I haven't done a post like this in quite a while. As I mentioned yesterday, I love visiting to the New York Botanical Garden. It's one of those things I look forward to each year. While I've been in the past for the orchid and rose shows, I have never seen an art exhibit there as well. They currently have the Frida Kahlo exhibit going on. A garden is set up to replicate the one at her home, complete with a work desk and lots of color. The sheer number of Mexican plants they brought in is impressive, and I'm always in awe of anyone who can keep a plant alive. I have failed at keeping both english ivy and spider plants. That shouldn't be possible.
I enjoyed the garden area. It was a bit crowded with lines forming to snap certain pictures and read descriptive posters, but I'm used to that part, that's almost always how it goes. The art exhibit was another story. It was very crowded and overshadowed by a security guard announcing the viewing protocol every thirty seconds. People were pushing each other, shouting, and constantly setting off the protective sensors. It felt more like being at the center of rampant mob than it did an art exhibit. The pieces themselves were interesting, nice to see one of her self portraits in person. I always find it fascinating to see paintings that are so familiar, famous in person. If you are interested in going I would recommend either visiting very early in the day or on a weekday.