Way uptown, on Fifth Avenue just across from Central Park, is the Museum of the City of New York, an extraordinary place I am always excited to visit but this time I'd seen the current exhibitions (and you should if you can)
Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile
Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection
Costumes, jewelry, and decorative objects from the Gilded Age and
Exploring the city’s history of social activism
— so I went to a museum I'd never been to — El Museo del Barrio, "New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures" — and discover new landscapes I certainly did. What an explosion of creativity, imagination, and color!
Above, the art and below a close-up so you can see what the artist used to create his work.
The next room held some surprises
"See this?" I said, as I pointed to the date, "This was written EXACTLY forty-six years ago! Isn't that amazing?"
"WOW," he said as he looked at me with astonishment, "I wasn't even born yet!"
El Museo had so much more to see (and a great gift shop!)
but soon I felt the need to travel downtown — to my old neighborhood — the 20s on the eastside.
|the wonderful music, and this darling little guy (I asked to take his picture) who was having a fine time of running, playing, & eating his dinner while his dad kept a watchful eye...|
It was a beautiful night and I'd had another great day absorbing more great art in the Big Apple...