Chatting With Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
RMAC Trip To Picasso and Matisse Exhibit At MOMA
On Saturday, February 22, the Rockaway Music and Arts Council had a very uplifting and enriching visit to the Matisse and Picasso Exhibit at MOMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in Long Island City. The draw of this exhibit was the juxtaposed renderings of these two artists. The exhibit starts with self-portraits of Matisse and Picasso drawn in 1906. The entire showing gave everyone a wonderful opportunity to explore the influences of each artist on the other one.
A Newsday review by Ariella Budick on February 14, 2003 states "for too long, these two colossi of 20th century art have been lazily defined as a pair of complimentary opposites: Matisse, the colorist with the bourgeois sensibility has faced off in the minds of critics against Picasso, the bohemian with the unequaled inventive drive. Moma's acutely conceived show definitely shatters that rickety model, spotlighting the insufficiently appreciated facets of each artist. But the exhibit also dramatically uncovers just how much they shared, from the formal motifs that engaged them to the psychological themes they probed. Almost from the beginning, Matisse and Picasso were engaged in a cutthroat game of artistic leapfrog. They constantly poached one another's ideas and breakthroughs even as they egged each other on to ever brighter bursts of invention".
The "Matisse-Picasso" show was originally conceived by an expert team from London, Paris and New York. The exhibit runs at MOMA in Long Island City through May 19th at its current location. Running this exhibit in Moma's temporary home in Long Island City was an excellent idea. This converted staple factory gave it a very large space in which one could study the contents. Placing each Picasso next to a corresponding Matisse was very special. We rented the recorded telephone and listened to the commentary as we looked at each part of the show.
Barbara Eisenstadt and Sharon Gabriel are to be congratulated for scheduling this uplifting and invigorating event. They have a marvelous flair for leadership. They immediately seized on this priceless opportunity to have forty people view this exhibit. Kudos to them for once again sponsoring a worthwhile educational opportunity.
Thirteen seniors were part of the RMAC group and they went to Moma on the Trinity van. Everyone enjoyed the trip and felt that it was very worthwhile. If you have a group of 14 people please call us to use the van. Call (718) 634-1641 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
My husband and I went with Catherine Hibbits, a member of the Board of Directors of Trinity and Patricia Young O'Connor, our Democratic State Committeewoman, by way of our car. Sharon Gabriel had arranged a wonderful dinner at Danny's Szechuan Garden Restaurant in Howard Beach for anyone on the trip who had time to eat dinner. The food was excellent. The atmosphere is delightful. We celebrated Catherine Hibbits' birthday at the dinner. On Saturday nights Danny's has live music.
I would also like to thank John Musumeci, a very talented professional who arranges the RMAC summer concerts in Fort Tilden. He is a person with creative genius. He has his finger on the pulse of our community. The live performances that he brings to us are enjoyed by people of all ages and all backgrounds. Thanks to John Musumeci for his tireless efforts, his flare for promoting talented performances and his own professional talent, imagination and inspiration.