Stuff of interest at the Met #1: Nakashima Furniture in The Japanese Art Reading Room

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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 02-04-2010 08:40 PM 1684 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I headed to the Japanese wing to check out some furniture. I didn’t see so much (portions of the museum were closed for something or other. I peeked in and saw people photographing stuff, though), but before entering, i passed through the reading room where there was a video playing, and cool chairs and table to sit in. As i sunk into the chair and looked at the butterflies in the large slab of wood, here’s what went on in my head:

-That’s so Nakashima!
-I really want to eat a donut. I’m hungry.
-Why don’t they make donuts in Israel?
-There is no way this is really Nakashima furniture we’re sitting on.
-Is it?!
-Hey—that’s his book—The Soul of a Tree
-Holy crap—i’m sitting on a Nakashima chair at a Nakashima table, reading a Nakashima book!
-Oh my God! People come in here to watch that film on Japanese art and they probably don’t even know what they’re sitting on!

Anyway, there was another book there about Nakashima by his daughter. Nature Form and Spirit, i think. On page 212 was a colour photo of the room in the Met—and (i should have taken a photo!) when i opened it, the photo was taken from the exact position that it lay on the table—so it was this Droste effect!

Anyway, the nice lady behind the desk gave me permission to take a little clip on my Nano (sorry about the quality). Just in time as right when i finished, the security guard came in and rebuked me for doing so…

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 10:20 PM

Those security guards there have no sense of humor. I would of loved to taken a video of the Frank Lloyd Wright room there.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 10:39 PM

Jim—you could be right, though there was another one who was so cute—there was this modern piece with a pedal—when you step on the pedal, the whole thing—gears and such—starts working. I was eyeing the pedal—unsure if it we were allowed to touch it and the guard standing there (a different one) said ‘go on. you know you want to touch it.’
I wanted to take a vid of the Wright room, but they limited the access there :-(

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 10:40 PM

Neat thanks

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 03:10 AM

Thanks. I will need to make a point of visiting this the next time I am in New York. Admittedly… only been there once in my life so it gives me an excuse.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 03:31 AM

Thank you Naomi I didn’t even know it was there I have made a couple of Nakashima pieces I love the simplicity of his work, I admire Shaker for the same reason, I’m against Victorian and French Louise the Anything

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#6 posted 09-20-2011 05:48 PM

My family (SWMBO36, D34, D32) has found remarkable things and had wonderful experiences doing the museum-art gallery-zoo/nature center-local points of history over many years. Serendipity shows up anywhere-and the memory is yours forever. Keep looking behind the curtain. Have a good life. steve

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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