the NYC report
It was an unforgettable week of museums and galleries, and lots of walking through many of NY's neighborhoods. Museum highlights included Robert Raushenberg at the Met, almost everything at MOMA, and wonderful clay and metals exhibits at the National Museum of the American Indian. Lots of galleries to see in Soho, Chelsea and uptown. Everywhere I jotted notes, made sketches, took photos, and tried to absorb as much as possible. I actually reached art overload by my last day there and could barely look at a thing without my eyes glazing over.
Other NY experiences included an Ontological Theater production (oh so surreal!) hearing my nephew David Crowell's jazz band, Naked Brunch, play at the Knitting Factory, and spending a day with my e-friend Cheryl Lins (she took this photo-thanks Cheryl.) Lots of great food, art supply stores and book stores. Talking with people on subways and elsewhere--the New Yorkers I met almost were almost 100% friendly, polite and interesting.
All week I was on the go, mostly with my friend Paula who was also on the trip (a yearly event organized by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.) Every day we navigated the subways and busses, and walked for blocks and blocks to the noises of traffic and sirens, and the commotion and bustle of huge crowds of people.
Sunday when I got back home (after a 22-hour bus ride)I took a walk in the spring sunshine along our road. There were no cars at all, and the only sound was of the wind. The space around me seemed vast and calm, the trees just beginning to show hints of spring color in a lovely subtle display. I was happy to be back where quiet is the main event, and the days move at a pace I can keep up with. Lots of great memories now, and inspiration for the studio.