Last time we checked in, we were in Michigan travelling from Farmington Hills to Ann Arbor to Grand Rapids and saw some very interesting art exhibits all along the way. We went straight from Michigan back to New York State, where we spent some time with some of our friends upstate in Ithaca, looking at some great art exhibits, especially at the Johnson Museum of Art located at Cornell University.
If you have never travelled to Ithaca before, you should make the trip. Ithaca is about a four hour drive northwest of New York City, and the road trip through the state makes for an incredible history lesson. By starting in NYC, you will add at least an hour to your trip due to traffic getting out of the city, but you will be treated to scenic views and rolling fields of green along the way. The trees that you will see along the drive (depending on the time of year you visit) will be incredible, and passengers won’t be disappointed.
Once you get to Ithaca, you will be treated to some of the best food in upstate New York. Ithaca has become a hotbed for chefs, and entrepreneurs looking to start restaurant careers somewhere in New York State. Because the real estate is not as expensive as New York City, and the city of Ithaca is relatively small, college graduates from Ithaca University and Cornell are starting businesses all over the north part of the state.
As stated above, we visited the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell, and were treated to a Kurt Vonnegut exhibit. We love Vonnegut and his work so dearly, from his novels to his paintings, so we were very happy we were able to visit the art museum located on Cornell’s campus, which is absolutely gorgeous in itself.
Vonnegut had a great sense of humor that he used in writing his novels, and he also was very humorous in his paintings, which is the first thing that you notice when you look at his work.
The other thing that struck us about Ithaca was the amount of college students that seem to be very educated, and although it’s a big party town, a lot of the college students seemed to be very smart and eager to learn about art (I guess you can expect that from an Ivy League school).
Our trip in Ithaca wraps up in a few days, and we’ll be heading back to Detroit and through Michigan again to help some of our friends set up some art exhibits in Farmington Hills, Novi, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon.