Thursday, October 13, 2011

One of Must-See Museums/ MoMa

MoMa (The Museum of Modern Art)

If you have a chance to come to Manhattan, I would like to recommend you to visit MoMa during your break time.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is an art museum in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between fifth and six avenues. The museum’s collection offers modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, electronic media.

When I first went to MoMa with my daughter Holly, I thought a couple of hours would be enough to look around. However, I spent almost all day long, but still there were many things left, which we want to take a look at carefully next time.

Holly lost track of time when she visited "Talk to Me" gallery that was about Design and the communication between People and Object. This gallery is about "People and Object". We stopped by here after the live show and it caught Holly. It was all about the tools of the digital age. She wanted to stay there forever.I figured out that she is absolutely a digital age kid!

However, unlike the digital kid, I was extremely happy to appreciate the most renowned masterpieces in MoMa’s collection, including Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” (1889), Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (1907) and also Claude Monet’”Reflections of Clouds on the Water Lily Pond” (circa 1920) at the galleries on the fifth floor. In personal, when I saw Monet’s paintings, I was speechless by the panoramic and contemplative atmosphere surrounding them.

If you visit MoMa on Fridays, you could enter MoMa for free from 4 pm to 8 pm. MoMa usually provides visitors with a relaxed atmosphere in which to view MoMA’s collection and special exhibitions. The best thing was that you can enjoy live music and refreshments in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden in the afternoon on Thursdays. Live music presented in Sculpture Garden, weather permitting. The Sculpture Garden and seating are limited, so it is usually on a first-come, first-served basis.

A cash bar and the garden cart are open during the live show in the Sculpture Garden and they sell beer, wine, some cocktails and desserts including gelato and sorbet. Especially, autumn in New York is amazingly beautiful, so you can appreciate music and art in the wonderful season and scenery.

My favorite space in MoMa is the Sculpture Garden, which was designed by Philip Johnson in 1953. The outdoor gallery is installed with changing displays of outdoor sculpture, including works by Aristide Mailloi, Alexander calder, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Pichard Serra.

I don't know whether these sculptures (stone statures) represent certain religion symbols. However, it is fun to guess which statue tells what. You can find a black snake in front of standing statues on the ground.

We got a wonderful chance to listen to a passionate gallery guide’s explanation. She explained the historical background of each work of art exuberantly. It was fun to listen to her in a group. She seemed to really enjoy her job. To best understand the richness and complexity of MoMa’s collections, you can explore galleries devoted to changing installations of contemporary art, architecture and design, drawings, photography, prints, media , as well as the international film program in the museum’s Titus theaters.

The unique thing was that every gallery has its own catch phrase on the wall in the entryway, and this sentence just caught me.

I took this photo looking down into the galleries from the third level. The building structure was interesting from the top to the ground; there was a hole in the middle.

If you want to get more information about MoMa, here is the website:

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