My older daughter announced recently that she’s thinking of majoring in art history and, I had to laugh. I was an art history major with a studio minor and I have never been able to get my girls excited about anything art related. Maybe a few ‘fun’ exhibitions like the ones atop the Met and Jeff Koons at the Whitney before it decamped but, nothing else. However, I’m not complaining, and the timing is perfect with the reopening of the newly renovated and restored Cooper Hewitt just down the street. Housed in the famed Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, this will be the first stop on our art-filled holiday.
On a side note—I’ve started following the lifestyle blog Quintessence (thanks to my friend Alexandra who toured the incredible Verdura at 75 exhibition with me), and the author Stacey Bewkes recommended the gift shop at the Neue Galerie. And I found a beautiful Advent calendar in the shape of a pear tree in the Morgan Library & Museum gift shop when I went to the Cy Twombly exhibition. Good places to find unusual presents.