One of the main places we toured on Saturday was the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA. I actually visited MoMA my first week in the city when admission is free on Fridays. But since that was also the end of my very first week at work, I was exhausted and looked at only 1 floor (photography, of course) and finished in less than an hour. This time, I was able to spend more time at the museum and saw 4 out of 5 floors. Don’t underestimate the amount of standing required!
One of the more memorable exhibits was the one that had a bunch of naked body parts…a la Robert Heinecken. I heard about this guy in my photography class last semester and remembered his wacky, sexualized photo collage style when I saw this exhibit . But there was one installation that was interactive!
I could tell that people walking by were like…”wtf, why is she sitting in/ruining the display?!” But this sculptural installation invited guests to experience a “middle-class living room.” Very typical – except for the nude torso plastered over a live streaming TV, which encouraged viewers “to consider the sexualized nature of consumption in American culture” (MoMA). I’d say Heinecken achieved that goal.
Another interesting exhibition was one that explored architectural spaces, ranging from the realistic to fictional.
Can you imagine buildings looking like that instead of the skyscrapers we have today?
After that, I revisted the photography floor. Once again, the same pieces stuck out to me:
She’s so striking.
I didn’t see this ink-on-paper on cotton sheets the first time I was here. The font is quite pleasing.
Finally, the pop art floor! As always, I enjoyed the variety of colors in pop art.
Can you spot the irony? Turns out that all of Weiner’s sculptures is made of “language + the materials referred to. The work comes into existence at the moment he articulates an idea with words, a phrase that also becomes the title of the work.” With this kind of “art,” you either love it or hate it. I’m actually a fan…because it’s humorous and infuriating at the same time!
As a last stop, we ventured into the sculpture garden.
Definitely check out the MoMA store too if you go. It’s full of fun items and home decor (clocks!) that I wish I could afford. Have you ever visited MoMA? What were some of your favorite installations?
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