Saturday, April 05, 2008

My Day Break!

We are in Sanibel Island, Florida for the weekend. I just got back from a long walk on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico. There is no need to say that it is humid here, my frizzy hair and sticky body scream it out loud. Last night I finally finished and sent out my article for PCCSD Peyk magazine on Qajar Royal Portraits; I will give the link as soon as this issue comes out. I had a short piece on the previous volume on Abbas Kiarostami's photographs. (English, No. 114, March & April 2008, Peyk)

In the past two weeks my New York trips were full of joyous moments and activities. I went to Courbet exhibition at MET as I had planned, and it was truly worth the time I spent there. I will write about it in another post. I think most people know, but it doesn’t hurt to say it again that Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has the pay as you wish policy, which means that you should pay something, but it can be as little as 1 cent. If you are a student I really suggest you to take advantage of this and pay as little as you wish. Of course they have a suggested fee that is written all over their website and you can see it everywhere around the museum’s information booth, and most people pay that amount without even knowing about the pay as wish policy; three years ago the suggested fee for students was $7 now it is $10.

On my other trip to New York, this week, my friend and I met with two New York based filmmakers, Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard, (aslo his wife). They are editing their latest film, Fining Home (2008). I strongly recommend you to see their short films, Shahrbanoo (2002) and Hamid Rahmanian’s first feature film, Day Break, 2005 (Dame Sobh). It was a very pleasant meeting. After that we went for a quick lunch and then we engaged ourselves in the best thing one can do in New York city: walking and talking with a dash of gossiping.

I haven’t slept for two days now, and it is near my day break so, have a great weekend.

Study of the Nude, by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve, 1850's
This was one of the photos in Courbet Exhibition at MET


Leva said...

Salam Rooja Joonam,
The humidity of Miami reminds me the exact weather in beloved Mazandaran, so no nags about it please!
Would you please keep some of these activities in Big Apple for other friends too!
You have some magnet inside, to track all those art works. I wish I had that talent.
Have fun in FL, and dont miss those hot Cuban guys.

Enchanted Soul said...

Roja jan,
It was wonderful to see you the other day in NYC! Wish we can meet more often in the futher brunches and gatherings and discussion groups, and also going to MET!

Behi said...

As always a very interesting and informative post Roja joone aziz,

Enjoy :)

Tameshk said...

Leva joonam
I wil send you a picture of my hair form Sanibel beach, then you see how much I respect humidity. Also there are many art exhibitions in New York when you guys are visiting, you don't need to worry.

Dear Enchanted Soul
I cannot wait for us to visit MET together.

Behi Joonam
Thanks ;D