3.17.2005

a constant surprise

I haven't been doing very well on my plan to check off one "NYC to-do" each week. But spring is coming, so I can pick up the pace, and we still haven't heard from the FBI, so unfortunately there seems to be time.

Yesterday I went to the Noguchi Museum, housed in a converted factory in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens just over the East River from Manhattan. Noguchi was a fascinating artist, and it's a little gem of a museum.

Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor and designer, but those labels don't even hint at his creativity and versatility. He created gardens, fountains, "playscapes", and sculpture of amazing grace and beauty. He designed lamps and furniture whose shapes have become so familiar that we forget how fresh and innovative they once were. For a long time, he collaborated with the great choreographer Martha Graham on designs and sets for her dances. And he was astonishingly prolific, working in the US, Paris, Japan, China, Mexico, India and elsewhere, in stone, metal, wood, clay, basalt - and in water and light.

I really enjoy his sculpture, especially the large outdoor pieces. As with most visual art, I can't articulate why I like it and I have no need to ask what it "means". I just find it very pleasing.

On the way back into Manhattan, taking a subway line I seldom use, I passed through some newly renovated stations - light, whimsical mosaics, so unexpected. New York is a constant surprise.

Let's see: therapeutic massage in the morning, a wonderful small art museum, cool public art in the subway, discover a tea salon in the Village with free wireless internet (one iPAQ + one pot of Irish tea = heaven) then meet my sweetie at a French bistro for dinner. Now that's what I call a really good day.

12 comments:

Crabbi said...

This is lovely, L-girl. I'm going to bookmark this page for my next visit to NY.

L-girl said...

Excellent! Any chance of that happening before I leave...?

Crabbi said...

Unfortunately, I probably can't...I'd love to, though. You guys are moving in a few months, right?

L-girl said...

Not a few months but hopefully by the end of the year. I'm guessing September.

Whenever you go, let me know. I'm a great unconventional tour guide.

Crabbi said...

Coolness! Thanks! I'm off to show my displeasure with this war. Got my tinfoil hat, so I'm all set. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the day's events.

L-girl said...

Sadly, I won't have any thoughts on the day's events, because I'll be at work for 12 hours, as I am every Saturday and every Sunday. (My day job.)

I took off for the the 2003 The World Says No To War global demo, as well as the big pro-choice march on Washington and the anti-RNC demos last year. But I can't afford any more of that.

So I can help spread the word and do a little organizing, but I'll be at my computer in Corporateland all day...

I hope you have a great day! Please report!

Crabbi said...

OMG, that's a tough schedule. I know how it goes when you have to work and you'd rather be taking to the streets. Many of the protests have taken place during the work week, and I had to sit at my desk, just fidgeting and wanting to say eff it and take off.

L-girl said...

Oh really, I have the cushiest day-job in the world. Two days and it's over with - and most of the time I spend emailing, reading the newspaper or doing my own work. Then I don't have to think about it again for a whole week. I am SO going to miss it when we move!

I wish there were more weekday demos here - there almost never are. But I do have good solid time to do organizing. That's one thing this stupid corporate job funds.

I'll check your blog for your impressions on the weekend protests. I hope you had a great day!

Crabbi said...

Wow, that IS a great job. And you have a view of your wonderful city, too.

L-girl said...

Careful, you'll make me weepy...

Crabbi said...

Oh, I don't want to do that. How about this instead? You're going to a new wonderful city and you'll either live or work in a building with a great view. Plus, you'll be able to visit NY lots, I imagine.

L-girl said...

You're so sweet. But I'm always getting weepy about leaving NYC. I can't wait to leave the country, but leaving my city is tough.

And yes, view or no view in Toronto, I'll definitely be back to visit.