05 May 2011

nyc / an afternoon at the MoMA













i have happy memories of the museum of modern art. i first went there when i was in high school and it changed my whole course in life. no, actually it confirmed my whole course in life. this was my third visit to the MoMA, but the first to their new location. of course, museums are ever-changing, so i always try to keep my mind open when visiting. i was sad that the fourth floor (with greats like pollock and rauschenberg was closed for renovation), yet still i found myself deeply enchanted again with the exhibits on display. i started feeling all artsy. which is one of my favorite feelings in the world.

thankfully they allow no-flash photography. i made the most of it. of course nothing can capture van gogh's starry night. it was like seeing an old friend (that poster hung over my bed for years). my heart has been a forever fan of vincent's. his work should be seen in person and up real close.

i like modern art and enjoyed seeing the pieces and trying to recall what i learned about the artists long ago in art history class. there is nothing like walking around silently, my mind fluttering with brain storms. i love the mix of classics, installation pieces, and then there's always the random pieces that i have to muse over for awhile. i can hear my professor. what is the artist saying? what were his intentions? what does this say about the artist, and about his culture? what point is he making? the art loosened me up and i was suddenly enamored with watching other people view art. without a conscious effort, it became my assignment for the day. to snap shots of the art in varying perspectives, with and without people. it turned out to be a very cool experiment. i liked tackling a creative task while visiting a creative place. it made all the difference. i hope to do it again someday.


the museum of modern art
11 west 53 street | new york, ny
closed tuesdays.
admission: $20 or $12 for students
free on friday nights 4:00 to 8:00 p.m

20 comments:

Susan said...

Great shots!

Audrey said...

Hi Marta! As it turns out, we were in NYC at the exact same time. The weather was divine, no? Perfect weekend. I love this post. That shot of the man (hubbie?) looking out the window with the buildings in the background is especially beautiful to me... Glad you had a good trip!

Tori said...

I'll never forget that magical Tuesday when I saw "Starry Night" at the MOMA. I was 21. Thanks for bringing back that memory. Glad to hear you, Dan and the Dansies had such a great time!

Laura said...

Sounds like a great trip to the MoMA! I haven't been there in a few years but I would love to visit again soon! And I love that photography is allowed so you can share at least a little bit of your trip with the rest of us!

Hil said...

Awesome pictures Marta! I love that big wall of fonts. I alos love the picture of the amazing view... I still can't believe how many buildings there are in New York City. Something us Idahoans aren't used to seeing. :)

Caitlin said...

I was there about a week before you! Too bad we didn't bump into each other, that would have been fun. I loved the matisse, so lovely.

Amanda said...

I immediately thought of you when looking at those fonts on the wall. I thought "Yep, I can totally see Marta taking a picture of this wall and not being able to decide which one is her favorite". :)

allison said...

I'll never forget my first visit to the MOMA. I was amazed at the design section, and then was stunned at the sight of the real Starry Night! This post made me want to go again.

Hannah said...

Marta, this is such a beautiful set of photos and such a brilliant explanation the your joyful experience you had, walking around the gallery.
I absolutely love the handwritten script (third photo down) - I could stare at it for hours, happily not knowing what it says, just mesmerised by the beautiful curves in the cursive writing.
Thank you for sharing : )

--r said...

that type exhibit looks fascinating!

Heather Louise said...

I totally agree with you regarding Van Gogh. Whenever I go to the Getty or the MOMA or anywhere else I can see his work, I am one those annoying people who stand as close as the guards will let me to the painting. You can feel the movement of the paint and the emotions flowing through the colors. By far my favorite artist.

Amy said...

Marta -

I was trying to link to your 'voted most popular' posts and I noticed that your 'lessons learned from law school' would only link to the wrong place. Just thought I'd let you know!

I'm loving the moma pictures. So cool!

Jessica said...

Starry night was pivotal for me. I literally cried when I saw it in person & the security guard asked me to back up. Twice.
I'm so glad you love it too :)

Nessa said...

Love all your photos... and I am glad you had such a wonderful time.

You just reminded me of a moment in NYC for my first time there. I think I will have to write that up.

Thanks Marta

Travelin'Oma said...

There's art buried deep in your identity, mARTa. It exudes from you in all you do,

{ SHE } said...

Any post with NYC and Marta combined together just makes me happy. MOMA is indeed so marvelous. I'm glad you enjoyed your time there. Looking forward to you sharing more of your NYC adventures!

Ariel said...

Oh what an adventure! I love these photos. Thanks for sharing, Marta. My husband is in NY for the summer and I'm crossing my fingers I get to go visit the big apple for the first time. He's actually writing a blog about it if you are interested in reading (http://stevemartininthebigapple.blogspot.com/)
Can't wait to see more from your vacation!

Miranda said...

Love this, Marta. When N8tr0n and I were dating we went to a modern art museum while we were in LA. I totally fell hard for him there because I realized that he and I had so much in common...we could have spent the entire day there and we almost missed out bus ride home! I can't wait to go to the MOMA with him someday. Thanks for letting me live vicariously with this post.

Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

Thanks for sharing your photos. There is a so much to see at MOMA, it is a must see.

Tyler said...

The art is amazing here.

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