Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Vincent van Gogh is known to have struggled with his mental health. He spent time at an asylum in Saint-Rémy in the south of France, and during his time there, he worked to understand how certain colors could be expressed in relation to each other by painting flowers. Just before he left the asylum, he painted a series of irises and roses—two paintings of each in different formats and colors—which were featured in the recently closed exhibition Van Gogh: Irises and Roses.
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
For me, summer is usually the time to lie around, relax, and get my tan on, but, fortunately, this year was different; I decided to spend my time doing something a little more fruitful. When I saw that the Met was offering free summer classes, I happily signed up for Teen Summer Studio: Portraiture because the class revolved around the special exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (on view through October 4, 2015). I had never taken a class at the Met before, and I have always loved John Singer Sargent's work, so I jumped at the opportunity to study it in detail.
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I have been particularly interested in Mesoamerica and the Maya peoples ever since I visited the archaeological site of Copan in Honduras when I was younger. I was stunned by the virtuosity of the stelae in the main plaza, the intricate palaces and step pyramids of the acropolis, and the magnificent hieroglyphic stairway. After my visit, I became increasingly curious about who the Maya were, so my family and I visited Mayan sites in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Then, during my high school summers, I participated in archeological digs at the Late Classic Mayan palaces of Cahal Pech in Belize, and I subsequently began to wonder how the artifacts we excavated were selected, preserved, and displayed in museums around the world.
Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Experiencing art in a gallery is like coming out of a subway station in a new neighborhood and trying to navigate the vast unfamiliarity of the cityscape ahead of you. Crisscrossing lines, variegated colors, and the overlapping patterns of light, architecture, and people draw your eye in every direction, creating an overwhelming visual experience. Though neighborhoods each have their own culture and atmosphere, their boundaries melt into each other, asking you to reorient yourself as you meander through them.
Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Are you as fascinated as I am by the fact that approximately 2,400 years ago, the ancient Egyptians had manuscripts now known as Books of the Dead? Ever since I was old enough to read, ancient Egypt has captivated me. From the pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, to the hieroglyphs and sarcophagi of the pharaohs, there are so many ancient Egyptian secrets and mysteries! Is it possible that aliens actually helped build the legendary pyramids? What do the drawings on the walls of their tombs represent? What is a Book of the Dead?
Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
We in Teen Programs are cooling off with a little summer vacation this month. See you back here in September!
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
It was March, nearing the end of my senior year at the University of Southern California, and graduation and the real world were right around the corner. I needed a position working somewhere I could be proud of as a college graduate. I had applied for the Met's MuSe (Museum Seminar) Internship as a junior and was turned down, but I decided to reapply as a senior, having gained more experience in the interim. This time I was confident that I was the ideal MuSe Intern, and I was accepted in April, a month before graduation.
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Most people are attracted to the Met for the art, but what happens behind the scenes captivates me far more. Not many people are given the opportunity to see the way the Museum works behind closed doors, but I was lucky enough to get that chance, and I now have a deeper love for the Museum and all of the work that goes into making it one of the best.
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2015