July 9 (part two): Museum of Modern Art, NY

New York’s MoMA has six floors, each dedicated to specific types of exhibits.

Here are some that I really liked:

“Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr. J. Silver Series, One Wilson Supershot)” by Jeff Koons, 1985
(Click here for more detailed info on the exhibit)

“R.S.V.P. I” by Senga Nengudi, 1977
Pantyhose and sand were used to create this piece of work. The description at the museum read, “….It is made of dark-hued panty hose that have been pulled, knotted, and filled with sand to create bulging, pendulous sacks and tautly outstretched limblike forms…. ‘From tender, tight beginnings to sagging…. The body can only stand so much push and pull until it gives way, never to resume its original shape.'”

All you’ll ever need to know about plywood (click on the image for a higher-res, more readable version)

And here’s furniture made of plywood

My favorite area was the third floor, which was all about architecture and design, drawings, photography and special exhibitions.

Many of the exhibits were about cities being built in specific areas in California, Oregon, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida.

I was most fascinated with Nature-City, which is in progress in Keizer, Oregon (I’d like to visit this city once it’s completed, whenever that time comes):

This compost mound would be used for farming purposes and generate methane, which would go to fuel cells and be used for electricity. Heat generated from methane would be used to heat the public pools, located at the top of the compost mount.

This structure is called the “flower” and is the main water treatment center for Nature-City.

Here are some notes I took on Nature-City:

– Pixel housing is incorporated into the city (which is explained as “broken down housing” with gardens to allow for more accessibility in the area)
– There would be no parking in residential areas. People would have to park at the train station and commute to places from there
– The average cost of a house = $212,000
– The city would be worth $1.4 billion once completed
– The majority of structures are low-rise (buildings with few stories and no elevators), but there are two high-rise buildings
– Organic waste would be collected for farming purposes

Here’s a link to more info about the city (thank goodness it’s online): http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/foreclosed/keizer. There’s also an informative brief video that was shown at the museum (from which I took all my notes). From this page you can browse through other cities that were also featured at MoMA.

The family and I had some $2 hotdogs for lunch at a truck near 6th avenue before visiting Central Park after our lengthy stop at MoMA. It was sooooo big that we didn’t get the chance to go around it much, but I did get to snap some photos.

The final destination of the day was a 24/7 underground Apple store that was suuuuuper busy!
Outside of the Apple Store
Stairs leading down to the Apple Store
The store might be underground, but it's still busy

One of the guys working there said he only recalled the store closing one day because of a hurricane, and that people come in even at 3 a.m.

At the end of the day we hit Pazzo Pizza Restaurant for dinner. We were beat by then because although we intended to take public transportation around, we ended up walking the whole day :/

But it was a good day 🙂

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