I have written and deleted numerous times in this blog post a brief description who Darger is and what his work is like, but I just can't do it without writing several paragraphs. Let me just say, his life is a fascinating, sad story, and if you haven't seen it already, the Jessica Yu documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal is very well-done and a great introduction to his work. (You can watch it instantly on Netflix).
The Folk Art Museum was really cool. We also saw Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts, along with lots of cool Quaker and Shaker furniture, textiles, and some really beautiful scrimshaw pieces and duck and fish decoys.
This museum is right next to the MOMA and in a beautiful part of the city--even though it's sort of Hell on earth because of all the tourists and traffic. Trump Tower, Tiffany's and St. Thomas Cathedral are all right there.
I actually saw one of my first big celebrities today walking down Fifth Avenue...Betsey Johnson!
The only other celebrity I've seen since we've lived here was LeeannMarshall from Project Runway. Strange that both of my star sightings are fashion designers.
Anyway after the museum, we ventured over to FAO Schwartz and had a big time with Seamus.
They also have a make your own muppet factory and of course a Barbie runway show, a candy store and the most beautiful Madame Alexander dolls, among other things. Seamus was terrified of the Madame Alexander Dolls.
And some chocolate peanut butter fudge for us: