Thursday, August 09, 2018

MoMA and the camera

It seems a lifetime ago, but three years ago we were in New York, and on a particular day, fighting heat and humidity, we walked part of the old elevated railroad line, The Highline, ate the Canadian speciality poutine for the first time (I hated it. R loved it) and then visited the New York Museum of Modern Art.  As I was writing this post, I revisited our day

Some of the artwork from MoMA has come to our National Gallery of Victoria while MoMA is undergoing some renovation, so we went and took a look. Well, it cost about $25 each. It was quite interesting. There were hoards of school children in the gallery, but that is a good thing and they were well behaved. I will just say it was busy.

My camera behaved very badly and clearly it is not up to taking pictures in low light situations. I really liked this work.


And I liked this one. Even on the tiny camera screen, both photos I took of the picture did not look very clear.


So I tried to take a photo with my phone. Just brilliant. I either give over to my phone for indoor photos or buy a new camera. I think I will choose the former.


This work impressed me. Can you US people see your state? I know where you live.


Already I have forgotten the theme for this area, but clearly it is about travel. I loved all the accommodation signs.





Do you remember these boards at airports? Just as you managed to find your flight, the flippers would go into action and everything would change. The present electronic screens are so much better. Just as we turned away from the exhibit, we were startled by the noise of the board changing. It is a live exhibit.





After we left we sat outside on a seat to bend our backs. What are these terrible Muslim women doing fishing in the moat around the national gallery? Send them back to where they came from, if only for their stupidity of fishing in the moat and thinking they would catch fish. Perhaps they have magnets on the end of their fishing lines to pick up coins that are thrown into the moat. Well, that won't work. Turned out to be a photo shoot.



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  1. Oh, the airport boards clicking! Now there's a memory that actually goes with my blog entry today. For my blog memory goes back to 1989 when we lived in West Berlin, and flew all over Europe. Click, click, click!
    There is a setting in the camera settings that lets you do sort of a factory reset. It's called Reset Settings.
    I just adjusted mine to use the HDR and the highest and best definition.
    Poutine is sort of French Canadian Comfort Food. It is served around here, but I do not care for it either. Why ruin perfectly good french fries with cheese curds and gravy? Blech!

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    1. Maribeth, in airports the sound of them is dulled by lots of other noise. In this quiet part of the gallery, it gave us both quite as start. I may well do that reset. I don't really have it customised, so it doesn't matter much. Just reset the clock. I'm with you with the poutine. We can get it here now, but I don't think it is very popular. Perhaps you have to grow up eating it.

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  2. I do love an art exhibiton. And remember those clicking boards.
    School children are generally well behaved in galleries we have found. Selfie taking adults irritate my grumpy self MUCH more often.

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    1. EC, spot on re selfies. People shouldn't interfere with the basic pleasure of looking at artwork. I am always very careful with the camera.

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  3. Why didn't the museum's guards get rid of the women at the moat! Terrible.

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    1. Lady J, in time perhaps the guards would have come out. I know the state library takes a very dim view of anything happening that could be commercial.

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  4. Kirchner's 1908 painting of a Dresden Street is wonderful.

    I won't even discuss racism :(

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    1. Hels, racism very tongue in cheek, as you know I do. Yes, that is the painting. Lovely.

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  5. So you 'condemned' these women before even knowing what was going on? A big Tsk Tsk from me on that one.
    I love the lettering on Cadiz, Hotel Odessi and Balkan Oteli.
    If I had that font on my computer I would use it to print labels for my canisters, and bookplates for my books.

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    1. River, absolutely. I was full of racist rage and Moslem hatred. Actually, it was intriguing to watch them turn up with pink fishing rods, bait the hooks in some way and start fishing. So fascinating, wondering what they were up to, we failed to even notice the photographer. The font almost looks like Russian writing. It is pretty cool.

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  6. I am a diehard DSLR camera lover, but will admit I use my phone a lot, esp in museums.
    I would love to see this exhibit. I love old neon signs.

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    1. Jackie, once the signs are returned to MoMA in NYC, it is only a short flight for you.

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  7. Your phone did a good job of the indoor photos.
    I do remember those airport boards, as you say changing just as you had managed to find your flight...

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    1. Sami, I was very surprised at the phone result. I was told by someone that the camera is very good. The mechanical action of the old boards rather appeals to me.

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  8. Great indoor pics. Give your phone a pat on the back. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Thanks Cuban. I will at least use the phone camera more.

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  9. I like that petrol bowers painting, too. It has a lovely, pure simplicity about it.

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    1. Lee, simplicity from simpler times.

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  10. Gosh that's quite a difference in indoor quality between phone and camera shot Andrew.. I really must use my phone camera now and then, it just feels odd! A visit to a gallery of museum is a pretty fab way to spend time getting away from the weather ✨

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    1. Grace, it is a good way to go out and not be in the weather, but the weather wasn't too bad that day.

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