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C15 in NYC

4 Jun

Sometimes you just have to get out of the place where you are and get someplace else, especially if where you’re going is someplace with killer art, food and people, amongst other things. In that spirit, since the mid-career retrospective Glenn Ligon: America was closes at the Whitney this weekend, and because of all the raving around Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Met (totally worth it and more on that heart-shattering talent later) New York City was the midweek getaway destination for c.a.s. this last week. Lots of museums and galleries, some old friends and family, performance art and sadly and very specially, the remembrance service for the one and only Gil Scott-Heron. More on that later as well, but here are some snapshots and vids of odds and ends picked up whilst wandering around the city that never sleeps, and always keeps the lights on for you.
After landing in the Big Apple to sweltering, drenching heat, Papaya King was an amazing pick-me-up.
“Negro Sunshine” by Glenn Ligon (2005) hanging in the window of the Whitney.
Fun with cameras in the Whitney elevator!
Clip from Cory Arcangel’s “Paganini Caprice No. 5” (2011) in the Whitney’s exhibition Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools.
Handed this note by a comely middle-aged woman in the shop. Must be the ties.
Hanging out with a Brooklyn friend, he remarked that Manhattan is “pretty cool.” Yes, yes it is.
This was a sad and strange affair to attend. It was even heavier to head straight from that to McQueen at the Met, to have the loss of two huge talents right there in your face. Sad and strange and full of grace and beauty.
Whoever thinks graffiti is a modern problem should take a look at most antiquities, like the Temple of Dendur at the Met.
Self-portrait via Anish Kapoor’s “Untitled” (2007). Not the only person doing this.
This busker had the Chinese national anthem down, which is smart, given the number of Chinese tourists around.
Scene from Watch Me Fall by the British company Action Hero at the PS 122 performance space. Daredevils of the mundane and tragicomic!
Early work of David LaChapelle on display at Michelman Fine Art.
After being totally destroyed by the Egon Schiele drawings and paintings at the Neue Galerie, a second round of McQueen (where they were super vigilant about cameras and cellphones) and more wandering around the Upper East Side, Paul Gauguin‘s “Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary)” (1891) was almost enough to miss a flight for.

Now that we have gotten going on the food trucks, can we get some busking like this going along the Light Rail, or around the lakes?
But then in the end, Minneapolis-bound and well worn-down, but feeling like the sky really is the limit.

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