Alex in New York

Alex is a junior majoring in English and psychology. During winter break 2014, she participated in Meadows School of the Arts’ New York Colloquium, when students visit museums, art galleries, studios and other contemporary art venues.

The Jewish Museum

Yesterday was technically a day off for the class, so I used the time to visit the Jewish Museum. It was different from the other museums I’ve been going to because it focused more on the history of the Jewish faith. I was shocked to find only one small corner of the 3rd floor that discussed the Holocaust.

Although only two of its floors really focused on art, they were spectacular. The first floor contained a retrospective of Art Spiegelman’s work before, during, and after publication of his best seller “Maus.”

A graphic novelist and cartoonist, Spiegelman is an interesting artist. I wonder how many parents of students who were required to read Maus (a book about Spiegelman’s own parents’ survival of the Holocaust, in which Jews are depicted as cartoon mice and Nazis are cats) are aware that he’s drawn strips for Playboy?

After the Spiegelman exhibit, we headed up to the second floor. It was entirely dedicated to Marc Chagall’s life works. I was fortunate enough to visit the Chagall museum in Florence, Italy when I studied abroad over the summer, so I immediately recognized his signature bright, colorful, highly symbolic paintings. Chagall is especially interesting because he uses a lot of Christian imagery and motifs despite his own Jewish faith.

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Yesterday and Today

Have been quite the whirlwind! On Saturday I visited PS1, an extension of MOMA built in an old school building (all New York City public schools start with “PS” for public school).

After walking through the Mike Kelly exhibit I went to Neue Gallerie to see the Kandinsky exhibit. Afterwards we met my aunt and uncle for dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant, which has been used to film scenes for 30 Rock and Parks and Rec!

After dinner we went to a benefit in honor of national human trafficking awareness day. The benefit was for the charity Free the Slaves, and it was held in my uncle’s church (which was used as a major point in the Underground Railroad).

Today I went on a day trip to upstate New York via an overground train along the Hudson River from Grand Central Station. I went to Via:Beacon, a really beautiful modern art museum.

I’m now finishing my day by catching up on my homework assignments. All this walking around the city is exhausting!

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Snow in New York City!

It’s really very pretty. Luckily we will be visiting the New Museum today, so we will be enjoying it from indoors.

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Extra help from New Yorkers

Today we went on a tour of Grand Central Station, and visited a couple of smaller galleries in Midtown.

I’m always shocked at just how nice people here are, considering how rude and unfriendly New Yorkers are said to be. One of the women working at PACE Gallery gave me a list of galleries to visit and a huge book of art by the artist PACE is currently exhibiting. So cool!

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The Whitney

View of the Met from Madison Avenue
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One of my favorite film installations in the Whitney Museum of American Art (it was 360 degrees)
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Another exhibit in the Whitney
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The view in New York

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Above is a photo taken from my professor’s hotel room during our class meeting this morning and below is a picture I took while walking through Central Park on my way to the Met. Don’t be fooled; although it appears sunny, it was actually nine degrees today! Brrr, that’s not something this Texan was prepared for…

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Color spectrum

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A few of my favorites from today.

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Fun fact: that last photo of the stained glass is a picture taken of a window made by one of the Tiffany sons (as in, the jewelry company Tiffany’s) who decided not to go into the family jewelry business. Instead he became an artist and almost singlehandedly reinvented stained glass production as an art form.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

Wonderful day spent exploring The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

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I saw Picasso’s “Starry Night”

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And, my own personal Picasso favorite, “Girl Looking In A Mirror”

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Spotted

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Street art in Queens
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En route to the Big Apple

This morning I awoke at a truly horrifyingly early hour, crammed the last of my necessities into my suitcase, and made my way to the airport. It’s hard to believe our trip is here!

In just a few short hours we will be touching down in New York City, one of my absolute favorite places in the world.

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On to my next adventure…

I was thrilled to find out recently that not only have I been approved to take an honors art colloquium in New York City for course credit, but the honors program is offering me a sizable scholarship to help cover my living expenses.

We had our final meeting as a class to discuss the class requirements last Wednesday. Essentially, the class takes place over two weeks in January. The majority of the students will be staying in a hotel, where we will be meeting every two or three days.

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The rest of the time is spent going to a list of museums, gallery openings, theater performances, sculpture exhibits, you name it… anything and everything art-related. Our only assignments are to keep a journal in which we will write our reflections over the works we are seeing, and a final paper summarizing our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

The Big Apple is one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited, but it’s been a while. I can’t wait to go back.

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