Most of all, I love being able to lose myself in certain paintings and artifacts. Sometimes, I get lost in the bubble on a thick-painted canvas or a certain thread sticking out of robe worn only by a 15th century nobelman. Nothing spiritual, more meditative.
Being able to clear your head has since, for me anyway, become more of an art that I didn't have time to master. It is very rare that I am not involuntarily multi-tasking or trying to keep up with my mind going every which way. So being in a museum, unable to watch TV, chat on my cell phone or concentrate other than what's in front of me was priceless but unfortunately an infrequent oppotrunity.
|Image from MoMA.or|
OK, I'd probably turn the iPad off...after I Google what zodiac sign that animal represents.
Or maybe I wouldn't have ended up going at all and just spent the afternoon zooming in on a Monet on my couch with the dog.
Learn about MoMa iPad (and Android!) apps here:http://hyperallergic.com/22246/moma-catalog-ipad-app/ and here: http://www.moma.org/explore/mobile/abexnyapp (Deep Focus, the agency that pays my bills created this one).