Monday, October 11, 2010

NYC and MOMA

We were so close to NYC, it seemed a shame not to jump on a Metro train and get into the city to see some art.  So since we decided that Bridgeport and environs were not on the short list, we went down to the station, got a ticket and an hour later we pulled into Grand Central Station.  Waiting for a cab outside is where we saw this fellow

We didn't talk to him as other folks were and we didn't want to lose our place in the taxi line.  Our plan was to get over to MOMA, have lunch at their totally awesome restaurant The Modern, look at the art and get some dinner at Grand Central Oyster Bar before catching a 9 pm train back.

We saw a great exhibit about women and photography there, but was disappointed they didn't have any kind of catalog for the exhibit.  Ya know, it wouldn't need to be a glossy four color affair, it could be a few standard size sheets folded in half to make a booklet to give some background on these women.  If they sold it for the amount of money needed to produce it, I'm sure that they'd come out OK.  You listing MOMA?  Hmmm  going to take a break to go over to Twitter and tweet about it.  OK got that off my chest. 

There were two installation type pieces that were having their first showing at MOMA that blew me away, along with a classic Yoko Ono Fluxus action piece and a sort of scavenger hunt to find little things she had written on the walls of this part of the museum.

 
This sign was on the wall near a microphone on a stand and two small speakers.  I think that JK & I were the only ones our age who participated.  I mostly saw younger folks taking part.  Then Ono had gone around the gallery writing on the walls in unexpected places.
We also had the pleasure of seeing Kara Walker's debut at MOMA.  A huge wall was covered with many arch and telling silhouettes called "Gone: A Historical Romance of a Civil War as it Occurred B'tween the Dusky Thighs of  One Young Negress and her Heart".  One thing that happened was that people were using her art as a background to take photos of each other.  I thought this was great in that it made the installation interactive and performative.

Then what truly blew me away was Paul Chan's "Waiting for Godot" project installation.  He partnered with an African American theatre group and produced five free performances of the Beckett play to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims. 

I've posted photos of the works and statements on the Flickr site.





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