I am posting some more photos from the recent New York trip, this time of a more personal character.
First of all, some exhibits from the Met.
The following is a classical Greek head, which I found curiously dramatic and with a very modern feel, the face half-covered with a veil seemingly blown by the wind.
Two of my favourite paintings by Courbet.
Closely observed Pollock.
A stained glass window from Prague, from the time it was the imperial capital (of the Holy Roman Empire).
A miserable looking flag of the Vatican, soaked in the rain.
Looking out from the Skylight diner.
Two shots from Central Park.
More truths about sex, life and the like from a bookshop shelf (click to enlarge):
From the International Center of Photography shop.
Skating in Bryant Park.
Red carpet in Bloomingdale’s.
The following three are exhibits from the MoMA exhibition on safety in design and design for safety, “Safe: Design takes on risk”. The first is a set of stickers to protect us from overexposure to TVs and PCs.
The second is quite touching, a low elevated pedestal emitting heat and light for street-walking sex workers to stand and rest on, providing comfort and a sort of ‘safe space’ for them. I found this a very touching piece of design because it bears witness to (unfortunately limited in our societies) sensitivities for the weak. The symbolic and, maybe, also practical significance of a space like this becomes even more relevant in a world swept by trafficking and sex trade (perhaps slavery for our times).
What the following is is evident and, at first blush, very funny. My mirth was curbed when I learnt that it can be a life-saving device for populations, especially African women, unfamiliar with the subtleties of latex rolling on impatient members. In other words, the thingy below can contribute to the correct putting on of a condom, ‘correct’ here entailing the difference between life and AIDS. Intriguingly sobering.
Finally, nostalgically and with love, the reading room of the New York Public Library.
I will have to tell you about New Yorkers some other time, I now have work to do (yes, at home).