NYC | 50 Shades of Black & White

A few weeks ago, Kat and I checked out the Picasso Black and White exhibit at the Guggenheim. It was actually my first time at this museum (hereby referred to as “the Goog”), but it definitely won’t be my last. The museum design (by Frank Lloyd Wright) is iconic and has been featured in many movies and television shows, including Mr. Popper’s Penguins which I accidentally watched a few minutes of once, but got to enjoy people chasing penguins all around the museum.


I loved the Goog because of the flow, made possible by FLW’s amazing design work. I have Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) and am never sure in other museums if I’ve hit all the rooms or if I’ve missed out on something amazing. At the Goog, you are just walking up a constant path (with a few side rooms on the lower levels) so you are bound to catch it all.

I’ve always loved Picasso. I checked out the Picasso: Guitars exhibit at the MoMA last year and and even have tried to make my own version of his painting Three Musicians. This exhibit was different because obviously, as the title shows, only pieces in black and white (and shades of the two) were featured. So many of Picasso’s iconic pieces are in bright and bold colors or of course, in shades of blue from his blue period. In addition to paintings, some of Picasso’s sculptures and sketches (in a style I had never seen) were displayed. I enjoyed the whole exhibit very much. It’s always fun to read Picasso’s titles for his artwork and then to try and figure out how the heck the paintings are actually “Accordionist” or “The Kitchen”.

On the top level of the Goog, there was another cool exhibit of Gabriel Orozco who collects things he finds in particular areas and organizes them for display purposes. I’m kind of obsessed with organizing, so his exhibit was visually pleasing to me.

“Sandstars” shows over a thousand objects he found on a beach in Mexico and includes treasures like bottles, oars, stones, driftwood, buoys:

“Astroturf Constellation” shows again, over a thousand objects found, but this time on a playing field on Pier 40 in NYC. This piece includes tinier objects, like candy wrappers, silly bands, bandaids, bottle caps, and pieces of a soccer ball:

The Orozco exhibit is until January 13 and the Picasso exhibit is until January 23, so if you have FOMO, get on these quickly.


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