MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: APRIL 22-28, 2019!
I spend my birthday in New York, we see cherry blossoms, the city in the rain, museum hop, and watch the musical Hadestown.
Nearing the end of April already
More Tweedy love. Do all shih tzus just let you rag doll them around? Or is just Tweedy?
Sufi loves his new little sit spot in the bedroom
Leftovers for lunch, always the best to have spam musubi at the office
Never can get in control of the white fuzz balls on my dark sweaters
Early birthday present! Now I can live in Stardew Valley around the house all the time, I never have to leave.
And tiny pikmin succulent planters!
One red eye later and we are in New York for the weekend! We came out here to see a musical that Zach’s mom was involved in. Also it is my birthday over the weekend, so it was a welcome weekend away.
The weather was a bit unpredictable. Raining and then clear, then raining, then clear.
Stonewall Inn, walking through LGBT history.
It started to really pour, so we popped into the New Museum
Installation by Mariana Castillo Deball: “Her works often take inspiration from Mesoamerican iconography and narratives, considering their early-colonial transformations and their presence in Central America today. Exploring her philosophical interest in time and space as well as cosmology and depictions of natural order, Castillo Deball has engaged a diverse range of scholars in her research. Her works and installations often reflect Surrealist writer Roger Caillois’s notion of “diagonal sciences”—unusual cross-sections of the world that reveal what he called “neglected correlations,” and “tissues of thought.”
More copy and paste because it’s all interesting context, and Natalie the curator wrote it best, “The exhibition’s centerpiece, a specially commissioned inlaid wood floor installation, draws from an early colonial map of San Pedro Teozacoalco, Mexico, which bears a unique stylistic blend of European maps and Mixtec codices of the sixteenth century. A large-scale sculpture, No solid form can contain you (2010), offers a peculiar visualization of space as a would-be mold turned inside out—panels cast from a statue of Coatlicue, the Mexica, or Aztec, mother goddess, are inverted to reveal their concave sides and reassembled to create a hollow figure. Do ut des (2014–19), Castillo Deball’s series of perforated books, borrows its title from a Latin phrase meaning “I give so that you will give,” and her Mathematical Distortions (2012) refers to the shifts in knowledge that occur with shifts in position. Together, the works in the exhibition speak to the place of the viewer, the permeability of surfaces, and ideas of reciprocity and exchange.”
Then we went upstairs to the Nari Ward exhibition.
““Nari Ward: We the People” features over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Since the early 1990s, Ward has produced his works by accumulating staggering amounts of humble materials and repurposing them in consistently surprising ways. His approach evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years.”
“This presentation highlights the continued importance of New York, and Harlem in particular, to the material and thematic content of Ward’s art. Many of his early sculptures were created with materials scavenged from buildings and streets in Harlem. These items—baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles, and shopping carts—were chosen for their connection to individual lives and stories within the neighborhood.”
“In his more recent work, Ward directly addresses complex political and social realities that resonate on both a local and a national level, reflecting the profound changes gentrification has brought to Harlem and the increasingly fractured state of democracy in the United States. He uses language, architecture, and a variety of sculptural forms to reflect on racism and power, migration and national identity, and the layers of historical memory that comprise our sense of community and belonging.”
We also played an onion game where Zach took all my onions and I felt betrayed.
We walked over to the Tenement Museum to try to buy a last minute tour. We got lucky and nabbed some spots on a tour, but still had to kill an hour.
What better way to kill an hour than to eat a bunch of Vanessa’s Dumplings
A walk around the Lower East Side
Then we made it back for our tour at the Tenement Museum. I’ve been here once before, but you can go on a few different tour experiences. And they purchased another building on the same block and have a few more units and tours to experience, so this time we went on Under One Roof which looks at three families who all shared a relationship to the garment industry and who lived in the same unit over the course of 50 years. The Tenement Museum is so great because you can really get a sense of the fabric of the neighborhood and hear about the history of New York through the families who did their best to get by in a changing city and changing country.
Then we went for dinner at the Little Owl
I tried skate, we shared a salad, and Zach had some meat. Oh, and some fries of course.
The restaurant is in the ground floor of the building that was used to show the exterior view of the Friends apartment. There were people outside taking photos haha.
To see Hadestown! A musical about Orpheus and Eurydice and hades and Persephone, and that familiar story you might have heard about Orpheus leading Eurydice out of the Underworld on blind faith that she was following him…
On Saturday, my actual birthday, we journeyed to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to check out the Sakura Matsuri festival
Checking out the bonsai collection
I look better a little out of focus
It was really started to get crowded so we decided to stay goodbye to the cherry blossoms and head to the museum
But first, a pit stop to get some food.
A stirfry with eggplant and chicken and basil, plus a spicy seafood soup with cod
AND MANGO STICKY RICE cannot resist
A Farmer’s Market was winding down outside the library
We made it! I just started watching Pose, and it starts with a scene where they rob the Brooklyn Museum. Fun stuff.
Do Ho Suh’s full-scale re-creation of their former apartment in Chelsea. They lived there for 19 years. “Drawing on a longing for home, feelings Suh initially experienced as an immigrant, the work highlights the important connections we make between physical places and memory. Currently based in London, Suh, like other globally acclaimed artists, lives a nomadic existence, traveling from city to city to execute commissions and participate in exhibitions. But having created sculptures that allow him “to carry my house with me,” he is at home wherever he is.”
Tragically couldn’t get entrance to the Frida Kahlo exhibition.
Eric N. Mack. “He encourages the viewer’s intimate relationship with the work by folding, fastening, draping, or even suspending his paintings so that visitors can move about the space—walking among, or even under, the elements of his installation. In this insistent consideration of how the viewer’s body relates to his paintings in real time, Mack’s work draws from not only sculpture but also fashion—a medium of particular interest to him with its potential for aesthetic experience within everyday interaction.”
Kwang Young Chun sculptural compositions. “South Korean artist Kwang Young Chun combines hundreds of paper-wrapped parcels to create sculptural compositions, called Aggregations, that look like crystal formations, asteroids, or the surface of the moon. The Aggregations are simultaneously Space Age and nostalgic, beautiful and violent, powerful and fragile. They draw on the artist’s training in abstract painting as well as memories of his childhood, when Korean apothecaries sold medicine in similar little bundles.
Each parcel is wrapped in old book pages, printed in the traditional manner on Korea’s celebrated mulberry-pulp paper, called hanji. Chun likens the parcels to cells or units of information, and sees analogies to both chemistry and the human condition in the ways that the parcels interact physically: sometimes meshing, sometimes clashing. He compares the fragmentary passages of text on the wrappers—most taken from classics of Korean and Chinese philosophy—to voices overheard in a crowd.”
Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery was founded in 1838 and was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. It is also a Revolutionary War historic site, currently has 560,000 permanent residents (included Basquiat!), and now is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Why not spend my birthday contemplating mortality and spending time in a peaceful serene atmosphere embracing the eventual truth that we will all die.
It’s a beautiful place to walk around and get some green. If you are freaked out by graves it might not be for you.
Went for beers at Industry City
They have an entire Japanese market
And for dinner experienced a beautiful sushi meal with Zach’s dad.
Sunday morning on the Highline
With Zach’s mom and stepdad we climbed the “Vessel” a monstrous sculpture outside of Hudson Yards, the fanciest mall I’ve ever seen outside of Vegas hah.
Weird to climb this little human ant farm and look down at the old train and shipping yards, only to now be replaced by a huge mixed-use fancy development.
Pondered the changing city, paid for $5 coffees and parted ways, wandered the Highline a bit further before heading to the Tolkien exhibition at the Morgan.
The Tolkien exhibition brought original sketches, letters, and manuscripts from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library and other places together.
Original cover and sleeve designs, and maps and illustrations—including the working copy that was covered in cigar burns, coffee, and was adjusted over time, folded and unfolded and folded again.
And in the evening said our farewell to New York and headed to the airport for our night flight back to Los Angeles. A short but sweet trip.
A question that you may or may not feel inclined to answer? So! Let’s do it. I invite you to answer in the comments:
Have you been to New York? If so—what is your favorite thing you’ve uncovered about the city? Could be a gallery, a bar, a neighborhood, whatever!
Much love friends!
9 replies on “THREE DAYS IN NEW YORK CITY”
You were able to fit so much into one weekend! I’m impressed lol!
I’ve lived in New York for just over 6 years now. I would say the best thing I’ve “uncovered” is my current neighborhood Bushwick. I’ve lived here for 5 out of 6 years and I honestly wouldn’t live anywhere else in the city. So many good restaurants and bars and community-driven organizations. It also feels really close-knit in my opinion. There’s House of Yes for cabaret and Company XIV (which feels straight out of Moulin Rouge) right down street from my apartment. There’s yoga, a community dark room, a dog park and fantastic late night eats all around. There’s also the original Roberta’s Pizza which you’ve already familiar with. 🙂 They just opened an ice cream parlor for dogs (and their humans) if you ever travel with the pups. It’s called Ollie’s Ice Cream + Stuff. Although we’re moving to Los Angeles in a little under 2 years, I can already feel how much I’m going to miss it here…but so grateful for all the memories.
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*scribbles Bushwick into my must visit list*
I love how much you manage to cram into quick trips! I’m like that, too. Sorry you had so much rain, though. We’ve had a fantastic June up here. I grew up about 45 min. north of NYC and my friends and I used to take the train down on weekends then take the 6 subway to Astor Place. Lots of funky little shops and stuff around there. My favorite was a shop with vintage clothing, magazines and toys called Love Saves the Day. Unfortunately it’s not there anymore (I just googled and it’s in Pennsylvania now?!) but I’m sure there’s other cool stuff there if you want to explore the neighborhood next time!
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I’d love to spend a week in NY exploring more outside the city. My grandma lived in Albany, and my dad grew up in Syracuse, so I’ve only seen a little bit of the state. So much more to see…
I would LOVE to go to that Tolkien exhibit. That art makes me so happy
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Such a delicious selection of photographic delights. You have made me desperate to return to New York. The botanic gardens looked lovely. As did all your food eaten and your museum visits too.
So happy to have rediscovered you via your new(not so new) blogging platform. You capture your life so beautifully.
Do you edit your photos with any apps?
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Thank you so much! I use VSCO cam on my phone to process the fuji shots!
Happy belated birthday! I have been to New York twice and I loved the Guggenheim SO MUCH, along with MOMA. Mostly I stuck to Manhattan, but my mum and I did stay in Brooklyn with friends, so that was cool too. I’ve always wanted to go back, but I’m more enamoured with Europe nowadays. There’s something rotten in the USA lately that I can’t put my finger on, and it darkens everything for me.
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Thank you! I usually also stick to Manhattan but I’d love to explore the other boroughs more…and would also love to get back to Europe sometime soon. Any chance to get out of the US and see another country’s way of life and way of being is always refreshing.