I finally got to the International Center of Photography today, where I saw the Richard Avedon show. The show’s an excellent companion piece to the Model as Muse exhibit at the Met. The Avedon show focused only on the photographer’s fashion work, so many of the models and photographs are also featured at the Met. Avedon was absolutely pivotal in how we view fashion and fashion photography today, and it was fun to see how he basically created so many big names. The ICP Museum also had an exhibit of experimental photography by John Wood and a really fascinating little exhibit of photographs of small model dolls used in post-war Paris to help revitalize the fashion industry.
The ICP is right near Bryant Park, so I grabbed some lunch there before heading to the museum. I got a grilled fontina and mozzarella cheese sandwich with tomato preserves from Wichcraft, Tom Collichio’s sandwich shop, and happily enjoyed it on the lovely premises. Bryant Park is one of my favorite little parks in New York: centrally located and always busy but not crowded or loud, perhaps because it is behind a library. Hard to imagine that this little park is just off Times Square.
After playing around Grand Central Station for a bit I decided to walk home along Madison. The stretch of Madison in the 50s and 60s is peppered with stores full of clothes that I can not afford, but it is fun to admire and to look. I walked by the Palace, whose courtyard is a set featured on Gossip Girl.
I also stumbled into the atrium of the Trump Tower and saw some semi-public art.
The weather was lovely, the stroll was leisurely, it was an excellent Sunday afternoon. I spent the rest of my Sunday at the gym and grocery shopping, and now I am relaxing and enjoying the fact that I do not have to go to work tomorrow. That is a serious win. Hope y’all had a great weekend!