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Water Cooler Talk | From Renoir to Jay Z

We like to get out and see stuff. This weekend was no exception!

Dumbo Arts Festival- I decided to take an evening stroll under the Manhattan Bridge Archway to see the video installation from the Dumbo Arts Festival. The piece called “Codex Dynamic” and was a site specific mapped projection artwork. Plenty of people were out lying under the archway, even at 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. It was an amazing and colorful video experience that went in the archway and on the outside of part of the bridge.
Jay-Z at Barclays Center – A few of us from the office decided to head out to Brooklyn for the opening night of the Barclays Center with a headline performance by Jay-Z. For the artist, it was a coming home of sorts, as he grew up nearby. He went through all of his hits from his first album to the most recent. During the encore he brought out Big Daddy Kane, one of the original Brooklyn rappers who still had a few of his old school dance moves. All in all, a moment not lost on Jay-Z, as he mentioned dreams do come true. He went from a neighborhood not far from the arena to being an owner of the basketball team that plays there.
The Barnes Foundation – I’ve been dying to go see this collection since it relocated from its original home — the residence of its creator Dr. Albert Barnes — to downtown Philadelphia. The move stirred tremendous controversy and is the subject of a fascinating documentary The Art of the Steal. Well, once you see the collection, you will understand what all the fuss was about. Apart from this being one of the largest personal and priceless collections (although it’s estimated at $25 billion) in the world, they’ve maintained the original curation, recreating Dr. Barnes’ home. Among the interesting mix of European and American artists, the collection boasts the largest amassing of Renoirs (181!), and multiples of other major masters including Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine, Rousseau, Modigliani, Van Gogh, and Seurat. One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit, is the unusual pairing of works from different periods and regions. It’s unlike any museum I’ve ever seen!