A Visit to the Guggenheim

One of my favorite activities to spend an afternoon on is visiting an art museum. They’re such calm, enriching places, where we can just gather and admire beauty and art for beauty and art’s sake. Whenever I get the chance, I love to pop into different art museums and take leisurely, enriching walks throughout the exhibitions.  In bigger museums, like the Metropolitan Museum, this means going from world to world–crossing over from Ancient Egypt to the Hellenistic era, and to the Renaissance era. In smaller museums, this means enjoying the thought-provoking nature of the pieces and enjoying an intimate experience with the artwork. This break, I finally got the chance to go to the Guggenheim, which happens to be located in Upper East Side.

The building itself is a work of art–approaching it on the clear, sunny day I went, I was awed by the bright ceramic white and the spirals. Among the usual boxy, rectangular skyscrapers of the city, the Guggenheim stands out with its sloping curves arching towards the sky.

We entered the museum, using our library passes to get in for free, and stood in awe, looking up at the sky. A beautiful spiral arched up, framing the bright blue sky. Walking up the sloping spiral, you gently get closer and closer to the sky. The museum was spacious and allowed you to really get close to the pieces and take it in.

Erica Baum, Jaws, 2008

Walking through the museum, we came to an exhibition: “Photo-Poetics: An Anthology.” I found this exhibition particularly interesting–the pieces were thought-provoking, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing or challenging. The pieces themselves were mainly photos of objects and written words like newspaper clippings or passages from books. Their combination had a very poetic nature to it with certain words being highlighted, or poetic phrases being framed.
Kandinsky Gallery

Another exhibition I was particularly excited about was the one featuring Vasily Kadinsky. I had studied him in class and was excited to see the works in person. Kadisnky was a Russian abstract artist in the 20th century. He produced some of his most influential art after moving to France in 1939. His pieces are bright explosions of geometry, and I deeply appreciated the more-geometric pieces. The colors were quite eye-catching, and my friends and I had to take a few minutes to really appreciate them.

I highly recommend a tour of a local art museum any time you are in a new city. These expeditions are very entertaining and have provided me with some of my favorite artists and pieces. In addition, local art museums really give you the feel and culture of a place. At Rutgers, the Zimmerli Art Museum is a great place to walk around–there is a lot of interesting artwork to appreciate there. And it’s a great place to admire art and unwind after some classes.

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