The Play’s the Thing–Putting Parents Center Stage

Some of us were fortunate enough to have parents who thought we were the center of the universe. (Source: disney.wikia.com) Others, not so much. My friend was one of those who had parents who did not. Four decades ago, I witnessed the minor cruelties that parents can inflict first hand. My friend, always believing herself…

How Long Does it Take to Adjust to Retirement Or Should You Just Give Up and Go Back to Work?

Well, that depends. For some people, retiring is like not having someone hit you on the head every day–those people are going to adjust within five or six hours. (Source: biznology.com) For others, adjusting takes a bit longer–for me, for instance, it has taken about two years. Why, when everyone I speak to congratulates me…

Dumbing Down Standing Up–The Rise and Fall of the Standing Ovation

It has become so commonplace to stand at the end of a performance, we no longer save it for the extra special–just like tipping–it’s expected. (Source: pinterest.com) American audiences are famous for their generosity–we don’t boo or hiss, except once in a while I have heard a boo–usually saved for a perfectly awful set at…

A Trip to the Unknown: Wandering Through the National Academy Museum

I bet you’ve never been here, but I could be wrong–I often am–at least, I never was there. On Fifth Avenue, between two giants: the Guggenheim and the Cooper Hewitt (currently undergoing some much needed restoration of its 110-year old building) the National Academy Museum is housed in a Beaux-Arts townhouse formerly the home of…

New Gauguin Show at MOMA–Not What You Expect

At least, it wasn’t what I expected. In this case, it was an old acquaintance in unfamiliar garb, that is, Gauguin as sculptor, wood carver and print maker. I am still angry at MOMA for making a bad artistic decision to knock down three gorgeous Beaux Arts townhouses to expand lo these 40 years ago,…

New Art in the 20s–Visiting Galleries II

As you walk through Chelsea across 23rd Street from the #1 train, you will see lots of fine old townhouses, landmark apartment buildings, and the local barber shop looking very upscale and chic. The old railroad bed, now the High Line,  is above you and even on a cold day, people are meandering along, looking…

Back to 1913 and Scandalous Art

If you have a chance before February 23 to get to the New York Historical Society to see the Armory Show, you should do it. This famous show that took place at the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington and 25th and 26th Streets has been recreated. (Source: armory.nyhistory.org) Of the original 1350 works 100 paintings,…