Sunday, January 22, 2006

MOMA - Big Apple of Modern Art

One of my favorite museums is the MOMA in New York City. Recently renovated, the MOMA has gained more space to showcase its dazzling modern art collection.

I first visited the MOMA in the 80's to see Starry Night. I was a big fan of Van Gogh then (still am). I couldn't tear myself away from the painting but when I did, I was rewarded with the works of Cezanne, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Warhol, Kandinsky, Jasper Johns and a host of famous artists.

Every time my travels took me to New York, I made it a point to go to the MOMA. I became acquainted with artists whose works were unfamiliar to me and I started to appreciate better the sculptural pieces that form a prominent part of the collection. My interest in modern art intensified with each visit.

The generous spaces have brought out more masterworks from storage. There is so much to see from furniture to prints to photographs, to the permanent collection and the courtyard sculpture garden. There were also many people and I had to stand in line under pouring rain to get a ticket. But it was well worth it to see the treasures within.

New York City offers more modern art in various museums around town. Don't miss the MET, the Guggenheim with its circular display space in a building designed by no other than Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Whitney to list just a few.

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Photos by Rosario Charie Albar

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Yeah Vegas!

by Rosario Charie Albar

Las Vegas never fails to entertain. Even the non gambler will find an embarrassment of things to do starting with a relaxing day at the spa, a visit to one of several art museums, watching free Strip shows like the dancing fountains at Bellagio or the volcanic eruption at the Mirage, shopping at Caesar’s Forum Shops or at Fashion Mall, ATV driving across the Nevada wilderness, or indulging the palate at one of many fine restaurants like Postrio or Spago’s.

During the holidays there are the added attractions of gingerbread houses, Christmas décor that would please Santa, the kids and the child in all of us and techno lighted tannenbaum rivaling the colorful neon lights of the Vegas skyline. All these make strolling along the Strip at night a must for all visitors.

I had a lot of fun running around town before year’s end. It was special to get together with friends and relatives and personally wish them a prosperous new year, check out the winter themed decorations of white bears and penguins at the Bellagio and the Impressionist Landscape (from Corot to Van Gogh) exhibition at their Gallery of Fine Art. Walking along the Strip, I found a Buddhist shrine, a replica of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Arc de Triomphe of Paris and gondolas gliding along clean Venetian waters.

That’s Vegas. It offers the world in a flashy platter without the requisite passport. But don't leave home without your Visa.

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Photos by Rosario Charie Albar