Food is by far my favorite pasttime. I have an entire
page dedicated to that under the EAT link.
Other than being an epicure, art is my other noteworthy
pursuit. In terms of charity, that is a developing area but my institutions of focus are detailed below.
I am a proud supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. New York's
Museum of Modern Art is also a regular
destination of mine.
Generally, I am a fan of modern and contemporary art, approximately
from Impressionism onwards. My favorite artists include Claude Monet,
Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney. The two most memorable exhibits
I have ever attended were Monet in the Twentieth Century (MFA Boston)
and Matisse-Picasso (MoMA New York).
In terms of collecting, I am a budding collector of prints and
multiples by modern masters. In my experience, unless you are
buying works from emerging artists, I find that the auction
houses are much more reasonable than galleries for this
pursuit. I regularly follow the major semi-annual U.S. and London prints and
multiples actions held at Christie's, Sotheby's,
Bonhams & Butterfields, and Swann Galleries.
I have been a long time supporter of my alma matter, MIT, particarly the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. The KI's theme of combining engineering with biology is very compelling. They can do a better job talking about it than I can, so I will leave it at that. I am also a supporter of the Massachusetts General Hospital.