Being a student in The New School made me a frequent quest of the Met museum. The Metropolitan Museum is the largest art museum in the United States and hold up to two million works of art from different time and space. Most of the works are classical antiquities, which made the museum a spot for art/historical education. The permanent collections includes antiques from all over the world, providing a diverse lens for cultural learners to get in touch with different civilizations on the planet. The Met has 3 branches, which are: the main building located on the east side of the Central Park, the Met Cloister located in upper Manhattan, and the Met Breuer museum located not far from the main building; each branch exhibits different categories of works. I have had a chance to visit all three in the Summer when the show Celestial Bodies was really popular especially among students from our school.
Jacques Louise Davied, “The Death of Socrates”, 1787, Oil on Canvas, 51 x 77 1/4 in. (129.5 x 196.2 cm).
“Human-headed winged lion (lamassu)”, ca. 883–859 B.C., Assyrian culture, Gypsum alabaster, H. 122 1/2 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 109 in., 15999.8 lb. (311.2 x 62.2 x 276.9 cm, 7257.4 kg).
The Museum of Modern Art
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams
Bodys Isek Kingelez(1948-2015) is based in then-Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), who made visionary cityscapes using found materials imagining the future of urban life for his country and for the world. I have heard about this Exhibition from some of my professors, and it is a truly impressive retrospect show. The show consists sculpture models made by the artist and a virtual reality experience provided by the museum. The whole viewing experience was visually pleasing and optimistic. As an artist he needed to take his categories of topics and ideology; I could talk about those but I would rather just dive into the dream world of the artist and share his vision with visitors from all over the world.
Bodys Isek Kingelez, “Ville de Sète 3009”.2000.
Detail of Bodys Isek Kingelez, “Ville Fantome”. 1995.