Location: New York, New York
Date: November 1, 2014 - November 9, 2014
Sittin on the subway
Chewing my bubble gum
smack smack smack smack
sketching on my sketch book
click scribble, click scribble
Along stopped Line M
And it was stopped real long
And I asked, Subway, What happened?!
Someone got sick at Grand Central
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First things first, locating a local coffee shop and then on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And oh, how I have found where my soul belongs. I could travel through the hallways and gaze upon the paintings everyday and still find more to study. I spent most of the day at the Met, including the roof top sculpture garden on its last day before hibernation.
After dragging myself away from the Met only because it closed (In heaven the Met will be open 24/7), we went to look out upon the glowing skyline and enjoy corner bistro burgers.
Triangles are my favorite shape
three points, wear two lines meet
Hallie and I explored the neighborhood of Williamsburg, frequenting coffee shops and vintage stores. Then we made our way to the High Line to enjoy the sunny day. And because are winter skin had still not taken in enough glowing warmth, we went strolling around Central Park.
Back to our new favorite coffee shop...
Then we walked the Brooklyn Bridge which was full of great lines and angles for my daughter-of-an-architect eyes.
At the Manhattan side of the bridge there was a group of street performers who were very impressive. They started to ask for crowd participation but basically they just went and dragged pretty ladies from the crowd. Once the six ladies, and one "white guy" were all lined up at the center of the circle. They asked for donations and the crowd quickly agreed because we wanted to see the show. Next they began to heavily pressure their "volunteers" for donations, specifically 20s. I felt the crowd get tense. As the scam for money continued the crowd dispersed.
So sadly I saw no dancing.
We were back on our way...
To the magical land of Serendipity for beautiful Frozen Hot Chocolate
After filling our bellies with sweets we went to Central Park to sketch the changing leaves and sunset over the skyline.
The day of food and drink.
I highly recommend everyone who finds themselves in New York city to go to S'Mac, a delectable place that has mouth watering mac and cheese with a large variety of exciting toppings.
That night we went to a tucked away local bar named Alkeme. It was Prohibition themed night and the password to get into the door was appropriately "Fitzgerald". The interior was fantastic complete with velour drapery and a live jazz band. The night was a great and one of a kind experience!
Both restaurants further made me want to move to the Big Apple.
Back to the fav. coffee shop.
Then on to meet our class.
With the class we spent the day at the Modern Museum of Art. The MOMA was having a bunch of great shows, including Toulouse Lautrec and Matisse. Their contemporary special exhibition was Robert Gober, whom I had never heard of previously but his work was very enthralling and interesting because it was aesthetically pleasing and obviously full of concept but had many layers of information that required further exploration. I have never had to go through an exhibit so many times.
After the MOMA we went to the New Museum (yes, that is the name) to see the Chris Ofili exhibit, also a new artist to me.
Art, on Art, on Art...
Today we went back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which I was very very happy about because that meant I could stroll from era to era and culture to culture as much as my heart could desire. The Met is my new favorite place because it is the only place I can go sketch in a literal Egyptian tomb for an hour and then gaze upon impressionist paintings the next hour.
When we sadly had to leave the Met, we headed over to the Chelsea galleries. Chelsea is a very unique place because you can not find anywhere to eat because EVERY storefront is a gallery!
Our class went on a little adventure uptown to St. John the Divine Cathedral to see the sculpture installation by XU Bing. This was by far the best thing I saw in New York! It was beautiful! One, I love churches. and Two, the sculpture was technically, conceptually and contextually incredible. Three, the sculpture visually related to the cathedral as if they were in a flowing waltz.
Because Chelsea has so many galleries we headed back over there to end our last day in New York. So a great end, to a great week!