Showing posts with label metropolitan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metropolitan. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Innocent lion-taming maiden unaware of the evil forces of Rodin rapidly closing in.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Witch-hazel / Metropolitan Museum of Art

Passerby:  What is that tree?
Me:  It's a Witch-hazel.
Passerby:  It can't be a Witch-hazel, Witch-hazel's supposed to be yellow.
Me: This one is orange.
Passerby: Well...

Witch-Hazel near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beware! Monster Pigeon is back!

Warning!  Warning! Joggers, Walkers, Dogs and Small Living Things:  Beware! 

 The awful rumor is true:  Monster Pigeon is back! 

 Although Monster and Mate have not been directly spotted, the long white trail on the lower left rock is clear and convincing evidence that Monster is alive, well, and perching in Marcus Garvey Park! 

Marcus Garvey Park from Fifth on the Park, 6B
 Remember the terrible summer of 2010, when Monster and Mate constructed their giant nest atop the Metropolitan Musesum of Art (of all places)?  In case you forgot, here is the report, pulled from the blogging archives:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 -- Is Anybody Out There?
All counter measures have failed so far to halt the inexorable encroacing nest construction of Monster Pigeon (and Mate).  Proactive measures, smoke, warnings, and mirrors have failed to halt the illegal settlement.  As you can see, the situation is very grave.

Nobody knows for certain how many tourists have been lost. 

This latest countermeasure has never been attempted this close to civilization.  The entire building site has been surrounded by electromagnetic solar panels that spontaneously combust on contact.  All panels are mirrored in a second attempt to frighten and confuse.  

 It is essential to convince Monster Pidgeon  (and Mate) to flee prior to onset of the Monster Pigeon breeding  season.

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Monster Pidgeon Nest Atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

View From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art; Latest Exhibit Looking West from Second Floor

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Monday, September 3, 2012

Perplexed Individuals Explore the Cloud

Everyone is talking about the Cloud: the iCloud, the Virtual Cloud, Syncing with the Cloud, so  it seemed  useful to fund a cloud hunting expedition.

 And there it was! Cloud City!  Right here in New York City on the Roof of the Metropolitan. What an opportunity to clarify the ineffable! To become technologically explicable!

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Explorer studies the Cloud

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Technological Explorer Searching for the Effable
(captured by the expedition photographer)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer Reflections: Metropolitan Museum of Art

We have seen fall, winter, now summer.  Can we remember spring?


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Ellsworth kelly @ the metropolitan museum of art

Ellsworth Kelly. (American, born 1923). Apples. Paris, 1949. Charcoal pencil on paper

Ellsworth Kelly. (American, born 1923). Apples. Paris, 1949. Charcoal pencil on paper
Idea! Go out and try some blind contour drawing. Just take a few minutes and draw something on your table or desk: here's how:

  1. take a piece of blank paper and a pencil (ok, a pen will do)
  2. put behind your back (or out of sight of your eyes).
  3. without taking the pencil off the paper, draw the object you choose.
  4. Don't be fussy! Just get the basic outline and add a few details--No picking up your pencil!  No looking!
Benefit: You will discover the great quality of line that Ellsworth Kelly uses!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Magic Georgia O'Keeffe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Yes, it is impossible to quite capture the magic and majestic paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, but what love in every stroke. And look at the composition, with the antlers just barely in reach of the frame. Awsome!

Georgia O'Keeffe, American, 1887-1988
From the Faraway, Nearby, 1937
Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Here’s a Nice Rug, Let’s Just Sweep Things Under It

Well, yes, there is a vacancy
Down near my heart, but so what!
There’s no sign on the lawn!
It’s clearly an error. Give it up, get a grip!
No ‘for sale’’, no ‘for rent’,  so forget it! 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Islamic Galleries (iPhone photo)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Kongo Power Figure

Suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune....

African Kongo Power Figure, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The various metals embedded in the figure's expansive torso attest to its central role as witness and enforcer of affairs critical to its community. They document vows sealed, treaties signed, and efforts to eradicate evil. Ultimately, this work inspired reflection on the consequences of transgressing established codes of social conduct.

Power Figure:      (Nkisi N'Kondi: Mangaaka)
Date:                   mid to late 19th century
Geography:     Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chiloango River region
Culture:     Kongo peoples; D.R.C or Republic of Congo
Medium:    Wood, paint, metal, resin, ceramic
Dimensions:     H. 46 7/16 in. (118 cm)
Classification:    Wood-Sculpture


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beautiful Metropoliltan Museum of Art

The Metripolitan Museum is always steaming with beauty, but it is very rare to glimpse the manifestation of this phenomena--and to get a photo, Well!  Our hardy Fifth Avenue Photographer has captured the very essence.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cleopatra's Needle -- Comparing Haystacks

Cleopatra's Needle, probably constructed in the 1200's BC, is almost 3000 years old. I am not even a 100!  It's all a matter of scale. Here's Cleo's Needle keeping company with one of Central Park's signature lamposts.

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Cleopatra's Needle and a Lampost
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Reflection::  Trees and a Wavy Cleopatra's Needle

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mystery Artist Enlivens South Wall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Many celebrated artists have difficulty fitting into the Museum of Modern Art or the Metropolitan Museum.  One of our local rather famous artist requires a very large palette  and a very expansive venue--much too much for either museum.     However, our  Artist has often been convinced to splash beauty on the more liberal outside walls.  This temporal display was witnessed by many lucky New Yorkers as they passed by the South Wall of the Winter Metropolitan of a late afternoon..


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Artists Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cheerful New York Artists selling their work to last minute shoppers on Fifth Avenue



Monday, December 19, 2011


Tree with unintended shadow consequences


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Columbus Day at the Metropoitan Museum of Art

There it is again, the wild heart,
pulsing in its quiet nest.
I took a walk about the arteries,
checking on the valves,
firming up the infrastructure,
smoothing out the veins.
The hardware’s all in order,
running the latest version.
Nothing here to cause this stretchy wanting feeling
Or that longing shiver warming up the ribs.

Columbus day at the Met

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tree Sculpture

Dancing scissor tree, caught in a glass sealed time capsule
Dancing Sissor Person, museum 021
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas:  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flying while standing still ~ Artemis pauses

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NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Roman statue of Artemis and a deer

Roman statue of Artemis and a deer
Greek or Roman, Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial, ca. 1st century B.c. - 1st century A.D.

Leon Levy and Shelby White Court (the central atrium in the new Greek and Roman Galleries).