Bolshoi Academy x Erickson Beamon x Milk Studio

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This picture was taken during the 2011 New York Fashion week; during which ballerinas from the Bolshoi Academy showcased jewelry by Erickson Beamon at Milk Studio.  When I first stumbled upon it, I thought it was a nice editorial shot and got excited about it but then I looked it up and found out it was actually a picture from an event (which is why there are no photo credits). So basically an event happened at Milk Studio where those ballerinas were having a life installation wearing pieces from Erickson Beamon’s collection.

It’s very posh but also kind of cool; and I like this photo in particular because of the aesthetics and because it’s a photograph reflection on two other arts, dance and fashion. Another cool thing about it is that it’s a very contemporary approach both in the presentation and in the nature of the arts. It’s not your classic painting/drawing/sculpture but it has a sense of timeless beauty while belonging exactly to the present (well 2011 at least).

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Review

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Useful Info:

  • Collections: Modern and contemporary art, plus changing exhibitions
  • City: New York, USA.
  • Opening hours: Saturday-Thursday 10:30am-5:30pm, Friday 10:30am-8pm (also Thursday 10:30am-8pm in July and August). Members can come from 9:30 every day.
  • Price: $25 regular, $18 seniors, $14 students, free for children under 16 and member. Members can bring up to five guests for $5.
  • Website

I’m not going to spend a long time introducing the MoMA, it is one of the most famous museums on this planet and I’m sure a lot of sites can do that better than me. I just want to share my experience of it, so here it is.

I went to the MoMA on a Sunday, which was the last day of the Björk exhibition, but it wasn’t too crowded. I really appreciated that and I wanted to focus on it because I think it really changes the visitor’s experience.

DSC_1329So the MoMa has 6 floors with things on display (or 5 for non Americans but I’m going to follow their system here). The first floor has no galleries, but this is where the sculpture garden is located. We started there and worked our way upwards.

I don’t remember exactly what was located in which gallery (next time I promise I’ll take notes), and the plan of the museum is not very explicit about it. According to it, the second floor houses prints and illustrated books, media, and contemporary galleries. I do remember the contemporary galleries having a lot of Andy Warhol artwork in them. It was one of the first things I saw inside the MoMA and I was very impressed. You can check out the Campbell soup room in the picture above.

The third floor has architecture and design, drawing, and photography. If my memories are correct it also had this huge corridor with video game projections on both walls that you could control (pictured below). The MoMA actually has a good number of interactive things on display like retro games and they are pretty successful.

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Moving on, the 4th and 5th floor have painting and sculpture, but not just any. I knew the MoMA was a big deal but I never expected to see so many major pieces from the 20th century on display in the same building. They have Dali, Ernst, Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Monet, Kahlo, Rothko, Van Gogh and so many other spread over those two floors. I was seriously mind blown. I posted the picture below to my Snapchat story so you can have an idea of my reaction.

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The 6th floor has a shop and temporary exhibition galleries. When I went there it was an exhibition about Yoko Ono, which is still running until September 7 2015. I can’t tell you what I thought of it because by then it was almost closing time and I really wanted to see the Björk exhibition.

I know the exhibition is over now but I’d still like to share my thoughts about it with you. I missed some parts of it, because it was almost closing and also because the MoMA has temporary display galleries spread out on different floors, so t can get confusing especially when they are used for the same exhibition. They don’t connect so you’d have to go in then out then switch floors and back in.

But anyway I saw bits of the movie that they were projecting and the core part of the exhibition, which was more like an experience than a traditional exhibition. They gave us mandatory audioguides in which Björk herself narrates a story, hers. The audioguide follows the exhibition, which is divided into several rooms which make up the different phases of her career and growth as an artist. Each room has a corresponding track on the audioguide and objects on display, from costumes to notebooks to personal objects. The sound is very Björk-like and dreamy, and I enjoyed listening to all of it. The material displayed was also stunning (check out this amazing costume below). But there was one major flaw with the exhibition; and that was that the tracks of the audioguide were too long compared to what there was to see in each room. Overall though I was really glad I got to see this exhibit.

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Wrapping up, I think that if you’re in New York you should absolutely not miss the MoMA. My visit took about 3 hours but it felt like way less. There is so much to see at this museum, the collections are incredibly rich and interesting. It is relatively easy to navigate and not huge, which is always something I appreciate in a museum. Make sure you also check out the design store. It’s overpriced but they have so many pretty things. The MoMA is definitely my favorite museum in New York and my second favorite in the US so far (yup the MFA still has number one).

Rating

  • Accessibility (location, price, disabled access, transport links and parking): 8.5/10
  • Architecture: 8.5/10
  • Collections: 9.5/10
  • Display: 9/10
  • Resources (explanation panels, guides, plans): 7.5/10
  • Extras (shop, events, exhibitions): 9/10
  • Overall: 8.5/10

Walking Across the High Line

DSC_0024One of the things I did while I was in New York was walking the High Line, an abandoned railroad that was preserved and transformed into an overground park, opening its first section in 2009. It covers the area from West 34th Street to Gansevoort Street in between 10th and 12th Avenues.

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I crossed the park South to North, which took me about two hours, but I stopped for breaks and pictures. I went there around late afternoon in June, which I think is a good time because earlier in the day would have been too hot. Most of the park is quite narrow, so I covered all of it in my walk.

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There were things I expected to see and things I didn’t, so in a way I had mixed feelings about this walk. First of all, I knew the landscaping was going to be great, and I wasn’t disappointed by it. The plants merge beautifully with the pathway and the cityscape; and even though the park is narrow it’s far from boring. There are different sections offering different things, such as benches, wooden lounge chairs, or refreshment stations.

DSC_0035It also feels different because you are moving within the city, and you come across some stunning architecture along the way. The thing about New York is that you encounter all sorts of different styles, be it in the way people dress or in the way buildings are designed. And in terms of diversity of architecture, the High Line does quite well. I found it very enjoyable to look at all those eclectic buildings and how they connect to the green spaces  of the park. On the other hand, I thought the High Line would be higher than it actually is. It doesn’t overlook anything, it’s not a pathway across rooftops, but somewhere where you can get a perspective that gives more depth than just street level.

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There’s another thing I didn’t expect, but this one was more on the enjoyable part: the High Line has some really cool art exhibited all along. For example, the picture below is an installation by Rashid Johnson called Blocks, and it will be on view there until March 2016, and the one above features a physical graffiti by Damian Ortega. The High Line also offers a range of creative activities for children and adults, like for example a giant white Lego building station (which is on until September 2015). I think that this and its proximity to the Whitney Museum (which I didn’t have time to visit, unfortunately) make it a great cultural urban space.

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There is one thing that bothered me about the High Line and New York in general though and that is the amount of construction there is in this place. A few sections of the parks, I had to walk under scaffolds and it really took away from my enjoyment of it. The northernmost section of the High Line is located in a more industrial zone and the views are strikingly different there. Needless to say this section was not my favorite.

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Despite the extreme amount of construction and the large number of tourists that were there (it’s quite a narrow path, remember); I enjoyed my walk on the High Line and I would recommend it. They have a great website that you can check out right here for a map, a guide to the different entrances, opening hours, and more about the art and activities going on. I would suggest going there during daytime but either in the morning before 11 or in the late afternoon, because the shady spots are rare and it can get quite hot. It’s a really nice spot and it gives a different perspective on New York, so don’t miss it.

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American Musings

Dear readers,

I am currently on a three week trip to the East Coast of the USA and I’ll be spending time in Boston, New York, and Washington DC. This means that a lot of new posts are coming up but as I’m trying to make the most of my trip, I won’t have time to update the blog a lot until I’m back home. This is just my second day and I already have a review of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston starting to be drafted plus some new ideas for exhibitions and some artwork to share. I just don’t want to post stuff before syncing my pictures and I would like to take the time to write good posts and not just rushed stuff because I feel like this would be unfair.

So stay on the lookout for lots of new updates very soon and thank you for your patience 🙂