With a forecast of a rainy weekend, my sister and I skipped the beach and decided to hangout in Manhattan. It was nice to see New York swing back to its Pre-Covid days. We were able to book a hotel at a decent price within the Broadway district, in part because the theaters are closed until the fall. We arrived at the city via train by 10 AM on Saturday and walked to our hotel, which allowed us to check in early. Once we settled in and the sky cleared, we walked to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The museum was packed and wearing masks was a requirement since social distancing was not possible and vaccination cards were not requested. Too bad, as I believe if you are not vax you don’t get to come in (no different from not allowing anyone to smoke on the premises). The fee to enter the museum is $25.00, but Friday evenings are free to the public.
I have not been to the MOMA for over 30 years, and it was pleasing to revisit the museum that has since doubled its space to include an additional 47,000 square feet of gallery space and two design retail stores. It was pleasurable to experience seeing so many of the masters that changed the trajectory of how art is viewed, making it possible for contemporary museums to continuously explore new venues. It’s important to note that museums have been hit hard by the pandemic and have cut jobs reducing their programming, hours and ticket sales. Notwithstanding, museums perpetuate the inequality in society. They are very dependent on wealthy benefactors who influence affect all decisions in a museum including what the public see.