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guggenheim & manhattan rambles

I'm going to blog about MoCCA and Stumptown festivals soon, but I want to dig up the names of people I met and add web links; right now jet-lag feels like there's a little man running around inside my head, kicking the walls of it as hard as he can. So I'll keep it simple and just post some photos I took from my first day in New York City. For some reason, I'd never been to the Guggenheim Museum, and I was very curious about the building and their collection of Kandinsky paintings, so that's the first place I went.

Here's a page from my notebook. Art galleries always give me lots of story ideas and painting tips, but I have to jot them down or I forget them.

If I'd had more time, I would've sketched these tiers of the gallery. I love how the people become calligraphic marks, abstracted because you can only see parts of their dark figures.

I'd spent the whole day before cooped up on airplanes, so I took a long walk from the Guggenheim on 89th, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, 73 blocks down Fifth Avenue to 16th, where I met up with my friends Brynn and Chris for a tour of Google (earlier blog post about that here). Here are a few more pictures of those water towers on the skyline that I liked so much.

You could play a fun 'spot the water tower' game in New York. Split a group into teams, give each team a camera, set a time limit, then see how many water towers they could snap in that time (kind of like my Spot-the-Wharf game). Okay, yeah, that's a kind of nerdy idea. But, hey.

I like these pipes you see dotted around; this one looks like a Chinese dragon.

Some of the signs seem a bit strange. I mean, what's a 'Hollow Sidewalk'? Does it have a tunnel underneath? And that 'Siamese Standpipe' with two heads, is that a slightly un-PC reference to conjoined twins?

This lovely building's starting to crumble; the sign above it door reads The New York House and Society of Industry, 1878. I found a short NY Times article about it that says it's a place 'where the poor learned 'plain and fine sewing'.

I just liked the colours and lettering on these signs.

I popped into Pearl Paint and bought some pens and a tin of coloured pencils.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Such a Brilliant Adventure :D
Apr. 21st, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
It was! Hi, Viv! Really looking forward to your hamster book launch!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Really enjoyed NY. Did the Gug too. Wish I could go back again soon.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad we were both able to go!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 09:13 am (UTC)
Love this sort of thing! When I was in NYC a few years back I was amused to spot quite a few Fallout Shelter signs so you could add them to your game too.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I wonder if those signs are still there!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 09:56 pm (UTC)
museum sketches
I really like your museum sketches. Are the museums OK about it, or do you have to get special permission? I should try it some time.

Pearl Paint in NY is where I bought my portable easel (ca 1990). One of the legs is slightly broken, but I still keep it around, just in case I start painting on canvas again...
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: museum sketches
Cool about Pearl Paint! We only had ten minutes before it closed, so I just dashed around, but it seems like a fascinating place. It's enormous!

And yes, usually museums encourage sketching, sometimes they even give you little stools to sit on. Occasionally they're sniffy about it because of copyright issues or politics, but the only ones I can think of off the top of my head are the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania (pure politics there) and the Nat'l Maritime Mus (copyright issues). But you can sometimes get away with the latter, it just depends on who's invigilating. The Barnes were so strict when I was there that they wouldn't even let people wear in jackets, in case they might have hidden cameras or pencils. One guy in our student group only had a zip jacket-like top, and they made him take it off and walk around topless. Craziness. I used to hide two pencils up my sleeves, a purple in one sleeve and a yellow up the other.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Did you make it to the german expressionism show at MOMA? they'd two whole walls of egon schiele's work and I actually thought I was going to cry looking at it they were so amazing.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
No, I wish I'd had another day in New York! It kills me how much I always miss when I'm there! Last time it was the Guggenheim; I was like, how can it possibly be that I've never visited the Guggenheim? I've been to MOMA, but really would have liked to have gone this time. Arggh. Had a fabulous time, though, really packed it in. Great that you were able to go!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
I had four different people at the SVA print lab yell at me to go to the MOMA show and even though two of them aren't my teachers any more I still felt I had to do what they said lol...lucky I was able to wangle out of the $20 entry by flashing my out of date SVA id
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yay, so cool! :D
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