Sunday, June 21, 2015

Highlights of My Trip to NY City

Where do I start? My trip to NY City was AMAZING! Extremely inspirational! Absolutely awesome!

This trip was dedicated sister time, and what a time it was! Tuesday afternoon was spent at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This place is BIG, over 400 galleries (and according to Phyllis Levine Brown BIG is an understatement). So I preplanned my visit through their website.

First up was the Van Gogh Irises and Roses exhibit. It was the first time these four paintings have been together since his death. And they are beautiful. The colors, the brushstrokes simply marvelous! Since no photos are allowed at special exhibits, I bought ............POSTCARDS!

Then I strolled through the French Impressionists, had to see the Fabergé Eggs and the Contemporary art. Also checked out the Costume Institute and saw the exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass. It's amazing to see how art inspires fashion.

Seriously glad I decided to focus on certain galleries or I would have been overwhelmed. My sister and I had lunch there and I picked up a cool t-shirt. And some MORE postcards.

On Wednesday we walked to Mood, the fabric store featured on Project Runway. Really couldn't do a trip to NY City without checking that place out. They have floors filled with shelves of fabric!

Then we made our way over to Broadway to see a matinee of Beautiful, which is a musical about the life of Carol King. We also saw an evening performance of Kinky Boots, which tells the story of a shoe company whose product is obsolete and how it found it's niche market making sexy boots for transvestites.

Thursday we took a train to the Bronx to visit the NY Botanical Gardens, where they are currently featuring Frida Kahlo's art and garden. Again, could only take pictures in certain areas. Did get some gorgeous photos of plants and flowers that I plan to use in future art lessons.

Friday we walked to The Museum of Modern Art . Again, I preplanned this visit. I knew what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go. However, looking at everything in between, took my breath away. Saw IN REAL LIFE many of the paintings that I have posters of, and have shared with my students!

Not to mention some artists that I want to learn more about, like Fernand Leger, Umberto Boccioni and Cy Twombly.

This trip has got me thinking about ways to incorporate my experience into meaningful art lessons for my students. I promise to share them sometime in the future!

Decided this blog post had to be just the highlights-I really kept busy. I plan to share more over the summer. Right now I have a 36 hour layover at home, before my next adventure starts tomorrow!

I will be attending a summer institute at Penn State about Contemporary Art. Will blog on that next week!

Thanks for reading!!

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Having grown up in NY, and as an art teacher in NYC, I sometimes take these museums for granted because I can visit whenever I want. Many of our professional development workshops are held at the Met and MOMA. It's refreshing to view the museums through someone else's eyes.