iran -- and some Uzbeki items mixed in with the Iranian. Then, suddenly, I was in the post-Renaissance Europe area.

Honestly, since it was considerably less crowded in this section, I kept wandering. I didn;t really stop until I hit the Monet gallery. I wandered through a few of the galleries right next to that one, focusing mostly on Monet (whose works leaked into other galleries) and Camille Pissarro, who also has a gallery devoted to his work.

I really enjoy both artists' work, though looking at them this way, I noticed something.

Monet's work was very Impressionistic -- in fact, I think he was the master of Impressionism. Pissarro has a broader range of styles from Impressionist to Realist(ish) to Pointillist. Both galleries are well worth visiting.

I was hungry, so I stopped for a snack.

From there, it was getting late, so I decided to leave. On my way, I went into a gallery off the Medeival Art Galleries. This particular gallery was filled with minatures. The ones that got my attention? The ones made in the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg. These miatures were all representations of different ethnic groups in Russia.

Then I left.

Great visit.
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Yesterday, I took a sanity day and visited two museums: The Whitney and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Whitney:
1) Real/Surreal
This is part two of the five part retrospective highlighting important works in the Whitney's collection. Part two mostly deal with the years from 1930-1950. The works deal with the Depression, World War II, and the beginnings of the Cold War. The title comes from the interplay between Realism and Surealism during this period.

The expected artists are there: O'Keefe, Burchfeld, Hopper, and Wyeth, among others. The three most striking works, for me:

A) Man Ray (The surrealist, not the Spongebob villian): Pool Table
This painting is a pool table tilted upward into a sky filled with candy colored clouds over a desert landscape.

The angle of the perspective left me feeling a little unbalanced and the skyscape combined with the desert added to the feeling of discomfort.

B) Joe Jones' The Farm
The farmhouse stands in the distance on top of a bluff overlooking a barren canyon. It projected a feeling of isolation and despair. This one felt like a comment on the Depression and the Dust Bowl.

c) Kay Page's painting whose title I did not write down.
This painting is a bleak urban landscape: all the buildings are shades of grey, with tired banners and flags on them. They stretch into the distance. No one is on the street and there looks to be no way to escape the place.

2) From here, I went to David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
This was intresting. Smith was primarily a sculptor who worked in metal and most of his works are abstract impressionistic. The unpainted sculptures struck me as most interesting, mostly because of how the light bounced off of them.

There are exceptions to that. One sculpture, which was a highly stylized dancer, was enameled in blue. It was striking. The sculptures whose paint was uneven or scrubbed off in some places also worked because it added a feel of age to them.

I am critical of Abstract Impressionism frequently because it can look like something I did in the third grade. On the whole, I think it works better as sculpture than as painting because, with scultpure, you can see so many different perspectives.

I have to thank the Whitney (and, to a lesser extent, the Noguchi and The Museum of Art and Design) for opening my eyes to 20th Century art.

3) The last thing I saw at the Whitney was Aleksandra Mir: The Seduction of Galileo Galilei.
It consisted of a series of six painting that mixed Catholic iconography and technological themes. A movie of Ms. Mir recreating Galileo';s experiments with gravity was also included.

The movie? Dull. It was a bunch of people talking about moving a crane.

The paintings? One was successful: the Sacred of Jesus, but instead of the Sacred Heart and Jesus' chest, she painted an image of a galaxy. The interplay there was nice. The rest of them were iffy.

Since it;s only six blocks away, I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, next. but I'll write about that visit later.
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Despite misgivings (everyone I know who has visited had been underwhlemed by it), I decided to go to the Museum of Sex. I figured I'd make it a two-fer. It's about 9 or 10 blocks away from the Morgan Library and Museum, so after the Museum of Sex, I'd walk up to the Morgan.

I arrived at the Museum of Sex, and it was so crowded that I decided to skip it. Also, the gift shop? Kind of lame.

I walked to Madison Square Park (a whole block away), and spent some time there, wandering around, looking at the statues, confused that a park named after James madison has no statues of him.
After about a half hour, I left the park and meandered up to the Morgan.
The Morgan didn't disappoint. I wandered through J. P. Morgan's private study and library. It is amazing. the rotunda is all in marble, and, on display there is, among other things, a poem written by Abraham Lincoln.

One of the rooms off the rotunda contained displays from the ancient and medieval collections, including seals from Ancient Mesopotamia and fragments of clay tablets covered in cuneiform. Some small Ancient Egyptian statues were also there, as were small objects from Medieval and Dark Ages Europe.
The main library had one of the three (!) Gutenberg bibles* on display, as well as many other illuminated manuscripts: some prayer books, one was a wedding gift. Also here was a display of musical manuscripts from people like Liszt, Mahler and Mozart. In fact, the mocart piees were the original manuscripts of peies he wrote when he was five or six.

Leaving the library part of the Morgan, I went to the museum. I went to the Revolutionary France exhibit, which featured drawings (borrowed from the Louvre) done by the best French artists of the age. By this time, I had started sneezing. A lot. So I decided to leave and visit another day.

On the way out, I saw a cartoon on display for the Dickens at 200 exhibit. Dickens was sitting with his editor, who was saying, "'It was the best of times; it was the worst of times'. Mr. Dickens, you must make up your mind. One can hardly believe that it was both of them."
I chuckled.

Tomorrow? Depending on energy level, I think I'll go to the Mount Vernon Hotel and Garden.

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