A few weekends ago I had such a fun day in NYC on my own. Josh had a really busy month in March, travelling for work almost every week. He felt badly about being gone so much, so he insisted I take a full day in NYC on my own. Ok!
I rode the train into the city and started the morning with a trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art. This has been on my "Art Museum Bucket List" for quite a while, but I wanted to wait til the museum opened it's new location in West Village. The new building design is really cool and it's a great location right on the waterfront. Here are a few favorite pieces...
Willem de Kooning on the left (I love this one).
Jasper Johns (Love this one, too).
I'm not normally a big fan of de Kooning's figurative work, but I was mesmerized by the bottom corner of this painting. Those clean areas of green and gray are such a beautiful contrast to the messier strokes above.
I wasn't familiar with Bourgeois' work, but I liked this carved sculpture from his "Personages" series, representing the people she left behind as she emigrated from Paris to New York in the 1930's.
Charles Demuth on the left, Kay Sage on the right.
I liked the history of this painting called Pittsburgh, which was based off of his childhood near the Pittsburgh steel mills. She stared at the mills and told herself "This shouldn't be beautiful. But it is. And it was all I had, so I drew it."
A well-known scene from Edward Hopper.
I coudn't get a straight on shot of this one because there was a tour group huddled around it at the time.
I stared at this large painting of The Artist and His Mother for a long time. I loved the story behind it and thought I'd record it here so that I remember it:
Gorky based this portrait of himself and his mother on a photograph taken in his native Armenia in 1912, when he was eight years old. In 1919 he watched his mother starve after years of deprivation during the Ottoman Turks' campaign to eliminate the Armenian population. The following year, Gorky arrived in the U.S. as a refugee of the genocide. As he established his career as an artist in his new homeland, he remained preoccupied with the photograph; it offered a potent symbol of a tragedy that had killed between 1 million and 1.5 million Armenians. Gorky's painting, made over a span of ten years, is not a precise replica of the camera's image. Instead, he worked in broad areas of color and used dry brushwork to create a soft, blurred effect. He furthered this quality by leaving the hands undefined, at once suggesting the loss of physical connection between him and his mother and the fading memories over time. This painting is a testament to the complexities of the immigrant experience and the struggle to come to terms with history.
Mark di Suvero
I'm always a fan of David Smith's welded steel sculptures, and I thought this Hudson River Landscape piece was great.
Sculpture on one of the outside levels... can't remember the artist of these, but what a view behind them!
Enjoying the beautiful NYC view from one of the museum decks.
After the Whitney, I walked along the Highline, whose southern end is right at the courtyard of the Whitney. This was actually my first time walking the Highline and it was really cool. I need to bring my kids up here! (They love the book The Curious Garden, so I've been wanting to take them to the place that inspired the book).
For lunch I popped into Chelsea Market and had fun wandering around the different shops.
I ended up trying a Cambodian salad from Num Pang and it was great.
Right across the street from Chelsea Market is Google's NYC office, where Josh interned a few summers ago.
For my mandatory NYC treat of the day I tried out Doughnut Plant for the first time. I totally over-indulged with a creme brulee doughnut and a coconut creme doughnut. The creme brulee was really good, and a very unique doughnut from anything I'd had. The coconut creme was a little too rich and I couldn't get through much of it, but maybe it had something to do with already eating another doughnut right before?? :) Dough doughnuts are still my favorite doughnut in NYC, but Doughnut Plant was still really yummy!
Enjoying my creme brulee doughnut on the sunny steps of the Lincoln Center Plaza.
Right after I took this selfie at the Lincoln Center, a big, solemn NYPD officer walked over to me and said "Have you ever taken a selfie before? You look like you're struggling. Give me the phone and I'll take your picture for you." Ha ha! He said the whole thing without even cracking a smile. It was so funny to me.
I ended the day by quickly switching my jeans for a skirt and going to the Manhattan LDS Temple and doing an endowment session. It's tricky getting into NYC to do temple work, so it's always a treat when I get to go. After a busy day around New York, it was so peaceful and uplifting to spend two hours in the temple and be reminded of my commitment to God.
It was a perfect NYC day! Thanks to my sweet husband for encouraging me to go and for happily watching the three kids while I was away.