Dia:Beacon

Yesterday I went to Dia:Beacon, an art museum containing art from the 1960’s to the present located on The Hudson River in Beacon, New York.

Beacon itself is quite incredible. Filled with millennial hipsters, I truly feel like I belong. If there were a college in Beacon, I definitely would not have been so willing to ship myself to Minneapolis for the next four years. Beacon is truly one of New York’s gems outside of the city. Anything millennial and hipster-ish that you can think of, Beacon’s got it.

My friend and I first stopped at Bank Sq. Coffeehouse, where I got a delightful bagel with cream cheese and an iced coffee with a shot of caramel.

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We then walked around and stopped into some of my favorite stores, including flora, my favorite plant store.

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The strength that it took to resist buying something here was unbelievable, but I had to resist because I’d have to figure out how to ship it and I’m just too lazy for that.

Next, we made our way to Dia, which was by far the best museum that I have ever been to. I have been to a moderate number of museums, but no museum has ever intrigued me like this one did. I definitely enjoyed the giant warehouse feel because that design style is my skin and blood, and the plethora of windows made it feel more open and less depressing than I have found a lot of other museums to feel.

Below are pictures showcasing the “warehouse” feel.

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Some of my favorite exhibits were the piles of random materials on the floor, such as these:

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And lastly, there were many cool light pieces, but I only took a picture of one, whereas all of my other light-related pictures came from my polaroid camera.

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Overall, there was just something about this museum that felt right. I don’t love museums, but I do enjoy going to them. I’m not one to really sit around and absorb everything that every piece of art has to offer. I applaud the people who truly try to understand a work of art, all the way from what the artist had in mind, how they created it, and what it’s supposed to represent or mean. This museum still didn’t really inspire me to do that, which was okay, but I liked the seeming simplicity of the majority of the pieces. The one exhibit, as seen in the picture of the white wall with the black marks, really made me think about how much work and precision went into creating that exhibit. The picture here does not do this artist justice, for most of his other works were insanely more complex and precise. It blew my mind that someone could create such precision on such a large-sized palette without smudging it.

Another exhibit that intrigued me that for whatever reason I did not take pictures of was the exhibit where for a good portion of the building there were just straight lines of primary or black/white colored string stretching from either floor to ceiling or creating leaning shapes on the walls. This one spoke to me because it’s something that I haven’t seen before, it looked really cool, and it was so simple. Anyone could’ve thought to do that in the shower, yet it’s a legit and precise work of art. Art is amazing.

I loved the light exhibits and the exhibit with the piles of random things on the floor because I know that even though it looks completely random, it was obsessively planned out to articulate exactly what the artist had in mind.

Most of the art museums that I have previously been in have not impressed me, and have always left me with the feeling that I’m sure many of the featured artists feel very often: pure depression. I don’t know what it is, but I just get such a gloomy and melancholy feeling in art museums. Not Dia. I truly felt my mind being put to work, absorbing the processes and work of the different artists and their pieces.

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A great way to start to finish out my adventures in the 845 before I leave.

Thanks, Dia:Beacon.

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Also, look at how stylish my shoes are. I’ve been looking for a quality pair of Oxfords that are vegan and didn’t cost over $100 forever and finally found these at Matt & Nat.

Can’t forget the chili pepper socks, an Urban Outfitters special, and my olive Tomgirls from American Eagle.

 

falling in love with a polaroid

Last week I traveled to a town just outside of D.C. to do a babysitting/au pair job for three days. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was in for, but I semi knew the parents and really knew the baby, considering the fact that I had just babysat him at his grandparent’s house every day for a month and felt like I couldn’t say no to going to his actual house to help out for a few days.

I had to take a train from Poughkeepsie to Penn Station, and then Penn to a stop right outside of D.C. on Amtrak. The first ride down I only got to watch the sunset as I traveled down the Hudson River to N.Y.C. and I saw the night lights of Philadelphia, arriving at my final destination at about 2 a.m.

My über dropped me off in this neighborhood full of townhouses, but don’t judge yet, because these townhouses were huge, and five floors high. 

I went to bed when I got there without really looking at the house, but when I woke up I got to really see just how beautiful this house was. Each floor had a relatively different style/theme to it, the main living area/master bedroom being a stylish and chic modern contemporary, like a picture right out of the RH Modern magazine, while other floors looked like they were straight out of IKEA, and others having a sweetly rustic “Target decor” kind of look. While none of these are really my personal interior style, it was all so beautiful and definitely “magazine picture” worthy.


Until the last day, I had managed to ignore the Fujifilm Instax mini on the counter. For so long I have wanted to own a polaroid camera and take thousands of pictures with it. I figured that one shot wouldn’t hurt, so I figured out how to turn it on and shoot and I took this adorable picture of the dog in the house.

I knew that I was sold the second that I pushed that button, the flash went, and the film started to roll out. I knew that it had to be somewhere dark so I lay it in the closet and waited.


The fact that I had felt so excited taking just one little shot and watching the magic of the picture appear inspired me to finally buy my own polaroid camera.

My “one shot won’t hurt” theory didn’t go over so well, because I ended up taking six pictures, a.k.a. using 3/4 of their film pack, which I genuinely feel guilty about but don’t regret at all. I cannot wait to use my cameras in Beacon this weekend and then in Minneapolis in 3 weeks. (3 weeks? I leave in 3 weeks? What?)


On my way home, I put together my amazon polaroid shopping cart, and watched the East Coast scenery go by. The sun was out for my entire ride back up to N.Y.C., so I got to see Wilmington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia in the light which was amazing because I’ve never seen any of them that closely before.

One of my favorite shows is “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” so seeing Philly for real was really cool (even though the show isn’t actually shot in Philly).

In the end, I fell in love with polaroids. I imagined myself explaining the meanings behind my six shots as if I were a professional, and can’t wait for mine to show up at my door today.

freshman orientation

Happy Tuesday!

This past week I was at my freshman orientation at the University of Minnesota, and lemme just say, WOW I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. It is so beautiful and Minneapolis is incredible. Minnesota, who knew? Assuming that my education turns out pretty well, imagine if I hadn’t have applied there spur of the moment? Oh how life would be different.

Orientation was one long and really tedious day, all to not really learn anything that I didn’t know. I did get to register for my classes though which was really cool, and I got to meet my academic advisor who seems pretty chill.

Being thrown into some random group at orientation showed me what it was really like to not know a single person going to this school. Within my group, I could instantly tell who was going to group off, and I ended up being pretty spot-on. There were the REALLY weird people, the guys with manbuns that felt the need to vape all day, the super popular and ditsy-looking girls, and then me and my fellow middle-of-the-roaders.

ALSO: the number of times that I was asked why I chose to come to Minnesota all the way from New York. TOO MANY.

But, as I started to sort of make friends, we ended up having fun after orientation was over because we tried to go to Dinkytown, got lost, made it, and then made it back in the dark. Who knows if I’ll actually meet up with these people again once school actually starts, but it proved to me that I most likely will be capable of actually making friends there.

For classes, I’m taking an intro to logic course, an “understanding cultures” anthropology course (YES), the pre-journalism course, Arabic, and campus orchestra. I had to fight to take orchestra because that puts me at 19 credits but it’s just orchestra and hopefully it won’t be hard??? And there was no audition so it can’t be that bad, right??? (Conflicted too because I have to bring my viola but I also really want to bring my guitar and how do I get that there/where do I put it but I really want it ://////// )

I’m semi terrified to take Arabic, but, new school new me and I am up for the challenge.

What I also loved about having no friends and being a complete stranger was that I get to really embrace being the person that I’ve always wanted to be without fear of judgement from my high school peers. I am so excited for this. I’m even considering picking figure skating back up because why not? And it’s Minnesota so duh. I also want to learn how to play hockey. SOOOO excited for hockey.

Here are some cool pictures-

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After I finished registering for classes on day 2, my mom and I went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and then inside the Walker Art Museum.

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You can’t beat the cherry. Iconic.

Minneapolis and UMN, I love you. Please be good to me.

GOV BALL 2017

So yesterday, if you follow me on social media you obviously know that I was at Gov Ball 2017 on Randall’s Island in NY because of all of the pictures, videos, stories, etc (sorry not sorry, at least my feed looks pretty). Let me just say, it was a BLAST. It was my first festival and it was just so fun.

What’s great about festivals, I learned, is that you can literally where whatever the fudge you want. Literally ANYTHING, and no one will look twice. Probably. I did notice that many people had the same shirt idea as me, because I saw at least 10 people wearing the same shirt as me in all of the different colors I could’ve bought it in, but I only saw one girl wearing the same blue one that I did.

It was also awesome to see so many different artists live, and to be in a place where everyone was just there to jam to some good music. For the most part, people were pretty nice. At least for New York. We ran into some nasty people later in the day, but more on that later. People were willing to take our pictures and share close space for the most part.

So, when we first got there we listened to Michael Blume perform. He was cool and fun, I just didn’t know any of the words to his songs. TIP: memorize all of the lyrics to every song from all of your favorite artists. It’s way more fun when you can sing along.

Next, I ate some falafels. I didn’t catch a look at the name of the stand that I got them from, but they were pretty darn good. Yum.

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Next, we listened to Judah and the Lion, from Nashville. I was sort of familiar with some of their songs, but they really stood out to me. Their performance was so fun and engaging and they really knew how to put on a show. Every member is so unique and quirky and their style of music is so different. Literally so fun. You didn’t have to know their music because they somehow made everyone feel welcome. One guy climbed the rafters and the lead singer crowd surfed. It was cool. I would say that this was probably the most impressive performance that I saw and not what I expected.

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Next, we scooted over to the Strumbellas. Now, I love the Strumbellas, but I have to say that their performance was kind of disappointing. They sounded great, other than the OBNOXIOUSLY LOUD BASS THAT DROWNED OUT EVERYTHING ELSE AND MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HEAR THE WORDS. There was just something about the performance that wasn’t as engaging and vibrant as the other performances. I noticed that a lot of people in the crowd really didn’t know much of their music, so that probably contributed to the lack of awesomeness. People were having normal conversations while in the crowd which kind of killed the mood, but I really believe that if the damn bass wasn’t so loud, people might’ve been able to hear the words and actually recognize the words. I love the acoustic sound of the Stumbellas and the use of acoustic guitars and violins, but they just didn’t fulfill the duties of festival performers. I think that they would throw an amazing performance maybe in a much smaller venue where they have fans that actually know words to their songs. But don’t get me wrong, I love that band.

We then ran across the park to watch Kehlani, who is an inspiring female artist, but I just don’t like her music. I wasn’t really impressed.

After that, we had a break where we could take pictures and get more food. We got some kind of matcha ice cream thing and a lemon poppyseed donut. My lemon poppyseed donut was mouthwatering. Not the best thing ever, but definitely delicious. I love lemon poppyseed and never thought to apply it to a donut. very refreshing.

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Next, we listened to Bleachers. Jack Antonoff is an incredibly talented guy, and he writes songs that are so well suited for festivals. It’s amazing. I only knew all of the words to one song, but I recognized almost every song and knew the words to bits and pieces of them and that was really, really fun. It’s really hard to not enjoy yourself during a performance by him. I only took a video of his performance and couldn’t figure out a way to put it in here, but it was awesome.

After that, we had some time and we sat on the lawn/took some more pictures.

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AND THEN, we saw the one and only queen, Lorde. I love her so much. And now I love her even more. It was so surreal to see her perform live. Actually, to even see her in real life as an actual person was so incredible. I didn’t call her performance the one that I was most impressed by because I had extremely high expectations for it and it did not disappoint. She is so talented and such a lovely human being. I knew all of the words to her songs except for two, and that’s because I believe that they’re on her upcoming album and haven’t been released yet. She puts on an amazing show, and she teamed up with Jack Antonoff to sing her two slow songs from the new album, which was also amazing. Overall, my life is almost complete because I got to see her perform live. What an amazing person.

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(This is the stage from “Green Light”)

While Lorde performed, she came down onto the ground to touch people’s hands, and this somehow allowed for the crowd to push up ten feet or so, and when she finished, this horrible thing where everyone was shoved against each other happened and there was no air and no way out. It sucked because everyone was yelling at each other and there was no joke no way to move or get out, and I wasn’t about to wait in that for an hour for Chance, so after an hour of almost being crushed or suffocated to death, we finally got out. It was scary. If people had just made an opening, we could’ve gotten out, but instead people just yelled that they were not going to move because they were staying for Chance, and that we should go around to get out, but let me ask- How do we get out when THERE’S LITERALLY NOWHERE TO GO? I don’t think I’ve ever been closer to someone than I was for that amount of time. Not cool. To finish off this rant, why do people feel the need to try and push their way forward in a crowd when there’s literally no room? Your view doesn’t get any better! And then people get mad when others don’t make room for them, but they’re the ones who are pushing people out of the way! Just saying.

I then got some delicious bread pudding from Magnolia Bakery.

Lastly, we stayed on the lawn to listen to Chance, and I would guess that the majority of people there were there waiting for him, too. I don’t like his music, but everyone else wanted to stay so I figured I’d give him a chance. What do people like about him? I totally respect and appreciate him for his background and the way he conducts himself in the music industry and how he gives back to his community and all, but what else is there? Why is he so popular? I’m pretty sure that he didn’t say one complete sentence performing. His songs were all just dull background music and he just mumbled shit into the microphone. There was no substance no nothing and I just don’t understand. I was more disappointed in him than I expected to be.

That being said, it didn’t take away from the rest of the festival. It was an amazing day, with relatively amazing weather (other than some random 10-minute sun shower) . I saw Lorde perform live. Everything was amazing.

Thanks, Gov Ball 2017.

a day at stonecrop gardens

Happy Hump Day!

For senior skip day a couple of my friends and I went on an adventure to Stonecrop Gardens, in Cold Spring, NY, which was a place that I found from some random person’s Instagram. It’s a 12 acre plot that had small, different-themed areas throughout the garden and a couple of greenhouses, too.

We then went farther into Cold Spring and got on Main Street and sat down at a little cafe called “Cupoccino Cafe.” I got a mint herbal tea that took about an hour to cool down enough to drink (still great, though) and a linzer tart. Definitely one of the best cookie-resembling baked goods that I’ve ever had. I plan on going back to Cold Spring and window shopping on Main Street some day in the future.

I don’t have too much to say other than that the trip was a blast. Here’s some cool pictures.

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Peace out,

Emma

a day in hudson, ny

Yesterday I went to the super artistic, funky, and overall amazing town of Hudson, NY, which is about an hour from my house. Hudson offers up some of the quirkiest, coolest, and most creative stores in the area, and the majority of their artists/makers are totally local.

I really had no plan in mind when I went there other than wanting to stop into three different shops, so I just strolled around and took cool pictures.

First I went to a little book shop that I think was called “The Spotted Dog.”

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Next I went to one of my “most wanted to go to places that I found on Instagram,” called “Flowerkraut.”

It did not disappoint. If I weren’t leaving for college in three months on a plane, I would’ve totally bought every plant in the store. Instead, I bought an organic canvas bag with their label and a medium sized crystal of quartz(?).

I then went to “The Secret Garden,” and of course loved it because I just love green and plants and greenhouses and nature and you get the point.

The same applies, I totally would’ve bought every plant but I just can’t.

After that I went to Verdigris Tea & Chocolates and got a delicious hot chai latte with cinnamon on top, but I didn’t take any pictures. Beyond that I really just strolled around and took cool pictures, especially of doors. Pictures of old and colorful doors are underrated. This also makes me think that I should really get into photography because I’ve always wanted to but never put the time into it. It would also be nice if I had the money to afford a nice camera. Anyways, here are the rest of the pictures.

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Lastly, I found this possibly stray cat.

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I don’t know for sure if it was actually stray, but it was just roaming round and it made eye contact with me (although I couldn’t get a picture) and I couldn’t resist so I stared back at it and it came over and purred and looked at me with cute green cat eyes and wanted to be petted. I wanted to cuddle it but I felt like that wasn’t a good idea and as I walked away it followed me down the street because everyone else ignored it and the self control that it took to not pick it up and take it home was unreal. I foresee this being a problem in my near future.

Anyways, I totally recommend taking a day trip to Hudson. Such a cool place.

Emma

a day off adventure

Happy Saturday!

I had a pretty lovely day yesterday. I went out to what was just supposed to be breakfast with a friend, but turned to a nice stroll through Vassar College. Of all the years that I’ve lived here I had never been on Vassar’s campus, which I find crazy because I knew it was amazingly beautiful to begin with and it definitely did not disappoint when I actually saw it.

We first went to Babycakes, and I got the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had, a hazelnut latte, only I didn’t get to finish it because I drank it too slow and it got cold. Amazingly, it didn’t throw my stomach off too much. Being myself, I obviously ordered a waffle, and it was a darn good waffle.

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After we finished breakfast, we walked along the street and went into an adorable little bookstore that had that nostalgic “old book” smell.

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Being right next to campus, we decided to take a stroll in. The first thing that really struck us was the library.

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Pretty cool, right? And in Poughkeepsie? Even better.

Next we meandered into the Loeb Art Museum and enjoyed the art and sculpture garden.

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Picasso, Pollock, Munch, O’Keefe, Calder, not all pictured, but to name a few, all in our backyard. The museum even had artifacts dating back to about 1375 B.C.E. As pointed out by the nice lady working at the front desk, we also got to marvel at paintings from our famed Hudson River School.

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Some of them looked so realistic that I didn’t believe that they were paintings.

Overall, a simple little breakfast turned into a pretty nice adventure.

Also, it was pretty cool because one guy pulled up in a car and asked us if we knew where a certain building was because we apparently look like college students (yay) and the lady working in the art museum said something along the lines of “You aren’t students here, are you?” To which we responded no, and she said that we looked like students. Which is awesome because we haven’t gotten to college yet but people think we’re in college.

Lastly, here are two cool albums you should have a listen to.

The Spirit Moves/Langhorne Slim & The Law

I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning/Bright Eyes

Peace out,

Emma