A Visit To The Museum of Modern Art

October 16, 2014

The Museum of Modern Art

Last week, I started my trip to New York with a visit to The Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA!) I’ve wanted to visit MoMA since I was a little girl! Every time I go to New York, I promise myself that I’ll visit it but I never have time. I told myself that no matter what, the next time I visit I’ll make the time to stop by ALL the museums I’ve been itching to visit!

Luckily, the wonderful folks at CityPass wanted to help me fulfill this goal and provided me with a New York CityPass so I could visit some of New York’s most talked about destinations! Sorry in advance for the photo overload.

MoMA has so many amazing paintings, sculptures and exhibitions. Unlike a lot of other art museums I’ve visited, MoMA didn’t have many large open layout galleries so it felt a little cramped at times. Other than the tight quarters, MoMA was perfect! Here are some of my favorite photos from my trip:

There was this really cool design installation where you could play retro video games like Tetris, Asteroids and Space Invaders. So naturally I stopped to play Pac Man for about 15 minutes! If retro games aren’t your thing, they also had some current games like Minecraft (they was a huge line of kids waiting to play it!)

The Pop Art/Andy Warhol display was crazy because literally everyone was surrounding it to take pictures. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people just snap a quick photo of “famous” artworks without even reading the description about them or spending any time to actually look at and study the image. It’s such a waste of time (and money) to go to these museums just to get a picture to post for social media. What’s the point? One teenage girl literally went up to the Gold Marilyn Monroe, took a Snapchat and turned to her mother (I’m assuming it was her mom) and said “We can go now.” Personally, I like to spend time with each painting. I like to study the brush strokes and fine lines. Maybe that’s just me?

Seeing The Persistence of Memory was AMAZING! It instantly brought me back to my visit to the  Dalí Museum in St. Pete this summer (I can’t wait to visit Florida again later this Fall!) 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had two favorite paintings. The Bedroom (also referred to as Bedroom in Arles) and The Starry Night both by Vincent van Gogh. Since The Bedroom is on display at The Art Institute of Chicago, I get to visit it all the time but The Starry Night is a different story. Getting to see this iconic (and one of my personal favorite) painting in person was AMAZING! It’s much smaller in person than I imagined it to be. I always thought it was some huge mural that took up in entire wall but it was about the size of a small TV.

What I really loved about MoMA is that the artwork wasn’t limited to just inside the building. There was an outside garden filled with beautiful statues and fountains! I would definitely recommend visiting MoMA if you’re ever in the area. It’s an amazing museum!

What’s your favorite piece of artwork (in general, not just at MoMA?)