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We Are All Human

Angela R., Teen Writer and High School Intern

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

I have been practicing and studying photography for the past six years, both in and outside of school. It has become a big part of how I perceive the world. And, as a senior in high school, I have started to think about what kind of legacy I want my work to leave behind.

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Intern Insights: Summer 2014

Ana, Former Summer High School Intern

Posted: Friday, February 6, 2015

Last summer I was a high school intern at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Working at the Met was a dream for me. Each morning I took the train from Brooklyn to the Museum Mile, with my Met ID hanging around my neck, excited about the day ahead. I've been visiting the Met for years with my family and friends, and had always wanted to be a part of it.

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America Today: Works Hard, Plays Hard

Hallie, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, January 30, 2015

Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered is a bold exhibition. The imagery on the ten canvas panels begs for surround sound. The husky black train barrels forward, its smokestack billows, and its whistle shouts, "Woo-woo!" The airplane's propellers whir. And women in provocative, swishy dresses dance to popular jazz songs of the 1920s. (Twerking's got nothing on these gals.)

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The Rebels in the Met

Brooke, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015

Every age, and every culture, has its rebels. Often, these rebels are inspired by a societal trauma. The Great War, later known as World War I, polluted the world by fostering a "lost generation." In reflection of this evolution, Sigmund Freud advanced his science of psychoanalysis, challenging the logic of man. Albert Einstein augmented his theory of relativity, questioning the prudence of physics. In art, the rebellion manifested as Cubism.

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Carleton Watkins: Yosemite—A Teen's Perspective

Jill, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015

Yosemite is one of the United States' most popular national parks. It is no shock that Carleton Watkins wanted to photograph the park, with its breathtaking waterfalls, towering trees, and high rocky cliffs. But back in the mid-nineteenth century this was not an easy task. All of his photographs were produced on albumen silver prints from a glass negative—a very rarely seen, old-time photography technique.

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See You in the New Year!

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

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tiepolo, Dance in the Country

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727–1804). A Dance in the Country, ca. 1755. Oil on canvas; 29 3/4 x 47 1/4 in. (75.6 x 120 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1980 (1980.67)

We in Teen Programs are taking a little break to enjoy the holidays and will be back in the new year with new posts. In the meantime, happy holidays to all, and best wishes for 2015!

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A Color for All Seasons

Desiree, High School Intern

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014

Death becomes her, or rather, death becomes you. Though the title of The Costume Institute's current exhibition Death Becomes Her is daunting, the show highlights the beauty of the mourning period. All throughout history, black has been seen as a dark, sorrowful, and empty color, perfectly fit for the clothes of a mourner. However, in this exhibition, black is the epitome of style. Some of these dresses were worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra themselves from 1815 to 1915. For these women, mourning didn't mean sulking in your house in a fit of rags; you went out and evoked mystery to everyone you encountered.

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Fashion Moving Forward

Sage, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014

It's taken me years to admit, but I have an addiction to all things Japanese. At the impressionable age of five, my father showed me my first Godzilla movie; several King Ghidorah action figures, three hundred Pokémon cards, and fourteen Studio Ghibli films later, I've not only converted my calculus notebook into a journal in which I try to memorize Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, but I've come to terms with the extent of my obsession. As a result, it was practically inevitable that I found myself roaming through the Met's exhibition Kimono: A Modern History, on view through January 19, 2015. Featuring a range of kimonos from the eighteenth century to the present day, it fed right into my interests.

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Creating Thanksgiving Traditions

Karina Krainchich, College Intern

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Teen Programs at the Met! There are a number of artworks in the Museum that depict this time of year; one example is this painting by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses. The people in this rural scene are preparing for Thanksgiving by catching a turkey. Their energy while chasing the turkeys and their brightly colored jackets add warmth to this charming scene. This family's Thanksgiving preparations are a reminder of our own holiday traditions.

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A Sanctuary at the Met

Hannah, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014

The last time I was wandering around the Met, I heard four successive "Wows!" exclaimed by awestruck museumgoers as they entered gallery 206, the entrance to the Asian Art galleries. This comes as no surprise to me, as the impressive thirteen-foot-high statue of the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva that sits in the gallery is stunningly amazing. The entire gallery is quite remarkable. However, what I feel is truly amazing about this part of the Museum is the immediate quietness and tranquility one encounters when they walk up the steps into the smaller galleries that make up the wing.

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What's Your Flavor?

Alexandra, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014

Art is like ice cream. (A weird analogy, but bear with me.) Every ice cream lover has a preference; some like chocolate, others vanilla. The same holds true of art. Some like Impressionist painting, others prefer medieval armor.

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A Guard's Regard

Lizzie, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014

A person can have an individual relationship with art, but at The Metropolitan Museum of Art there is often a third party involved when strolling through the galleries: the security guard. It didn't take me long to realize how wise the guards at the Met are: Many of these men and women are extremely curious about art and how it is perceived, and therefore take advantage of being in one of the world's greatest museums during their work day.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Julia S., Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014

Imagine you come home one afternoon to find a large envelope has been left for you at your door. The letter inside reads:

You are cordially invited to join Her Majesty the Queen for tea this afternoon
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Teens Took the Met!

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

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014

Last Friday, October 17, the Met and more than forty community partners welcomed 2,843 teens into the Museum for the inaugural Teens Take the Met event. After getting wristbands, a Teen Pass, and information about the activities on offer, teens had a number of options from which to choose. There was art making in the Uris Center for Education and the galleries, games in the Loud Library (the Nolen Library), performances, pop-up concerts and film screenings, and 3D printing experiments—all done to the tunes of DJ Kakez, who supplied the soundtrack for the night.

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Teens Take the Met

Karina Krainchich, College Intern; and Chantal Stein, College Intern

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teens Take the Met
Friday, October 17, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (Show location on map)

This Friday, October 17, teens are going to take over the Met! Teens ages 13 and older are invited to a Museum-wide, teen-only festival in which they can engage with the Museum's collection, explore their own creativity, and make the Met their space to explore and experiment with art.

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A Re-creation of Robert Lehman's Sitting Room

Hannah, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014

Between the huge, eighteenth-century choir screen in gallery 305 and the Museum's cafeteria is a really special place: The Robert Lehman Collection, a series of small, beautiful galleries home to one of the most diverse and beautiful collections of art I've ever seen.

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One in Over Two Million

Kendra, Former Graduate Intern, Education Department

Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014

From the more than two million works in the Met's permanent collection, one tiny object has held me captive ever since I first laid eyes on it. I started my graduate internship in the Education Department in late January of this year, and as I made my way through the Museum throughout my internship—selecting artworks for programs and supporting events, ambling from the mailroom to the Petrie Court, and exploring the galleries of African, Asian, and medieval art—the Crib of the Infant Jesus always managed to stop me in my tracks, demanding at least a few good minutes of contemplation each time.

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Deliniation by Way of Deconstruction

Hannah, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2014

I think I'd have really liked to have had my portrait painted by Pablo Picasso, but for reasons beyond the obvious desire to be painted by one of the most renowned artists to have ever existed. What is so tantalizing about Picasso's portraits is the expression of human psychology through his representation of the human form.

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Photography through the Lens of Garry Winogrand

Danielle, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014

Growing up in the midst of the digital age, where technology is constantly advancing, my conception of the past is ever-changing. For example, my initial interest in digital photography led me to look further into film photography, but after discovering the visually stunning work of Garry Winogrand currently on view at the Met, my views on film photography have already been altered.

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The Old, the Bold, and the Colorful

Pamela, Teen Program Participant

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What do a tropical bird, fruit, and a new box of crayons all have in common? Well, they're bright and full of color, of course—something that can't be found within the array of photographs in the Met's current exhibition Garry Winogrand, on view through September 21. Growing up, I was always told, "Not everything is black and white…" But who says it can't be?

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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.