In my Art in the Modern Era class, I was presented with the opportunity of a day trip in New York in order to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I had never been to the Met before, and so it seemed like it would be something that not only would I enjoy, but also a trip that would allow me to experience a multitude of artworks in person. Initially, I was nervous after I made the decision to go, as I don’t really do day trips in other states often, or really, at all. Although at the end of the day, the pros had outweighed all of my unreasonable cons and I went on the trip.
Art history is something that I genuinely enjoy- I never really thought about art or the history of it (and the intricacies of said history) because I had a very surface level education of it in high school, if I had any at all. So I went into my first art history class blindly last fall, and yet it was one of my favorite classes. Just having the opportunity to learn about art history is something that I’ll forever be grateful for because it’s opened my eyes to so many things.
I have only ever been to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) before, and that was way back in high school, so it is no surprise that I spent more time walking around New York than I did in the museum. This time, it was the other way around. I was in the Met for the entirety of my trip, which was about six hours and I didn’t even leave for food (I splurged for the Met’s café food).
The Met was so large that even though I didn’t leave, I don’t think that I was even able to see half the museum. It had an overwhelming amount of artwork, but at the same time, it was so cool to have so many areas to explore. I spent a lot of my time in the Greek and Roman Art collection. There is just something that draws me to the sculptures and the history of it all- it is so cool to think that I am looking at artwork and sculptures that were done by humans hundreds of years ago.
Because I am in the class, Art in the Modern Era, I am learning about more contemporary works, and I was overjoyed to see that the Met housed some of these works. I remember learning about Bird in Space in class, but to see it in person was something else. To be able to see just how large it actually is, and to be able to walk around it and view it from all angles felt unreal.
Even when I came across Gertrude Stein by Picasso, it was so overwhelming. Rather than viewing it on a projector where the details felt as if they had washed away into pixels, I was able to see the brush strokes up close and really see the craftsmanship behind it.
I really hope that I can go back to the Met at some point, because I really would like to see literally every piece of artwork that is in the museum. However, they’re opening even more galleries in the near future, so that will make it much more of a challenge. I can say with certainty that this trip was incredible, and absolutely worth waking up at 6:30 in the morning for.