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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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New York Day

The lot of the “middle class” is much in the news these days, so, when visiting “Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700-1860” at the Museum of the City of NY, I was surprised to find that, even in those days, it was struggling to keep pace with the times! The following poster sets out the rapidly changing social developments of the era:

Introduction to a section of the exhibit

 

And here are some of their portraits:

 

Not the wife of a Union member, I think!

Not the wife of a Union member, I think!

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Successful couple.

Successful couple.

 

The museum has another exhibit running until April 29 called “Dressing Room : Archiving Fashion”. It can be viewed only on weekdays and between set hours. Live operatives can be seen  sewing, photographing and displaying postwar fashions on six foot tall manikins. I found it of little interest, but here are some views of the exhibit:

 

Darkened workshop . . .

Darkened workshop . . .

 

Photographer at work . . . .

Photographer at work . . . .

 

Seamstress adding the finishing touches.

Seamstress adding the finishing touches.

I did, however,  like the very amusing cartoons of Roz Chast which are also on Exhibition at the moment. You need your reading glasses to decipher the hand-written captions of the small (original) cartoons commissioned by the “New Yorker” magazine, but here are a couple she drew expressly for the exhibit:

 

Typical subway scene!

Typical subway scene!

 

Amusing arrangement of art and furniture!

Amusing arrangement of art and furniture!

 

Much of her word is self-analytical . . .

Much of her word is self-analytical . . .

 

Meanwhile, outside in the glorious sunny weather, I found the crab-apple trees just about to reach their peak display:

 

Crab-apple walk--It will be snowing white petals in a week or two .. . .

Crab-apple walk–It will be snowing white petals in a week or two . . . .

 

The formal tulip plantings were impressive too, but they are too cultured to compete with the chaotic outburst of untutored nature!

 

Tulips dragooned

Tulips dragooned

 

 

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