Even licensed NYC tourist guide members of the Guides Association of NYC like A Guide Named Sue need to get out of state once in a while. Thanks to member Bob Gelber, we went to Princeton New Jersey in the morning and Grounds for Sculpture in the afternoon. We were on our own in both places.
In Princeton, I had a scrumptious muffin and great coffee at Chez Alice and headed to the Art Museum on the grounds of Princeton University. My mission was to see the Perlman exhibit and a great exhibit it was. On the way back to the bus I stopped to listen to the organist practicing in the Episcopal chapel. I visit Princeton often because my brother's family lives there and my niece graduated from the University but....
This was my first and NOT my last visit to Grounds for Sculpture. What fun! Nature about as natural as Central Park. Same deal. Recreated famous art in sculpture and greenery. My pictures do NOT do the place justice. I enjoyed lunch with fellow tourist guides and one of the local peacocks.
Founder Seward Johnson has done so much public sculpture in NYC. You will find the backstory of the Double Check sculpture in Lower Manhattan on site. I wish I could go to a Seward Johnson singalong with my FB friends from Forgotten Musicals.
I was first introduced to Red Grooms while doing a pre Google Search Software project in Tennessee. It was Tennessee Folk Art month. I went to an exhibition and discovered Red Grooms' #6 IRT local with straphangers and graffiti. It made me feel right at home. It was nice to see this sculpture of his on the grounds.
We only had the bus until 4:30. At 4:32 we disembarked where we started near the Tick Tock diner. The day was young. I strolled up Ninth Avenue to meet my brother and sister-in-law at Rosa Mexicano's. They were given last minute tickets to Il Trovatore at The Met. I joined them for a short rib quesadilla appetizer and some yummy house made guacamole and then I had to run to...
The Art Students League where I saw this extraordinary free panel discussion about The Hirschfeld Century book and exhibit at the NY Historical Society. I finally bought my copy of The Hirschfeld Century from a representative of The Drama Bookshop and had the book signed by my friends David Leopold and Louise Kerz Hirschfeld Cullman.
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