Meadows New York Colloquium 2012

As part of the Meadows School of the Art’s New York Colloquium, undergraduate and graduate students are visiting a range of museums, galleries, artists’ studios and other venues during winter break 2012.

Immersed in art

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An update from Emily, a senior majoring in finance, with minors in art and French:

I just returned from the New York City Art Colloquium, and it was truly a wonderful and unique experience! This course provided an opportunity to be completely immersed in art without the distraction of other courses.

We visited museums ranging from the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim to the Frick Collection and the Brooklyn Museum, along with many galleries all throughout the city. The diverse styles we were exposed to gave me new insights into how I view art.

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A new appreciation for art and its messages

An update from Lucy, a first-year President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who plans to major in civil engineering in the Lyle School:

Abi and Lucy inside a sculpture at a New York gallery

As we wrap up our time in New York, I am amazed at all that we have done in just two weeks. We’ve seen all kinds of art, from the medieval collections at The Cloisters to the mysterious Ai Weiwei’s sunflower seed installation. I especially loved MoMA PS1’s September 11 exhibit and the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s exhibit of Kymia Nawabi’s “Not for Long, My Forlorn.”

We tasted the best of New York in Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo, Chelsea, and the Upper West Side (our “home away from home”). We visited neat bookstores and conversed with locals at galleries and at Café Lalo, where part of the movie You’ve Got Mail was filmed. We saw Faust at the Met Opera, and we also saw Anything Goes, Avenue Q, and Relatively Speaking.

Between all the madness that is New York, I’ve tried to find time to journal about my experiences and make sense of the art that we’ve seen that is harder to grasp. I have developed a better understanding of contemporary art and learned that it makes all the difference to know about the artist’s background and inspirations in creating work. I leave New York with an appreciation for the powerful messages that artists incorporate into their work and a thirst for more of certain artists’ work, including Ai Weiwei, On Kawara, and Jasper Johns.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience New York like this, and I can’t wait to share more of my experiences with my friends and family!

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Two weeks of art

An update from Lucy, a first-year President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who plans to major in civil engineering in the Lyle School:

Gabriella and Lucy with "Starry Night"

New York City is a pretty overwhelming place. The city accommodates millions of people, innumerable restaurants and an ever-evolving, massive art scene. That’s why we’re here – to study art throughout time and try to make sense of it and synthesize it in some way, which is not an easy task. The Art Colloquium, led by Philip Van Keuren, professor of art at the Meadows School of the Arts, is an amazing opportunity to take in as much of the art in New York that two weeks can hold.

We started off the trip with a bang, visiting the Museum of Modern Art on Monday and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday. I loved seeing (or at least beginning to see, as I can predict follow-up visits to absorb even more) the art that these iconic museums hold. Thanks to my art history background, I found myself glancing around as I entered each room in the museums, trying to recognize any artist’s distinctive style before taking a closer look at the rest of the art.

When I walked into a room and saw a piece that I have always loved – Daumier’s Third Class Carriage or one of Degas’ beautiful ballet paintings – I heard myself quietly gasp. I am still amazed when I think that those artistic masters stood where I stood and touched that actual canvas! Whether or not I’ve heard of the artist or can even understand the message of a piece, I try to digest each piece and write in my journal about the ones to which I feel particularly drawn.

I am excited to see what else the city has in store for me, in the form of great food, iconic landmarks, and of course, beautiful and powerful works of art.

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