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Fall Exhibits To Check Out

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

I always enjoy the first September weekend edition of the New York Times when its Art section dedicates a whole supplement to upcoming museum exhibits and shows.  There are endless possibilities of things to check out that I often wish I have an infinite amount of time to go museum hopping and do nothing else.  One day, I will have the luxury of time when the girls are grown but for now I’ve limited my list of must-see fall exhibits to six venues that I’d like to share with you.

  • Met Museum: Retrospective on David Hockney – An amazing exhibit that has traveled from the Tate in London and Centre de Pompidou in Paris is now here stateside.  I saw this exhibit in August in Paris and was blown out of my mind with the expanse and breadth of Hockney’s work.  Hockney simply does not stop creating and innovating even in his advanced age of of 87.  On view from 11/27-2/25.
  • MOMA:  Louise Bourgeois’s Unfolding Portrait – Famous for her sculptures, this exhibit highlights Bourgeois’ talent in drawing as hundred of her prints will be on view for the first time at the museum.  On view from 9/24-1/28.
  • Montclair Art Museum: Charles Burchfield’s Weather Event and Philemona Williamson’s Metaphorical Narratives – Okay, I have to admit I’m a docent at the museum so I am a little biased here.  I do love the fact that the museum follows last year’s very successful Matisse exhibit with Burchfield, an artist fairly unknown to us today but was highly popular during his time and was the first solo artist ever featured at MOMA.  Last year’s Janet Taylor Pickett exhibit has been replaced by Williamson’s works, also highly vibrant and colorful but mostly focuses on adolescent subjects in large canvases.  On view from 9/15 – 1/7.
  • Jewish Museum: Modigliani Unmasked –  Never been shown in the US, 150 early drawings of Modigliani will be shown in this exhibit.  On view from 9/15 2/4.
  • Noguchi Museum:  Gonzalo Fonseca – A showcase of the Uruguayan scupltor’s small buildings made out of stone.  His creations are interesting blend of whimsicality and creativity, all in one.  On view from 10/25 -2/12.
  • International Center of Photography, Lauren Greenfield’s Generation Wealth – In her first retrospective, Greenfield showcases 25 years of her work in documenting the eccentricities and whims of the uber rich.  On view from from 9/20 – 1/7.

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A Little Plug

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Elsewhere | 0 comments

Just want to mention that I was recently asked by the self development to recommend a self-help book that has helped me the most in life.  You can read the write-up here, where you will also find books that got mentioned the most by other bloggers.   And while your on the site, enjoy other previously published posts on how to lead the life you deserve to live, happily and purposefully.

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Mystic Weekend

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Family and friends, Travel | 0 comments

And just like that, summer 2017 is over.  Every summer feels more poignant now that the girls are older.  These days, it seems that I’m always counting how many more years I’ve got with them before they leave the coop.  This way of thinking may be a bit harsh and melodramatic but it’s my way of of facing the sad truth — that the remaining time I have with my daughters is brief and I should make the most of now.

The girls started school this week, both of them at the end of a milestone — grade school and middle school.  But before we headed back to the rhythm of things and harsh realities, we spent Labor Day weekend in Mystic, Connecticut.  To those of you who are familiar with Mystic, the photos here will be familiar with scenes of ships, boats  and Mystic Aquarium.

Hope you’re having a great week!

An old Viking ship

Place of worship

Charles Morgan, a true whaling ship that sailed from 1841-1921. Actually got to go inside this vessel!

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium

There’s Always Paris

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Family and friends, France | 0 comments

Typically, before we head back to the US after our monthlong sojourn in France, we  spend a couple of days in Paris.  The girls now deem it as a tradition before returning back home.  The trip usually includes going to a favorite Indian restaurant and seeing an exhibit at one of the museums, though I must say we just keep going back to Centre Pompidou in the last few years with their exciting focus on modernist artists such as Twombly, Klee, Magritte and Lichtenstein.  In order to keep things fresh, we also try to bring the girls to a part of Paris they have not been to during prior trips so they can get to know the city further.

As the girls get older, I start to wonder how they’ll feel about Paris when they are in their 20s and 30s.  Will they see Paris the same way their parents do?  Will they feel that they leave a part of themselves behind whenever they return back to the US?  Will they come back to Paris and Normandy we  stop footing their travel expenses?  Hmm, I guess time will tell…

Artists’ Night in Honfleur

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Family and friends, France, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite towns near us in Normandy is Honfleur, a place I’ve written about quite often on this space.   Its early association with artists like Claude Monet, Eugene Boudin and Erik Satie continue to this day as the town carries on the tradition of featuring innovative artists in its galleries and lively musicians on its streets.  A few Saturdays ago, the town hosted “La Nuit des Artistes” or Artists’ Night where all sort of performances, most at no charge, were available to the public.  There were gospel choir singing, opera on one of the main courtyards, pantomiming as well as sculptures and artwork in plein air.   I think there’s no better way than an event like this to make art less intimidating and more accessible to everyone — young and old, novice and experienced alike.  The more access we all have to art, the more it will be a part of our  daily lives.  Do you agree?  Wish we have more events like this one in the US…