Sunday, April 12, 2015

Museum of Modern Art - New York

I am in the minority of people who actually like this painting. 
I have mentioned before that my kids enjoy looking at modern art so we knew we had to make a trip to the Museum of Modern Art when we visited New York.  Plus, it's included in the City Pass and it was walking distance from our hotel, so why not?
Despite what "Home" would have us believe, Starry Night is not at the
Louvre, it's at MOMA.
The first thing you should know about the MOMA is that "modern" is quite broadly defined as art created any time after around 1860 and that emphasizes individual experimentation and expression.If you are envisioning an entire museum devoted to paintings with three stripes you will be in for a surprise.  The MOMA does certainly have its fair shair of unusual and, uh, thought provoking art works but it also houses paintings like Starry Night by Vincent Van Gough, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, Water Lillies by Monet and many more famous and accessible works of art by great artists like Picasso and Klimt.
This one is tiny, smaller than a piece of regular paper.
I would go so far as to say that if you have kids who want to see a bunch of great, famous paintings, the MOMA might be a better bet than the Met, if for no other reason than most of the ones that will interest kids are all close together at the MOMA (fifth floor) .  You can spend two hours at the MOMA and see just about everything that will interest kids (depending on what the special exhibition happens to be) and that includes the long line for the coat check. The Met definitely has more art works and artefacts but for some little kids that might actually not be a good thing.  Having said that, if you have time I would recommend doing both museums.
I don't want to spoil the surprise but there actually isn't an air rifle shot in this wall. 
No visit to MOMA is complete without checking out at least some of the more unusual pieces, so be sure to wander through some of the other galleries when you visit.  You never know what you might find if you do. We stumbled upon the Andy Warhol pieces and the Jackson Pollock ones that way and well as things like a helicopter, Bjork's swan dress and the beauty pictured above.
No flash photography at MOMA so this is the only half
decent picture I have of my kids' visit.
Things to keep in mind:

  • A five story musuem sounds daunting but the floors are quite small so fear not!  Plus, as I mentioned most of the popular paintings are on the fifth floor.
  • MOMA is free for children under 12 but $25 per adult.  Special exhibitions will be more.
  • The coat check is free but, at least when we were there, a very slow moving system.  
  • There are three eating establishments in the MOMA, only one of which would really work with kids. There are a million places to eat in the immediate vicinity though so you won't starve.  
  • They do have a gift shop but it actually wasn't that great for kid stuff which was sort of surprising.

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