26
Mar
10

NYC: part one

St, Patrick's Day, Times Square style.

St. Patrick's Day, TImes Square style.

Sixteen of us from West Liberty University arrived in New York on St. Patrick’s Day. Four art faculty members and twelve students made this year’s “art trip” to Manhattan. It seems to have become a tradition that we check out TImes Square on our first evening in the city, and so it would be this year. But first, we had to visit the Strand Bookstore and see if we could put a dent in their “18 miles of books”!

As for Times Square, it had undergone a change since out last visit. In spring of 2009, an experiment was put into place whereby TImes Square was made pedestrian friendly and closed off to traffic. After an eight month trial, Mayor Bloomburg announced in February that Broadway from 42nd to 47th would be closed to traffic and the pedestrian mall would be permanent. There are mixed reviews on the concept, but I thought it was improvement. While I realize there are those individuals who miss the hustle and bustle of the traffic, and may even miss TImes Square’s former seediness. . Let’s face it, TImes Square has evolved into the Disneyland of NYC. And while it may not make my “top ten spots to visit in NYC”, I like the transition.  I found it easier to navigate and much more human freindly overall.

Times Square pedestrian plaza.

The next morning we headed to the MOMA, for which we had timed tickets for the Tim Burton exhibition. Also at the MOMA we viewed the phenomenal work of William Kentridge, as well as works by Marina Abramovic and Yin Xiuzhen. Also on this day we visited the Whitney Biennial and the MAD Museum. MAD (Museum of Art and Design) had two kick-butt exhibitions: Slash, Paper Under the Knife, and a retrospective of the work of Viola Frey. Both shows were WOW! Below are a few photos of our day:

It's hard for me not to stop and photograph graffitti. This image of Spock was on our way to the subway.

We discovered this bakery on our morning travels.

Now if I could just get the smell of the bread into this blog. And yes, the bread was delicious!

Lambros stocking up on ginger and garlic.

Entrance to the Tim Burton exhibition.

Artist Marina Abramovic and guest.

Taking a break in Central Park on our way to the MAD.

"Man Balancing an Urn", one of the works in Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey at the MAD.

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