Today my Contemporary art class went to NYC to visit 6 galleries. After having taken about half a semester of contemporary art and learned about a vast number of artistic movements (including Pop Art, Minimalism/Postmodernism, Conceptualism, Environmental Art, Political Art, Feminist Art, Appropriation), my peers and I should all be able to walk into a gallery and say something insightful about the exhibited art, whether or not we are familiar with the artist. And that’s exactly what we did!
Our class was split up into 6 teams, and we each chose a particular gallery and did some background research in order to better understand the artist’s background and artistic intentions. However we had little information about the size of the pieces, presentation, and number of works in each gallery, so we had to be quick on our toes and improvise!
Here’s a list of some of the galleries we visited:
Chiem & Reid
Everyone in my class agreed that it was very informative to see the works in person, especially in regards to contemporary art. A number of the galleries featured installations which is impossible to properly visualize on a screen, and we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with monumental works in person. For example, the Gagosian had a number of Richard Serra monolithic sculptures composed out of weatherproof steel. At one point, the zig-zag sculpture reached 10 feet tall which created a daunting and somewhat claustrophobic feeling. Viewers are even allowed to interact and touch the cold, oxidizing metal, which also points to the participatory nature of minimalist art. (http://www.gagosian.com/artists/richard-serra/)
In all, our class was thrilled with the discussion about each gallery and students utilized class material to better understand the meaning and intention behind these works. I can’t wait to go back to the Chelsea galleries with my family to show off my knowledge of contemporary art on the fly!
And for some reason, I didn’t manage to get a picture of the galleries. However while we were walking around the streets of Chelsea, we ran into this brand new outdoor installation of bronze sheep under a gas station! What do you think it means?