Announcements were sent out to inform the public that the show would close at 12 midnight to accommodate those die-hearts unperturbed by standing in line for as little as 1 1/2 hour (members) and as much as 8 hours or more. Once inside the Rain Room, you can stay as long as you like - but only 10 people may stand inside the room at one time. (One wonders which MoMA wunderkind thought that this was a good idea for a city of millions and its thousands of summertime guests - not.) As of last weekend, over 70,000 visitors braved the challenging New York heat for fear of missing out on this much-talked about attraction.
If you are like me, however, and can't spare 1 hour - let alone 8 hours - for just about anything these days, take heart. We still have videos. Here is one with the artists as your guides:
And at the Barbican Gallery last year:
Or you may share my "rain room" on the porch, gently perfumed with Nature's own refreshing blend.
Beth New York
aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange
Our next tour will be Edward Hopper at the Whitney Museum, July 31 at 1 pm.
Please confirm your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org