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During these colder months we’ve had a lot of great ‘women artists’ shows to see.  First we checked out the Pipilotti Rist show at the New Museum.  Can you tell where Zoe got the idea to have lights on her tent during her birthday?  The kids love lounging on soft furniture while watching projections on the ceiling – and the lights cascading from the ceiling!  Another show that we saw was the Marilyn Minter show at Brooklyn Museum of Art.  This show was a bit more risqué for kids but many pieces were lush enough to distract the kids from the more adult material.  Again, large projected images on the floor or ceiling just keep my kids interested for hours!

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underwear chandelier!

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zoe liked these so much she wanted them at her birthday

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gates at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden – right next door to Brooklyn Art Museum

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Brooklyn dusk after a long day of art!

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Well here’s what’s been going on here: we had a dusting of snow that lasted for all of a couple of hours and then melted away as rain within the same day.  It was pretty enough to photograph but didn’t linger long enough to turn into snowmen.  My Jewish kids were once again tapped for their acting skills – as Zoe played the Grinch in the school play just as her brother did 3 years ago.  I’m glad the school hung on to that backdrop that I made all those years ago!  This year was spruced up with a sled made from the janitor’s cart – it was Zoe’s favorite scene, riding in that thing.  We got to squeeze in a kid-version mash up of Swan Lake and Nutcracker called ‘Ballerina Swan‘.  Zoe loves posing with the dancers!

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Zoe’s classmates from front left: Haitia, Isabella, Grace and Annissa

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I love Storm King Art Center more than any other excursion to see art outdoors! I finally returned to this favorite place – although it was a bit too early to see the foliage change colors – it was nice and cool so that we didn’t burn up out in the sun all day. The kids love running around Maya Lin‘s ‘Wave Field’ and of course my husband and I cannot get enough of Andy Goldsworthy‘s Storm King Wall. The kids couldn’t stop running with their own reflections at the ‘Mirror Fence‘ and I never tire of seeing the mysterious Nam June Paik face sculptures in the grass.

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We’ve had the cold weather visit us again… which means more museum going for us.  The Jewish Museum has a funky collection of art by Jewish artists – anything from robots to bicycle art can be viewed here, as well as a whole floor of older and new relics and Judaica  (menorahs galore!) from Israel and around the world.

 

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When the weather gets this cold, there’s nothing better than something hot and brothy. After Sunday School we love exploring the food shops around Flushing’s Chinatown and someone at our synagogue recommended Sentosa. What a find! Their shrimp and green bean dish along with noodles in broth is amazing, and we loved the ‘Indian pancake’ in a chicken coconut broth. I’m already having a craving for more!

 a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

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and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

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We finally made our way downtown to Gansevoort Street to see the Whitney Museum’s New Building. While there was a 35 minute wait to get in, it was worth it once we got to see the sunset over the Hudson and pinkish hues on the surrounding buildings at dusk. And of course the Archibald Motley paintings clearly inspired Zoe enough to get her drawing while there.

photos by Nick Lehoux from the Whitney New Building site:
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Calder's circus is here! a kid fave..

Calder’s circus is here! a kid fave..

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Ezra has been learning all about African culture at school through a program called City Lore. He had a performance on Monday and I was so pleased with how well he danced! At one point his whole group got a bit stuck and forgot their moves and there was Ezra – jamming on his own and basically doing a solo for a few minutes! I’m so proud.

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