Art Knows Best

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Me in the West Village, 1983.

New York City is still the last best place to get that Art “fix” and look humanity right in the face.

The Kiss mural seen from the HighLine, NYC.

The Kiss mural seen from the HighLine, NYC.

Hankchampion (sculpture by Mark Di Suvero) at the New Whitney museum.

Hankchampion (sculpture by Mark Di Suvero) at the New Whitney museum.

Street musician, Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

Street musician, Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, NYC.

After being away for 23 years, which I now refer to as “Manhattan Interruptus,” my cup runneth over with the juice of this pulsating metropolis.

The World Trade Center from the New Whitney Museum.

The World Trade Center from the New Whitney Museum.

Thanks to the good company of Beau Gage, who  is a true patron to the arts and fine sculpturess herself, I got an inside glimpse to Martha Graham’s living legacy, the FANTASTIC new Whitney Museum, a Russian Modernist’s exhibit at the Neue Galerie, coupled with a classical performance by lively, young musicians.

BERLIN - JULY 04: (GERMANY OUT) The Martha Graham Dance Company performs during a photo call at he Deutsche Staatsoper on July 4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sven Darmer/DAVIDS/Getty Images)

BERLIN – JULY 04: (GERMANY OUT) The Martha Graham Dance Company performs during a photo call at he Deutsche Staatsoper on July 4, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sven Darmer/DAVIDS/Getty Images)

Beau and I at the Neue Galerie in front of Klimt's Woman in Gold.

Beau and I at the Neue Galerie in front of Klimt’s Woman in Gold.

People at the Whitney overlooking Hudson River.

People at the Whitney overlooking Hudson River.

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Alexander Calder’s Circus at the New Whitney.

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Whitney Museum

View from Whitney of New Jersey.

View from Whitney of New Jersey.

More extraordinary view from the Whitney of Hudson River.

More extraordinary view from the Whitney of Hudson River.

Beau at the Whitney looking downtown.

Beau at the Whitney looking downtown.

Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn, New York.

I was able to track down Miles Bellamy, a well cultured buddy from my starving artist days, and devour his “Spoonbill and Sugartown Bookstore” in Brooklyn,  before sharing spaghetti on the roof with his 11 year old daughter. Time has certainly marched on.

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Miles, me and Jonas.

Fountain and boy along the Highline.

Fountain and boy along the Highline.

I walked the fantastic, new HIghline that stretches 30 blocks along the Hudson River and is planted with indigenous flora. I think I heard someone speak English, once, and a Buddhist monk gave me a beaded bracelet.

The sure footed journey down the middle path is like an amusement park without the rides or admission.

I stayed at Westbeth in the West Village, which is a well known artists housing and cultural center and where I participated in Nancy Gabor’s acting workshop (the whole reason and purpose for my trip).

Nancy Gabor making her magic.

Nancy Gabor making her magic.

Me doing Chekhov in Nancy's acting workshop. Playing to Greg Taubman.

Me doing Chekhov in Nancy’s acting workshop. Playing to Greg Taubman.

Wrapping up an amazing weekend. Transforming!

Wrapping up an amazing weekend. Transformative!

Since Nancy and I reconnected after 30 years, I have rekindled my passion for Nancy’s acting core techniques. My early roots as a fledgling dancer/actor/playwright are in New York and my return feels like divine intervention. Nancy’s work gives wings to anyone who experiences it.

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Happy Actors- Ethan, Shelley, Nancy, Allyson and Greg.

I am filled to the brim with possibilities, friendship and inspiration.

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Hannah and I started in the village and ended up in Mexico.

Although, NYC has changed and I miss some of the grit and danger of the old days. I’m glad I had the good fortune of being broke and starry eyed during the 80’s. My humble performances in black box theatre seem better than ever in retrospect. Romantic even.

Tourists with money to burn have replaced the struggling artists and the neighborhood diners now resemble boutique eateries. Every one I talked with lamented the exorbitant rents with more luxury apartments coming. The Broadway world seems to be shrinking with remakes and star turns where everything old is new again. Change is constant.

One of my favorite moments was sitting in a Bleecker Street Cafe over Caesar salad and helping a fellow playwright get his play back on track.

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Xin Ying, Martha Graham soloist.

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Kids Art at the Neue Galerie. The artists of tomorrow interpreting Adele in America.

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie, NYC

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Mural from the HighLine.

Mural from the HighLine.

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie

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Adele in America, Kids art at Neue Galerie

Mural from the Highline.

Mural from the Highline.
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