Back in early December 2009, I “just so happened” (!) to be in New York for a few days with family. On our final day, we spent some time in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Because we were short on time (we only had a hour) we agreed to target only what we truly wanted to see.
Apologies, but because of image rights etc, this post is going to be light on images, but heavy on links to some of the things we saw (I dont have the money or resources to contribute to image rights).
First we looked at the Bauhaus collection – as the site says
Founded in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, the Bauhaus brought together artists, architects, and designers in an extraordinary conversation about the nature of art in the age of technology
It was interesting to see items that had been designed in the 20s and 30s that are still recognisable, classic items today (e.g. Marcel Breuer’s “Club chair” from 1925). Also good to see the representation of the women of the Bauhaus, such as Gunta Stölzl, the only female director, who was in charge of weaving.
We whizzed past the Tim Burton exhibit (no loss to either of us) and it was with some regret that we decided not to look at the Monet’s Water Lilies exhibit, due to a combination of time and that one of our party was not with us that day and would have been insanely jealous if we had gone without her!
After spending time in the Bauhaus collection, we then spent the rest of our hour there looking at such items as Warhol’s “‘Gold Marilyn Monroe” (which is smaller than you think), the “Campbell’s soup cans” (there’s more of them than you think!), along with items from Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, and Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night“. In particular, my sister got excited to see the Mondrian pictures, of which several were hanging up (and finally I had someone to explain that *there was a point* to this kind of picture and that all the colours are “balanced” against each other as defined by some known-to-artists values).
In short, I did enjoy my visit to MOMA and whilst the hour allowed us to get through much of what was available, perhaps another hour there would have given us the chance to look at a few more things (the Monet exhibit is the bit I regret not seeing). However, much longer and I would have easily been bored. The museum itself is excellent and whilst the $20 ticket in is a bit of a shock to someone who can get into the museums at home for free, when you see the quality and variety of the exhibits available, then I suppose I cant really complain! Especially when such a facility is available in central New York, well within walking distance of Times Square (where we were staying).
We also went to the Met that day, but that’s another story!