We were gonna go to the beach. All packed up and out at the curb. Then the 30% chance of rain looked like 99%.
Got out that unlimited MetroCard I just found and went to the Whitney; time to get some culture. The big deal for kids was supposed to be the Claes Oldenburg exhibit. Lots of big stuff, like a big BLT and a Soft Toilet. The kids were not so impressed. We thought maybe the toilet would make a nice pool toy if it were fully inflated.
The real fun was the Dan Graham exhibit: Beyond. His work is really had to describe. He used a lot of mirrors, sometimes curved, sometimes one way. The kids had a lot of fun they could be invisible or inside or both or neither, all at the same time. Like I said, it is had to describe. The coolest piece was one in a long room with mirrors at the ends. Facing the mirrors were video cameras and monitors. The monitors showed the video in a delay. This made the observer very much part of the art.
Dan Graham was also a serious fan of Hardcore Punk. He made a film that document the linear connection between Puritan Shakers and slam dancing.
Any way, the bag to go the beach is packed.