day 2 of our staycation

Since we had decided to stay in NYC, I told Josh he had to spend one day with us doing something cultural.  He was in.  

Fredwilsonoverthepictures in venice
We started out at the Pace Gallery that had a Fred Wilson exhibit.  The exhibit is beautiful.  The exhibit was originally shown in Venice.  The pieces above reference the Sala Longhi room in the Palazzo ca’ Rezzonico.  Supposedly at the actual installation in Venice each hole sits directly over a face on 26 different paintings and so the face just shows and nothing else. 

Fred Wilson, the artist, happened to be there when we were there which made looking at the work even more special.  He happens to be a super nice guy and we have met him before.  The first time Fred met him was when he was walking down the street and they both stopped and looking each other and said, "you are Fred Wilson".  Kind of funny.  This is a large chandelier made from Murano glass.

This is the smaller chandelier.

These teardrop drips are very cool too. 

I like the funkiness of this piece.  The white and the black manipulated with glass.

This is one of my favorite pieces, the black mirror.  I just love it.  Much more beautiful in person.

Across the street was a Tesla showroom.  Essentially battery operated cars.  Beyond cool.

Here is what you would put in your garage to "fuel" up.  Hopefully these cars will go down in price and everyone will have one. 

This is the inners of a sedan.

Afterward we went up to the MOMA for lunch and to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit.  The food at the Modern is always good.  I prefer the bar area.  I happen to love the small plates that pack a big punch.  We split everything.  Chopped Scottish salmon with small pieces of chiles, mango and citrus. 

Two kinds of Jambon.  Both delicious.

Country sausage with sauerkraut and mustard.  Great flavors and amazing presentation.

Beer braised pork belly over rice.  This is amazing.  Cuts like butter.

One of my favorites.  Sliced duck breast with peppercorn pistachio crusted apple slices and a truffle mustard dipping sauce.

After lunch we went to see the exhibit. 

I have certainly followed Cindy Shermans career for a long time.  I totally appreciate her work and believe she has certainly made a major impact in the photography world but aesthetically her work doesn't connect with me.  This happened to be my favorite piece in the show although it was just done in 2011 and it isn't typical of the work she has done over the years.

We did some shopping for Josh afterwards.  Went home and rested a bit before dinner.


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Comments (Archived):

  1. CCjudy

    Do see at Met Steins Collect – it was here in San Francisco and it is glorious Judy

    1. Gotham Gal

      I heard about it this weekend. Definitely going

  2. John Revay

    Tesla  – I think these are cool cars – As for price – if you don’t need a lot of range – cost is fairly reasonable – I think I read once that they want to compete w/ BMW 5 series – plus it is electric.Fred Wilson the artist – I had to do a double read….

    1. Gotham Gal

      i believe the original cars were over $100K. they seem to be going down in price as demand has risen. how great would it be if everyone could have one?

      1. Yaniv Tal

        the model s which starts shipping this year is $50k (with a government tax incentive) and it’s sexy as all hell! i think the goal is to have an all electric sedan for $30k by 2015.

        1. Gotham Gal

          $30k would be awesome

    2. Yaniv Tal

      the model s can do 300 miles on a single charge. i think that’s comparable to most gas cars. the charging is obviously going to be less convenient than filling at the tank but there are superchargers for this car that can fill up 160 miles worth of charge in half an hour. electric’s come a long way!

      1. John Revay

        I thought about buying a honda civic – the ones that run on LNG.I kept on getting back to the problem – of limited LNG fill stations

        1. Yaniv Tal

          yeah you can’t put an LNG station in your garage but everybody has an outlet

  3. Susan Rubinsky

    I love the Fred Wilson story : )

  4. William Mougayar

    I like the Rococo/Baroque nuances in Fred Wilson’s work. So, from Art to Cars to Food. Great way to round-up the day.

  5. Yaniv Tal

    i really like the chandelier wall piece. art has been making its way out of the canvas for quite a while now but the artist takes this idea quite literally and extends it by blurring the line between art and furnishing in a very distinctive and personal style. i love it!