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Pink Saturday Goes to the Museum of Modern Art

 

 Audrey Flack at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

One of the highlights of last week was a visit  to the Museum of Modern Art. In the days before last March I didn't get there very often. It was usually too crowded for my comfort and it was a rare event when I visited there. When I first came to New York in 1975 I worked across the street and our company had passes that let us visit whenever we liked. It was one of the best perks of any job I've had and I spent many lunch hours enjoying the museum. 

I didn't expect to find anything in pink for Pink Saturday at MOMA, so I was very pleasantly surprised to discover the photorealist painting above by Audrey Flack. I wasn't familiar with her work, but now that I've seen this one I'll be on the lookout for others in museum collections.  

One of my favorite paintings anywhere is Van Gogh's The Starry Night. There were so many people eager to see it that in recent visits past it was almost impossible to see it. It was not the case last week. I wasn't the only person in the museum, but it was definitely not crowded and for some of my visit I had The Starry Night all to myself. 

Social distancing at The Starry Night

Loved discovering the  Modular Artificial Reef Structure, on the left 

The sculpture on the left is actually a ceramic structure used to develop new coral growth. It is a very sculptural response to a critical environmental problem, the demise of coral reefs around the world. 

Now that the icy and cold winter looks to be (mostly) behind us and more people are being vaccinated I'm anticipating being more active. It's not the same as last March, but it's good to see things changing for the better. The movie theaters in New York City reopened on Friday and indoor dining has been extended to permit more customers. I anticipate lots of pictures of the neighborhood, but I'm going to try and plan at least one excursion to a different neighborhood weekly. What's on your schedule for this week?

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

14 comments

acorn hollow said...

they are having a Van Gough exhibit in Boston I would love to see it but I am afraid that it would be much to crowded for my liking so we will pass.
My plans are for a few extra walks as it is finally warming up a bit in NH.
Cathy

Martha said...

Beautiful art and I'm glad things are moving in the right direction there!

Edna B said...

I'm glad to see things looking up in your area. I'll be getting my second vaccine shot this week and enjoying a picnic in the park with my daughter. Enjoy your treks around the neighborhoods. Hugs, Edna B.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Pink is always a nice color but I love the Starry Night the best. It's a favorite of mine ! Hope things continue to go well and it is a relief to have the vaccine. I know I feel safer veneteturing out. What a beautiful relief !

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Hope for walks, as it is to warm up some. How long it will last, is unknown though.

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Hill Top Post said...

The Starry Night all to yourself! Oh lucky you!

Olde Dame Holly said...

Is The Starry Night as beautiful in person as in the art books? I love it...and the artificial reef! That's beautiful as a form and also as a helping hand to all the damage we have done to precious coral...

TARYTERRE said...

what a delightful day you had at the museum. i love the artwork you saw. starry night, my heart be still. here i will be doing the same old, same old. you are so lucky to be surrounded by all that culture and beauty, up close and personal.

Laurel Wood said...

Hello, oh I love these photos. Incredible that you could see the Starry Night by yourself for a time. I think we all are taking a sigh of relief that things seem to be relaxing and we have hopes of doing things we love again. Thank you very much for your visit to my blog. I greatly treasure your blog friendship.

Pam said...

What a great visit to the museum! Lucky you!!! I always like Van Gogh's paintings, unique and colorful for sure. Things are loosening up a little here but I'm still waiting for my vaccination even though hubby has had both of his, and I'm the older one! So no restaurants etc yet for us. On the bright side, snow is melting!

Brenda said...

Starry night
Love it
We saw so many favorites each time we went.

Melinda said...

Looking for a safe return to something close to "normal."
Glad you were able to get out.

M : )

karen said...

we like to visit nyc and I want to go to moma, that is on the bucket list. Last March we were to go and see that museum and then covid struck and the plans and broadway tickets were cancelled. oh well.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I think I seen some of Van Gogh's painting at Metropolitan Museum of Art In New York City few years ago (2018)
I seen a movie about him Sunday, he was a troubled soul