9/11 – New York City Remembered

9/11…New York City…Both conjure up strong memories in my mind and emotions in my heart. As scenes of the horrors of 9/11 have been reviewed on this 20th anniversary, I flash back to memories of my personal times in NYC. As a young woman – I lived and worked in Manhattan. Years later, as a tour leader – I led groups of students to explore this great city. In this blog, I revisit and remember this city and reflect on its great resiliency.

Film Discussion: Julie & Julia (France, NYC)

“Julie & Julia” is a fun, inspirational film on the true stories of 2 women who are passionate about French cooking. Julie Powell (NYC 2002) sets out to prepare all 524 recipes in 365 days in the French cookbook by the infamous, Julia Childs (Paris 1950s). I found cause for deep retrospection in light of the pandemic’s impact on our lives.

Hot Soup (& Art) for a Cold Day (Warhol)

Soup. A staple in the lives of people since the dawn of time. Imagine a warm cup of soup on a cold Minnesota winter day. “Campbell Soup Cans” by Andy Warhol are the perfect art for this week! Read more on Warhol and the iconic Pop Art movement in my blog.

Art for The Annunciation: Mary’s Miracle (Campin)

The Annunciation is an integral part of the Christmas Advent season. One of my favorite renditions of this scene is the Merode Altarpiece. It is a treasure of the Met Cloisters, atop a hill hidden in the far north end of New York City’s Manhattan Island. It is a true blend of medieval and modern in our own country.

LOVE says it all…in Art (Indiana)

LOVE says it all…in art and in marriage (hopefully!) This week’s art is dedicated to my great husband on our 43rd anniversary. I love this artwork as it reminds me of my time living in NYC in the late 60’s. It became the pop symbol of the flower-powered decade, despite the artist’s association of love with his faith. Versions of LOVE are found in 2D and 3D sculptures, along with much memorabilia. Click on the link to find out more about both this iconic symbol as well as the artist.

Golden Rule: Do Unto Others. . . in Art & Life (Rockwell)

Pondering famous art pertinent to the horrendous current events of racism and violence this past week with the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police in Minnesota, this verse and artwork came to mind. If we all applied the Golden Rule to our lives, the world would be a much different place.

What Day IS it??? (Art & Life in Dali’s Melting Clocks)

Are you confused about what day it is? Seems you are not alone! Staying home during the pandemic has thrown off our perception of time. This reminds me of Dali’s famous melting clocks Surrealistic painting. Dali describes our life today; his surrealistic art is meant to “systemize confusion and help discredit completely the sense of reality.”

The City is Dark – in Art & Life (O’Keeffe, NYC, Art in Bloom/Mia/Minneapolis, MN)

Due to COVID the annual Art in Bloom at the MIA was cancelled, and the streets of NYC are dark and empty. In “City Night” O’Keeffe captures the stark streets of New York, an image reflected in a stunning bouquet at last year’s flower show.