Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lillies of the Field

When posters of paintings were hung in the Atlantic/Pacific subway station, my first thought was that the economy has become so bad that MOMA thinks they'll replace $20-a-ticket European tourists by advertising to Brooklynites who transfer from the B to the 2 with their morning coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

I liked the Hopper. And the 14 foot "Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond" turned-on some commuter so much that he got it half rolled off the tiled wall before he got caught.

Photo by wallyg

I liked that the paintings made me want to stop and observe, though I'd often grab the express Q at 14th Street on my rush home, skipping the transfer all together.

Tonight after coffee and talk with a friend about how writers observe so much that they observe themselves into a fix, being unable to write because every thought is not what they really want to say, I got off the R to transfer to the Q, eager to stop and take in the paintings.

And, of course, they were gone. After 3 months the advertisements were back, and I never took advantage of the underground MOMA exhibit just two stops from my apartment.


  1. Ah, this made me sad. But I must confess that I too didn't really notice they were gone. Although, I really enjoyed them when they were there. It's a good reminder though to "stop and smell the roses"...even if it means waiting for the next Q train:)

  2. I agree, this made me sad as well.

  3. "...take these chances..." : )

  4. (I assume so easily that the beauty I see and appreciate is mine in some sense. It's strange to observe possessiveness in myself over something I don't own. When a beautiful friend marries, when someone else buys from the window display, or when someone sings a favorite song.)

    It's a shame those got taken down, though.