Nourishment for the Soul: First Art, Then Ice Cream
At the beginning of her special tour of the Whitney Museum, Rachel Farmer, herself an artist, told the seven Scholarship Plus students that they would be seeing some of her favorite works. Rachel divided her tour into two parts, starting with a show of contemporary art by living artists and then looking at pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. What united all of the works was their sense of place, a theme that our guide, a sculptor, asked our students to reflect on, drawing out reactions and insights from the members of the group. At the end of the formal tour, the students were invited to explore the museum in the hour or so before closing – and all were given a pass allowing them to revisit the museum with guests. Once again, we were grateful to Diane Exavier, a former New York Times Scholar who is now a playwright and teacher, for arranging the Whitney tour.
As the museum was closing, we walked across Washington Street to the Ample Hills Creamery store, and had the difficult job of picking among tempting flavors and combinations (sample tastes were provided on request). The temperature had cooled down, so we re-crossed the street and climbed the steps up to the High Line, where we found seats and selfie opportunities as the ice cream disappeared.
Photographs by Michael J. Leahy
Photograph by Anna Antoniak
Roselkis and Jocelyn share a quiet moment on the terrace.