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Flash!

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012

The short film Flash in the Metropolitan documents different works of art at the Met in the middle of the night. The filmmakers moved throughout the galleries with a flash strobe and a 16mm film camera on a track. The film is only three minutes and twenty-five seconds long, but it is on a constant loop in the gallery. This is my favorite piece because it's so unique and the film focuses on works of art chosen by the filmmakers.

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A Stark Contrast

Ethan, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This photograph is titled The Restorers at San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples and is by Thomas Struth. In this scene, four art restorers stand in a large room that was formerly part of a church. All four are focused intently on the camera, and each stands in a unique pose. The central focus of the photograph is on the restorers, and the rest of the picture is slightly blurry.

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Not Your Average Tour

Kit, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012

In Andrea Fraser's performance art piece, a video titled Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk, the artist assumes the character of Jane Castleton, a docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The fictional Castleton leads the audience through what starts as an ordinary tour but slowly becomes more and more bizarre as she discusses not works of art but objects such as the museum's water fountains and restrooms. Fraser's script borrows from many eclectic sources, including Good Housekeeping magazine, a 1960s anthology on poverty, and the writings of Immanuel Kant.

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Getting "Meta" with Spies in the House of Art

Douglas Eklund, Associate Curator, Department of Photographs

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012

I would like for visitors to the exhibition Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video to have a slightly "meta" experience—specifically, to see themselves standing in a museum looking at art about art in museums.

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Washington's Search for Victory

DeAndre, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012

I remember hearing about Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware in school when I was younger. Years later, when I joined the Met's Teen Advisory Group at age eighteen, I was able to see it for the first time. If you learn about the American Revolution, you have to come to the Met to see the lifesize George Washington cross the icy waters of the Delaware.

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A Majestic Undertaking

Garrett, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Walk into the American Wing and step back in time to stand before the six-foot-three George Washington in Emanuel Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware. Leutze's painting captures the spirit of this daring undertaking by George Washington, and illustrates America's capacity to overcome adversity at great odds.

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A Glorified Crossing

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012

After the Teen Advisory Group's recent meeting in the American Wing galleries, I chose to write my blog post about Washington Crossing the Delaware, painted by Emanuel Leutze. Sitting in front of this painting, I was most struck by its size; it hangs over twelve feet high and twenty feet wide. This monumental painting seems alive, like a snapshot from the actual crossing of the Delaware River in 1776.

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Unapproachable

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

My art teacher has a poster of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) in our classroom, so as soon as I saw the actual painting in the Met's galleries, I immediately recognized it.

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A Recap of the Murder at the Met Teen Event

Nicole, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012

On Friday, April 20, teens came to the Museum in droves to participate in a special murder mystery event. I was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!

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"Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"

Claudia, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.