new york tourism

I walked in New York City on Monday. Grand Central to Central Park and back. I’m not sure how far that is. It’s a very touristy, busy route. Lots of people trying to pass out flyers. I passed the first office building I worked in, remembering how frightening it seemed to me to be working in the city. I started there in January – it may even have been my anniversary!

I took photos of buildings like a tourist. Why not? They are beautiful and I might use them for overlays.

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Unknown, but isn't it beautiful?

Unknown, but isn’t it beautiful?

Statue outside the Plaza Hotel

Statue outside the Plaza Hotel

can't remember what this is

can’t remember what this is

treatise on the veil

I caught this Cy Twombly exhibition in New York just at the end of its run. The museum happened to be open on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

I’ve been getting interested in Cy Twombly on Pinterest because of his sketchiness and inclusion of handwriting in his work.

This monumental Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) is rarely exhibited because of its size.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I couldn’t take pictures in the gallery but I grabbed this one from the website.

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

I sketched out some couplets to capture my first reactions to the Treatise.

An imperfectly cleaned chalkboard
that opens to soft drips and imperfect coatings

At “eye-level” imperfectly applied lines of chalk
two evanescent traces of blue and blue

Scribbling – why? why is the artist’s
handwriting so atrocious?

Conscious enough to notice a mistake
in the interpretive panels –

I think they wrote 4
whereas he was writing 8

why one person’s traces preserved
the others a vast garbage heap?

I liked the patched together nature of the studies, loaded down with tape and scribbling, as well as stamped with dates and numerals. Trying to organize the nature of art.

piping

I went into New York, Battery Park City, to a Poet’s House event. Matthea Harvey and Marilyn Nelson. Cozy and enjoyable.

The city stressed me out though. Cold, windy, difficult, ominous. I took photos. I couldn’t acclimate, although I saw lots of interesting things. These are a collection pipes. I felt like a criminal taking pictures of pipes.

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a disarray of monastics

I went to hear the Dalai Lama’s teachings at the Beacon Theater.

It was mostly a visual experience, and also one of noting human nature.

The monks’ robes were quite interesting, all that fabric, color, and draping that they had well in hand.

I have more to say about this, don’t know if I will post it here.

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