If it happens to be a beautiful summer day in the city, and you really wish you had access to a rooftop with a killer view of Central Park, why not head over to The Met and visit Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), which will be installed at the museum’s roof garden through the end of October, 2016? Yes! Why Not!?
The Psychobarnis, of course, a not-to-scale copy of the iconic Bates House from the Alfred Hitccock thriller, Psycho— a house which itself was inspired by an Edward Hopper painting. How meta.
Downside: It is not easy to get photos of the Transitional Object without people in them. These are my first world problems.
Geoffrey photo-bombed me, because he thinks he is clever. I got him back later.
Surprise! The House/Barn is only built on 2-sides!
But who cares? Look at the beautiful day we were having!
Cornelia Parker’s Transitional Object (Psychobarn) Is on the Roof of the Met Through October 31, 2016!
House by the Railroad (1925) By American Realist Painter Edward Hopper is the first painting that was acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, in 1930. If this house looks familar to you, it may because it is said to have inspired the look of the Bates house in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho. So, there’s that.
Curator, Ann Temkin offers her insight about the painting: House by the Railroad is very much a portrait of a house. And I think the loneliness of the house is what really comes through in the painting. You would think that there would be some kind of activity, perhaps, on this bright, sunny day. And yet there is this stillness that pervades the canvas. Some people have speculated that the railroad tracks in front of the house imply movement. And of course, there is no train. But the implication of movement in those tracks makes you all the more aware of the absolute lack of movement in this picture.
I really love this painting, which is displayed adjacent to Andrew Wyeth’s famous work, Christina’s World, at MOMA.
I found this on Geekologie a few minutes ago and had to share.
“The Alfred Hitchcock The Birds doll is a genuine Barbie, manufactured by Mattel and everything. It’s not just a doll that somebody modded in their basement (although by all means feel free to do that yourself).” Here’s a description of the doll courtesy of Barbie Collector:
“Dressed in a re-creation of the stylish green skirt-suit worn by the film’s ill-fated heroine in an iconic scene, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Barbie® Doll celebrates the 45th anniversary of the acclaimed film. From the doll’s classic ensemble to the perfectly painted expression to the accompanying black birds, every aspect captures the film’s infamous appeal.”
And I certainly cannot do better than the Geekologie writer’s own fun commentary: “They run about $40 and are the perfect gift for a daughter that has no idea who the hell Alfred Hitchcock is. Also, I’m a little disappointed there’s no Psycho Barbie. What better way to teach our nation’s youth about diversity and acceptance than a knife wielding Barbie dressed as a man? Well, a man cross-dressed as his dead mother and about to get all stabby on some chick in the shower? I certainly can’t think of any.”
Last Week was certainly quite far from being the best week of my very long life. Between the stress of my father being on death’s door out in California, the thundering re-occurrence of my chronic jaw pain and the continually-evolving myriad of daily problems afflicting Worley gig.com, resulting apparently from
1. Moving host servers
2. Updating to the latest version of WordPress (Recommendation: Avoid if possible)
It occurred to me off and on during the week how awesome it would be to just go to sleep and never wake up. Continue reading A Few Things That Kept Me From Blowing My Brains Out Last Week→