Show us some good stuff this weekend, Chicago.
Photo: Millennium Park, 2006.
I usually count on feeling pretty drained by the time I leave a big museum. Of course there are exceptions; quirky, interactive spaces like the City Museum in St. Louis or the Capital Children’s Museum of my childhood come to mind. But after a few hours staring at art or historical artifacts I’m usually grateful for a cold drink and a bench.
Not last Sunday. The Museum of Arts and Design is my new favorite. It’s not the cheapest ticket in the world, but I went last weekend and loved every exhibit. Those silvery security chain thingies up there? Those are made of glass. That floral pattern in the fourth photo? Chalk. On Sunday afternoons you can also chat with artists during open studio time on the sixth floor. I felt full and inspired and not at all oversaturated, and felt sad when I ran out of exhibits to see after two hours. Top it off with a walk in Central Park and a stop at the (small, free, Smithsonian-run) Museum of American Folk Art and you have a very (doable) bucket list-worthy NYC afternoon.
Photos: 35mm film (no edits). Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, April 2012.
Most of you know that I’m in a pretty bittersweet place as I gear up to move to Chicago this summer. I keep talking to friends about how I want to strike a balance between a “bucket list” mindset (taking advantage of any downtime during my remaining months here to do all the touristy or insider things I’ve always meant to do) and simply enjoying my routine and my people, seeing where the days take me, and not putting pressure on myself. The latter feels most important these days.
Until today at lunch, that is. I told my coworkers that I recently learned that someone from my hometown is the “non-singing talent manager” at the Metropolitan Opera. (Shout-out to Joey from Cheverly!) “I definitely want to make that happen before I leave,” I said. “That’s on the bucket list.”
“Wait. You want to be onstage in an opera at the Met?” Hannah asked.
“No, I just meant that I want to see an opera. But now that you mention it…”
What followed was a brainstorm about all of the extreme (read: probably impossible) adventures I could try to squeeze in if I wanted to amp up the Bucket List idea to, say, New York Magazine feature level. (NYMag, are you listening? I have two weeks free in June.)
What would you add to this list? More importantly, can you help me do any of these things?
If I had thought of this a year ago, I could have included seasonally dependent adventures such as: