All things considered, clearly any arts administration student should form some degree of an obsession with visiting any and all museums or galleries they can. Growing up, I lived in a rural area and never really had any experiences with museums. Now that I’m an adult, it’s been my mission to change that. Since I’ve switched my major to Arts Administration (almost 2 years), I’ve visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, and probably a few others that I’m forgetting.
By far, my favorite museum so far has been The Metropolitan, closely followed by Cleveland Museum of Art. Both institutions have a remarkable amount of crucially important works, but they are also both affordable to the public. Art is such an important part of a well rounded education, and it’s sad that some museums don’t offer admission that’s affordable to all families. The Metropolitan allows admission via donation, so it’s under the visitor’s discretion as to what they can afford. The Cleveland Museum of Art is a free museum to the public which is beautiful, in my opinion. I love to see an environment where people can learn and appreciate master artworks without having to worry about cost.
That being said, I’m still on the hunt for more museums to visit. I’ve recently decided to start a bucket list of museums and galleries to travel to. I definitely plan on making the trip to Europe to see some of the masters. The top museum on my list would definitely be the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which is another free museum to the public. He’s definitely my biggest inspiration, I feel that he is an endlessly fascinating man as well as being a remarkable artist. If you guys have any great suggestions of museums/galleries for me to add my list, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This upcoming January, my boyfriend Matt and I are going to be traveling to Providence, Rhode Island for a few days. While in Rhode Island we’ll be seeing a Panic! at the Disco concert (floor seats, my third time), and we’ll also be spending a day in Boston, Massachusetts. I’m dying to see the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but I’m also very interested in seeing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The Gardner Museum is where one of the most tragic art heists occurred in 1990, when thieves cut 13 priceless masterworks out of their frames. The museum is still advertising a $10 million reward for the recovery of the artworks. The museum however, has since left the empty frames on the walls as a reminder of what’s missing and as a symbol of hope for their safe return.
If you would like to read more about the case, you can refer to the website or this article by ArtNews.
ArtNews: Inside the Gardner Case
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