June 5, 1999
Lynne and I just returned from 4 days in NYC,
which included a large number of museums:
Guggenheim: the works, and the building itself,
must have seemed very modern in the 60's, but now
both seem old and lifeless.
Museum of Modern Art: I disproportionate number of Picassos,
to which I have a strong allergy.
Frick: the mansion and private collection of a
late tycoon, augmented with other works.
Several priceless Vermeers.
Whitney: currently, a pre-millenial retrospective
covering American art (and other cultural artifacts)
from 1900-1950. Comprehensive and great, a bit overwhelming.
PS 1: converted school in Brooklyn.
"Modern Art": piles of trash, inflatable Barney. Yuck.
I was interviewed on SETI@home in the ABC building,
and ran from there to the Steinway showroom,
where Erica X-Y was enchanted with Weinberg's playing.
Also of note: Staten Island Ferry, camel-toe woman.
Lynne's $350 show purchase.
Beacon Hotel (recommended).
Berg playing Medtner.
Deserted, quiet streets (memorial day).
Beautiful walks through Central Park.