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Explore the Senses during Midwinter Recess!

Brittany Prieto, Former Assistant Museum Educator for Teen Programs, Education Department

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Each day during the midwinter recess, the Met will be offering Art Explore for teens 11 to 14 years old. Together, we'll explore the different corners and collections of the Museum. Through close looking, conversation, and creative projects, we'll experience art with all of the senses.

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Lunar New Year: The Celebration You Don't Want to Miss

Mary Ann Bonet, Coordinator of Family, Teen, and Multigenerational Learning

Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Don't miss out on one of the biggest events of the year! Thousands of people from all over New York come to the Met to celebrate Lunar New Year in February. There is something for everyone at the all-day festival this Saturday, February 6.

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The Vélez Blanco Patio: Your First Stop at the Met

Elsie, Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Although you may see your fellow museumgoers heading straight up the steps of the Great Hall after getting their admission stickers, I suggest that you begin by heading into the patio from the castle of Vélez Blanco, 1506–15. Inspired by ancient Rome, the richly decorated courtyard was created over five hundred years ago by Italian stonecutters working in Spain. The patio is impressive even from a distance, but I recommend taking a closer look like I did.

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The Power of Photography

Ambar, Guest Blogger

Posted: Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome to the exhibition Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Met Collection, where you'll find your eyes wandering and your imagination running loose. At the exhibition's entrance, you'll see a lady in white, the Countess of Castiglione, in Pierre-Louis Pierson's La Frayeur. After losing myself in the Museum for three hours on an ordinary Tuesday, I found myself entranced by this lady in white. Clearly, she is a woman of finer taste: her dress is posh and hair exquisite. But, it was her pose that drew me in. I wondered, "What's wrong? Why is she running away?" And, as an afterthought, "Was it her fault?"

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Happy Holidays from MetTeens!

Chelsea Blance, Teen Programs Staff Member

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Perhaps the most iconic Met holiday tradition is the annual installation of the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche, on view through January 6. Starting in 1964, Loretta Hines Howard has donated more than two hundred eighteenth-century Neapolitan crèche figures to the Museum, and they have been on display each holiday season for almost forty years.

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The Remarkable Timelessness of Thomas Struth

Christopher, Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

While browsing through the Met's Collection Online, I stumbled upon the work of photographer Thomas Struth, who takes captivating photographs of public spaces around the world. Living in New York, I was especially drawn to the relatability of his photograph Crosby Street, Soho, New York.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Chelsea Blance, Teen Programs Staff Member

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.

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The Great Debate

Ariana, Former High School Intern

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.

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The Most Polarizing Kind of Art

Peter W., Former High School Intern

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.

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We Took the Met by Storm!

Brooke, TAG Member

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.

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You're Invited to Teens Take the Met!

Brooke, TAG Member

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!

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Splinters of Light

Jo, Guest Blogger

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.

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Lessons from Van Gogh

Mely, Former High School Intern

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.

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Sargent for a Week

Aminata, Guest Blogger

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.

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Behind the Scenes: Mesoamerican Art

Karina H., Former High School Intern

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.

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Becoming Art through Photography

Gwen W., Former High School Intern

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.

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Books for the Dead?

Fahim, Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Are you as fascinated as I am by the fact that approximately 2,400 years ago, the ancient Egyptians had manuscripts now known as Books of the Dead? Ever since I was old enough to read, ancient Egypt has captivated me. From the pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, to the hieroglyphs and sarcophagi of the pharaohs, there are so many ancient Egyptian secrets and mysteries! Is it possible that aliens actually helped build the legendary pyramids? What do the drawings on the walls of their tombs represent? What is a Book of the Dead?

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Summer in the City (We're Taking a Break)

Ariel Greene, Education Programs Associate for Teen Programs, Education Department

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

We in Teen Programs are cooling off with a little summer vacation this month. See you back here in September!

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My Life as a College Intern

Sasha Smith, College Intern

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It was March, nearing the end of my senior year at the University of Southern California, and graduation and the real world were right around the corner. I needed a position working somewhere I could be proud of as a college graduate. I had applied for the Met's MuSe (Museum Seminar) Internship as a junior and was turned down, but I decided to reapply as a senior, having gained more experience in the interim. This time I was confident that I was the ideal MuSe Intern, and I was accepted in April, a month before graduation.

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What It's Like to Work at the Met

Diana, Former High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Most people are attracted to the Met for the art, but what happens behind the scenes captivates me far more. Not many people are given the opportunity to see the way the Museum works behind closed doors, but I was lucky enough to get that chance, and I now have a deeper love for the Museum and all of the work that goes into making it one of the best.

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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.