Making Trails

the travel blog of Lauren Nishizaki

New York Museums

New York, USA

We didn’t quite make it to one museum per day, but there were still lots of museums (and lots of exhibits):

Society of Illustrators Museum

Leo and Diane Dillon were a husband and wife illustrator team behind many familiar works:

left to right: art for The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (1984, Acrylic on acetate with bronze frame by Lee Dillon - son, image source = Society of Illustrators) art for The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline (image source = unofficial Leo and Diane Dillon art blog) cover of The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (image source = Marshall University Library)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Favorite Cubism pieces from the exhibit:

left to right (image source = MoMA): Bearded Man Playing Guitar, Pablo Picasso (1914, Graphite, watercolor, and gouache on tan wove paper; subsequently mounted to paperboard) The Tugboat, Fernand Léger (1918, Ink, watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper) Carafe and Candlestick, Pablo Picasso (1909, oil on canvas)

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Excerpt from the USS Intrepid Plan of the Day (Wednesday, 6 Dec 1961):

MAIL SERVICE. In case you don’t realize it, there are only 18 more days before Santa Claus comes sliding down the stacks. But YOU have only five more days left to get your Christmas gifts AIRMAILED. Soooo, don’t wait until the last day - MAIL IT NOW! MONDAY, 11 DECEMBER 1961 (this coming Monday), is the deadline day for AIRMAIL Christmas packages. See you in the package line at the Post Office tomorrow!

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum features historic and contemporary design, and was set up as a space to provide inspiration to budding designers. The current exhibits discuss user experiences, color, texture, line, tools, among others. There were also rooms devoted to the history of the museum, and a room curated by Maira Kalman. Photography is highly encouraged: