SCHOOL ARTICLE: MoMa Field Trip
On January 15th, an art class trip from Holy Trinity Diocesan High School went to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. It was a great experience where classmates had the opportunity to learn about modern art and the people that create it. The day began with a short guided tour of the museum. Our guide focused mainly on the pop-art movement of the 1950's, showing us Robert Rauschenberg's Bed and Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup series. It was a very interesting and informative tour; our group learned that pop art is creating art out of everyday objects, such as beds or cans of soup, and usually incorporates bright, graphic colors. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and encouraged everyone to participate and discuss our own interpretations of the pieces we saw.
After the tour, we had some time to split up and explore the rest of the museum. The most interesting part of the museum was definitely the Tim Burton exhibit. In order to get to the exhibit we walked through a doorway shaped like the mouth of a Burton creature and were greeted by a long hallway with televisions showing a somber cartoon entitled "The World of Stainboy" and rotating sculptures that glowed neon with the help of a black light. The hallway opened up into a huge room with tons of pages torn from sketchbooks on the walls depicting the strange yet intriguing creations of Tim Burton. There were sketches, paintings, drawings, and 3-D representations of hundreds of creatures, as well as those from Burton's movies including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks! and Edward Scissorhands. Each piece was as fascinating as the next; I could have easily spent the entire day in the exhibit.
Other highlights include Monet's Water Lillies, Gabriel Orozco's Elevator (literally an elevator car in the middle of the room), and gift shop full of fascinating and quirky objects. The MoMA is an amazing place that made for a cool field trip that everyone enjoyed.