Sunday was a busy day, whereas today (Monday) wasn’t as eventful, so I might as well continue talking about the weekend.
Monday, November 7, 2016
The day started nicely with a walk in the morning, a little bit later than usual. After my partner and I took a long walk on the High Line, we returned home and did a bit of work before heading to The Museum of Modern Art for a Sunday brunch. For some reason, we enjoy eating at some museums. MOMA has a nice restaurant on the second floor with inventive salads and hearty pasta dishes. We enjoyed that meal and my partner bought a new coffee brewer in the museum bookshop, along with some Keith Haring-branded greeting cards.
After that, we took a detour through the Uniqlo department store on 5th avenue. I’m looking to flesh out my clothing collection and got a few shirts. I still haven’t found the “perfect brown leather jacket,” but I’m sure it’s forthcoming.
After shopping it was time to go home and work for just a bit, before I was again obliged to go out. This time, I walked back to the Whitney Museum to see a set of “Afrocentric” videos related to the “Dreamlands” show that is currently on view. I must say now that it was useful to go to both this event and the curator talk that our “Mentor” took us to, as the same curator that talked to us for a couple of hours last Thursday was present, as this screening is part of the programming for the show. I reintroduced myself and she was warm and thoughtful. I can at least say that these are the experiences that matter, in terms of how the “Mentor Week” can be beneficial. The actual social connections part is the most important, so I’m going to try to keep that going.
Before the screening, at which I met a somewhat elusive African-American colleague from San Francisco, I hung out in the Whitney Museum’s education department, where I enjoyed building a small construction made of cardboard boxes and matching-colored tape. I took a video of it, which will go up, soon.
My experiences this weekend reinforced the very important idea that besides working hard on my projects and trying to maintain good relationships with my peers and school-related people, one must also continue to interact with the larger art world. It also taught me to be a little more forgiving, when it comes to what is expected of me, regarding mentors and non-project related activities at the school. The Mentor was doing his best, and he took the time to organize the trips and actually did introduce us to some worthwhile people.
I counted the number of actual days that I spend in school, from the day after Labor Day until the last day of classes in mid-December. That number is, strangely, 99, and Sunday, November 7th was day 62, so I’m almost two-thirds of the way through my first semester at Columbia. Time is most certainly moving forward. I’m pleased with what I’ve done, so far, but want to do more — to finish this semester in a “complete” way, with an eye on the next.
Today I bought some boards from the 23rd street Home Depot. I took them up to the school and started cutting them for an installation that I’m thinking about for Open Studios, next week. I have many concerns and issues around the Open Studios, which I will discuss in the next post.