Monday, October 1, 2012

Top Drawer Culture on a Shoestring Budget

Max and I covered some cultural ground on Friday in NYC. Through a friend of Max's, 
Jeffrey Madoff, we were invited to attend a seminar class he teaches at Parson's on branding. Rebecca Moses was his guest and she gave a lively talk about her passion for style, while sharing the highs and lows of her career. Leaving, I wandered in to an empty design studio and documented the batallion of dress forms among the long work tables while imagining the creativity that has been unleashed within these rooms.

A quick ride on the subway brought us to the Museum at F.I.T. whose free admission makes it a frugalista's treasure. Took in two great exhibits, and managed to sneak one photo. The guard quickly and politely told me to desist, but he didn't make me erase my photo. So thank you kind museum guard.

Another culture op beckoned so we headed downtown to NYU's Grey Art Gallery on beautiful Washington Square to see their current exhibit. (recommended admission $3.00). Toxic Beauty  the Art of Frank Moore is an amazing show. I fell under the spell of this artist and can't say too many wondrous things abut his vision, execution, craft and humanity. (no photos allowed)

Finally, we jumped on the subway and headed to the Whitney, where we met Max's friend Kim standing outside on line. At 6 p.m the museum's admission goes to pay as you wish, and a crowd of art lovers assembled to tour the amazing world of Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton's current muse and with whom, I share the love of the dot. For the past twenty years, she has been a resident in an assisted living facility with her painting studio across the street. I'm thinking that our lifestyle choices don't have much in common, but I enjoyed her work. For sure.

A bite to eat, a cross town bus. Back to our parking garage with parking coupon to gather up the car and an uneventful trip back home up the Saw Mill Parkway. A fun and affordable day of learning, seeing, and appreciating for this harried mom from Sleepy Hollow.

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