Having visited museums on three continents, I still get a thrill out of calmly strolling in to my “local” great art institution- The Metropolitan Museum Art. I come in with an idea of exactly what I want to see, fresh feet, and (some) sense of direction. I have the luxury of having visited many times. I have carved out this time for a visit and am not just checking this “site” off my list.
I’m not knocking tourists- it is not always an easy job- sensory and muscle fatigue are common. My most recent visit to the Met put me there in the height of New York City’s tourist season. Tens of millions of tourists flock to the City and of these, a large percentage pass through the Met’s doors.
I decided to isolate myself from the throngs of selfie-takers by focusing on HUMAN elements in the museum. For this reason, statues attracted me. Here are some poor quality mobile phone shots that I think are still splendid in their human-ness.
Within of my favorite places, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, I recently discovered the reinvigorated Native Flora Garden. I found it to be an incredible escape from thejangle of life in New York City. Brookyn’s three million human inhabitants so often get the upper hand and it is easy to forget that we are not alone in the city. This garden is cool and quiet and ripe with life, the perfect respite on a busy summer day.
Over the past 15 years, I have been primarily interested in documenting city life both at home in New York and abroad. Parks and green spaces within urban areas have also been a frequent theme in my photography. However, last fall I began taking some photography classes that have encouraged me to expand my repertoire. These experiences have encouraged me to look up, down, and sideways for the unexpected within the city’s confines, for happy accidents that create interesting visual imagery.
Here are a few of my recent photographic experiments. I hope you enjoy them!
I tend to wax poetic in my posts about New York City. Today I will not cover art, music, dance or culture. I will simply share some photos taken with my Samsung Galaxy 7 camera while enduring an extra long wait for the bus in Brooklyn. Waiting, after all, is part of contemporary life, especially for urbanites.
This is a mini post to serve as an update to last summer’s chronicle of my trip to The Bronx’s Grand Concourse neighborhood. Two friends and I recently went back to the area, braving the January chill to climb the many hills of Riverdale in the Northwest Bronx.
It was a great escape, we felt like we had travelled Upstate, but in fact we never left New York City. There’s a lovely, leafy suburban vilkage feeling to the place, even in the dead of winter.
If you go, I recommend fortifying yourself at Tin Marin, where you can enjoy tasty tapas and drinks in avrelaxed setting. http://www.tinmarintapas.com
A few of Vik Muniz’s “characters,” or people seen riding the subway, from actual photos
The dawn of a new year has brought considerable excitement to residents of Manhattan’s storied Upper East Side, to Q line subway riders (myself included), to transit enthusiasts, and to admirers of public and contemporary art (me again!).
Glass encased station entrance
Inside a sparking new station
The multi-billion Second Avenue Subway project, decades in the making, opened with a bang on New Years Day 2017, debuting a reconfigured 63rd and Lexington Avenue Station, and three bright and spacious new stations at 72nd Street, 86th Street and 96th Street and Second Avenue, all serviced by the Q train.
It’s not often that we New Yorkers feel good about our subway stations, but what I saw blew me away. I won’t go into great detail*, as much has already been written, but will share some images of the permanent art on display.
Over the last 20+ years, commissioned public art has become much more commonplace in the City’s transit hubs. The art is usually added to rehabilitated stations. This time, the art and the stations where designed with each other in mind and the result is stunning!
Sarah Sze’s monumental “Blueprint for a Landscape” at the 96th Street station
Some of the murals and mosaics can be viewed by simply entering the stations before one reaches the turnstiles, like this one, by Chuck Close.
To see all of the art work, one can pay only $2.75, ride up to 96th Street, and then visit each stop: 86th, 72nd and 63rd on the way back downtown. There’s no need to pay $25 to visit a local art museum!
The slideshow below features images by Chuck Close at the 86th Street Station
Kudos to all who worked to complete these stations. They are worth a visit!