Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beautiful Guggenheim

Erin Mitchell at the Guggenheim
In true New Yorker style my daughter Erin Mitchell took us to the Guggenheim Museum the day before she gave birth to our grandson, Elliot Mitchell Koll. This happened last March 9th, and thoughts of the Guggenheim whispered through my brain just this morning.
Being a journalist who specializes in art, and owning a small gallery of my own, I'm somewhat credible when I say, and this is my opinion only, that it is difficult to exhibit art in this incredible building that can compete with the grace of the architectural masterpiece itself.

It took architect Frank Lloyd Wright 15 years, 700 sketches, and six sets of working drawings to create the final design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 1992, the building underwent extensive renovations and a rectangular tower was added.The new tower was designed by the architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, who analyzed Wright's original sketches when they designed the 10-story limestone tower, which replaced a much smaller structure.

It wasn't my first time to visit this wonderful structure, nor will it be my last, and while the exhibits were world class, I especially enjoyed Carrie Mae Weems photographic exhibit,

I couldn't keep my eyes off the building as it pulsed with people from all over the world. I can't wait for my next visit, and this time I'll have to take some video shots of the motion of the building.

No exaggeration aside, my daughter loaded up the red-headed Elliot three days after he was born and we trekked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only is that kid going places, he has already been to some too!

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