Clancy, my chief stewardess, said to me, “Katie, vacuum the yacht’s interior then take a break and go to MOMA”. Like an ADHD child I ran to the cleaning cupboard and, a little later, was hailing the nearest NYC cab.
As I entered the large open modern lobby of the Museum of Modern Art, I had a ‘Wow, you finally got here’ moment! It has always been a dream to see my favourite Modern Art works in the flesh, or rather, thick layers of paint. After purchasing my ticket, I only had half an hour to run around absorbing the talented walls. I asked the first person I saw, ‘Which floor is the Pop Art section?’ and was directed to the 5th and 6th floors. I ran to the escalators, feeling like an energetic kid on an Easter morning treasure hunt.
And then there they were…. Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Kline, Miro, Mondrian, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Salvidor Dali, Jasper Johns and many more greats! All these magnificent paintings transported me back to high school and university where I wrote numerous papers and exams on the paintings that were hanging in front of me. This is a dream come true as looking at a copy of these art works in a book just doesn’t do them any justice. As you can see in the slide show above, I was extra snap-happy so I could record my time in MOMA and, of course, to share the love with you! (You’re welcome)
I only managed to see the tip of the MOMA ice berg due to time constraints; however, I did allocate enough time to tackle the ama-zing-zing MOMA Design stores (yes, I went into both stores). I went a little bit crazy and bought replacements of previous gifts that my darling brother bought me a few years ago – a take-away styled ceramic and rubber coffee mug and a perspex pin-up board for my desk. Then I had to buy some Pop Art prints to add to the framed Andy Warhol and Roy Litchenstein versions I bought at London’s Tate Modern years ago; some gifts for friends and family, a set of books for my future home one day, post cards etc… Honestly, it was worth swiping my credit card. Where am I going to find such quality stuff again? And it’s MOMA!!! 🙂
As I sipped my Starbucks Mocha Lite Frappaccino in a taxi, heading down 5th Avenue back to the yacht at Chelsea Piers, I could not wipe the smile off my face. I have crossed off one of my top priority travel bucket list bullet points. Tick! Yet another too brief stop in New York City that will stay with me forever. Hopefully I can revisit MOMA in the future and take my time wandering the other four floors of mesmerizing Modern Art.