There was this one time in high school when I got really excited, and then not so much. My art teacher had arranged for my class to see the Kehinde Wiley exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, but then the trip turned out be on the same day as my registration advising session for Macaulay. It was a real bummer, but everything worked out in the end. With this trip to the Brooklyn Museum, the college got a chance to make up for wronging me in the past. Although, the Kehinde Wiley exhibition was no longer there. :/
I think part of what really makes a museum experience meaningful is the group of people you experience the museum with. I had a good group so…shout out to my group. You know who you are.
Now I am going to discuss some works that I found particularly interesting. Although, I do think I need to visit the Brooklyn Museum again because I did miss a lot. One time was not enough.
Everlasting Waterfall was a nice painting to look at. I wish it was hanging on the wall in my apartment right now. Sure, the water wasn’t represented in blues and whites, but the technique used by the artist really captured the movement of a waterfall. If I could put my hand inside the painting, I imagine the water would hit my hand and then splash outwards towards my face. That said, this painting made me think of Jackson Pollock and his unconventional painting techniques, which we recently discussed in class.
At first, July wasn’t such a nice painting to look at. It’s distorted and blurry, but I liked it. It was abstract. My group and I discussed why the artist chose to paint in this manner. I suppose that maybe our visual of the painting is purposefully unclear because the artist is encouraging us to experience the painting with all of our senses. The painting becomes even more erratic when I imagine what the painting might sound, feel and even smell like.
Finally…the sneaker exhibit. There’s a lot to be said about it, but I’m just going to make one comment. In addition to its historical significance, there is a lot of strength in that exhibit. When worn, one pair of kicks has a lot of transformative power: from a person’s swag walk to their feeling of exclusivity to the way they bend down and check their sneakers for scuff marks. That strength was multiplied and then displayed in this exhibit.
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