Ah, New York and its architecture.
My friend and artist Carolyn is in town from DC, on a mad dash to see as much work in the Chelsea and mid-town galleries as she can in two days. So I met up with her at New York Public Library, one of the great, Grand buildings of New York.
What an inspiration to work there, which I had the good fortune (or challenging process) of doing while researching for the Ed Ruscha Catalogue Raisonné project. Who wouldn’t be inspired to academic grandeur in a place like this?
Carolyn introduced me to the early work of Philip Tager, a photographer she knows, giving me a behind-the-scenes look at this lawyer-turned-photographer and his (primarily) architectural images. If you’re nearby, you’ll enjoy seeing the show–it’s up on the 3rd floor (the same floor as the Reading Room pictured above and the WPA murals in the slide show below). The wonderful history of Lunch Hour NYC exhibit is still on the ground floor. Don’t go hungry.
Then we walked up Fifth Ave, as Carolyn was racing the clock to fit in a couple more galleries. But I made her slow down to look at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is getting a facelift–only appropriate for a fading Fifth Ave beauty.
One of the wonders of New York: look up at the cathedrals of Manhattan, meant to send our spirits (of commerce) soaring.