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St. Augustine, Florida
October 29, 2009
Must-See Visits in New York City,
Montage of Museums
June 20, 2000
From journal Homecoming for a Former New Yorker
September 17, 2005
The museum was started in the 1920s by visionaries like John Rockefeller. During the rise of Nazis in Europe, New York quickly became the hub of the modern art world and MoMA was at the center of this growth. The museum was important to promote modern artists like Pollock, Warhol, and Arbus. Today the museum has grown and has a collection of over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Even today, the museum is expanding and growing.
When you enter, you fell the space around you. The museum is not cluttered or boxed in. There is glass, and there are ceilings and atriums that rise up for stories. The museum feels clean and, yes, modern. It allows you to focus on the art.
When you go to the Louvre, you must see Mona Lisa. Here, it's important that you don't miss Starry Nights by Van Gogh, Lavender Mist by Pollock, and the soup cans by Andy Warhol. These are just a few of the "don't-miss" paintings. There are also Picassos, Koonings, and works by Jasper Jones. Many of these works have defined the modern art movement.
I love photography, and MoMA has an outstanding collection of photgraphs. I love the work of Diane Arbus, and some of her most brillant portraits hang here.
In the center of the museum is a wonderful garden. The Abbey Adrich Rockefeller Garden is an oasis in this urban jungle. It's peaceful and inviting. It's the kind of place where, on a warm summer day, you can just spend hours, getting lost in your thoughts and people-watching.
The museum houses three cafes and restaurants. The admission fee is $20 for adults and free for childern under 16. Make sure you save room for some museum shop time. The museum gift shop has a wonderful collection of books and posters. However they also have some unique items like toys, office items, and unique household items. You will always find something here that you can not find anywhere else. The also have a design store acorss the street.
The museum is expanding and the collections do change. The museum often has special exhibits that can be checked out on their website. If you plan to do one art museum while in New York, I would suggest you don't miss MoMA.
NOTE TO PHOTOGRAPHERS:
MoMA, unlike most museums, not only allows photography but actually encourages it, just as long as you don't use a flash.
From journal Some like it HOT - New York in August
Sheffield, United Kingdom
November 3, 2005
With a wealth of fantastic art galleries to choose from, this was the one that we picked, on the basis that it would be more manageable than the Met and there were more top attractions that we wanted to see than in the Frick Collection, which were my other two top contenders for which gallery to go to on this trip. It's not cheap at $20 entrance fee, but there is a substantial student discount if you have a student card, so make sure you have it with you, and entry is then only $12.
If you're short of time, then just head for levels 4 and 5, which are the main painting and sculpture floors, with so many astoundingly famous paintings that are so familiar, but seeing them 'in the flesh' finally made the wait worthwhile, although it's at times a bit overwhelming constantly turning a corner and being confronted by yet another painting that I've had a postcard of stuck on some wall in my house for years!
The water lilies have always been a favourite of mine, but there are other Monets that I've seen in galleries which I thought surpassed what I thought of as the water lilies. Finally seeing it in all its full, extended glory, all I could do was sit and gaze and be totally overwhelmed by its beauty. Definitely one the most intense art-induced experiences of my life.
There is a fantastic mixture in this gallery - from the more traditional Impressionist and Post-Impressionist romantic nature-inspired pieces, some fabulously coloured Goyas, which are beautifully intense when you see the real thing, through a huge collection of Picasso's work and most of the other famous names of the 20th century and into some great Pop Art pieces and more modern work by people such as Elizabeth Murray.
Other levels have a lot more installation-type work, which I found a lot more interesting than in a lot of other galleries I've been to - and a very spooky pitch-black corridor leading to a room where you're not quite sure where the floor ends and the walls begin (I remember a similar experience in the Guggenheim in Bilbao, probably the result of the same artist), which freaked me out quite a lot. There is some great film work in these lower galleries as well, definitely worth checking out if you have the time. Unfortunately, having a plane to catch meant that we didn't make it to the photography exhibitions.
Well worth the $12, and I'm glad this was the choice we made - the Met and the Frick will have to wait for another visit!
From journal Five days in NYC
London, United Kingdom
September 22, 2005
We were there for the temporary exhibition Contemporary Voices: Works from The UBS Art Collection, which was a collection of some of the best work from the past 40 years, a mixture of household names with lesser-known artists, which was very interesting.
The main collection is too big to see at once, so we decided to stick with the paintings and photography, and even that proved to be too much to take in. There were paintings by most of the big names in modern art: Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh, Pollack, Matisse, Warhol, and Lichtenstein. Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" were impressive en masse, but some of the other paintings weren't given as much space, so it was quite easy to almost walk past a masterpiece or two, as we nearly did with Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The photography was equally interesting, but we didn't see much of it before art fatigue hit my partner and we left.
I would certainly like to go again and see more of the collection.
From journal Returning to New York
June 5, 2006
When I entered the MOMA, I was really excited when the first thing I noticed was Monet's Waterlilies. I had never realized the size of this work of art. Since I love all things Monet, this was really neat for me. I also enjoyed seeing some of Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans and also one of his famous Marilyn Monroe paintings.
There was also a really interesting photography exhibit of Mount St. Helens and its aftermath. It showed pictures with time stamps of areas just prior to and following the eruption.
The highlight of this museum for me was seeing Starry Night by Van Gogh. I loved looking at the brush strokes of this very famous painting. The museum also had works by Pollack, Cezanne, etc. The collection was interesting and fairly diverse.
The museum gift shop was also really well stocked with all kinds of cool merchandise. I picked up some children's books featuring artwork by famous artists. These books were really unique and interesting. I had never seen books similar to these before.
The only down side to this museum was the staff. I understand that there are millions of dollars of art in this place, but the security guards were definitely on the rude side. While there we had one speak to us about standing too close to the glass barriers; however, not 5 minutes later he was not only standing there, but leaning on the barrier. I also witnessed them taking to numerous other people while we were there.
Overall, I would gladly go back to this museum to see the artwork, but the staff at the Met was far nicer.
From journal New York, New York
January 16, 2006
December 23, 2001
While Giacometti's famous elongated bronze figures of men walking and women standing are instantly recognizable, he also displayed incredible talent as a painter. One of the first pieces displayed in the exhibit is a self-portrait painted in his early twenties. Although I went in to the exhibit knowing that Giacometti had excelled as a painter as well as a sculptor (a Giacometti print hangs in my house), I was blown away at the opportunity to see these paintings in person. I'm not sure exactly the technique he used, perhaps he would work wet paint with the hard tip of his brush, but many of his paintings have a rough, scratchy kind of feel to them that I just love.
Everyone has their own tastes; for me, I can't say that some of Giacometti's more abstract works utilizing materials such as wood, plaster, wire, and glass, which are described as "objects" on the exhibit placards, were my personal favorites. I much preferred the bronze sculptures and paintings: the paintings have a much livelier color palette in person than one would surmise from seeing images on the web or in books. Common sitters for Giacometti's paintings and bronzes included his mother, his wife Annette, and his brother Diego. There were also several landscape paintings depicting his family's home of Stampa.
Besides several of the paintings, my favorties from the exhibit were a series of three bronze sculptures of the artist's brother Diego, and a 1954 pencil drawing of fellow artist Henri Matisse. Giacometti had been commissioned to create a medallion honoring Matisse, and produced several drawings during the final year of Matisse's life. My girlfriend's favorite was a bronze scuplture from 1947 called Man Pointing.
If you have any appreciation for art at all and are in New York, this exhibit is a must-see. You won't be disappointed. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2002.
Admission to the museum is:
Students with ID, seniors over 65: $8.50
Children under 16 accompanied by an adult: free
Friday, 4:30-8:15 p.m, pay what you wish
Sat - Tue, Thu: 10:30 - 5:45
Fri: 10:30 - 8:15
E, V to Fifth Avenue/53rd St.
B, D, F, V, Q to 47-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center
M1, 2, 3, 4, 5 to 53rd St.
From journal A Weekend in Manhattan
August 22, 2000
From journal I'll Take Manhattan
by Traveling Jen
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
March 15, 2007
As I mentioned in my overview, the best part of MoMA is Monet’s Water Lilies. I was shocked at how huge it is! The other Impressionist art is worth while to check out also. I’m not so into the weird crazy looking things that people call art, a lot of the displays looked like they raided the nearest Salvation Army store. My suggestion… seeing Water Lilies is worth the trip to MOMA. If you’re anything like me, see Water Lilies and the other Impressionist’s art and get out!
Thankfully, the MoMA is laid out so that you don’t have to endure anything that you don’t want to. You can truck yourself to the floors that have what you want to see and go. It is a rather large space and takes quit a bit of time if you plan on walking through all of it.
From journal New York City on the GO!