Monday, June 09, 2014

Free Friday at MOMA New York Part One

We arrived at 3:30 and started lining up for our free tickets they hand out at 4pm. Lucky we got there then because the line stretched around the block within minutes.
And off we go, our first stop being the Sigmar Polke Retrospective. WOW! It was amazing and a blog entry in itself. Thank goodness there was no photography allowed in the actual exhibit. I will explain later. We then went to see the Gaunguin Print Exhibit, Metamorphosis.  It didn't excite me the way the Polke exhibit did BUT I found myself contemplating it with a more muted wow. The NY Times article is right when it says the exhibit has a "delicacy and quiet" about it. Again no photography and thank goodness because this is what happens when photographs are allowed. You have mobile 
crowd
Viewing The Starry Night
Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame
Portrait of a man taking a photo of a
Portrait of a Man in a Late Nineteenth-Century Frame
by Jean Miro
phones with bodies attached and good luck seeing any of the paintings in the main galleries. Woe betide someone who wants to actually get up close and look at the painting and get in the way of a camera shot.
I ended up photographing the crowds photographing the art. I watched the crowd for a bit and most looked AT the painting through the viewfinder and moved onto the next painting, click! click! We did manage, barely, to get a close up look at Frida Kahlo painting.
key line photograph
However it earned me angry rolled eyes, but it was WORTH it lol!

My advice if you a plan to go to MOMA, don't go on a Free Friday, the crowds are horrendous. Apart from making it very difficult to actually see any of the collections, people get tired and grumpy. I will say this, the staff are saints of patience and were wonderful. 

Here is an article on photographing images in museums and one statement,"is to photograph it, which, ultimately, isn't all that different from the time honored tradition of sketching", which I vehemently disagree with. It's VERY different because the observation skills required to study and sketch a painting require more than a click of a camera. 

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