Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
In honor of Thanksgiving, we in Teen Programs thought we'd share a few of our favorite turkeys in the Met's collection to celebrate.
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jules Bastien-Lepage's Joan of Arc has always intrigued me because Joan of Arc has always interested me as a historical figure, particularly because of the lack of women represented in history. Disguised as a man, Joan made her way to the besieged city of Orléans and helped to free it. After playing a role in various other military campaigns, she was captured and then burned at the stake.
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This is my first post for the Teen Blog, so I felt that I should write about something iconic, like maybe a Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Picasso painting. Something that people would read about and think, "Wow! Not only do I want to go to the Met now, but I also want to read more by this Peter W." While I was wandering around looking for an artwork that would inspire debate and comments, I ended up in gallery 915, where I heard a couple arguing about a painting.
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
At long last, teens took the Met last Friday, October 16, but with 4,440 teens dancing, exploring, and creating together, I'd say we stormed the Met! The event certainly lived up to and even surpassed the stories my friends shared from previous Teens Take the Met events. This time, I acquired my own stories from Loud Library, the partner activities, the dance party, and the cityscape from The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Have you ever wondered what happens in the Met at night? How about if the Museum were filled with nearly three thousand teens? What if these teens were dancing to a DJ while creating cool stuff, writing poetry, learning about hip-hop, making their own digital beats, and printing their own zines? To be part of it, Teens Take the Met on Friday, October 16, is a total must!
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I wrote the poems featured in this post while visiting the Met over the course of the past six months. The key to writing about these artworks was having a connection to them over time. Sitting in a gallery for about fifteen minutes each visit, I first looked at all the artworks in the space, and then zeroed in on one that drew my attention. I then jotted down notes, and made quick sketches with a pink sharpie in my moleskin journal. During subsequent visits, I wrote rough drafts, and then edited them into polished pieces.
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Vincent van Gogh is known to have struggled with his mental health. He spent time at an asylum in Saint-Rémy in the south of France, and during his time there, he worked to understand how certain colors could be expressed in relation to each other by painting flowers. Just before he left the asylum, he painted a series of irises and roses—two paintings of each in different formats and colors—which were featured in the recently closed exhibition Van Gogh: Irises and Roses.
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
For me, summer is usually the time to lie around, relax, and get my tan on, but, fortunately, this year was different; I decided to spend my time doing something a little more fruitful. When I saw that the Met was offering free summer classes, I happily signed up for Teen Summer Studio: Portraiture because the class revolved around the special exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (on view through October 4, 2015). I had never taken a class at the Met before, and I have always loved John Singer Sargent's work, so I jumped at the opportunity to study it in detail.
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I have been particularly interested in Mesoamerica and the Maya peoples ever since I visited the archaeological site of Copan in Honduras when I was younger. I was stunned by the virtuosity of the stelae in the main plaza, the intricate palaces and step pyramids of the acropolis, and the magnificent hieroglyphic stairway. After my visit, I became increasingly curious about who the Maya were, so my family and I visited Mayan sites in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Then, during my high school summers, I participated in archeological digs at the Late Classic Mayan palaces of Cahal Pech in Belize, and I subsequently began to wonder how the artifacts we excavated were selected, preserved, and displayed in museums around the world.
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Experiencing art in a gallery is like coming out of a subway station in a new neighborhood and trying to navigate the vast unfamiliarity of the cityscape ahead of you. Crisscrossing lines, variegated colors, and the overlapping patterns of light, architecture, and people draw your eye in every direction, creating an overwhelming visual experience. Though neighborhoods each have their own culture and atmosphere, their boundaries melt into each other, asking you to reorient yourself as you meander through them.