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Perfectly Imperfect

Brooke, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015

I find one-minute gesture, or figure, drawings very challenging. My desire to create an intriguing composition makes capturing the model's gesture in such a short period of time even harder. Normally, I look to the Met's collection for inspiration when I find myself confronted by an artistic problem, but, in this case, I thought: "How many one-minute gesture drawings are actually on display in a museum full of meticulously constructed masterpieces?"

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Enchanted by Antiques

Anika, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Anika, was awarded a Gold Key for her poem, "Tale of a River Stone."

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Art Conquers Islamophobia

Ayesha, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Ayesha, was awarded a Gold Key for her personal essay/memoir, "The White Light."

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The Color of My Dreams

Amelie, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Amelie, was awarded a Gold Key for her personal essay/memoir, "The White Light."

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Ancient History

Milo, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Milo, was awarded a Gold Key for his dramatic script "The Cockroach in the Cage."

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A Review of Our Creative World

Endea, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Endea, was awarded a Gold Key for her poem "Feelings from 365."

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An Invitation to Look Up

Jackson, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2015

I invite you to look up from your phone. There is something almost sacred about the paintings and objects here at the Met. Stand in front of Johannes Vermeer's Young Woman with a Water Pitcher and look closely, see how blue light comes through the glass of the window and shadows the folds of her headdress. She puts a hand up to the window, lost in thought, as if unaware of you, and light reflects off of the pitcher—a deep blue from her dress and the mantle, and a pale blue from the glass.

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See You Later: A Farewell to New York City

Cal, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17. This week's blogger, Cal, was awarded a Gold Key for his personal essay/memoir, "Sure, I Guess."

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Finding Identity: Works by Scholastic Gold Key Award Recipients

Claire D., Guest Blogger; Maya, Guest Blogger; and Yanqing, Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17.

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Poetry of the City: Works by Scholastic Gold Key Award Recipients

Skye, Guest Blogger; Jennell, Guest Blogger; and Claire S., Guest Blogger

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015

In celebration of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards exhibition, now on view in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the Teen Blog will feature guest posts by Scholastic Gold Key Award writers from New York City through the close of the exhibition on May 17.

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A Piece of Peace

Kayla L., High School Intern

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015

Millions call New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world, "the Big Apple" and home. In a city known for skyscrapers, amazing scenery, and people on the go, sometimes New Yorkers need a little peace. Between bus horns, cars honking, and people talking, finding a place to relax can be hard. As a junior in high school, the year when college becomes a priority, I am even more stressed with SAT/ACT prep, AP classes, and keeping a high GPA. Central Park, a supposed offer of beautiful scenery and serenity, is hardly ever quiet because events are always happening. Home is an alternative, but sometimes being home can lead to distractions—family, house duties, annoying parents, and siblings. Despite all of my chaos, finding peace became possible thanks to the Met.

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Behind the Portraits of Madame Cézanne

Desiree, High School Intern

Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015

My first impression of Hortense Fiquet, or Madame Cézanne, is that she has the face of the disapproving old woman who lives next door to you. Her expression is similar to that of someone unaware they're having their picture taken. Regardless of her harsh looks, post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne decided to depict his wife, time and time again, over a twenty-year period, presenting Fiquet in a serene light that gives her an air of mystery and intrigue.

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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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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.