Monday, August 31, 2015

Another Look

These are a few shots of tapestries included in the China: Through The Looking Glass exhibit at the Met. So much inspiration here. Colour, sketching, design. I see collage and quilts and colouring sketches. Breathtaking in real life.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

From Porcelain to Silk

This exhibit was not on my itinerary for this trip, however, as usual, it is easy to get swept up into the momentum of the creative spirit of The Met. I was so happy that I did venture forth and take in this breathtaking installation. It was all rather dark and mysterious thus making the phone camera a bit inadequate, but the following official video is pretty fabulous and I have included a few of my own favourite pics.

"China: Through The Looking Glass"
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The shadow play was so intriguing!

The influence of blue and white - China - Porcelain

The wallpaper is SILK! This little corner had me clutching my pearls!!!

The fabulous bamboo forest

What a concept!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rather Unusual

This was another rather interesting exhibit. Small but compelling.

Grand Illusions

A rather striking entrance by any standards

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mission Accomplished

When we decided on NYC as our destination I decided that I really wanted to spend an entire day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For some reason I also decided not to bring my "big" camera and instead, rely on my iPhone camera. Big mistake. Not that the "little" camera isn't sufficient, but one should never venture out to NYC without the "big" camera. Ever.

I consider "The Met" a bit like can never be done with it, or see it all. It's just a wonderful go-to place and a sanctuary in the heat of summer in the city.

The Professor came with me to the first of my planned exhibits, that of John Singer Sargent. This installation was "Sargent - Portraits of Artists and Friends". He wanted to try my recommendation of lunch in the cafeteria before branching off over Central Park to the Natural History Museum, so he also got to enjoy the Sargent display and in general the entire Met atmosphere. Lunch was wonderful too. Upon his trek back across the park for our meeting at 4 p.m. we indulged in the café overlooking Central Park and revived ourselves for the next leg of the tour.

Through an upper window you can see down into the European Sculpture Court. It's always interesting to look at the big picture even as it unfolds before your eyes and catch the details.

The Big Picture

The Details

This gentleman (bottom right) whose posture mimics the poses in marble. He's looking at his phone no doubt, the women are not. Also mid photo, I can only imagine the conversation going on with the gentleman and the (about) five year old girl :)

As always, you can click on the photos to embiggen

I will post some of the woefully inadequate phone pics, but at least you will get some idea of the works. The website link will be much more informative.

I always get the yearly page-a-day calendar of works from the Met, and have recently added METMUSEUM to my Instagram account. A good way of enjoying this treasure if you can't get there in person.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A little getaway

We had to use our Hilton Honor's Points before they expired the end of August, so chose a little 3 day jaunt to The Big Apple.

The Hotel was located 2 blocks south of Central Park on West 57th. Pretty nice location. Right next door to the Directors Guild of America and just up the street from Carnegie Hall.

Carnegie hall is a wonderful building

Look Up! Look waaaaaay up!

Love the juxtaposition of the old and new side by side

Spotted a MacKenzie-Childs shop on the way, so took a little stroll while waiting for our check-in

Always bright and colourful

Also spotted on the corner, a little bistro "Rue 57", that looked so charming. We stopped and had a Bellini for me and a Beer for the Professor with the most amazing frites and popcorn shrimp to dip. Now that's a NYC snack!

Looking up and down street from our 15th. floor balcony. Never a dull moment.

Not feeling too much like dinner after a 3 p.m. snack, we decided to skip the meal and find the ultimate NYC cheesecake. Couldn't help but check out the Minus 5 bar in the other Hilton. This is where you don a fur coat and hat and drink vodka. We decided despite the heat in the city that this was something we could do all winter at home in our own backyard so passed on the experience.

This guy had us in stitches as we checked things out. Quite the character, knew EVERYTHING about sports...especially baseball. Go Jays!:)

The Ultimate NYC Cheesecake. A meal in itself. The end of Day One! Junior's