Posted by: vlibrizzi | August 15, 2009

A Night in NYC: The MoMA and Modern

DSC_1437Yesterday afternoon, C. and I drove into New York City with his family for a quick trip to the MoMA. C. and I had been wanting to see an exhibit of nine paintings on display at the MoMA from the private collection of David Rockefeller for some time now, so we thought yesterday would be  a great day to see the pieces since on Friday nights the MoMA does not charge any entrance fee.

Suffice it to say, the place was packed with other people like us crowding to get a glimpse of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Picasso Damoissselles D’Avignon.

We were in full-fledged tourist mode and took a few photos of ourselves next to some of our favorite paintings in the exhibit, which included paintings by Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse, as well as other artists.

DSC_1438Because of traffic getting into the city, we only had about an hour and a half in the museum, so we, sadly, had to rush through the fifth floor of impressionist, fauvist, and cubist art.





DSC_1442In the last fifteen minutes before the museum closed, we visited a really cool exhibit on a lower floor of all of the elements in a traditional Chinese home. The artist collected everything in his mother’s home and displayed it as a piece of art. The artist’s mother was a true “pack rat,” but apparently this tendency to hoard useless things (from plastic soda bottles to bits of string) was common at the time of the artist’s mother’s life. It reminded us of our grandparents who would re-use aluminum foil or plastic wrap because they grew up during the Depression when things like that were hard to come by.

Sadly, we didn’t get to look at all of the artist’s mother’s things since the museum was closing, but what we did see was pretty fascinating. You can see a photo of the “house” from above in the photo to the left.

DSC_1443But while we were in “pack rat” exhibit, we stumbled upon an old shoebox in the house with “Fontainebleau” written across the top!

Seeing the old shoe box (upside down in the photo to the left) tug at our heartstrings—it was a clear sign that we’re starting to feel a bit “home” sick and are getting ready to head back to France in a few days.

Once the museum closed, we walked to the restaurant next door called Modern. It’s a very, well, modern Danny Meyer restaurant that was built when the MoMA was re-done a few years ago. The food, and the company, was absolutely fabulous. I had a lamb and goat cheese terrine and then the veal flank steak which was perfectly cooked. C. had a duck breast appetizer with truffle-pistacio dipping sauce and then scrod with bacon and greens. For dessert, we all split some french cheese (a brebis from the pyrenees and a goat cheese from the Loire valley) and then some beignets with caramel sauce—a little reminder of France in the Big Apple.

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