Category Archives: I Love Museums

Sharing my loves of visiting museums

I Discovered the Museum of the City of New York

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 IN: Family Matters I Love Museums On the Road Again

Did you know that New York City has a total of 83 museums among the five boroughs? I had the chance to discover one of them — the Museum of the City of New York.

For those of you who have been following the Age of Grace for the past four years, you know that I very much relish the chance to take a trip to any museum.  No matter the location, the Louvre in Paris,  the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, or the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C., I like them all. I’m already looking forward to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute’s, Spring 2017 Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons exhibit.
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My First Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again

On September 24th, 2016, the 19th Smithsonian Museum opened its doors to the public. And finally, last week, I was able to visit the National African American Museum of History and Culture (NMAAHC).

My First Visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Location: Italian Lake, Harrisburg, PA. Wearing: Vince Camuto Ruched Sequined Sheath Black Dress, ASOS Oversized Faux Fur Scarf in Chocolate similar here, Metallic Bronze Leather Gloves from Portolano Sample sale similar here, Metallic Heels from Mui Mui sample sale similar here, Chanel Quilted Mini from Fashionphile similar here.

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New York Calling

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 29, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again Talking Fashion

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rooftop Garden, standing at British artist, Cornelia Parker's recreation from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho.

Perhaps it my annual trips to New York City when I was a child with my grandmother and or with the private all-girl’s high school I attended but it seems that the city that never sleeps is always calling me back. This time to see latest curated exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
New York Calling
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All That Jazz

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, April 11, 2016 IN: I Love Museums Smooth Jazz

All That Jazz
Earlier this year, when I visited the Jacqueline De Ribes exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I ventured over to the special display Celebrating Sax Instruments and Innovation, where I learned about the Adolphe Sax. The rare saxophone collection reminded me of that jazz I enjoy.

All That Jazz

I really appreciate that when you go to see an exhibit at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, you get some much for your donation. There is always an amazing amount of displays to see in just one day, you just have to be  brave enough to maneuver the crowds.
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One Stop

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again Style Icons Talking Fashion

One Stop

When you live in Small Town, USA like I do, a trip to New York City is the ultimate one stop destination for style inspiration, great food, cultural enrichment, and of course, shopping.

One Stop

My hubby and I motored to New York City for a belated birthday celebration with our daughter, Channing, a fashion journalist.  Upon our arrival on Friday evening, we commenced the weekend’s festivities with a literary-themed dining experience at The Writing Room in her neighborhood.

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Looking East

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, September 7, 2015 IN: Fashion Is Art I Love Museums On the Road Again

Looking East

Standing in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC to attend the Costume Institute’s exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass.  Outfit: On repeat with J. Crew linen  chevron-striped dress, Mansur Gabriel black leather large tote with Fashionphile Chloé Aurore wallet on chain and Nine West heels.

In case you don’t recall at this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the May 4 Costume Institute Benefit Gala, Rihanna was queen of China. I never paid attention to this red carpet event probably not until I started to attend the Costume Institute exhibits three years ago when my daughter moved to New York City. I say Rhianna was looking east for her fashion inspiration for this year’s Met Costume Ball’s Exhibit China:  Through the Looking Glass.

NEW YORK, NY - Guo Pei Gown. A view of atmosphere at "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – An awe-inspiring Guo Pei gown embroidered with gold an silver silk is displayed amid ancient Buddha figurines. A view of atmosphere at “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala – Press Preview at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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The Whitney

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again

The Whitney
On my road trip last weekend to visit my daughter, we ventured to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District to see The Whitney.  As in The Whitney Museum of American Art, it is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. Founded by sculptor and arts patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

The WhitneyThe museum is brand spanking new at this location.  It opened May 1, 2015, now home to more than 19,000 works of modern and contemporary American Art.

The Whitney

The Whitney

In 1931, Whitney approached the famed Metropolitan Museum of Arts to house her twenty-year collection of 700 modern art works.  Upon rejection from The Met, it was then that she founded The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Wearing J. Crew punched-out eyelet dress, with Seychelles blue suede sandals and carrying Mansur Gavriel Black Flamma Tote. My collection of Tiffany charms, David Yurman cable bracelet, J. Crew Factor necklace with Prada sunnies.

On the rooftop of the Whitney Museum in NYC; Wearing J. Crew punched-out eyelet dress, with Seychelles blue suede “Play Along” heels, carrying Mansur Gavriel Black Flamma Tote. My collection of Tiffany charms, David Yurman cable buckle bracelet with gold, J. Crew Factor statement necklace with Prada sunnies.  The first photo you can see the Freedom Tower in the skyline.

Vanderbilt! You may recall the name from the prominent United States Vanderbilt family.  As in her daddy was Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Cornelius built his wealth in shipping and railroads during the Gilded Age. Just a reminder, the Gilded Age was an era of rapid economic growth in the United States’s industrialization.

This portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney is featured in the first-floor gallery devoted to Gertrude in the Whitney Museum. Whitney commissioned this portrait in 1916 from Robert Henri, leader of the urban realist painters.

This portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney is featured in the first-floor gallery devoted to Gertrude in the Whitney Museum. Whitney commissioned this portrait in 1916 from Robert Henri, leader of the urban realist painters.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (January 9,1875 – April 18,1942) was a prominent social figure and hostess who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the also prosperous Whitney family.

The building was designed by architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the New York Times Building, The inaugural exhibit, “America Is Hard to See,” is drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of Art’s collection.  The massive collection covers most of the eight floors. The well-curated art is reflective of the period of time as listed below:

Floor Eight:  1910 -1940
Floor Seven:  1925 -1960
Floor Six:  1950 -1975
Floor Five:  1965 – Present
Floor Three: Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater and Education Center and Laurie M. Tisch Education Center
Floor One: 1900-1935 The early history of the Whitney is examined

Some of my favorites pieces:

The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939 by Joseph Stella (oil on canvas)

The Brooklyn Bridge: Variation on an Old Theme, 1939 by Joseph Stella (oil on canvas)

 

The Buffalo Hunt, 1933 by Horace Pippin (1888 - 1946) oil on canvas

The Buffalo Hunt, 1933 by Horace Pippin (1888 – 1946) oil on canvas

"Barack and Michelle" by Elizabeth Peyton.

“Barack and Michelle” by Elizabeth Peyton.

The exhibit runs until September 27, 2015. The admission fee is $22.00 per person. The museum offers Friday night pay-as-you-wish program from 7 to 10 pm like the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers everyday. Looking for a new and interesting place for a date, a fun day with the girls or art appreciation? The Whitney is the place.
Museum Hours:
Monday:  10:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday:  10:30 am – 6 pm
Great accommodating hours for the latter part of the week – Thursday through Saturday when the museum hours are 10:30 am – 10:00 pm.
Non-flash photography is allowed however selfie-sticks and tripods are prohibited.

The Whitney

My daughter, the soon to be Mrs.Yazy and I enjoyed the eighth-floor rooftop Studio Cafe small-bites restaurant as did everyone else for the scenic skyline views. Our aerial visual enjoyment included the massive Google building, the tip of the Empire State Building on one side and the Freedom Tower on another side.

The title, " America Is Hard to See," comes from a poem by Robert Frost and a political documentary by Emile de Antonio.

The title, ” America Is Hard to See,” comes from a poem by Robert Frost and a political documentary by Emile de Antonio.

My trips to NYC aren’t complete until we do what’s become the new normal.  The girls and I spent a lovely neither rainy nor cloudy day walking to brunch at a little Italian restaurant on the upper east side, manicures at our fave Blooming Nails, taking the dreaded Metro downtown to the Whitney and finishing off the night with dinner in the Union Square area. With all this strolling, I was able to get in 14,000 steps in my flats that I brought along (the heels were just for my outfit photo).

I walked 6 miles with 14, 497 steps. My goal is at least 10,000 per day as monitored by my Fitbit App.

I walked 6 miles with 14, 497 steps. My goal is at least 10,000 per day as monitored by my Fitbit App.

Thumbs Up ?? for The Whitney Museum’s new location on the Hudson River and the well-curated “America Is Hard To See” exhibit. America is actually easy to see at The Whitney. If you are planning a visit to Manhattan be sure to include this stop.

A special thank you to my daughter Channing for my wonderful photos.

Have a fabulous week!

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It’s Monumental

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, July 6, 2015 IN: I Love Museums On the Road Again

It's Monumental

It’s Monumental! What? My recent trip to Washington, D. C.  All the classic sights that most people have explored over the years. The  monuments dedicated to people who made American history, you know them – The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, The Jefferson Memorial, The newest one, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to name a few.

Wearing: J. Crew Factory strapless knit dress, Stella and Dot necklace and All Hail Ceri Espadrille Slingbacks from Gilt.

Wearing: J. Crew Factory strapless knit dress, Stella and Dot necklace and All Hail Ceri Espadrille Slingbacks from Gilt.

The Extra Mile- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is a national monument in Washington D.C. I am standing on one of the 34 bronze medallions honoring people who 'through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their owns dreams into movements that helped people across American and throughout the world".

Frederick Douglass’ Bronze Medallion – The Extra Mile- Points of Light Volunteer Pathway is a national monument in Washington D. C. I am standing on one of the 34 bronze medallions honoring people who ‘through their caring and personal sacrifice, reached out to others, building their owns dreams into movements that helped people across American and throughout the world”.

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Da ‘Burgh and the Andy Warhol Museum

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Thursday, August 28, 2014 IN: Art Appreciation I Love Museums On the Road Again

Da'Burgh and the Andy Warhol Museum

Hubby and I recently motored through the Appalachian Mountains via four tunnels as we headed west on the turnpike, to Da ‘Burgh we went!  That’s Pittsburgh.  One would think Pittsburgh was an island with its 446 bridges. The City of Bridges connects the cities hills, ravines, and three rivers is an attractive town, rich in culture and history. Many millions were amassed here with steel, coal, and foods.  The names jump off the history pages, you know them, Mellon, Carnegie, Heinz, and Frick, just to name a few.

Pittsburgh seems so far removed from everything. It was only because of me accompanying my husband on a recent business trip to the Three River City, that I found myself here and trying to occupy my time.  I didn’t have to look far for a lesson in Pittsburgh history; we stayed at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  The nearly 100-year-old historic art deco style hotel developed by Henry Clay Frick in 1916. I saw evidence of the old world charm all around the hotel, velvet settees, grand chandeliers, ballrooms; it reminded me of the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the old money feel of everything elaborate.

Andy Warhol

Photo of Andy Warhol at Warhol museum entrance.

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