Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Five Days In New York: Ten Favorite Destinations (Day 4)

Day 4 was all about fun fun fun!

Destination #7 - MOMA

I was the most fearful of Alex's short attention span at the museum. This was Alex's first trip to a museum, and he knew that it would be "bo-ring".  Meanwhile, MOMA is a six story Museum Of Modern Arts, and I lined up Varuzh and Robert to take care of him when his whining starts.

For the purpose of efficiency, we rushed to the fifth floor to see Van Gogh, Monet, Dali... Sorry for the name dropping!

I remember when I was in the London National Museum years ago, I sat down on the bench to rest... in front of Van Gogh's Sunflowers painting. Before I knew it, I found myself inside the painting... I sat there for what felt like hours and could not peel my eyes from the painting. That was the time when I realized the power of art over humans, and whenever I hear that some amazing paintings were stolen (not for resale, of course), I can understand what drove the thief (not that I condemn it, of course!). As irrational as it is, power of art can drive humans to do crazy things. (Remember The Thomas Crown Affair? One of my favorite movies!)

Anyways, back to MOMA.

I sat Alex down on the bench before Van Gogh's Starry Night and told him just to sit and look at it for
a little, and soon he would discovered that the painting would come to life.

Unfortunately, a few minutes was not enough for that kind of magic, so we moved on.

"Mommy! Look! This is Rene Magritte's painting!" Alex exclaimed with excitement. "Our art teacher was telling us about him during assembly! His stuff is a little crazy."

Wow, I was impressed with Alex's memory and level of excitement. He is 8, after all!

So we  asked the museum attendant if they had more of Rene Magritte's work, and the attendant told us that... there is exhibit of most of his works on the 6th floor. Boy, we were in luck! We ended up spending quite some time on the 6th floor and slowly made our way to the 1st and ended up enjoying cool, unusual, and creative displays of modern art which played interesting tricks with our visual and hearing senses.
There's a flying fan loose in the atrium!
Day 4 was just fabulous!

Destination #8 - Broadway Show

While I would love to see every single New York Broadway show, we had to settle for one. But which one to chose? It did not take long until one of the huge Time Square TVs led us to...
...yes, Wicked, the untold story of the Witches of Oz at Gershwin Theater...

Did I say the word "amazing" too many times in the last few days? Am I too easily impressed? Whatever you think, you have to check it out for yourself: the actors, the voices, the costumes, the entire production was just perfect... just perfect.

Oh, New York! It will be so hard to part with you tomorrow! You truly are the Capital of the World in every way.

xo, Zuma A.

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