Tuesday, July 7, 2009


We spent our Friday holiday at the MoMA. Located on 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), The Museum of Modern Art in midtown has been described as the most influential museum of modern art in the world.

One of our favorite parts of our visit to the MoMA was the James Ensor exhibit. The exhibit took up the entire 6th floor of the museum. His range of work is incredible. You really have to see the whole collection (and up close) to truly appreciate it. One drawback was that no photos were allowed. It was also the most crowded area of the museum and people were elbowing each other to get a glimpse of Ensor's paintings.

This is a bird's eye view of Song Dong's Waste Not installation.

The Waste Not installation consists of the complete contents of Song Dong's mother's home - everything from shopping bags, cloth, shoes, pans, wrappers, garments, plastic bottles, and everything else you'd pretty much find in a home if nothing ever got thrown away.

This little one's first art performance in Measuring the Universe. Her height, name, and date finding it's place on the wall.

Great Polish poster.

Music was represented.

This older gentleman made us smile. A man getting lost in the music.

Forever young. How we hope we will be at his graceful age.

It was thrilling to see the art work of one of my favorite artists, Marc Chagall.

If only I could have a wall of Chagall in my own home.

Although the James Ensor exhibit was by far the most crowded floor, the floor containing the well-known masterpieces was almost as crowded. But this floor felt more claustraphic since photos (without flash) were allowed and everyone was fighting for space to take pictures - Dali, Picasso, Warhol, Mondrian, Pollock, Matisse, Kooning, Kahlo, Miro - it was insane.

We admit, we were one of those annoying insane picture takers. We couldn't help ourselves. We took about a hundred photos and our camera died. But how could we not? Look at the beautiful art work. We wanted to take home a piece of it.

We spent four hours looking at the artwork. Really, you probably need a good five hours to comfortably see everything at this museum (and originally we thought we could finish in two hours like the Guggenheim). We ended our day with a glass of wine and beer at MoMa's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. That's the best way to wrap up the day there.

And thank goodness the museum is open til 8 PM on Fridays. We look forward to returning for MoMA Thursday Nights.