I haven’t been to see much art recently, which is an omission I really ought to rectify. To my credit, I did try to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library on a recent trip to Washington DC, but their gallery was closed as they were installing a visiting exhibition from Oxford, so other than a quick look at the Ashbourne portrait (not actually of Shakespeare) and an intriguing painting of Queen Elizabeth I holding a colander it was a bit of a bust on the culture front. However, I did manage a quick trip to MoMA a few weeks ago, but not to see any art – I went to listen to an audio tour about dust. Continue reading

Notes from November, and festive fun

As various people have pointed out to me, things have been a little quiet around here lately…! Since we got back from our trip to Hawaii (of which more very soon, I promise) on December 5th, the usual pre-Christmas madness completely took over, and it has taken this long to catch up. Continue reading

Marvellous Matisse

Taking advantage of an unexpected free morning, I decided to brave the masses and try to get in to MoMA to see the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition. Apparently it was Tate Modern’s most popular exhibition to date, and before it opened in New York they were predicting huge volumes of eager viewers this side of the Atlantic too. It was certainly a lot busier than I would have expected for an off-season Monday morning, but in the end I had less than an hour to wait before my allocated timeslot, and whiling away some time in MoMA is not exactly a challenge – in fact I came across a display of Toulouse Lautrec lithographs, which was well worth a look. Continue reading

Drawing which makes itself

One of the many benefits of working at the Morgan is that our Volunteer Director organises regular opportunities for us to visit other cultural institutions and exhibitions around the city. The latest of these was a private tour of Dorothea Rockburne’s show at MoMA, Drawing which makes itself, just before it closed last week. I’m always keen to participate in this sort of thing, but this tour was particularly special as it was conducted by the artist herself. Continue reading