MOMA Culture #FreeFridays

It’s only been in the last couple years that I actually learned to enjoy a museum.  I finally realized that I don’t have look at every single thing, love every single thing, or understand any single thing.  I still tend to get visual overload, but I’m learning to let myself have a time-out from examining everything.

I’ve also learned that I do better on my own than with a group of friends in a museum.  I tend to treat every activity I do as a group activity, when in fact I am capable of (and sometimes better off) going places by myself.  On my own in a museum, I let myself wander.  If something catches my eye, I stop.  If not, I keep wandering.

I will say that the Guggenheim is the only museum layout (that I have encountered) that seems to fit my “wandering” logic.  At the MOMA, for instance, there are so many side rooms and detours that I can’t intuitively gauge where I’ve been so sometimes I feel I’ve totally missed an entire portion of the museum.

It was kind of a long week at work and I wanted some “art” but wasn’t in the mood to see dance.  Thanks to Pulsd, I was reminded of the MOMA’s Free Friday Night from 4-8pm.  One friend was concerned about it being overly crowded, but I breezed in just after 6pm.

I’ve also learned that I’m drawn to the print & photography exhibits over sculpture & paintings.

Cindy Sherman’s photography gallery was stunning, although after viewing her clown-themed collection I’m more understanding of clown-phobia.  The Printin’ Exhibition was enthralling and featured Ellen Gallagher’s DeLuxe collection of 60 sartorial collage-like works re-imagined and contextualized prints from books, magazines, brochures, etc. Gallagher’s pieces often highlighted the extremes of society e.g. the female drive for beauty.  I was delighted to find a collection of 10 or so pieces by post-modern choreographer Trisha Brown detailing her process in creating dance works.

And what is this business about Andy Warhol previously being rejected by the MOMA?  Everyone seemed to be in a tizzy about that.  There were some frenzied conversations occurring by the one Marilyn Monroe Warhol in a room devoted to pin-up type subjects.

I needed the stillness of the museum.  The art I’m usually surrounded by consists of moving bodies or me moving my body.  I need to be among the art and have however many moments necessary to experience it rather than chasing it across the stage.

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