Easy on the Eyes
What do you get when a Russian, a mystic, and an artist walk into a room?
Welcome back to our series, NY State of Unwind – bringing you the quiet enclaves of Manhattan where you can decompress and snag a sweet moment’s solitary peace.
Ever heard of Nicholas Roerich? Roerich was a 1920s Russian mystic/artist who wandered Asia searching for truth and inspiration. A believer in the power of creative people to save our world (amen, brother!), he authored the Roerich Pact – a visionary multinational agreement to preserve cultural treasures. Roerich’s followers established a museum dedicated to his work in a classic townhouse on a leafy, quiet stretch of West 107th Street. Admission is blessedly free.
Take a little time to glide through all three floors of a treasure-filled, civilized space. Boggle at 200+ of Roerich’s paintings of Himalayas and holy men. Teetering just on the brink of kitsch, his works nonetheless make a bold impression in rich gold, pink, purple and piercing azure. His work is easy on the eyes and, more importantly, your over-wired synapses.
The inner yogini in you will thrum to the energy of this unique spot. And even if a bottle of Yellowtail is more your thing – no yoga thanks! — you may find yourself opening up to the mansion’s atmosphere of space and timelessness. Glide out with a patina of gold on your weary, tarnished aura.
For our non-locals, you can view lots of Roerich’s work online (here, for example), so close your office door, put up a Do Not Disturb sign, and let your eyes take you higher.
Caroline would dearly love to return to Somalia, where she spent carefree childhood hours trying to keep poisonous snakes out of her clothing. As a trip there is not really a go at the moment, she consoles herself by observing (and enjoying) the sweet absurdity of human life.