When I go places, some of my must-see sites are always museums. I love museums of all kinds. It is so interesting to see what others consider Important. Important enough at least to put it a place where thousands to millions of people might see it. My favorite kinds of museums are art museums. I could spend a lifetime in an art museum and not get bored. There are so many details to discover and absorb from a piece of artwork. Unfortunately for me, a lot of the museums have been closed recently because of the shutdown. When I went to New York, I was really excited to go to some of the most famous museums in the US. I took pictures at the Modern Museum of Art and that is what I want to share with you all today.


These first few are pieces I enjoyed that I wanted to make sure I captured for later.





This was part of the photography exhibit. It was very '70s and had tons of picture parings you wouldn't expect. The artist used a collage technique but it was anything but basic collage.



This series of paintings combined random objects and art. This picture had a dead bird posed in the center. The painting was massive so I chose a viewpoint I really like instead of the whole thing.



Although this picture does no justice, there was a room fun of stained glass sheets.

They had spot lights fixed on them so a big, beautiful shadow showed up behind them.






This was art, but on a basic level. Yet you can't argue that what the artist did wasn't clever. It's harder to tell when you are not in person, but the artist took pieces of music and drew lines from the tip of every note to the center. The effect is pretty cool. I wonder if it says anything about the level of difficulty or what type of rhythm the piece has.



This was my absolute favorite exhibit. The artist had three hanging photos. Instead of having the usual hanging photo, he had shoved frames inside of each other to create an overall a picture. The pictures were layered on top of each other with different angles showing. The glass was still in, too, so there was sense of destruction, but the pictures were of more delicate things like the flower pictured above and a woman's hand in another one.


As part of his exhibit, he also had books laid open. Pasted inside were pictures of mothers with guns, children behind fences, and so on. There were two captions: one, what was actually happening in the picture and two, the artist's caption to capture the irony of the situation. It was really intense and thought provoking, but also amazingly witty.


The Classics

One of the greatest things about art museums is that you get to see pictures you have been looking at and recreating for your whole life. These pictures come alive right in front of you. It is easy to see why these pictures have been glorified into art history books. They are pieces of great precision and proportion.


Starry Night- Vincent van Gogh


I remember having a class assignment in 3rd grade art to recreate this picture with other colors. I can so clearly remember staring in amazement at the beautiful picture that my teacher had projected on to the white board. It is really a piece that captured my imagination for many years.


Lavender Mist - Jackson Pollock


I don't know if I ever really got the abstract art. I can see this is unique, but I never quite got why it was famous. The answer is once again that the pictures do not do it justice. There are so many details that you miss when you are not there in person.

This is abstract, but in person you start to see more of a composition that you imagined.


Les Demoisellas d'Avignon - Pablo Picasso


Water Lilies - Claude Monet


This was the most breath-taking of the classics. The water lilies are used on lots of bags, shirts, books, and so on -- but I never realized there were so many. I walked into a huge room and different parts of the series were covering all the walls. This picture in particular was huge. I couldn't even fit it all into one photograph. The detail and brush strokes are all so exact, as if Monet never got bored of the beauty he was creating. I sat in that room for a while to take it all in.


Now I know that was a lot of art, but I had to share that experience. Art is unique in how timeless some of the pieces have been and how radical others are now. I love absorbing all that. I love the perspectives you gain and absolutely unreal calm you get from seeing such inspiration. Art is so constant in its greatness; I can never really get enough of it. I highly recommend that, anywhere you go, you take the opportunity to see the art.


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