After living in the city for over a year and a half, I finally got myself to the Museum of Modern Art. Since the museum is close to my office, I decide to visit after work, and serendipitously discovered that Friday night admissions are free, thanks to UNIQLO. I love the diversity of art work at this museum. Here are some of the highlights of my visit:
There was a special exhibition on Jackson Pollock on the day I visited, showcasing the evolution of his works, but his classics, such as One: November 31 1950, should be on display despite special exhibitions.
Wyeth’s Christina’s World
Monet’s Water Lilies
Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans
Van Gough’s The Starry Night
Most people will find it surprising that The Starry Night is a part of the permanent collection at MoMA, and not at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands. MoMA was able to acquire The Starry Night back in the 1940’s. Van Gogh, at that time, was rising to prominence and was definitely a world famous painter, but having only just been discovered in the early 1900’s, he wasn’t nearly as revered at that time as he is today. So I guess MoMA made a VERY good investment. It’s amazing that we don’t need to travel all the way to Europe to see one of the greatest pieces of art in Western culture!
and bonus, Van Gogh’s portrait of his mail man.
Picasso’s Three Musicians
Rousseau’s The Sleeping Gypsy