Tag Archive | NYC Museums

Hall of Mammals Dioramas, Museum of Natural History

Impala
The Tame Impala (All Photos By Gail)

I remember when I first saw the trailer for Night at the Museum, and I was so excited for the movie because it had long been a fantasy of mine to be in NYC’s Museum of Natural History after closing time to see if all of those animals in the nature dioramas might come to life. Just being serious.

I like to visit the Natural History Museum on Central Park West a few times a year to see the special, temporary exhibits, but I also try to spend time when I am there at my favorite installations which are the Hall of Ocean Life and the Guggenheim Hall of Gems and Minerals, where I could lose myself for hours.

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bears

On a recent trip however, Geoffrey and I decided to spend a couple of hours really exploring the Mammal Halls – including animals from North America, Africa and Asia displayed in painstakingly recreated lifelike dioramas of their natural habitats – which is generally a section of the museum we end up racing through on our way to somewhere else. Although these dioramas undergo regular maintenance and periodic restorations, they are essentially unchanged in 50 years and the stories they tell are eternal.

I really love the mammal halls because they are kept mostly in darkness, where the only lights come from inside the dioramas. This makes them somewhat challenging to photograph but gives the exhibits a timeless sense of romance and adventure.

Baboons
Baboons

You can read a bit of the background on how these dioramas were created at This Link. But for now, let’s see more pictures.

Alaskan Brown Bear
Alaskan Brown Bears

Wapiti Elk
Wapiti (Elk)

American Bison
American Bison

Alaska Moose
Alaskan Moose

Musk Ox
Musk Ox

Mountain Goat Family
Mountain Goat Family

Ice Age Mammals
Miniature Diorama of North American Ice Age Mammals

Big Horn White Sheep
Big Horn White Sheep

Cheetahs
Cheetahs

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalos

GiraffesZebras

The Giraffes and Zebras above are actually two halves of the same large Diorama.

These photos represent just a tiny fraction of the all the animals and exhibits we saw. It was such a fun day! you should go and have your own adventure!

The American Museum of Natural History is located on Central Park West Between 79th and 83rd Streets on NYC’s Upper West Side. Take the C train to the 83rd Street Stop.

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81st and Central Park West Subway Stop, Museum of Natural History

Orange Snake
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be on the NYC Subway, in transit to the American Museum of Natural History via the C Train, and you are not entirely sure which stop to get off at, don’t even worry about it. You will know when you are at the correct station (81st Street) when you see all kinds of colorful tile mosaic creatures crawling along the walls.

Turtle and Lizard

Assorted Lizards

These gorgeous representations of reptiles, fish, insects and other creatures are part of a station-wide mural project (circa 1999) called For Want of a Nail, which also extends onto the stations lower level platform, exit ramp tunnels to the street and on both the uptown and down town stops (all photos in this post were taken on the uptown platform).

Blue Fish

Tortoise and Frog

The theme of For Want of a Nail relates to the interconnectedness of all living things. Animals depicted in grey shadow (such as the giant tortoise, above) are now extinct while living creatures are depicted in color.

Snail Shell

Lady Bugs

Monarch and Caterpillar

There’s always a lot going on at the Museum of Natural History, and it is very easy to get to. You should plan a summer visit right now!

Green Lizard

Frog

Bat Tile

Kangaroos

Hummingbird

Alligator

Sloth

Modern Art Monday Presents: Rene Magritte’s The Empire of Light, II

Rene Magritte Empire of Light II
Photo By Gail

Belgian Surrealist painter Rene Magritte has always been one of my favorite artists. The Empire of Light, II (1950) is a painting that, upon a cursory glance, might just look like a typical residential street scape of its era. But give it a minute and you’ll notice that the scene depicts both daytime, with the sun and cloud-dotted bright blue sky above, and the evening shadows and street lamp light below. Absolutely amazing.

The Empire of Light, II is part of MOMA’s permanent collection, so you can see it on almost any visit unless it’s temporarily on loan to another museum.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Pablo Picasso’s Head of a Warrior

Pablo Picasso Head of a Warrior
Photo By Gail

Hey what’s up. Welcome, to the first installment of a new weekly series debuting today on The Worley Gig, which I am calling Modern Art Monday! Each Monday, I will be posting a classic piece of modern (or maybe not so modern) art photographed by me on a visit to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) or any of the other fine art institutions right here in Manhattan — and elsewhere! Because, when it comes to art, I get around!

This week’s featured work is the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Head of a Warrior (1933). What I love about this piece is how Picasso’s exaggerated proportions make the head look a bit cartoonish. Although the head is crafted from plaster, wood and metal it is meant to emulate the look of a classic marble sculpture.

The Museum of Modern Art is Located at 11 West 53rd St, Between 5th and 6th Avenues, in NYC.

Art Nouveau Fireplace and Mantelpiece

Art Deco Fireplace Front
Photos By Gail

Attributed to Jean-Désiré Muller (French, 18771952), this fireplace is made of stoneware, a dense ceramic body that is highly durable. Its strong, sculptural design reflects the popularity of the Art Nouveau style in the years around 1900, when the fireplace was produced. The twisting forms of the vertical sides and the complex, curving shapes of the hair above the mask are characteristic of Art Nouveau design, which emphasized stylized, sinuous lines and commonly employed motifs from the natural world. The fireplace is signed Muller/Luneville, suggesting that it was produced by one of the Muller Brothers in the city of Lunéville, France, who are known for their production of art glass. It is believed that Désiré Muller also worked in ceramics.

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.

Art Nouveau Fire Place

Installation View

Pink Thing of the Day: Pink Guggenheim Museum

Pink Guggenheim Museum Drawing
Image Source

I love this rendering of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum, Located on Fifth Avenue at 88th Street. I’ll be heading up there later today!

Perspective pf Rose Marble Scheme
Guggenheim Museum with Rose Marble Schematic Drawing (Photo By Gail)

Update 7/3/17: I took this photo today at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their current exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, up through October 1, 2017.

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