Sunday, August 1, 2010
Happiness is an Artist's Date
But this Friday I feel like I had a whole Artist Retreat. While it's often good to do these dates alone, this one was in the good company of my friend, Leslie.
Then on to Tu Lu's, a gluten free bakery near Union Square. More fascinating neighborhoods to walk through. And interesting conversation with the young woman helping us.
Finally we caught a subway uptown to end our day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is so huge that I can only take in a couple of exhibits with attention on any one trip. After a brief refreshment in the cafeteria where we planned what to see, we headed for the rooftop where the Starn brothers have installed Big Bambu, a fabulous sculpture in progress. The evening light was golden, visitors were in a festive mood - the whole rooftop felt magical!
Downstairs we visited the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity exhibit, that was beautifully done. I loved the juxtaposition of costume, film, and text and the opportunity to think about what clothing does to us and for us. Leslie and I could have much longer conversations about this, I'm sure.
There was a quick look through some modern paintings, especially Matisse, but the museum was closing and we had to head for home.
My head is still spinning. I'm eager to spend some time writing about my impressions and then perhaps see where some of this may pop up in my own painting. And I'm eager for another artist date, perhaps more focussed.