day in the city

Today I saw two wonderful and completely different exhibitions in NYC.  First, at one of my favorite places, the American Folk Art Museum, the first half of an exhibit that celebrates their Year of the Quilt.  Its title, bland but informative, is: “Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum.” It’s not a huge show, but has outstanding examples of a very broad range.  Part II goes up in May 2011.

Hummingbirds Quilt

Hummingbirds Quilt, artist unidentified

African American strip quilt

African American strip quilt, by Idabell Bester

Harlequin Medallion Quilt

Harlequin Medallion Quilt, glazed wool, artist unidentified

Then I traipsed over to another favorite place, the Metropolitan Museum.  Only another week before Big Bambú closes and I had to see it.  No way to get tickets for the tour that lets you walk through the sculpture to the top (had to be there at least three hours early to wait in line), but just wandering around under it was amazing.  This was a sculpture installation on the roof of the Met that has continued to be built during the entire exhibition.  I’ll let the photos tell how that was.

Under the Big Bambú sculpture

Tangle of bamboo

One end of the Bib Bambú sculpture

This is only one end of the sculpture, taken from a part of the roof that wasn't covered with it.

Cords used to tie the bamboo

They had the colored cords they use to tie the bamboo hanging in big hanks along a piece of bamboo. Tops of Central Park trees beyond.

Hanging stone weight

A stone weight hanging in its own cage/sling of bamboo

Cord ties on steps

Cords tying the steps going up into the sculpture

NYC skyline with bamboo

Near sunset, nyc with bamboo fingers

Something that struck me about these two shows is a similarity of construction.  That is, you take one of something beautiful (a scrap of fabric, a stick of bamboo) and gather it and gather it, accumulating, assembling, letting it go where it will, but also watching what it does and guiding too, the ancient conversation between humans and material.  And besides, I just find a large accumulation of multiples irresistible.

5 Responses to “day in the city”

  1. jude Says:

    that bamboo is amazing isn’t it? ….back to gathering. the conversation. yes. … great post.

  2. deb g Says:

    All this is so fantastic….

    • caro Says:

      I guess I could add that while I lingered among the immense and complicated bamboo, and the sun lowered gradually in the sky, I also enjoyed an expensive but delicious mojito. The Met’s roof garden/cafe is fabulous if for nothing else than staring out over Central Park and into the city.

  3. Morna Says:

    Oh! I WISH I had realized Big Bambu was still up. I thought it had gone a while ago, and that I had missed it. How I would have loved to be there with it.

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