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Catlett’s work, “Mother and Child” (see Tuesday’s post), is part of the permanent collection at the Met. Similar to the Japanese prints from last week, however, museums tend to rotate delicate prints and drawings and the Met may not currently have this particular piece out for viewing. The MoMA also has a collection of Catlett’s work but, according to their website, they are currently not on view.

After doing a little research, I found that the National Academy Museum & School of the Arts has one of Catlett’s sculptures, Fluted Head, on display.  From the website, the museum seems like a great resource for families, offering workshops for children as young as 2 years old. The Studio Museum in Harlem also has drawings by Catlett in their permanent collection. The prints were featured in an exhibit this past March entitled, Labor, Love, Live: Collection in Context. The museum offers free admission on Sundays.


We stopped in for a visit to the National Academy Museum. What an absolutely magnificent place to visit! The building itself is a spectacular work of art, with exquisite details that left even my 1 year old in awe. We took our stroller right up the elevator to the second floor to see Catlett’s sculpture, Fluted Head. My son really enjoyed when I picked him up to take a look. The sculpture is directly eye-level to standing viewers. I had to laugh when my little guy waved and said “hi” to the sculpture, which is actually a face (use the link above to search for “Fluted Head”). We spent a good few minutes looking at the sculpture together. As I stood gazing in admiration of Catlett’s beautiful work, my son and I played a quiet game of naming parts of the face. “Do you see her nose?” I would ask him. “Where’s your nose?” He really got a kick out of it! There are so many stunning works of art on display at this museum. Slightly north of the more well-known museums, such as The Met and The Guggenheim, the National Academy Museum is a hidden treasure.  Not overwhelming, the museum is really perfect for moms who want to bring babies for a quick visit (admission prices seem reasonable – $10 for adults, $5 students/teachers, free for kids under 12). I really encourage anyone interested to take a look at their website at the above link.


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Labor Day weekend is all about spending time with friends and family and soaking up that last bit of summer sun. Don’t have time to make it to the museum? You can bring the museum right to your computer. The Asia Society of New York previously had an exhibit on the Edo period entitled, “Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860.” The exhibit is not currently on display, but now you can view it from the privacy of your own computer. Here’s the link:


Of course, nothing compares to seeing the real deal! Japanese woodblock prints are extremely delicate and cannot be left out on display for long periods of time. Although closed for the holiday weekend, the Ronin Gallery in midtown seems to have an interesting exhibit of Japanese prints highlighting women and children:


Also, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is open this Monday. The Met rotates their collection of prints and is currently not exhibiting any by Otamaro. A swing through the Asian wing, however, is sure to give you a taste of beautiful Japanese artwork from the Edo period.

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Here are some of Mary Cassatt’s works of art that are available for viewing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC:

 MOther and CHild (Baby Getting Up from His Nap)

Artist – Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)
Title – Mother and Child (Baby Getting Up from His Nap)
Date – ca. 1899
Medium – Oil on canvas
Dimensions – 36 1/2 x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line – George A. Hearn Fund, 1909 (09.27)                                                                                                          www.metmuseum.org

 Young Mother Sewing

Artist – Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)
Title – Young Mother Sewing
Date – 1900
Medium – Oil on canvas
Dimensions – 36 3/8 x 29 in. (92.4 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line – H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O.
Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.48)

Mother and CHild


Artist – Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)
Title – Mother and Child
Date – 1914
Medium – Pastel on wove paper mounted on canvas
Dimensions – 26 5/8 x 22 1/2 in. (67.6 x 57.2 cm)
Credit Line – H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.50)

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