We spent the weekend in New York City with our son Christopher and his wife Amanda. We had a great time and learned a lot about art. Christopher and Amanda are art lovers, so we went to The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, and between the museums and them we learned a lot. The Cloisters (picture 3, 4 and 10) is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe and was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. It is located north of the city in a beautiful park. It was like a whole other world. We only spent about an hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Well in all honesty, Leslie and Amanda sat down and rested and Christopher and Don looked at the Egyptian exhibit that was there (picture 5 and 6). We spent most of Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art. They had a lot of paintings by famous people (that Leslie did not realize were considered modern art) – Picasso, Gauguin, Monet and Van Gogh. It was very interesting to see the real paintings that you have seen in pictures a hundred times. They are much prettier in person. Picture 7 is a picture of a Warhol and picture 8 is Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
We also got to go to the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center site. The WTC 1 is not quite finished, but all the floors are there (picture 1). The reflection pools that are in the footprint of the two buildings that were attacked are beautiful (picture 2). There is a lot of work to do and it is going to be fantastic when it is all finished, but it is still worth going to right now. Lastly, we couldn’t leave without Don and Christopher posing with the Wall Street Bull.