Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NYC Part II: Upper East Side--Museums

So, the reason I went to New York was to check out the Art of the Samurai exhibition going on at the Met. It did not disappoint. I direct your attention to the photo below. The plaque next to the display case indicated that this style of headgear, including the hair, was "favored by the more rambunctious samurai." Ladies and gentlemen, I traveled to Edo Japan by way of contemporary New York and finally discovered the origin of the mullet.

The Met was a great place to visit, though it would take months to get through all of it. I also checked out the Wrightsman Galleries while I was there. 18th century French decorative arts aren't that exciting to me, but the galleries were lovely.

The second thing on my list, and one of the highlights of the trip, was the Neue Galerie. It's in an old townhouse once owned by some Vanderbilts. The library -- now a bookstore -- had the most fantastic bookcases. While I was at the Neue Galerie, I ate at Cafe Sabarsky (which Smitten Kitchen blogged about the very same day). Totally delicious spaetzle with mushrooms followed by Sachertorte. FYI, if you live in NYC--they have free admission on the first Friday of every month from 6-8 pm.

I was also really looking forward to seeing The Frick Collection. House museums are always fascinating. This one was begun by Henry Clay Frick (one-time "most hated man in America.") [Do you suppose that Jon from Jon+Kate is amassing a spectacular art collection that we don't know about yet?] The Frick was also everything I had hoped.

Oh, Lord, I'm going on and on. Anyway, I also stepped into the MoMA and the Guggenheim. I didn't do much looking around, though. I was trying to see the Tim Burton exhibit at MoMA, but it was sold out until later in the afternoon, after I had to split. I was mostly interested in the architecture at the Guggenheim. It was my first visit to a Frank Lloyd Wright joint. Again, it was everything I hoped it would be and more. [Also, again, much smaller than it looks in pictures.] You've seen the photos from the outside, and the photos of the ramp on the inside, so I just took a photo of the built-in phone booths. FLW was the man.

1 comment:

  1. E NEEDS the samurai mullet helmet for Halloween this year. "And what are you, little boy?" "I'm a rambunctious samurai."