A Day at the Whitney
Last week I spent a day getting my culture fix at the Whitney Museum. There’s a great rotating exhibit there that is filled with works from Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper, and other American art legends from the early 20th Century. Robert Indiana (from LOVE fame) also has a huge exhibit there filled with his bold and graphic work.
My favorite exhibit had to be T.J. Wilcox: In the Air. The exhibit is a massive film installation that takes up most of the floor. A donut shaped screen was erected and a 360 degree panoramic view of New York City was projected onto the screen. Visitors watch the panoramic image time lapse from dawn until dusk from inside of the circular structure. At various points in the “day” 6 separate short films relating to New York City played at various places on the screen. There was a video about how the Empire State Building was originally going to be a docking station for the transatlantic Zeppelin. The airship was going to dock at the top point of the building and passengers were going to get off at the observation deck. Crazy, huh? There was a short biographical video about Gloria Vanderbilt, a member of the famous Vanderbilt family and Anderson Cooper’s mother. I think she’s as close to American royalty as you get. There was also a gut wrenching interview with a building super who was up on his balcony on September 11th, and watched the entire tragedy play out in front of his eyes and through his binoculars. Combined, the 6 videos were wonderful bites of New York City, past and present. The entire experience was throughly engaging and I highly recommend it!