A Study Day with Eveline Eaton Thursday 15 March 2018
No matter whether you have never been to New York and would like to have your appetite whetted to go-
you have visited New York sometime in the past and would like to revive and update your memories
you are already planning a visit to New York and would like to have an introduction to the “Big Apple” (name derived from a Harlem jazz club):
This Study Day is for you: what is impossible to do on a “real visit” in one day to this magnificent and exciting city, we can do with computer images today.
Session One will set the historical background and guide us through the plethora of traditional and modern architecture. Ever since the horrific events of 9/11, there has been an architectural renaissance in New York which is unequalled in the rest of the world. The traumatic events then and now did not result in this dynamic city and its inhabitants giving in to terrorist attacks. Architects from all over the world have been invited to make their mark in New York.
Session Two will take us into the magnificent museums of the city. We start looking at the great variety of art-works in the Metropolitan Museum and its associated Cloisters Museum in the northern Fort Tyron Park. The treasures of these two museums will allow us to follow the chronological sequence of artistic manifestations during the past centuries – mainly in Europe, but also in the Far East and in the New World.
Session Three will allow us to visit the beautiful Frick Collection, a private home converted into a sensational museum with important paintings hung in rooms furnished with exquisite traditional furniture. The nearby Guggenheim Museum is the only museum design in Frank Lloyd Wright’s oeuvre featuring some striking European works of modern art. For a more comprehensive collection of international modern art we go to midtown to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Downtown on the SW side of Manhattan the new Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano which tells us the story of American art.
After all this mental stimulation, we are in dire need for some physical exercise: a walk along the nearly two-mile long High Line will satisfy this demand and reward us with magnificent views all round. We’ll end up in Hudson Yards where Thomas Heatherwick’s sensational designs of city environments are in the process of being built … a fitting end to our exploration of New York’s Art and Architecture.