Thursday, September 2, 2010

New York: High culture in the big city

Today was a day for some culture and what better place to get a good dose than New York City.

First stop Moma – the Museum of Modern Art. I had been looking forward to this visit, but to be perfectly honest it really had nothing on the Tate Modern in London.

There were several standout pieces including works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse, but the overall collection seemed to lack something, the place was noisy and full of people. And the building itself didn’t have the same arty feel as the Tate’s power station.

It didn’t help that most of the 3rd floor was closed so we didn’t get to see any of the Pollock’s, Rothko’s or Warhol’s.

It was nice to see some works by the Guerrilla Girls on display.

After partaking our in our first street side New York hotdog, we took a short train ride uptown and we were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the Met. More of a classic museum, the Met displays man-made objects from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to the Middle Ages and the present.

Like the Smithsonian museums in Washington the Met is a huge maze-like building with several days’ worth of sights.

While the focus is definitely Western, there are several Asian collections on display including ancient Chinese and Japanese amour.

Sticking with the Asian theme our next port of call was the famous New York stop – Chinatown. Here we each picked up a medium sized wheelie bag to house all the extra supplies we’d pick up on our travels.

Well, tomorrow we’re off to Boston – the final stop on our journey before coming back to New York and on to London.

More NYC pics here

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