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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 Mantel Piece

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

Picasso’s The Dreamer

The Dreamer By Pablo Picasso
Art By Pablo Picasso, Photo By Gail

The Dreamer, on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, is one of my favorite Picasso paintings.

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.

Takashi Murakami Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Most Rocking!

Me and Geoffrey!
This is Me and Geofffrey at the Brooklyn Museum’s Murakami Exhibit! Just Kidding!

Today Geoffrey and I went to see the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. OMG, this show was so much fun; gallery after gallery fully saturated with Murakami’s colors and shapes; paintings, wallpaper, sculpture; extremely fun. I recommend checking this out! Admission is $10. Afterwards go get some delicious Mexican food and a big margarita! Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life.

Mushroom

I call this one “Mushrooms on Mushrooms.”

Skull and two Little Dudes

I would totally like to have that wallpaper here in the Chickpad.

Flower Power

“I am totally not on Acid right now!”

OH YEAH

I would like to have this in my house as well. First, I need a house…

Crazy!

Geoffrey and I called this one “Vagina Mouth” for reasons we cannot explain here.

Me!

It’s me!

Geoffrey!

It’s Geoffrey!

DOB

D.O.B