Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Here Kitty, Kitty

On Friday at breakfast in New York City my Blog Wrangler, Cultural Advisor and Tour Guide, Susan, stated we were going to the Japan Society to see an exhibit called ByeBye Kitty. I know about Hello Kitty and there was absolutely no reason I would go see that dumb exhibit. Half an hour later we were in front of the building. It was a beautiful day and across the street at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza workmen were putting up some sort of statue. Actually, they were just re-installing some statues that had already been placed there. At first I thought it was... yuck (my apologies and pity to you if you are one)....mimes.

Go here to see what Steinunn Thorarinsdottir's work looks like. You will be impressed. Even more impressive is the feeling and aura surrounding the statues. We sat in the park for about an hour, watching people interact with the statues and just enjoyed the fresh, cool air. As long as we sat out there I could avoid going in to see the dumb ByeByeKitty exhibit.

Finally, I had to bite the bullet and go in. Not only would I have to look at the exhibit, I would have to pay to get in and worse than that, Susan timed it so we would get a docent's tour. Pure torture - give me waterboarding anytime but not that Kitty stuff.

Hear that munching sound? I'm eating my words. A fascinating exhibit with some work I really liked. Thanks to the docent's direction I "got" most of the art and could understand the what, why and how of the pieces. One of the most amazing ones was a huge sheet of cut paper, go here to see it.  
Other pieces were just as fascinating. If you can make it to New York City be sure to take the time to see this exhibit. The Japan Society is a little out of the usual museum area but make the effort, especially since you'll get the added benefit of see the statues in the plaza.

1 comment:

Seth said...

Looks like an interesting exhibit. I will try to check it out.