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The Math Museum In New York City. On My List. Looks Way Cool. Has To Be Better Than Their Sex Museum.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Currier Museum Of Art in Manchester, NH — May 7, 2012.
>> Manchester, NH, Science Museum — Mar. 2, 2013.



One of my manifold foibles is that I am an unashamed museum junkie. I will gladly tour any and all museums. My favorite destination in any city that I visit — and has been for most of my life, starting quite young.

Yes, I have also been rather lucky. I have visited the Hermitage (in Leningrad/St. Petersburg), the Louvre (over 40 times), the d’Orsay (the week that it opened), the Getty (in its first year) — not to mention museums in Amsterdam, Denmark, Belgium, Albany, Chicago, NY, D.C., Boston, Manchester, Colombo, Male, London etc. etc.

I heard about this unique, the first (and only) of its kind Math Museum in New York on a Sunday morning TV show, while I was brushing my teeth. I knew at once that we had to go. So we might have to make a trip to NY this Summer just to visit the museum. We haven’t been to NYC since April of 2011 — so it is time. I am a great believer that one must visit NYC at least once a year to see how the rest of the world lives.

I am also rather partial to math. One of my regrets was that I was never good at the esoteric stuff. Yes, I did calculus, applied mathematics, pure mathematics and even analogue computing at College level — both for my B.Sc. and M.Sc. But, I knew I had hit my ceiling. I have been privileged to be associated with some true, genuine, bona fide math genii. I dedicated my latest Kindle book to one of them:

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I even had a few such genii working for me! One of them, was a New Zealander with a Ph.D., in pure mathematics, from Cambridge. I would tell him daily that I was embarrassed to be his boss, because intellectually I was a dwarf compared to him. We hooked up recently on LinkedIn. He, as it should be, is now a Professor of Mathematics — rather than working in IT. He told me recently that I was the best boss he ever had. That made my day.

Anyway, this is on my list. Devanee will probably freak out since she doesn’t like math, though she claims she does.


Deanna and I visited this museum, shortly after it was open, c. 2003 – 2004. It was flaccid. There was no titillation of any sort. They had to have improved it since.

Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH – Well Worth A Visit, Small, But A Resplendent Gem

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Jan Gossart

Yesterday we visited the Currier and had a wonderful museum experience. It is a small collection, but they have some outstanding works (by the likes of Monet, Constable, Degas, Picasso, Edwin Church, Homer, O’Keeffe, Wyeth), very well presented in a tranquil, conducive setting. I had been to the Currier before, but that was about 6 years ago. I was suitably impressed on that visit too. Since then they have done some major renovation. I had remembered the ‘man with a hat’, the Gossart, from my prior visit. I was looking forward to seeing it. I was not disappointed. I love the way the texture and the decorations on the hat are captured. I always find Constable arresting; the brushwork is divine.

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To my delight I discovered another painter, the French Emile Meyer,  of amusing cardinal pictures to complement Francesco Brunery. There European collection, though limited, is a gem. I could spend hours just in that gallery.

Siri, by Wyth. Not at the Currier. But she is my wife’s Aunt.

My wife got a kick from seeing a Wyeth; a 1950s painting of an ol’ rowing skiff used for lobstering. She, a daughter of lobsterman, as a ’10 year’ old knew Wyeth who was a neighbor in Cushing, Maine. Wyeth used to give her quarters to buy candy. ‘Siri‘ that he often painted, c. 1970, was her Aunt by marriage. [Talking of ‘regional’ art museums I am a great fan of the Farnsworth in Rockland, ME (Wyeth’s museum so to speak) — and wish they would let me write a book about how they acquired their initial collection thanks to a little red checkbook.]

My favorite, serendipitous, find yesterday was James Aponovich, a local, still alive (5 years older than me), still-life artist. There were two of his works on display and they took my breath away. Wow. I became an instant fan. Came home and bookmarked some of his works. This was one of the two that were on display yesterday.


The bottom line here is that I strongly recommend that if you like art and want to have a glorious few hours in a quiet, airy, beautifully laid out museum think about visiting the Currier in Manchester. It is ‘inexpensive’ too — with many specials that you can find on the Web (such as two for $10, with kids always free).


In case you are wondering what experience I have of art museums, other than the Farnsworth, I will have to confess that as somebody who has lived in Paris and London, and used to bum around the worlf quite a bit since he was 14, I have done my share of museums, especially art museums. I was trying to work it out; I am sure I have visited the Lourve at least 25 times. I even used to have a 17 minute tour of the Lourve for visitors from Ceylon who wanted to say that they had ‘done the Lourve’ but didn’t want to spend too much time doing so. I was at the d’Orsay shortly after it opened. I have also toured the Hermitage. Closer to ‘home’ I visited the Getty the year it was open and go to the Met whenever I can. I once had to write an IT Case Study on MoMA and enjoyed visiting it after I had written the piece. As with the Met, I am no stranger to the museums on the Mall in D.C. Off the top of my head I also know that I have visited the key art museums in Brussels, Geneva, Albany and Boston. So, I have seen enough art museums to have some appreciation. All the best. Cheers.

P.S., I have also written a children’s book on artists, ‘Teischan’s ABC Book of Great Artists‘.