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The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida holds an expansive amount of the many masterpieces by artist extraordinaire, Salvador Dali.  While I was in Florida during the holiday season, I made sure to visit the exhibitions, as the furthest I ever made it inside the previous year was the gift shop. This post got buried as I got busy with other posts, like the Miami posts, that you can read about here and here. Although I believe everything happens for a reason, and a little escapism is needed right now. So with this post I invite you to peek into the Dali museum, and Salvador Dali’s world.

 

Surrealism: Surrealism is the form of art that Dali is most known for, although it is not the only type of art he did. The best words I can use to describe this art form are “dream like”. Although as per Lexico powered by Oxford:

 

“Surrealism is a 20th century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.

Launched in 1924 by a manifesto of André Breton and having a strong political content, the movement grew out of symbolism and Dada and was strongly influenced by Sigmund Freud. In the visual arts its most notable exponents were André Masson, Jean Arp, Joan Miró, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Luis Buñuel.”

 

About Dali

Dali was born in Spain, May 11th, 1904

 

Dali knew how to speak French

 

He was thrown out of the San Fernando Academy of Art in Madrid after he refused to be tested in the theory of art and claimed the judges to be incompetent

 

In the 1920’s he started painting Surrealism after moving to Paris and being introduced to this latest art form by Andre Brenton

 

By the 1930’s Dali was nearly expelled from the Surrealist art movement by other leaders of the group due to public outbursts and a personal disagreement with leader, Andre Breton.

 

During the 1940’s Dali and his wife, Gala moved to New York where he exhibited at the MoMA. He went on to work with Alfred Hitchcock, and Walt Disney on different projects.

 

In the 1950’s Dali and Gala remarried, and he entered into his “nuclear mysticism” art period where he combined the subjects of religion, DNA, geometry, and illusions.

 

Dali passed away at 84 years old on January 23rd, 1989. Dali’s final works were inspired by mathematics, immortality and the “fourth dimension”.

 

My Favorite Pieces in the Museum: The museum showed Dali’s range of art as a master of both Surrealism and Classic art. His move away from Surrealism came during the 1950’s as his inspirations changed. I loved seeing his evolution and learning what inspired him during each part of his artistic life. Here are some of my favorites, some of which I bought postcard versions of.

 

 

The Museum Itself:

The museum has quirky architecture, inspired by Dali’s art and things that inspired him.  The “Enigma” glass bubble that wraps part of the building, makes the building itself a work of art. The “helical” or  spiral staircase inside was inspired by Dali’s love of spirals and the form that DNA molecule makes.

 

The museum has a garage for parking, and costs $25 for adults to enter with cheaper prices for students, children, and first responder’s or military. You can also download the Dali Museum app to give you more information and a in depth solo tour. As the museum is currently closed they have their exhibitions online at the moment. The museum is said to have a total of 2,400 works by Dali.

 

 

Midnight in Paris Exhibition:

At the time there was also an exhibition in the museum called Midnight in Paris 1929, which showcased works by other Surrealist masters as well as Dali’s. It also gave people a peak into their lives, what inspired their work and showcased what each artist actually looked like. Its currently one of the exhibitions you can see on the museum website as well.

 

 

Other experiences in the museum: Dreams of Dali VR and the Avant-Garden

The museum has a Virtual Reality experience in which you can step into different Dali paintings. This was a very cool experience and something my art loving mind and heart thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I could have taken pictures of what I was seeing, it was really like stepping into a painting and walking around in it. Experience it for yourself in its online version here.

 

 

It was my second time visiting the garden, as its not blocked off from the waterfront walk that runs through other parts of St. Pete. It’s a relaxing garden with sculptures by Dali, a labyrinth, which I didn’t realize was there, a grotto and other aspects that combine math, nature and art. I will have to make it back to see the labyrinth.

 

 

The Fashion Industry and Surrealism:

Having an education in fashion I can tell you that, Surrealism and the masters of this art form often crossed paths with the fashion designers of the time. It’s no surprise when fashion crosses with other art forms, and it still happens to this day. Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaperelli often mingled in the same circles and were known to be good friends. They inspired each other to push the boundaries of their work. The Dali Museum recognizes this connection between the two art forms to this day with events in the past with Neiman Marcus.

 

The museum itself is small and is only two floors, but the collection of art gives you a good education on who Dali was and how his art evolved. On another note as per the website you don’t need a ticket to visit the gift shop or cafe, but I do remember them asking to see my wristband to see the exhibitions. I highly recommend visiting The Dali if you make it to St. Petersburg, which is also the only museum in the Southeastern United Sates to be awarded three Michelin Stars. Take some time to walk the city when you’re done with the museum and you’ll see art infused throughout the city with murals and painted electrical boxes.

 

Have you been to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg? Is it on your bucket list now? Let me know in the comments and on social media.- T.S.

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Renovated and Revived: South Street Seaport

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If you follow my stories on Instagram you’ll know that last week I got to check out the newly open Pier 17 at South-Street Seaport. It’s been five years since it closed for renovations in 2013 after being hit by hurricane Sandy. Its been newly renovated with locals in mind as opposed to being a full on tourists spot. It was a day of taking my mom around to do touristy things like go to a museum that I never went to before, even though I use to walk by it everyday! Because lets face it, when you become so used to living or working in an iconic city, you forget and don’t realize how many historical attractions there are right in your backyard. That is something tourists and visitors don’t get wrong, visiting the historical and iconic spots. (Click pics to enlarge)

 

We finished our museum visits in the financial district and headed to South Street Seaport. If you are a tourists or potential tourists to this area, please don’t waste your money taking the subway or a taxi from the financial district to south street seaport. This is very walkable even at a leisurely pace and the blocks are a bit shorter, so enjoy the walk among the cobble stone streets and original architecture!

South Street Seaport and Pier 17 are not completely finished yet and some of the areas are still blocked off to the public as they continue renovations. Although what I saw was beautifully well done and has already done the area justice. I remember only a little bit about what it used to look like since I had not visited this area since I was little. I’ve worked in the financial district since, but like I mentioned before since its always there, I had not thought to go see what it looked like now. I don’t feel that bad though since it was under construction until its unveiling on June 30th 2018.

 

The pier itself has brand new boardwalk planks and the building is a airy with  glass windows that wraps around the building. While wood and glass continue running inside and follow outside to the back patio. Currently open are only the ground floor and the rooftop while the second floor shops are still under construction. The first floor holds the summer pop up, Market Hall restaurant and runs straight  into the back patio. Market Hall, which we ate at has a minimal menu curated by Chef David Kornell while the space itself has a nautical vibe. It was all delicious, the drinks which you can have in an alcoholic form as well were really refreshing and unlike any other drink I’ve ever had.

 

 

 

The back patio or River Lounge has rocker swings, lounge seats and the game cornhole for adults and kids alike to play. While a walk around will lead you to the Chase Sapphire Bar which held a ballon art installation by Geronimo and high seats to sit and watch the water. And the most impressive of it all, that Brooklyn Bridge and downtown Manhattan view. Also on the first floor is a Ticketmaster booth to  concert tickets for the south street seaport concert series. When you head up, unfortunately the middle floors are not finished, but you can head to the rooftop.

 

The rooftop holds stage space for concerts, intimate party space and spots to sit and take in the views. Once again the views are even more iconic as you get an above ground view of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn and the Manhattan Bridge. The completed rooftop will include a restaurant, outdoor bars and will span 1.5 acres. I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like when every section of South Street Seaport is open.

 

 

 

South Street Seaport Facts:

  • South Street Seaport is NY’s original commercial section

 

  • It was created in the 17th century and helped make NYC an economic powerhouse with the Dutch West India Company outpost that traded with old and new worlds

 

  • By the 1860’s the seaport was open 24/7,  making the Seaport District the first neighborhood that was open 24/7 in NYC. Dubbing NYC  “The city the never sleeps”.

 

  • By 1970’s the Seaport District created the urban renewal concept which preserved historical buildings while allowing developing real estate around them.

 

  • Once completely renovated the district will include 400,000 square feet of fashion, culinary, entertainment and cultural activities.

 

  • Restaurants by Andrew Carmellini, David Chong,Helene Henderson of the Momofuku Group and Jean- Georges Vongerichten are expected to open.

 

  • The experimental store 10 Corso Como by Carla Sozzani is  also expected to open

 

  • A 50,000 sq ft food hall by Jean -Georges  will open in the Tin Building

 

  • Pier 17 is ESPN’s new live broadcast studio

 

 

 

Steps away from Pier 17 the historic Fulton Street shops are also reopening. Some already open are the candy store It’s Sugar and the IPic theather, the Fulton Stall Market (Farmers Market) and much more. While new stores like the Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) boutique are yet to open.

 

Hidden on the basement level of Pier 17 is Level 4 an event space with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and the Statue of Liberty. Its purpose will be to be rented out and used as a venue for events.  Also rentable are the rooftop, Seaport Square at the entrance of Pier 17, and the Historic District :Beekman St.-John St. and South St. – Water St.

 

Make sure to check out my NYC highlight on Instagram to see more on the newly open South Street Seaport. Have you checked it out yet? Let me know in the comments and on social media. Learn more here.

T.S.

 

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Things to do on Spring Weekends in NJ

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and truthful.

Spring is here and it is now possible for us northeasterners to ascend from hibernation in our houses for fun outdoor activities. Whether its a stroll in a park, bike ride or festival walk there are plenty of outdoor outings in New Jersey. The following are some of the places I like to go to spend a spring day in NJ and others that are on my “to do” list.

Princeton NJ, Princeton University  and its Art Museum

Princeton University Grounds

 

Princeton Township is one of the cutest towns I have ever visited in the state of NJ. The town which is home to the prestigious Princeton University is small enough to walk but full of interesting sites. I’ve walked the town and college grounds a few times and discover something new each time I visit. The diverse community is full of multiculture restaurants and shops. A mix of mom and pop shops as well as chain brands dot the main road of Nassau Street. One of my favorite places to visit on this street is Labyrinth Books, a book store I can spend hours in. The side streets of the town have just as much to offer as the main road. Don’t miss Palmer Square which offers more shops, restaurants and bars.  Some of my go to’s in this square include the Thomas Sweet Chocolates Shop which gives out samples of their gourmet chocolates, I also love Carter & Cavern Olive Oil Co. which lets you sample their olive oils on bread. If you or your kids want an extra treat step into the Bent Spoon, an ice cream shop that is always full of people.

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Labyrinth Book Shop

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Princeton University and visit the Princeton Museum. Now one might not think you would find great works of art in this modestly sized college museum, but you are wrong. There are more than 97,000 pieces of art in this museum.The works of Monet, Manet, and Goya and more have found a home here. Art from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa fill the galleries ranging from classic oil paintings to modern pop art, photography and more. Massive sculptures and installations can be found on the grounds of the museum and college as well. Admission is free to enter. The Morven Museum and Garden is on my to do list. It not only offer tours of the museum but tea time, a festival of trees during the holidays and an art, craft and garden show in May. The show offers activities for kids as well such as a scavenger hunt. There is so much to discover in the town of Princeton and I am not done yet.Princeton Art Museum

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Princeton Museum: Dancers by Edgar Degas 1899

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Princeton Museum: Claude Monet, Water Lillies and Japanese Bridge 1899.

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Sculptures in front of the Princeton Museum by Doug and Mike Stern

 

Tips: Main highways in NJ like Route 1 or Route206  can easily get you into town. Route 27 runs right into the town and ends on Nassau Street, home of Princeton University. From  NYC take the Northeast Corridor on NJ transit to Princeton Junction at West Windsor. Once there take the Princeton shuttle to Princeton Station, right out side of Princeton University. If you prefer to drive your journey would begin at the Lincoln Tunnel. The town of Princeton is full of small streets and you may need to park in a parking lot. It’s a walking town so make sure you are wearing comfortable attire and pick up a Princeton discovery map found in many of the shops.

Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ

Interested in an outdoor all day activity? Visit Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The grounds include 42 acres of land  with outdoor sculptures. Also up for exploration are their six indoor galleries. Activities include something for the whole family. Tots on Tour is a guided tour through the grounds with a theme story for parents and their 3-5 year olds. Grounds for sculpture also hosts events for kids and people of special needs.  In partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Grounds For Sculpture participates in a Fall Festival. During this festival the grounds are open to over 200 people who have sight impairments. They are led on touch tours, a hands on tour of the grounds. Grounds for Sculpture also host Senior Wellness Walks and Talks. This event for senior citizens includes a stroll through the grounds, aromatherapy, yoga and  more. Grounds For Sculpture

Tips: Tickets are specific to timed entry so buy your tickets in advance online. The grounds include exotic trees, flowers and landscapes if you have allergies be sure to bring your allergy medications.

Hot Air Ballooning: Various towns in NJ

If you want to see NJ from the sky hot air ballooning is the way to go. Hot air balloon rides are offered throughout the state. In Northern NJ  Phillipsburg you can take a one hour ride which includes a brunch and lunch with Balloonatics and Aeronuts. In Central NJ, Pittstown take a sunrise or sunset flight with champaign through Ballons Aloft. While Seize the Breeze  offers rides over southern NJ. If you plan to stay or visit NJ trough the summer don’t miss the Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, NJ. This festival offers live music, food vendors, attractions and over 125 ballons for three days. Warren County also holds a week of hot air balloon activities with their Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot Air Ballon Festival. Visit NJ Attractions

Tips: Groupon offers discounts on Hot Air Ballon rides. Pay attention to the site throughout the season for great buys.

Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park

A short subway ride or drive from NYC, these destinations are perfect for your entire family. Liberty State Park is part of the historic trilogy  that includes The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. During the 19th and 20th centuries this part of New Jersey was a critical transportation area for both goods and immigrants.Liberty State Park

Once you arrive at Liberty State Park take in views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Stoll the Liberty Walk Promenade along the water and then visit the Liberty Science Center. I visited this exploration center as a little girl and remember enjoying myself. I also have friends who take their kids and always enjoy their time there. It is an educational experience with hands on opportunities for kids of all ages. Liberty Science Center

Tips: Arrive early so you can take in the sights. You are also allowed to BBQ in Liberty State Park so bring the whole family and enjoy the day.

Planning a trip to New Jersey for vacation or just a three day weekend? Daniels Realty can find your perfect home away from home. For over 25 years this number one realty company has been helping families find a place to stay. Broker and manager Colleen Remmie and her team can find you the best luxury beach or family friendly rentals in Diamond Beach and Wildwood. Colleen is a lifelong resident of North Wildwood, so you are sure to find the best places to stay and visit while there.

Tip: Now some of you may know but NJ is the Garden State, but not only does it have lush greenery but an abundance of Wineries. If you are staying in southern NJ grab your partner or girlfriends for a night out at one of NJ’s many winery’s. Many like Heritage Vineyards use local fruits to make fruit wines. They are delicious!

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Have you visited some of the places I listed? What do you do on spring weekends in your town? Let me know if you’ve checked out the places I listed and don’t forget there are great rental properties in NJ with the help of Daniels Realty. Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.