Having lived in New Jersey my whole life, I did not have immediate access to the beautiful art museums that New York City has to offer. Because I now live here and the city is my home, I have made sure to visit the stunning galleries that are now so close to me. I have hit the Met, the Whitney, and now the MoMa since moving here. If you’re a big fan of Picasso, the MoMa is the museum to visit. To see Les Demoiselles D’avignon in person is mesmerizing. I had no idea just how large it was until it was before me (picture included). You get lost in the deep expressions of the 5 towering woman. There are plenty of other masterpieces by him to view, but that is the one most striking to me. This museum has an ample selection of pieces from his ‘blue period’ and ‘rose period’, and of course pieces of his revolutionary use of cubism. It is interesting to learn about his life in Italy, and how the fluctuating state of his mental health affected his art.
The MoMa has pieces from many more iconic artists, its most popular piece being Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. When I saw it myself, I was looking over the heads of a crowd of people that were also there to see. Having done a research paper on the life of Frida Kahlo and the influence of her work, it was so enlightening to see some of her work in person. Fulani Chang, was crowded with viewers as well. I also enjoyed getting lost in the paintings by Rene Margarite, particularly Lovers II.
It feels great as a CUNY student that I can enter some of these museums for free. I am eager to visit more, and revisit The Met with my Art History class as well.