Quantcast

The Metropolitan Museum of Art LogoEmail

Type the CAPTCHA word:

Teen Blog

Garry Winogrand: An Unassuming Genius

Alexa, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In a taped 1977 interview at Rice University, Garry Winogrand sits before a panel of students in the most casual position: his feet are propped up onto the podium before him and he leans back, relaxed, with his hands behind his head—the ultimate posture of a carefree New Yorker. Winogrand's conversational and, at times, sarcastic tone reveals how he does not take himself too seriously. In his answers, he makes his photographic process seem quite simple: a matter of waiting for spontaneity and a having a quick eye to capture it. Despite his quick pace when photographing, Winogrand was able to give his chance encounters great meaning, effectively using light and interesting angles to powerfully capture the fast-moving American culture.

Read More

Teen Blog

Enclosed By Beauty

Clarrie, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Garry Winogrand constantly contemplated and experimented with society's notions of beauty, especially its views on women. He once said that the reason we photograph is "to learn who we are and how we feel." I think his photographs are less about the subject and more about the society that surrounds them. Women, from the moment they step out of their houses, are expected to maintain a certain standard of self-presentation and appearance. Winogrand photographed women who were in this "presentable" state but shot them candidly, not posed. He took away the subject's ability to consciously present herself, capturing the space between her inner, subconscious beauty and societal preconceptions of it.

Read More

Teen Blog

Garry Winogrand's Perfect Mistakes

Danlly, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014

I consider Garry Winogrand's photographs found in the current exhibition of his work to be a collection of perfect mistakes. "Perfect" because, even though the subject is often not posing or even looking straight at the camera, there is something about the picture that makes it incredibly engaging. The very same picture can simultaneously feel like a "mistake," however, since it may capture people who are either unaware they are being photographed or are unhappy about it. In some cases, it feels to me like Winogrand accidentally pressed the shutter button. Normally people have to pose or look at the camera in order for a photograph to be considered successful, but Winogrand instead intended to capture these unguarded people and moments.

Read More

Teen Blog

Front to Back, Real to Posed: Is Winogrand-Style Street Photography Dead?

Oren, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Garry Winogrand's street photography, currently on view in an eponymous exhibition at the Museum, is often astonishingly candid and real. But would he have been able to use his distinct style today? The Internet has made it easier than ever to share photos and spread them around. But it's also made people far more self-conscious when being photographed and, dare I say, more frightened of the camera.

Read More

Teen Blog

Garry Winogrand: A Perspective on the Past

Joleyne, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014

Today, with the special features on DSLRs, you can get a good shot even in difficult lighting environments. You can also use Photoshop and special effects to alter photographs after they've been taken. But imagine a time in which photo editing was not as common and photography was not as easy to do as it is today.

Read More

Teen Blog

Take the Pic or It Didn't Happen

Ann, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014

In the words of Garry Winogrand, subject of the current exhibition bearing his name, "If you didn't take the picture, you weren't there." Today, when most people hear a bizarre story, they want to have some sort of evidence, like a photograph. They want to see whatever happened with their own eyes. Winogrand upends this scenario. Instead, he simply provides the proof, and denies the audience the story behind it.

Read More

Teen Blog

A First Look at Garry Winogrand

Joseph, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's a human tendency to take apart what's put in front of us. But more importantly, we have a selfish desire to connect a piece of artwork to our lives in some way. We may feel almost dead if we are unable to connect the artwork to some greater philosophical idea that we believe to be present. While there is nothing wrong with that process, the artist may not agree with your interpretation, as the work may in fact have no underlying meaning. The artist may have simply created the piece because of its aesthetics.

Read More

Teen Blog

Van Gogh's Cypresses

Luca, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014

Vincent van Gogh painted a series of cypress trees during his stay in an asylum in Saint-Remy, France, but one work in particular—Cypresses—has always stood out to me.

Read More

Teen Blog

Interviewing Sculptures at the Met

Floraine, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014

As I travel through the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one question always lingers in my mind: If these inanimate objects were able to speak, what would they say? I have taken on the task of "interviewing" three sculptures to break their silence and give us more insight into their lives and stories.

Read More

Teen Blog

Charles James, Artist and Innovator

Angeles, TAG Member; Jill, TAG Member; and Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2014

Charles James grew up traveling with his family to fashion capitals all over the globe. He gained inspiration from the world around him and then put his own personal spin on traditional ideas, never choosing to follow any particular seasonal trends. He loved to take funky fabric and work it into ways never seen before. For example, if a fabric was meant to be used in a stiff manner, James would soften it with steam and bend it to his desired shape. He was uncompromising in his vision, always favoring his personal ideals of feminine beauty over the specific desires of his clients, who, despite this stubbornness, loved him. He was a revolutionary iconoclast who considered himself as much an artist and a technician as a designer.

Read More

Teen Blog

Charles James: Designing for the Female Form

Morgan, High School Intern

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014

Charles James: Beyond Fashion features the works of revolutionary fashion designer Charles James, known for his avant-garde concepts and architecturally advanced structure and form. Upon coming into the gallery filled with ball gowns, you're greeted by these amazing dresses on circular pedestals. The whole room is so dimly lit that the dresses almost seem to be suspended in mid-air in the semidarkness.

Read More

Teen Blog

Charles James: The Fashion Engineer

Brooke, TAG Member; Natalee, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014

As your eyes adjust to the dim light in the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, text appears on the glass before you and guides how you should consider the dresses behind it—if you can even call them dresses! Charles James revolutionized the twentieth-century fashion establishment through his idiosyncratic transformation of stiff millinery material into soft, fluid lines that mirror his notion of a woman's ideal form. The lines of his dresses emulate the modern art of Georgia O'Keeffe.

Read More

Teen Blog

Fashion Unbound: Charles James at the Met

Hallie, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014

The current exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the first in the Museum's new Anna Wintour Costume Center, features the work of one of the most significant couturiers of the twentieth century. When you walk into the exhibition, the lighting and placement of Charles James's glamorous ball gowns make you feel as though you're a guest at an enchanting party, and the dresses, which have names such as "Butterfly," "Clover Leaf," "Swan," and "Diamond," are exquisite.

Read More

Teen Blog

Funhouse at the Met

Jimin, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014

One of my favorite amusement park rides as a child was the funhouse. It wasn't just about the big revolving disks and undulating staircases; my obsession with funhouses came from the fact that I could be in control of my own experience, unlike in other rides where I would just have to sit passively.

Read More

Teen Blog

How Well Do You Know the Met?

Emma, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to some of the world's most respected art. People from all over the world come to see the collection and appreciate the history and stories that the works present. Think you know the Met's collection like a pro? Here's a game to test your knowledge and see just how much you know about the artists and their subjects.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Met's Amazing Teen Programs

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014

It's been almost a year since I was a member of the Met's Teen Advisory Group, and I have come to realize something important: teen programs at the Met are amazing! Who would have thought that such a large museum smack in the middle of New York City would offer absolutely free classes to teens that were taught by some the best teachers and artists around?

Read More

Teen Blog

The World of Drawing at the Met: To Draw or Not to Draw

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014

What do you think about when you come to the Met? There are many things you may think of: art, walking, five thousand years of history. But have you thought about making art yourself?

Read More

Teen Blog

Lilith

Morgan, High School Intern

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

I was introduced to Lilith by Kiki Smith on a tour of modern sculpture at the Met. What first struck me about this piece was its location: it's literally hanging upside down in the middle of the wall as you walk up the stairs in the Modern and Contemporary Art galleries from the first floor to the second.

Read More

Teen Blog

Infinite Repetition in Nonrepeating Patterns

Chantal Stein, College Intern

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014

The Islamic world is famous for its stunning tilework: lavish blue and turquoise ceramic tiles featuring an almost infinite array of geometric patterns. This tilework has adorned the walls of mosques, tombs, and the homes of the wealthy, enhancing the beauty of these spaces, for centuries.

Read More

Teen Blog

Possibly Love

Angeles, TAG Member; and Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014

The Wedding of Stephen Beckingham and Mary Cox by William Hogarth is a very intriguing piece. It depicts an intimate affair in which only family members and people on a "need-to-know" basis are present.

Read More

Teen Blog

Major in Fearlessness

Sumura, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014

In European Paintings gallery 643, we were struck by two paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder that portray fearless heroines furthering the Christian cause. At first, we thought (wrongly) that the two works depict the same girl due to the figures' rich, red-orange dresses and pale faces with curly hair. We also noted the parallel between the guy beheading the girl in one work and the girl beheading the guy in the other. When we learned that the girls are actually different people—Barbara and Judith—we synthesized the two brave heroines into one and created a short story about her.

Read More

Teen Blog

Romantic Nature in the Met

Jill, TAG Member; and Chantal Stein, College Intern

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Observe this painting and walk through the details of this romantic nature scene. You can almost hear the water flowing through the center of the painting; you feel like you are there in the wooded hills between Holland and Germany. The trees are fully leaved in green and reddish-brown tones, along with some zigzagging bare branches.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Love Letter to The Love Letter

Emily Z., TAG Member; and Shivanna, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014

Walking through the galleries of eighteenth-century French art, we fell in love with The Love Letter, Jean Honoré Fragonard's feathery depiction of a flirtatious young lady. What first caught our eyes was the golden light that illuminates her pale skin and rosy cheeks. The beautiful light flows through the painting and brings out the yellow, brown, and pink tones of the work. The combination of colors is simply breathtaking.

Read More

Teen Blog

An Intriguingly Hellish Landscape

Natalee, TAG Member; and Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014

​When we recently walked through gallery 642 in European Paintings, this painting in particular caught our eye. We found it so eye-catching because of its distinctive, dark color palette that makes it stand out from the rest of the gallery, and also because of its surreal and macabre subject matter.

Read More

Teen Blog

A True Pioneer

Emily Z., TAG Member

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014

The sculpture Pioneer Woman in the current exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 caught my attention because it depicts a woman. Before you roll your eyes and claim that I am stating the obvious, bear with me! The field of American Western art is dominated by renditions of men and animals, so Bryant Baker's sculpture offers a unique approach to capturing the West. The very fact that Pioneer Woman focuses on a pioneer woman makes it noteworthy, but the meaning of the work is more elusive than just its subject matter.

Read More

Teen Blog

Reflections on the West through Bronze

Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sculptures capture emotions and body movements, which, in my opinion, makes them more relatable than paintings. The sculptures in the exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 really evoke the American West, and the details bring the pieces to life. Cast in different sizes and displayed on pedestals of different heights, the pieces create an effect like a mountain range. The ridges and valleys work to draw your attention to each piece, no matter its size, and the lack of conformity allows the viewer to allocate time to each sculpture and absorb its details.

Read More

Teen Blog

The American West: Times Change, Places Change, and We Reflect

Natalee, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The first object seen upon entering the exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 is a buffalo, perhaps one of the most important symbols of the American West. This sculpture, Henry Merwin Shrady's Buffalo, stands in front of a blown-up chromolithograph of a herd of wild buffalo, and showcases the exhibition's unique point of view, blending the artists' and patrons' fondest memories and wildest dreams of what the vast, "untouched" frontier meant. Nostalgia and excitement abound in the exhibition, as brave pioneers conquer the West and search for the American Dream.

Read More

Teen Blog

Impressions of Ink Art

Jill, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014

The exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China is all about ink. Darks and lights and midtones are used everywhere. There are so many different art styles that you're bound to find something you like. The exhibition features several scrolls, which tell stories through writing or pictures and even through combinations of the two.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Glimpse of China: Duan Jianyu's Beautiful Dream 3

Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Duan Jianyu's Beautiful Dream series in the exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China is surprisingly beautiful given the fact that it was painted on old corrugated cardboard boxes.

Read More

Teen Blog

Book from the Sky: A Story with No Words

Natalee, TAG Member; Brooke, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014

Before we encountered Xu Bing's Book from the Sky, we passed by Ai Weiwei's Han Jar Overpainted with Coca-Cola Logo—and almost missed it. The pot, located in the ancient Chinese galleries, looks ordinary except for its iconic logo. This was where we started to learn that the contemporary Chinese art scene is born from the synthesis and refutation of tradition.

Read More

Teen Blog

Tradition and Identity in Ink Art

Angeles, TAG Member; and Jacqui, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014

In Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, we came across many pieces of artwork that exemplify the contrast between contemporary and traditional art. One of these pieces was Family Tree, a series of nine photographs in which the artist Zhang Huan's face gradually becomes covered in ink and traditional calligraphy.

Read More

Teen Blog

Ink Art's Merging of the Old and the New

Emily Z., TAG Member; Sage, TAG Member; and Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Upon first seeing Han Jar Overpainted with Coca-Cola Logo in the special exhibition Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China, we were overwhelmingly reminded of one of the larger themes of modern Chinese art: the conflict between the progression of the modern and the preservation of the traditional. This Han dynasty pot emblazoned with the faded Coca-Cola logo struck us as an almost humorous representation of this conflict.

Read More

Teen Blog

Contrast and Balance in Jewels by JAR

Chantal Stein, College Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It takes a minute for your eyes to adjust to the darkness in the exhibition Jewels by JAR (on view through March 9, 2014). The walls are black, the ceilings are high, and glass cases lined with red velvet are set into walls and columns. Warm lights behind the glass spotlight the artwork within.

Read More

Teen Blog

How Did He Paint That?

Lawrence, Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

There are a handful of paintings at the Met that made a huge impression on me when I first saw them. Two of them are Sanford Robinson Gifford's A Gorge in the Mountains (Kauterskill Clove) and Frederic Edwin Church's The Aegean Sea. Every time I see these paintings, I ask myself, "How did he paint that?!"

Read More

Teen Blog

My Favorite Room at the Met

Lucie, Former High School Intern

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013

My favorite room at the Met is gallery 735 because it houses John Vanderlyn's Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. I first visited the gallery on the recommendation of a friend, and since then I've been back many times.

Read More

Teen Blog

Diary of a Ceiling Fan

Helen, Former High School Intern

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013

I constantly find myself looking up at the ceilings whenever I visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Turning my gaze upward allows me to clear my thoughts and forget about any commotion around me.

Read More

Teen Blog

An International Take on Textiles

Brooke, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013

Though we tend to associate globalization with the modern, Western-dominated world of capital goods, in reality it began long ago with textiles. The current exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 is the first major exhibition to explore this international exchange of design ideas through the medium of textiles.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Profusion of Blue and Yellow Feathers

Angeles, TAG Member; and Jill, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The panels on view in the exhibition Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru were created by the Wari peoples of southern Peru. Their makers hand-knotted blue and yellow macaw feathers one by one onto cotton and camelid hair using slipped overhand knots. The strings of feathers were then sewn in horizontal rows onto large cotton panels.

Read More

Teen Blog

What Does One Do with a Wall Full of Feathers?

Sage, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Many questions surround the beautiful feather panels, created between about 600 and 1000 by the Wari peoples of Peru, that are currently on view in the exhibition Feathered Walls: Hangings from Ancient Peru. The simplistic juxtapositions of color and painstaking care put into them tantalize the mind and make one wonder what purpose the panels served.

Read More

Teen Blog

A New Perspective on an Ancient Object

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013

As a preface, I would just like to ask that you not take my excitement about the work above to be some kind of authoritative perspective on it—in other words, that you'll visit the Museum, see this piece and have a great, transcendent epiphany with the swelling baritone of a hallelujah chorus behind you. Perhaps it's just me being overzealous and getting unnecessarily pumped up about something as usual. But, for a second, let's be indulgent and allow me to express how this piece requires you to reconfigure your mind, and just how weird and interesting it is. Let's break it down for a second, shall we?

Read More

Teen Blog

Chodhisone: Our 3D Creation in Plastic

Sage, TAG Member; and Katy, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The idea for our 3D sculpture came together after taking pictures of a Chinese chimera and a bodhisattva from the Asian Art galleries, along with Ritual Seat for a Noble (Osa' osa), currently on view in the Met's Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas galleries. From there, we took each of the photos and stitched them together using 3D printing software.

Read More

Teen Blog

Monster in a Monster

Angeles, TAG Member; and Briana, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The inspiration for our 3D scanning and printing workshop project came from our mutual interest in both Asian and Greek mythology. Although we came across many potential subjects while getting to know the Museum's collection, we quickly decided to base our plastic sculpture on Greek mythological figures and Buddhist deities—combining animal and human forms to create a supernatural god.

Read More

Teen Blog

Our Untitled 3D Sculpture

Sumura, TAG Member; and Matthew, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013

Before beginning the design process for our 3D sculpture, we were both inspired by three different sculptures currently on view at the Met: Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist in the Medieval Sculpture Hall; Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet from the Egyptian Art collection; and Mourning Victory from the Melvin Memorial in the Charles Engelhard Court of The American Wing. With all of the artwork the Museum has to offer, it definitely seemed like choosing a subject to work with would be the most challenging part—but then the printing process began.

Read More

Teen Blog

Pax Santi

Brooke, TAG Member; and Veronika, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As we walked through each gallery of the Met in order to determine the subject for our 3D sculpture, we were immediately inspired by the tranquility of Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath in the Asian Art galleries. However, we were also intrigued by the fierceness of the Greek and Roman marble sculptures on display, and elected to combine both the head of the Roman Emperor Hadrian—currently on loan to the Museum—with the body of a lion.

Read More

Teen Blog

Cleo and Her Friends

Alison, Teen Program Participant; and Nathaniel, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013

This past July, we and eight other high school students participated in the Metropolitan Museum's first 3D scanning and printing workshop for teens. During the weeklong intensive, we were introduced to the Met's collections of Asian, American, Oceanian, ancient Egyptian, and Roman art, and we then used specialized printers to convert photographs of some of these objects into 3D models.

Read More

Teen Blog

Lollipop Trees on Concrete Tiles

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013

What happened here? Did someone spill paint on these tiles? Is this supposed to be blood? Is there blood all over the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art?!

Read More

Teen Blog

The Unexpected Humanity of the Roof Garden Commission

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Upon first seeing Imran Qureshi's installation on the Museum's roof garden, I was immediately struck by how effectively it subverts one's expectations. Along with the rest of the Teen Advisory Group, I was simply informed that we would be visiting a "rooftop installation," which immediately brought to mind the kind of monolithic modernist sculpture that seems to be increasingly ubiquitous in outdoor art installations these days. Surprisingly, though, we were greeted with something much more subtle and thought-provoking.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Poppy Field on the Rooftop

Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sudden violence in the United States, especially when unpredictable, triggers an immediate and mass reaction. This is hardly so in the case of Pakistan, however, a country where violence is the norm and not the exception. At the Museum's roof garden this summer, contemporary Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi challenges American viewers to immerse themselves in the bloodbath of civilians killed in sectarian conflicts far away from our own shores.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Dividing Line

Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013

Imran Qureshi's installation on the Met's roof is abrupt. Looking across the roof, one is confronted by something of a geological layering. In the foreground, violence and bloodshed come to mind, and behind, the Met's stone superstructure separates you from the immediacy of Central Park's seemingly dense forests. Looking down at your feet, your confidence is partially shattered by the realization that you are walking on paint. Instinctively, my feet searched for an oasis of untainted stone.

Read More

Teen Blog

Crossing Borders

Shivanna, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum is a magnificent place to exhibit art high above Central Park. You have the warm sun, the sounds of nature, the clear blue sky, the green foliage, and a breathtaking view of the concrete jungle around you. Walking out onto the roof recently, I expected to see an immense sculpture. Instead, I was greeted by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi's painted installation.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Irony of Punk

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013

I learned from visiting PUNK: Chaos to Couture that punk was an ironic movement and that its irony has contributed to its staying power. When punk started in the mid-1970s, it was dealing with a social landscape that had lost sight of its goals. The hippies said they wanted a revolution, but changing the world is not a passive exercise. That's where the punks came in.

Read More

Teen Blog

Deconstructing Madame X

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013

In my drawing at left, I wanted to create a visual response of sorts to what I saw in PUNK: Chaos to Couture, namely the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery.

Read More

Teen Blog

Punk Undercover

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013

Shhhh! The dresses in the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery in PUNK: Chaos to Couture are punk undercover. In contrast to the more obviously punk shirts, pants, trash-bag dresses, and tie-dye ball gowns in the rest of the exhibition, these clothes are not necessarily meant to be punk. It is obvious, however, that they are indeed influenced by punk style.

Read More

Teen Blog

Redefining Garbage with Bricolage

Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013

The punk aesthetic of the 1970s, its underground survival throughout the 1980s, and its high-fashion revival in the 1990s have profoundly shaped what it means to be a rebellious youth. To be punk means to express one's disillusionment with the status quo and to challenge it.

Read More

Teen Blog

Punk Meant Anything

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013

When I walked into the Metropolitan Museum's PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition, I was not expecting big-name designers. Punk was supposedly a movement for nobody and nothing, wasn’t it? However, upon walking into the exhibition's catacomb of glorified dissension, replete with pieces from Galliano, Dolce and Gabbana, and Prada, I soon realized that the designer clothes on display are a testament to punk's power. I didn't used to associate names like Versace and Dior with crusty-shirted tribalism and deconstructionism, but punk has so changed the landscape for artistic expression that Givenchy and Johnny Rotten can now coexist happily in the same place.

Read More

Teen Blog

Licked: The Academic Ideal

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013

Impressionist paintings are so beautiful, emotional, and colorful, yet in the nineteenth century, they were considered laughable; at the time, people favored meticulously realistic, "licked" paintings over the Impressionists' "broken brushstrokes." The term "licked" refers to paintings that shine like someone has licked them to even out any trace of brushstrokes, and "broken brushstrokes" refers to thick dabs of paint on a canvas.

Read More

Teen Blog

Skill versus Judgment

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Okay, now don't get me wrong. While I'm sort of presenting the following ideas as fact, I don't claim to know much about painting or anything about Impressionism, but I am completely fascinated with the movement—actually head over heels infatuated. I want more than anything to understand how it works, so please forgive the following inelegant suppositions as the workings of a mind tussling with understanding.

Read More

Teen Blog

Sigh

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's been a long day. You've been knocked around a couple of times. You sit down, and your eyes slowly begin to close. It's time to breathe a sigh of relief, take a break, and transport yourself to a different, more peaceful place. Two works by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840–1926) allow you to do just that.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Changing Face of Art

Ethan, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013

As the nineteenth century drew to a close, popular art experienced a number of changes, many of which were influenced by the rapidly changing culture and environment of the day. The prevalent, Salon-accepted style of painting in the 1870s and 80s valued the seamless blending of paint and focused on classical, historical themes. As society was redefined by the Industrial Revolution, a new art form began to take shape. Artists such as Édouard Manet (1832–1883) began to present works that were much less uniform in their surface texture and had visible brushstrokes. We now know these painters as the Impressionists.

Read More

Teen Blog

Transitory Elegance

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sweet, elegant, loving, beauty: these are the words that come to mind when I look at Springtime by Pierre-Auguste Cot. After hearing one of our amazing educators, Kathy Galitz, speak about it, though, I have a new feeling about what this and the other pieces in gallery 827 represent.

Read More

Teen Blog

First Impressions (Sorry, I Had To)

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013

The Teen Advisory Group recently set out to learn about Impressionist art. Captained by Associate Museum Educator Kathy Galitz, we actually began our journey not with Impressionist art itself but with a brief exposé on what is lovingly referred to as "academic" art. Yes, academic.

Read More

Teen Blog

Photographer as Subject

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sometimes, in discrete moments of boredom-induced reflection, I begin to think about why certain things have survived from the past and others haven't. I wonder whether it is through sheer dumb luck that some artworks are preserved while others are lost, and whether the creators of the surviving works had any idea that their work would last for so long and be seen by so many eyes.

Read More

Teen Blog

When Sitting on a Porch Means So Much More

Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 22, 2013

Curator Jeff L. Rosenheim recently spoke to the Teen Advisory Group about the current exhibition Photography and the American Civil War. As part of his talk, he showed us an 1864 photograph of Union soldiers posing on the front steps of Robert E. Lee's Virginia home, which the government had confiscated in 1861.

Read More

Teen Blog

Historical Photographs: Windows into the Past

Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Photographs play an important role in history by documenting moments in time. When people look at historical photographs, they are able to peer into worlds they previously could only imagine.

Read More

Teen Blog

Curiosity Carries Within

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Seeing the work of Henri Matisse—the French artist who experimented with different methods such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture—makes me want to know more about art in general.

Read More

Teen Blog

Salvador Dalí

Theo, High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My family has a penchant for strolling through museums. I've appreciated this more as I've gotten older, but as a kid I got bored easily. Pausing before a piece by Salvador Dalí was always an incredible relief, and I came to crave the fluid style and disturbing clutter of his work.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Painting as an Experience

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013

"A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience." –Mark Rothko

Read More

Teen Blog

A Comfortable Position

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Teen Advisory Group recently visited the Museum's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art to talk about the work of Henri Matisse. Our guest speaker, Met lecturer Deborah A. Goldberg, PhD, asked, "What do you first think of when you think of Matisse?" There was a great variety of answers.

Read More

Teen Blog

Non Finito

Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

In our recent tour through the Met's galleries with lecturer Deborah A. Goldberg, we looked at Henri Matisse's paintings and Fauvist works by other artists that incorporate techniques such as mixing an enormous array of colors. Although my brain is still processing the information, one of Matisse's methods particularly stood out to me. It's called "non finito."

Read More

Teen Blog

Perspective

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How many times has the word "perspective" appeared when referring to one's impression of, well, any artwork or art gallery? "Perspective" is like the bacon of art vocabulary; you sprinkle it over any conversation and it can spark a delicious array of reactions. In my experience, abstract art produces the most varied responses.

Read More

Teen Blog

Passport to Another World

Shivanna, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

When you enter the Met, you leave the buzzing streets of Manhattan behind and are transported back in time and to foreign places. As an artist, intern, frequent Met visitor, and New Yorker, I can say the Met is my favorite place to "vacation" when I need to get away from the bustling world outside.

Read More

Teen Blog

Listening to Art

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'll admit it. There are some pieces in the Met's collection that I am very tempted to touch—the smooth, cold sculptures, for instance, and paint globs that dry seemingly inches off the canvas. It's due in part to this inclination that I enjoy visiting the Musical Instruments galleries so much.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Rectangular-Shaped Surprise in the Greek and Roman Art Galleries

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When I think of the Greek and Roman Art galleries, the first color that comes to mind is white, thanks to the slick marble statues that fill the courtyards and halls with both a sense of calm and a buzzing chit-chatter. So I am always somewhat surprised and very delighted to stop in on this primarily black fresco. I love that it seems to be at odds with almost every other piece in the collection.

Read More

Teen Blog

Special (Little) Exhibitions

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have a favorite nook at the Met? A quiet space where you can truly be alone with the pieces? Whether your answer to this question is "yes" or "no," I suggest you explore the smaller special exhibitions scattered throughout the Metropolitan Museum.

Read More

Teen Blog

Let's See Some Stuff

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My first introduction to the Metropolitan Museum was through a portfolio drawing class I took in 2010. I think it would be fair to say that the course was the reason I stuck around as a member of the Teen Advisory Group, and thus the reason I'm writing this blog post today.

Read More

Teen Blog

What is Art?

Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Is art merely the "imitation of the good," as the ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote in his Republic, or the "lie that makes us realize truth," as the Spanish artist Picasso contended? Does art serve a utilitarian, religious, or aesthetic purpose, or no purpose at all?

Read More

Teen Blog

A Saturday Afternoon at the Met

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Many teens already make a habit out of visiting the Metropolitan Museum, but I thought I should let our blog readers know about a teen program I think they would really enjoy. One Saturday each month, the Met offers a class called Saturday Sketching for visitors ages 11 through 18. I've been attending these tranquil drawing sessions for some time now, and I have enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with the old ones who frequently come to the class.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Ostentatiously Weird and Elegantly Beautiful, Part 2: The Sum of Its Parts

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012

Last week, I left you with the promise that I would discuss Leap into the Void in greater detail, and I certainly don't intend to disappoint you now. Without further ado, I would like to present the second of two photographs in the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop that I found particularly striking.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Ostentatiously Weird and Elegantly Beautiful, Part 1: Please Pardon the Unidentified Flying Object

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let's consider these two images aesthetically, as visual matter to be both analytically dissected and emotionally felt.

Read More

Teen Blog

It's about Sex

Genevieve, TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photoshop is a relatively new program that allows people to manipulate images digitally. However, artists began manipulating images long before Photoshop came to be.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Spooky Figures behind the Black-and-White Stills

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Among the humorous, tragic, beautiful, and controversial photographs found in the current exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, you will find disappearing people, questionable "others," ghostlike figures, and possible spirits. By using various methods of manipulation such as the combining of several negatives into one cohesive piece, mid-nineteenth-century photographers were able to make these spooky images.

Read More

Teen Blog

Finding Enlightenment in the Japanese Wing

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; and Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

According to Joseph Loh, a Museum educator specializing in Japanese art, the ideal time to see cherry blossoms is not when they are most bountiful, nor when the flowers have peaked at full bloom, but rather as the flowers begin to fall and inevitably die. It is the melancholy nature, he says, that makes this event so spectacular because it can only be witnessed once each year.

Read More

Teen Blog

Nothing Lasts Forever

Mayra, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In western society, people don't really notice the transition between seasons until it has already taken place. Artworks painted in the Japanese Rinpa style, by contrast, highlight a cultural focus on the seasons through natural imagery, vibrant colors, and connections to literature. This fall, in the exhibition Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art, Ogata Kenzan's Autumn Ivy shows us how much one can appreciate nature through observation and reflection.

Read More

Teen Blog

Personal Responses to Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This week, we have chosen to present our personal responses to the exhibition Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art. Dan has written a poem inspired by several examples of poetry in the exhibition, and Kristen has created a collage inspired by images of cherry blossoms.

Read More

Teen Blog

Literature, Love, and Art

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012

Visitors come to the Metropolitan Museum expecting to be immersed in beautiful art from various eras. Whether they're looking for a particular piece or intending to stroll casually through the galleries, they might be surprised to get wrapped up in a story.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Spirit Within

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; Ethan, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012

Walking through the dimly lit halls of the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia inspires a true sense of wonder. "Where did this all come from?" one might ask. "This doesn't seem like the Islamic world I know today." In many ways, it isn't.

Read More

Teen Blog

Function over Form

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member; and Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012

At the first TAG meeting of the year, we chose to explore the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. We were particularly struck by one object, which we want to share with you.

Read More

Teen Blog

Floors!

Evelin, TAG Member; and Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Let us introduce you to our favorite place in the Metropolitan Museum: the Greek and Roman Art galleries.

Read More

Teen Blog

Fairytale or Mystery?

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern; Garrett, TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012

We started our first Teen Advisory Group meeting of the 2012–13 school year with the question "If you were a book, would you rather be a fairytale or a mystery?" When we were asked to write a blog post introducing other teenagers to our favorite galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, that question stuck in our minds. We invite you to read the following tale about three knights who found themselves in the Museum's Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Venture for the Makers: Summer Art and Film Intensive 2012

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012

As a disclaimer, I don't know how efficiently or elegantly I can write about my experience during the Art and Film Intensive, so when the following feels disjointed, please feel free to add joints, and kindly bear with me.

Read More

Teen Blog

Working Title

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012

Last week, Audrey wrote a blog post about the Met's Drawing and Painting Experiments teen class. I also participated in a summer teen program at the Met: the Art and Film Intensive, a three-week course taught by staff from the New York Film Academy and the Metropolitan Museum.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Summer Art Getaway

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012

Like Evelin, from whom you heard last week, I participated in the Met's Drawing and Painting Experiments program this summer. This is my third year doing the program, and I have found that each year is unique because of the different projects and the student artists who participate.

Read More

Teen Blog

Drawing and Painting Experiments

Evelin, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Last week, Jamilah and Genevieve wrote the final post related to the Spies in the House of Art exhibition and the Teen Advisory Group's photography project. Over the next month, our blog posts will focus on two of the Met's summer teen programs.

Read More

Teen Blog

Art Tailing

Jamilah, TAG Member; and Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Like our fellow TAG members, we spent the last meeting of the summer taking photographs of things that inspired us in the Museum. We found ourselves fascinated by how people reacted to works of art in the galleries—looking closer, taking photographs, and talking to each other about how they felt about the art.

Read More

Teen Blog

Connections

Jimmy, TAG Member; Emily R., Former TAG Member; and Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012

As frequent visitors to the Met, we often create personal connections with the works of art we see in the galleries. In the Teen Advisory Group's recent photo adventure throughout the Museum, we attempted to integrate the works of art into our own reality.

Read More

Teen Blog

Socialize and Meditate

Evelin, TAG Member; and Garrett, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

As Kristen and Ethan wrote last week, the Teen Advisory Group spent its last meeting of the summer wandering around the Museum with cameras. As we explored the building, we learned that the Met provides a space in which people can both socialize with others and meditate by themselves. Our photographs show people who discovered really cool spots at the Met to hang out with friends or to spend time on their own.

Read More

Teen Blog

Framed!

Kristen, TAG Member; and Ethan, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Inspired by the photography, film, and video exhibition Spies in the House of Art, we spent our final Teen Advisory Group meeting of the summer roaming around the Met's galleries with cameras in search of subjects for our own artwork.

Read More

Teen Blog

The Monuments of Paris

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012

There are many types of art—photographs, film, and video—in the exhibition Spies in the House of Art. I found several of the works in this exhibition quite amusing and a little strange. I was particularly interested in The Monuments of Paris by Laura Larson because it looks at first glance like a conventional tourist photograph.

Read More

Teen Blog

A Machine Worth Much More Than a Penny!

Claudia, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2012

Sculpture has long been my favorite type of art, but there is one sculpture in Spies in the House of Art—a box construction by Joseph Cornell—that particularly captures my imagination.

Read More

Teen Blog

Broken Pieces

Jimmy, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012

In my opinion, this artwork is dull compared to the other works in this gallery, and I don't think this piece would be popular among visitors. However, the lack of color gives these twelve felt panels—which depict fragments of a horse statue in a case—a mysterious aura. I wonder what the statue would have looked like in its entirety.

Read More

Results per page
Follow This Blog: Subscribe

About this Blog

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.