Today we finally made it to the Museum of Modern Art and thanks to Nicole's membership card we walked straight in, past the massive queue and even into the fully booked Tim Burton exhibition and a members only photography exhibition (photos from the 30s, 40s and 50s). I am loving the fact that we have contacts...apparently it's the onyl way to do New York on a budget and quickly!
It's a good thing that we did get into those two exhibits because it meant that I actually really enjoyed a modern art gallery. For anyone who knows my opinions on a lot (but not all) of modern art then you will understand what I mean. Ian was happy though as there was also a design section that kept him amused.
The first section that we went into was experimental/performance art and we didn't stay too long as it just annoys me. There were two naked people standing in a corner staring at each other, another naked lady suspended on a wall in a spread eagled position, a video of a lady fondling her own boobs...a bit of a theme here! And other such things such as a video of two people jsut screaming at each other until they go purple. Yes, well....I hate being asked to look at a man who has sewn his mouth shut and asked "What does this mean?", well I think it means the guy needs to get out more.
Thankfully the Tim Burton exhibition saved the day, we both absolutely loved it. It showed a huge body of his work from a very young age right up to his latest films. It showed art competitions he had won at school, a whole host of early sketches and cartoons and some of his earliest short films. It also had many of the models and drawing boards from Mars Attacks, Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride, as well as Edward Scissor hand's and Catwoman's costumes, and Batmans Masks and a letter to Jonny Depp asking him to put a line into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..."Everything in this room is edible. Even I'm edible but thats not accepted in most societies".
After lunch I headed to Macys (well I had to do some shopping, it's New York!!) and Ian went to an Irish pub to watch a ManU game, so we were both happy (until ManU lost that is!).
In the evening we met up with Barbara, Kathy, Ken and Stacey from New Jersey, who we had spent the last week of the house building with. They are a great bunch and we had a wonderful evening. It was certainly a great way to spend our last night in New York.