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Listening to Art

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'll admit it. There are some pieces in the Met's collection that I am very tempted to touch—the smooth, cold sculptures, for instance, and paint globs that dry seemingly inches off the canvas. It's due in part to this inclination that I enjoy visiting the Musical Instruments galleries so much.

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A Rectangular-Shaped Surprise in the Greek and Roman Art Galleries

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When I think of the Greek and Roman Art galleries, the first color that comes to mind is white, thanks to the slick marble statues that fill the courtyards and halls with both a sense of calm and a buzzing chit-chatter. So I am always somewhat surprised and very delighted to stop in on this primarily black fresco. I love that it seems to be at odds with almost every other piece in the collection.

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Special (Little) Exhibitions

Julia, High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Have a favorite nook at the Met? A quiet space where you can truly be alone with the pieces? Whether your answer to this question is "yes" or "no," I suggest you explore the smaller special exhibitions scattered throughout the Metropolitan Museum.

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Let's See Some Stuff

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My first introduction to the Metropolitan Museum was through a portfolio drawing class I took in 2010. I think it would be fair to say that the course was the reason I stuck around as a member of the Teen Advisory Group, and thus the reason I'm writing this blog post today.

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What is Art?

Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Is art merely the "imitation of the good," as the ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote in his Republic, or the "lie that makes us realize truth," as the Spanish artist Picasso contended? Does art serve a utilitarian, religious, or aesthetic purpose, or no purpose at all?

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A Saturday Afternoon at the Met

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Many teens already make a habit out of visiting the Metropolitan Museum, but I thought I should let our blog readers know about a teen program I think they would really enjoy. One Saturday each month, the Met offers a class called Saturday Sketching for visitors ages 11 through 18. I've been attending these tranquil drawing sessions for some time now, and I have enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with the old ones who frequently come to the class.

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The Ostentatiously Weird and Elegantly Beautiful, Part 2: The Sum of Its Parts

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012

Last week, I left you with the promise that I would discuss Leap into the Void in greater detail, and I certainly don't intend to disappoint you now. Without further ado, I would like to present the second of two photographs in the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop that I found particularly striking.

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The Ostentatiously Weird and Elegantly Beautiful, Part 1: Please Pardon the Unidentified Flying Object

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let's consider these two images aesthetically, as visual matter to be both analytically dissected and emotionally felt.

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It's about Sex

Genevieve, TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photoshop is a relatively new program that allows people to manipulate images digitally. However, artists began manipulating images long before Photoshop came to be.

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The Spooky Figures behind the Black-and-White Stills

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Among the humorous, tragic, beautiful, and controversial photographs found in the current exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, you will find disappearing people, questionable "others," ghostlike figures, and possible spirits. By using various methods of manipulation such as the combining of several negatives into one cohesive piece, mid-nineteenth-century photographers were able to make these spooky images.

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Finding Enlightenment in the Japanese Wing

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; and Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

According to Joseph Loh, a Museum educator specializing in Japanese art, the ideal time to see cherry blossoms is not when they are most bountiful, nor when the flowers have peaked at full bloom, but rather as the flowers begin to fall and inevitably die. It is the melancholy nature, he says, that makes this event so spectacular because it can only be witnessed once each year.

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Nothing Lasts Forever

Mayra, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In western society, people don't really notice the transition between seasons until it has already taken place. Artworks painted in the Japanese Rinpa style, by contrast, highlight a cultural focus on the seasons through natural imagery, vibrant colors, and connections to literature. This fall, in the exhibition Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art, Ogata Kenzan's Autumn Ivy shows us how much one can appreciate nature through observation and reflection.

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Personal Responses to Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This week, we have chosen to present our personal responses to the exhibition Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art. Dan has written a poem inspired by several examples of poetry in the exhibition, and Kristen has created a collage inspired by images of cherry blossoms.

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Literature, Love, and Art

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012

Visitors come to the Metropolitan Museum expecting to be immersed in beautiful art from various eras. Whether they're looking for a particular piece or intending to stroll casually through the galleries, they might be surprised to get wrapped up in a story.

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The Spirit Within

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member; Ethan, TAG Member; and Tiffany, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012

Walking through the dimly lit halls of the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia inspires a true sense of wonder. "Where did this all come from?" one might ask. "This doesn't seem like the Islamic world I know today." In many ways, it isn't.

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Function over Form

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member; and Karl, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012

At the first TAG meeting of the year, we chose to explore the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. We were particularly struck by one object, which we want to share with you.

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Floors!

Evelin, TAG Member; and Genevieve, TAG Member

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Let us introduce you to our favorite place in the Metropolitan Museum: the Greek and Roman Art galleries.

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Fairytale or Mystery?

Audrey, Former TAG Member and High School Intern; Garrett, TAG Member; and Kristen, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012

We started our first Teen Advisory Group meeting of the 2012–13 school year with the question "If you were a book, would you rather be a fairytale or a mystery?" When we were asked to write a blog post introducing other teenagers to our favorite galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, that question stuck in our minds. We invite you to read the following tale about three knights who found themselves in the Museum's Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture.

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A Venture for the Makers: Summer Art and Film Intensive 2012

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012

As a disclaimer, I don't know how efficiently or elegantly I can write about my experience during the Art and Film Intensive, so when the following feels disjointed, please feel free to add joints, and kindly bear with me.

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Working Title

Cheeky Swagger (a.k.a. Dan), TAG Member

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012

Last week, Audrey wrote a blog post about the Met's Drawing and Painting Experiments teen class. I also participated in a summer teen program at the Met: the Art and Film Intensive, a three-week course taught by staff from the New York Film Academy and the Metropolitan Museum.

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This blog, written by the Metropolitan Museum's Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and occasional guest authors, is a place for teens to talk about art at the Museum and related topics.