ny museums


Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram

I got a chance to visit the Artemis by Audible exhibit which featured a giant moon and it was breathtaking. I didn’t want to leave. It was literally a giant 360° moon using NASA imagery of the lunar surface just hanging from the ceiling. I spent my time staring at it and walking around it, just completely mesmerized by this moon. The exhibit took place during NY Comic Con (you might spot an Eleven). I was actually dressed as Raven Reyes too, but it was too dark to see.


Happy birthday to the NYC Subway, opened on this day in 1904. Explore more subway-inspired works in the Whitney’s collection

[George Tooker (1920–2011), The Subway, 1950. Egg tempera on composition board, 18 1/8 × 36 1/8 in. (46 x 91.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Juliana Force Purchase Award 50.23 © Estate of George Tooker; courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY]

David Hammons (b. 1943) is an African-American artist from New York City. Among his works, which are often inspired by the civil rights and Black Power movements, one of the best known is the “African American Flag”, which he designed in 1990 by recoloring the U.S. national flag in the Garvey colors (red, black, and green of the Pan-African flag). The flag is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a copy is hoisted at the entrance to the Studio Museum in Harlem, a New York museum devoted to the art of African-Americans.

James Tissot (1836-1902)
“A Woman of Ambition” (1885)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, United States

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff” (1859)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

The twenty-four-year-old countess depicted here was the wife of Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff, a Russian aristocrat and Francophile. The book of English poetry in her lap is thought to be a reference to her father, Ivan Alexandrovitch Beck, a poet and translator. Her choice of a fashionable day dress may have been suggested by Winterhalter, who is known to have advised his sitters on their wardrobe and posed them to their best advantage in his studio.


The Empire State Express, engine 999, as seen (top) outside the train station at Watertown, New York in the 1950s, and (bottom) on display at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago in 2003.

“The Empire State Express was one of the named passenger trains and onetime flagship of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad (a predecessor of the later New York Central Railroad). On September 14, 1891 it covered the 436 miles (702 kilometers) between New York City and Buffalo in 7 hours and 6 minutes (including stops), averaging 61.4 miles-per-hour (98.8 km/h), with a top speed of 82 mph (132 km/h)” (from the wikipedia entry)

The Watertown train station has been demolished, replaced by a parking lot.  Top photo was an uncredited submission to a facebook page.  Bottom photo by Sean Lamb.