Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion- New-York Historical Society

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There was a Macaulay Snapshot event in the New York Historical Society on November 23rd. We went there to see snapshots that other Macaulay kids had taken and the pieces that Macaulay students had curated out of the pictures sent in. After the event, I was wandering around and saw a sight for the Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion exhibit. I decided to go in and check it out because I was already there and why not?

I thought this exhibit was wonderfully curated since it was so easy to follow but at the same time was very engaging and interesting. It starts out with the first Chinese who immigrated to America and goes on to talk about those who are Chinese American. One part of the exhibit that stood out was a graphic novel type piece that told the story of a woman’s family, her mother and father had immigrated from China and she had been born there. It talked about the struggles of growing up Chinese in America and immigration issues.

I think my favorite part about this exhibit was the table that showed the immigration interview, as the picture show above. It was actually set up in a way where it was as if you were witnessing this boys trial in his journey immigrating. The trial starts and you hear the, what I assume is guard or lawyer, asking the boy for his name and information. A projection pointed at the desk allows you to see his file open up, and the written notes that the officer would have taken, to be seen by the visitors of the exhibit. You then hear him speak as well as a witness. I thought the way they set this up was incredibly smart since I actually felt like I was there.



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Museum of Art and Design- New Territories

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I have been interning at the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle since the summer of 2013. On November 3rd,  there was an opening reception for their new exhibit New Territories. This was an exhibit focused on Latin American artist  and explores a number of key ideas such as upcycling, blending digital and traditional works and the reclamation of personal and public spaces.

Since it was the opening reception, it was full of not only the artists that had created these wonderful pieces but other people who have a big role in the art community. Since all of the artists were Latin Americans, some of them did not speak English but since I speak Spanish it was a nice way to connect myself to the artist and differentiate myself from the masses.

I was also with the other interns so it wasn’t intimidating, especially because i’ve been interning for a while now, I already know most of the employees there and the security guards so I actually felt quite confident in comparison to the other guests even if I wasn’t necessarily one of the “important” guests. It was a nice experience to have since a I got to see a lot of pieces in real life that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see.

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The Guggenheim Museum- Wing Jianwei: Time Temple



Wing Jianwei’s sculpture and painting exhibition was very interesting to me. I like the four connecting paintings with the yellow lines on the corners because it was a very creative way of expressing the different perspectives within that one group. Jianwei could have easily just painted the scene in one canvas, but he decided to repeat some parts of the scene and continue on like this until the last canvas. I also found it interesting that we didn’t know the background of the painting; we weren’t told exactly what was happening in the scene which made the piece more interesting to me.

I also liked the cell painting because of his technique of using the paint to make 3-D textures and thus making it more interesting. It was also cool to hear that his choice of colors like yellow and gray were used because he wanted his exhibit to be a place for quiet and contemplation.

After the tour, some of us when to the highest floor and swirled our way to the lobby while looking at the other art. There was actually a moving piece on the highest floor, where different pieces would start moving at different times, all within the 7 minutes of the presentation. It was all about light, since once the performance started, a light would turn on and we would get to see how the different pieces and the light worked together to create not only art in the piece but also on the wall.

The group Zero was also very interesting to me since they made such abstract art that a lot of people didn’t understand at that time, and that some don’t even understand now. I personally liked learning that one of the members of Zero actually walked into the original exhibit in the 1900’s and smoked cigarettes. The smoke was lifted up and created different images, but would soon disappear


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Marcel Dzama: Un Danse des Bouffons

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Un Danse des Bouffons was an incredibly surprising short film. Considering that it was our first time going to a gallery, watching such a confusing yet beautiful film as way beyond what I expected even after watching a bit of it prior to going.

It was only what I can explain as a very strange expression of creativity. It was even stranger considering that we went in to watch the film while it was ending. Since we came in at the end, what we saw was a lot more surprising since we had not gotten used to the style of the film. It made an even bigger impression on us since not only did we come in at the end, but also it was naked people something that we are not used to seeing in public, especially in a class.

Although many people voiced their negative opinions and said that it made them feel uncomfortable, I found it beautiful. The music made it a lot more mysterious, but I liked that about it. It seemed very dark to me, but at the same time it represented renewal, or rebirth (literally). The incorporation of dancing also made sense when realizing that Un Danse des Bouffons means the jester’s dance. We see paralleled by the fact that one of the main guys is made up to look like a jester. Although the nudity made people feel uncomfortable, I saw it as art. Are bodies do not always have to represent sex; they can also simply represent the body, which is in itself art.

I do admit that it was confusing considering that there was no narration and a lot happening, but at the same time it had elegance.

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