Chihuly Squares

Rather than show my snaps of the gorgeous Chihuly glass on exhibit at the NY Botanical Gardens I cropped them to squares of colors and patterns. Please do take a look at the links for more information.

Irving Penn

I went to see a fabulous exhibit with the B&H Event Space group on May 23 at the Met museum: Irving Penn Centennial. Have a look at the whole set of prints and see how he developed as an artist Met: exhibitions objects.

Jeff L. Rosenheim, the chief Curator, generously gave us a half hour tour. His talk was very enlightening. The curator said Irving Pewnn printed limited runs, did all his own work and deliberately made the prints not the same. He was a workaholic and was always phtographing, printing or doing related work. Fashion photography was for cash, but that wasn’t his personal art. He trained as an artist and his sense of design shows in all he did. Apparently, his studio, was very raw and he made his clients pose the way he wanted them. For the series in Cusco he took over a local studio and paid the sitters; consequently, he had no shortage of models. He loved Matisse and knew him. His nude series explores shapes like Matisse did. I see Modigliani in them too. Rosenheim said most people didn’t like them. I like the series of flowers near the end of the exhibit. I love how he used positive and negative space and that all parts of the image are considered in the design.

After that we went to see some of his prints on sale at Pace/MacGill “Irving Penn 1950.” Also see the Pace/MacGill press release. I felt that the prints were not as good as the ones at the Met. The curators at the Met have first choice of the best of his prints and they chose well.

Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) was an American photographer known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes Wikipedia: Irving Penn.

Thank you Deborah Gilbert, B&H Event Producer, for making the event possible.

Here’s a couple of pics of Marc and I in front of Penn’s drop cloth at the Met.

May Birds 2

Last one of a set of 4 posts. The Grey Catbirds arrived in what seemed like one day. The little female Scarlet Tanager looks exhausted by the journey. It is getting very hot, time for baths. On May 16th, there was a huge termite hatch out in New York after the rains. This coincided with a record number of warblers (did they know this?). A feast was had by all. This starling kept coming for beakfulls at a time for its family. The bullfrog may have been hoping for a careless warbler to fly by.

May Birds 1

These are some of the larger migrants. Some will stay. Blue Jays are in Central Park year-round. I managed to capture a liquid drop at the end of the Oriole’s bill while it was feeding on the Tulip Tree blossoms. Nighthawks are rarely seen. Word got out, and we flocked to see it in a tree overlooking Azalea Pond.

 

May Warblers 2

Here is the second set. I need to get out there and photograph some more before Spring migration is over.

May Warblers 1

Tuseday this week was the best day for Spring warblers in Central Park. I will post my May photographs over the next few days. Hope you enjoy them.

 

Blue Grosbeak

A Blue Grosbeak (probably first year) has been staying by the bee hives in Battery Park, New York City this week. I was lucky, I didn’t nead to search or wait, there it was. The bird looks a bit scruffy and feather worn, but seems to be surviving well by bashing bees to death and eating them.

Ukranian Institute Doors

The Ukrainian Institute of America is in “Museum Mile” on the southeast corner of 79th Street and 5th Avenue, New York City is a French Renaissance style turn-of-the-century mansions. It is open to the public.

In 1898 Isaac Fletcher, a banker and railroad investor, commissioned the famous architect C.P.H. Gilbert to build a house using William K. Vanderbilt’s neo-Loire Valley chateau as its model, on the property which was originally the Lenox farm.

Harry F. Sinclair, of Sinclair Oil Company, purchased the Fletcher Mansion in 1920 and sold it in 1930 to Augustus Van Horne Stuyvesant, Jr., a descendant of Peter Stuyvesant. Who lived there with his unmarried sister then alone until 1953.

William Dzus, inventor and owner of the Dzus Fastener Company, founded the Ukrainian Institute of America in 1948—to promote Ukrainian art, culture, music, and literature. In 1955, the mansion was purchased by the Ukrainian Institute of America with the support of Mr. Dzus. In June of 1962 the mortgage was paid off and subsequently the Ukrainian Institute of America attained landmark status.

Ukranian Institute 5/7/2017
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Tradesman’s Entrance, Ukranian Institute 5/7/2017
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Tradesman’s Entrance, Ukranian Institute 5/7/2017
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Ukranian Institute 5/7/2017

Second of May Birds

I saw these birds on the same day as the Red-headed Woodpecker (previous post) in the Ramble, Central Park, NYC. The first one is a composite I created of a bird in a series—like a mini movie left to right. Click on the image to view larger.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 5/2/2017
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (composite), Central Park 5/2/2017
Northern Cardinal, Central Park 5/2/2017
Northern Cardinal, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 5/2/2017
Great Crested Flycatcher, Central Park 5/2/2017
Great Crested Flycatcher, Central Park 5/2/2017
Eastern Kingbird, Cenral Park 5/2/2017
Eastern Kingbird, Cenral Park 5/2/2017
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-breated Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-breated Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-breated Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017
Red-breated Grosbeak, Central Park 5/2/2017