Gallery Mondays: Tara

tara deity copper

Last week, I visited the Rubin Museum downtown with Niketa during K2 Lounge Fridays. It was too cool!

I waited for Niketa in the museum’s gift shop, where I ended up acquiring some new post cards for my walls. When she arrived she bought a bracelet and fragrant soap.

After our little shopping spree, we sat down at K2 Lounge and decided to order spicy lamb meatballs and two glasses of Riesling wine. I’d never had lamb before but I actually really liked it.

Meanwhile, DJ Shishi was at the turn table spinning what one visitor claimed to be “remixes of popular Indian music.” He also played some Darius and AlunaGeorge.

In the galleries we discovered these amazing copper sculptures of Buddhist deities. No matter which floor we wound up on, I was drawn to each depiction of Tara in the exhibits. There was just something about her.

The photo of Tara above was made of gilt copper alloy in Nepal. She’s got amazing posture, doesn’t she?

I totally recommend you go see Tara at the Rubin Museum on K2 Lounge Fridays. Admission is free!

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Gallery Mondays: ‘Private Passage’

hudson river park pier 96 bottle private passage

I just had a housewarming party on Friday, so I’m out of wine, and this week’s Gallery Mondays is reminding me I have to go by some more!

Anyway, I saw this really cool wine bottle one day while sitting at Pier 96 in NYC. It’s called Private Passage, and it was created by Malcolm Cochran.

I’m kind of upset now, because I just did some research on the bottle and realized the inside of it is a replica of an interior stateroom on the ocean liner Queen Mary. AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHILE I WAS THERE SO I DIDN’T LOOK THROUGH ANY OF THE HOLES TO SEE IT.

I’ll probably go back soon because clearly I have some unfinished business with that wine bottle.

Learn more about the sculpture here.

Gallery Mondays: Goddess in a Sidewalk Vineyard

goddess casa di isacco

Back in September 2015, I was walking along 9th Ave in Midtown when I saw this gorgeous goddess outside of Casa di Isacco.

I’d passed by the restaurant a couple of times, but I never realized there was a sculpture sitting in that sidewalk vineyard. The sculpture looks like a depiction of Greek/Roman goddess Hebe/Juventus, but I’m not entirely sure.

Doesn’t this photo make you wish it was still autumn in NYC? Gosh, this snow needs to melt. STAT.

Learn more about the goddess Hebe on Wikipedia.

Gallery Mondays: “Balloon Flower” by Jeff Koons

red flower balloon koons celebration

Now, I’m aware that flowers are the last thing that come to mind when it’s almost the third week into winter in NYC, but we’re making an exception for today’s Gallery Mondays.

I saw “Balloon Flower,” a balloon-shaped, stainless steel sculpture of a flower, while headed to the 9/11 Memorial Museum with a friend in December. Jeff Koons, the same artist behind the blue gazing ball on Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP album cover, created the sculpture.

The sculpture is part of Koons’ collection called Celebration. He has also created the same sculpture in yellow, blue, magenta, and orange. This red one sits in front of BMCC’s Fiterman Hall in the middle of a fountain.

See the blue version of “Balloon Flower” and the rest of the pieces from Celebration over on Jeff Koons’ website.

Gallery Mondays: Hewitt’s ‘Urban Rattle’ on The High Line NYC

highline art

I haven’t been to The High Line since last year, and looking back at some of the photos I’ve taken while up there makes me want to go back this fall!

I took this photo when I visited The High Line with some friends back in 2013. It’s an art installation by Charlie Hewitt called Urban RattleWhen I first saw it, I didn’t think much of it, but it’s quite the intriguing art installation.

The rattle contains seven pieces. I can only make out a few of the pieces in the rattle—Pacman, a crown, and a boomerang.

When I was a toddler, I don’t remember having a legit rattle (my mom says I had one though), but I do remember having this doll with a handle that I would shake to create a bell sound. I loved that doll. I think her name was Molly.

Totally wouldn’t have minded having this Urban Rattle to play with, though.

See more of Charlie Hewitt’s work here.

Gallery Mondays: Aristide Maillol’s ‘The River’

 

the river

Back in the fall of 2013, I visited the MoMa Sculpture Garden. I got there right before it closed so I didn’t get to enjoy it too much, but it’s a great place to sit down and have a peaceful reading session.

My favorite sculpture was The River by French sculptor Aristide Maillol. The statue lies on a small podium in the water, with her neck craning downward to the point where it looks as if she’s trying to wet her head.

Ancient skinny dipping?

She’s quite bodacious too, which can probably explain why the majority of the wishers throw their pennies into this section!

Read more about the sculpture here.

 

Gallery Mondays: MTA Subway Fare Evader

subway sculpture 14 street edit

The New York City subway is a gallery in itself. The 14th Street A, C, E, L subway station is no exception.

Tom Otterness’ Life Underground is a collection that has intrigued me since I was a little girl. The bronze sculptures are put into some very comical, cartoon-like situations that almost seem human.

This one stood out to me most while coming up the stairs from the L train last Friday. With the latest MTA fare hike, who can blame this guy?

See the rest of the sculptures here.