New York, New York: Museum of Modern Art

Entrance to MoMa

Trip Taken: 2010

The second museum I wanted to visit was the Museum of Modern Art or better known as MoMa. There is the MoMa PS1 in Brooklyn, but I only had intentions to visit the main complex. I probably would visit the Whitney or the Guggenheim before the PS1. It’s suppose to be more of the experimental art installations in Brooklyn. Anyways, I was really excited to see ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gogh. It is one of my favorite pieces of art. But I would be pleasantly surprised by the other treasures to be found here.

Statue Garden

Statue Garden

The statue garden right on the first floor of the museum is pretty striking. It is right after the ticket stile and is home to some small and large sculptures alike. It looks like it would be a very peaceful place to hang out for a few hours. One of the cool pieces was this wish tree by Yoko Ono (Yes, that Yoko Ono). It is an interactive exhibit where you write your wish on a piece of paper and you tie it on the tree. My wish still hasn’t come true, but I hope it will. Yoko Ono has another cool interactive installation on the upper floor where you yell into a mike. It is suppose to be some sort of cathartic expression in a public place. Some people call it ludicrous. I did it. It was fun and exhilarating. If that was Ono’s intent, then it was a success.

Monet’s Waterlilies


Moving into the impressionism and post-impressionism styles of art, I finally saw Van Gogh’s Starry Night. It was smaller than what I thought it would be. It was still as intricate as I thought it would be. However, the most impressive thing was definitely Monet’s Waterlilies on wooden panels. I’ve seen several of Monet’s waterlilies in various museums around the world and never knew why they were so famous. Now I know why. These waterlilies panels are enormous. Six feet tall and at least eighteen feet wide. In all of that space, there is so much detail. Listening in on one of the tour guides, I found out that some of the other panels were damaged by fire so these pieces are a rare example of Monet’s large waterlilies panel.

Mondrian, Matisse, and Modern Art

Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie

It wouldn’t be modern art if it didn’t go past impressionism. Picasso, Matisse, and others were well represented. There were different Lichtensteins all over the galleries. The large Matisse painting of dances was there too. Two of the pieces that were really striking to me were Piet Mondrian’s ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ and a painting by Klimt. I loved ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ ever since I saw a Pac-man version of it to celebrate Mondrian’s birthday. It might have been Google but I’m not sure. Klimt has been a favorite of mine ever since visiting the Leopold museum in Vienna so it was nice to see him represented.

Parting Words

There were also cool furniture pieces and technology installations that used social media as art. There was a interactive balloon that took messages from a dating website and put them as thought bubbles for each individual balloon representing a person. The representation of these new art mediums is probably why MoMa will continue to be relevant.

Picture Gallery

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John is always trying to find his way back to the road. He has an affinity for Germany due to his three years studying German at Cal, and a year working as an intern in the Stuttgart area. He also likes chocolate cake and good cheese.