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This winter has left us a little stir crazy.  For a while there it seemed like our kids were starting to refuse to go out and about with us. Loving the new house and alley so much, they wanted to stick around at home more.  But then suddenly this weekend it was actually Ezra who had a strong desire to go back to my favorite museum – the MoMA!  HE actually begged us to go.  And so we did .. and enjoyed a pop art show of 60s art and culture, and Ezra even pointed out Starry Night as one he remembered as his favorite.  I guess his art classes at school are paying off..?

And he even had a trip to Carnegie Hall (thank you to the Seows) to see a chamber orchestra, and enjoyed it.  Some city culture sinking in perhaps?

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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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I’ve been dying to get to this beautiful new museum – constructed on farm land and made (in my opinion) to look like a grand, elegant barn full of contemporary art. It was fun sending the kids on an art scavenger hunt on a rainy afternoon —

shot by Iwan Baan for NY Mag

shot by Iwan Baan for NY Mag


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Okay truth be told I’ve been following Jeff Koons since the early 90s and I was very ‘eh’ about his work. But who could resist taking kids to see all these enlarged inflatable structures on a Saturday afternoon? I thought everyone else would be at the beach but as it turned out, the museum was bustling. When Koons was married to an Italian porn star they made a couple pieces that included he and she in the photos – so we were warned at the door that the 3rd floor may be a little ‘racy’. But the kids basically ignored naked body parts for the much more intriguing giant blob of Playdoh (inspired by Koon’s son, made of aluminum and it took 20 years to build!) The room of illuminated vacuums was oddly soothing, and I still cannot figure out how the stacked white chairs with inflatable pool toys could’ve been produced… it’s baffling. I love how all the tour guides wore inflatable bunnies on their heads.
I’m now sold on Koons’ work – who knew I’d become a fan 20 years into following him?

(BY THE WAY this is post #600 for me… can you believe I’ve had this much to say? Thanks for following!)

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We were up at the crack of dawn to see the White House – a tour that kept Ezra entertained (but Zoe was a bit bored by the rugs and china – in her eyes, this was all there was to see.) We got to catch the Cherry Blossom Parade, ran to the Freer and Hirshhorn Galleries, and even managed to jump on a carousel and enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden by the fountain. The weather was amazing so we just couldn’t fathom going indoors…

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge -

Ezra proudly wears his junior ranger badge –

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

Minutemen and inflatable characters in the Cherry Blossom Parade

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the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

the escalator heading to the lower level of the Hirshhorn Gallery

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hanging near tourists and a silver tree

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MAN we need to find some new stuff to do. We are revisiting the same museums – but thank goodness they have new ever-changing exhibits to be excited about! I for one cannot wait to spend more time outdoors. But the Korakrit Arunanondchai exhibit at least had some fun, giant denim cushions to sack out on. Basically the kids love any art they can touch or climb on. Check it out this weekend:

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We love the Museum of Modern Art in midtown, and especially love it for developing its kid zone/media lab in the back. The Isa Genzken Retrospective was a colorful, splashy exhibit that kept my kids entertained (as well as the parents.) If you remember we’ve been to their material lab before (see here) but this past week they revamped the space to have it focus on movement. As always Ezra loved the stop-motion animation program – and Zoe just wanted to frolick outside in the garden.

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