Friday, 08 May 2009 09:20
It seems that just like everyone is six degrees away from Kevin Bacon – we are always circulating in an area touched by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Last Saturday, May 2, my daughter Lynne and I visited the American Folk Art Museum on 53rd Street in NYC. We went to see a quilt exhibit by famed artist Paula Nadelstern. She creates kaleidoscope quilts that are simply beautiful, incredibly detailed and inspiring. She is truly an artist! The exhibit is open through Sept. 13.
There was another exhibit at the museum, of the carved wooden figures of Ulysses Davis, a Savannah, Georgia barber who created a wonderful body of work, which he rarely sold, saying “They’re my treasure. If I sold these, I’d be really poor,” according to the museum website. It added that his carvings were featured in the 1982 exhibition “Black Folk Art in America, 1930 - 1980” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where they were applauded as important examples of African American vernacular art.
Mr. Davis did a fine series of presidential portraits and of course TR stands out easily. The carved wooden busts go from George Washington to George Bush, Sr. The exhibit closed on Sept. 6.
Still, the day wasn’t finished, we visited the Museum of Modern Art for lunch, for another TR moment.
TR’s beloved son Quentin was engaged to Flora Whitney whose mother was Gertrude Whitney, who was a founder of the museum. The two never married because Quentin was shot down over France in WWI. Flora went on to serve on the museum board along with her mother.
And speaking of TR, there is another in the John Gable lecture series on the 26th U.S. President sponsored by the Friends of Sagamore Hill, a chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association a 501C3 charitable organization.
On Tuesday, May 12, Franklin Hill Perrell, chief curator of the Nassau County Museum of Art, will present “TR and the Arts of His Time”, a lecture and video presentation on art in the time of Theodore Roosevelt. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the free program begins at 7:30; at Christ Church Parish Hall, 61 East Main Street, in Oyster Bay’s hamlet.
The memory and life of TR keeps enriching our lives!
P.S. When we visited London several years ago we had high tea at Brown’s Hotel, where TR married his second wife Edith. - DFK