Artful Dodger…

The Artful Dodger.

I went the cultural route last week.

Whitney terrace vista

I am a member of both the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Yes, I know I pay an annual membership fee, which by the way, is tax deductible.

But, I felt that I got away with two tantalizing evenings of entertainment for next to nothing.

Calder Exhibit

Last Thursday was the Members Only opening night of the Calder exhibit at the Whitney.

Calder

It is a small exhibit, but some of the pieces have never been seen.

Calder: Hypermobility focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works in motion.

Calder

We moseyed down to the Meatpacking district around 7pm, stopping at the restaurant, Untitled, adjacent to the museum.

Forona Beets with whipped feta, candied pecans and poppyseed dressing

It was a glorious evening and we had a splendid rose from Languedoc along with two fabulous vegetarian dishes.

Roasted Cauliflower with dates, toasted almonds and Romano cheese

With the membership discount we barely spent $35 and had a romantic interlude before the visual stimulation.

Sunset at the Whitney

The Calder exhibit was charming and the sunset views from the outside terraces were as thrilling as the art display.

We strolled home via the Highline which was quiet with stunning vistas…a wonderful evening for next to nothing…experience, priceless.

Central Park

Friday evening we meandered through Central Park, headed to the MET.

MET Rooftop

We took in some Impression art and Rodin sculpture, but our destination was the rooftop.

Summer evenings on the MET roof are exquisite and they are further enhanced by adult beverages.

The rooftop exhibit is fascinating this year.

The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance is provocative.
Villar Rojas, known for his large-scale installations, has transformed the roof with sixteen sculptures that fuse human figures with replicas of nearly 100 objects from the Museum’s collection.
A new black, white and gray tiled floor has been installed.
The installation encompasses an environmental transformation of the space.
 

We took it all in while sipping champagne.

We met a lovely couple and enjoyed the views and their company for two hours.

We walked home through the Park and had dinner at the bar at Cafe Luxembourg, meeting another group of interesting people.

Calder

Two amazing evenings with good food and priceless culture for under $100.

Only in New York, kiddo.

Calder

Calder:Hypermobility June 9-October 23rd, 2017. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street New York City.

The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue New York City. April 14th through October 29th, 2017.

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