Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New York Part 5!

With all the pictures that are coming out on the media on Hurricane Sandy, it seems a little surreal for me to post these normal looking pictures of New York now. My thoughts are with all those in New York and on the east coast. I am confident that the communities will rebuild their cities in no time at all to become the vibrant place that I so enjoyed staying in.

No visit to New York is complete without seeing some great works of art, so I spent about 3 - 4 hours at the MOMA.

I chose to visit MOMA primarily because of their "Century of the Child" exhibition which focused on children and childhood from turn of the century till today, and how design played a part in their growing up years. People were queueing up to pose at this set of oversized wooden table and chairs at the entrance to the exhibition!

Then I walked and walked and walked to see the permanent exhibits including this piece of modern truth by Barbara Kruger.

MOMA had one of my favourite Impression artists, Monet, from my early years studying the history of art.

But the museum was so busy that day it was difficult to enjoy the artwork without someone walking past or standing in front of you.

Can you see the Frida Kahlo?

The visitors tended to crowd only around the very famous works, like this one from Vincent van Gogh. It seemed all the other less famous works weren't as important. Or maybe in order to be considered a successful artist one must have suffered a lot when the artist was alive. If only the same perception was given to mental patients who are alive today.

Finally, a glimpse of The Starry Night.

Tapestries from a contemporary artist on display.

When I first saw this in Manhattan, I wondered why did someone put a castle on top of an apartment block?

This street is very Sex in the City, no?

The High Line - originally a railway line, today it has been converted into a long park that runs over streets and through and alongside buildings, along the lower west edge of Manhattan. It was a lovely green break to the concrete jungle all around.

Then over in Lower East Side, I came across a presentation to petition for The Low Line - a naturally lit underground park! Cool concept, but I'd prefer the open sky anytime! :)

Street art - yellow bunny with nice line work.

A beautifully restored vintage car spotted in LES.

And when I troop back to the hotel all exhausted from the day's explorations, I find a lovely note from Housekeeping Monique!

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