Last week MoMA held a member preview of their new American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe exhibit. The exhibit features the museum’s collection of American art made between 1915 and 1950, “and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century.” The pieces on display include prints, paintings, sculptures and etchings from artists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth, among others.
I invited my friend H to come along as she actually knows a thing or two about a thing or two and I like to surround myself with people who know WAY more about stuff than I do.
There were a lot of wonderful pieces, but I was only able to get off a few shots before Frau Museum Guardlady got all up in my grill about it, even though there were no signs that indicated that photography was not allowed. I was going to ask her if she “wanted to dance” but having just come off a two-day viewing binge of “Orange is the New Black” thought better of it.
According to H, Hopper’s House by the Railroad was the inspiration for the Bates house in the movie Psycho. In fact, Hitchcock’s fascination for Hopper’s work goes well beyond this lonely Victorian by the tracks. You can read more about it here.
We then moved on to the O’Keeffes.
Often recognized as the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe is perhaps best known for how her sensual close-ups of flowers resembled female genitalia; something the artist never admitted to.
At age 12, O’Keeffe declared that she knew she was an artist. She lived this truth until her death at age 98.
My photos do not do the beauty of her work justice.
Another piece that struck me was Andrew Wyeth’s, Christina’s World, 1948.
This iconic piece ignited a maelstrom of controversy in the art world, which you can read about here. Props to H for the article. Told you it was good to hang with people who are smarter than you.
Some additional compelling pieces below:
The exhibit is now open to the general public and runs through early January. Check it out if you’re in town.
Since we both had a bunch of stuff to do, H and I said are goodbyes and made a mad dash through the rain to our respective subways. It was lunchtime and I was starving but the route to my favorite lunch spot near my apartment was fraught with danger in the guise of massive puddles and, my cute new flats would hear nothing of it. So I took the long way around and on the way found my new favorite local burger chain/joint.
Meet Clarke’s Standard.
Clarke’s Standard has three locations in NYC, with a fourth opening soon in Union Square. You can check them out here. If you’re hankering for a burger and don’t have time to grab a proper sit down lunch I highly recommend them. Oh, and they also have beer on tap! What’s not to love?
Have a great weekend you guys. It’s going to be a beautiful few days here in New York. Hope the weather in your part of the world treats you well this weekend!