NYC - MoMA II & dinner with friends

Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 14, 2009

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Had the full breakfast at the Leo House. All of it was quite good.
Equaled what was available at most of the restaurants nearby. It is
quite diverse in what is offered. Quiche, scrabbled eggs, pancakes,
corned beef hash, bacon, sausage, bagels, croissants, various pastries,
toast, juices, fresh fruit cup, creme cheese, coffee, espresso, tea,
and probably a few items I have forgotten. Cost is only $9.

We took the bus in front of the hotel on 23rd street to 6th Avenue and
a bus uptown to 53rd street. We then walked half a block east to the
Museum of Modern Art. We spent full day from 11am till 4:30pm there. I
went through the Bauhaus exhibit a second time. We both were impressed
with the tasteful objects and craftmanship of the Marianne Brandt coffee and
tea sets as well as her ink pot with a pen holder.

Then we went through the two floors of the modern collection starting
with Cezanne forward. My goodness they seem to have almost every single
important modern painting of the twentieth century! I've seen them in
many of the books I've consulted. LOL! It was good to re-acquaint
myself with many of my favorite and influential paintings (and the few
sculptures) that I felt are like old friends! Susan and I had some
vigorous conversations!

The museum had a special exhibit of the water Lillie's series by Monet
in their collection. One is three huge canvases that creates a long
panoramic image that stretched across an entire wall. It is similar to
the ones in the Orangerie in Paris. I shot a poignant image of a older
woman in furs in a wheel chair viewing the painting from approximately
the center. Offset, standing to her left, and silhouetted, is a young
woman nearer the painting tilted a bit with her legs crossed. A
profound contrast.

The museum had lots of folks visiting. There were a number of guided
tours with loud docents that unfortunately seemed to follow our every

I shot a few nice shots of the surrounding architecture out some of the
large windows of the new wing looking uptown. One is of a narrow
townhouse directly across the street that looks like it was inserted
from the Baron Haussmann's reconstruction of Paris! It was only three
or four stories high and had that tilted greenish roof with three attic
garret bay windows. We wonder who lives there! In front of that
apartment was a trailer with four gorgeous black motor cycles.

A few blocks further uptown, directly behind the townhouse was a glass
facade building that reflected approaching back lit storm clouds. The
windows appeared like ceramic tiles which changed their patina as the
clouds moved and the light varied.

That evening Debbie Hecht and Sean O’Neil met us at out hotel. We then
walked two blocks to an Bombay Talkie at 189 Ninth Ave just south of
23rd St. Attractive interior, fine wait staff and tasty food. We shared
a selection of appetizers I don't recall. Susan had Okra baked with
tomato and onions. I had chicken tandori, but it tasted different that
what I have had in the past. Then we strode across 9th Avenue to a cup
cake emporium. It was packed to the gills! I took shots of the lady
icing the cup cakes through the window. She was part of the attraction.
We brought our goodies back to the Leo House because there were only
two tiny tables in the tiny joint which were unavailable.

Great conversation.
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