If so, I’ve got a couple of recommendations for you.
At the Pierpont Morgan: “A Woman’s Wit: Jane Austen’s Life and Legacy.“ Great little exhibition. As I wrote my friend Sarah this morning, I love going to the Pierpont Morgan as much for the supplementary objects on view as for the main focus of an exhibition. In addition to autograph letters (written both vertically and horizontally to save paper costs), there are prints, drawings, books of manners, and a contemporaneous monopoly-like board game about London. I particularly enjoyed Vladimir Nabokov’s lecture notes re Austen’s work. Was not as crazy about the documentary that was produced for the exhibition–you can watch it here–for a number of reasons but I’ll let you decide what you think.
Also quite liked a small exhibition of photographs from Look Magazine which you can find at the Museum of the City of New York. This display included photographs by, then staff photographer, Stanley Kubrick–including a disturbing and beautiful three-quarter portrait of boxer Rocky Graziano in the shower. Disturbing because it he is so very beautiful–not a kouros anywhere in any museum that has a finer physique (or a phiner fisique).
And, on a completely unrelated topic, we were staying in an apartment loaned to us by some friends and found a reference to a nearby restaurant, the HiLife. (1503 Second Ave at 78th) The note on the menu said that the food was good and the Long Island Ice Teas were similar to the famed Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters, so who could resist that recommendation. Food was good and while I didn’t have a Long-Island Ice Tea, their Rum Punch did have a punch.
Off you go now–NYC or bust.