Studio Museum in Harlem–Just the Right Size

If you haven’t been to this little gem of a museum, set aside a day to do so–(maybe the same day you eat lunch at Red Rooster around the corner). (studiomuseum.org) A stunning building re-designed by the late Max Bond, its five floors provide just enough wall space to display several artists’ work–just enough to…

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…

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,…