Today was our last day at Christie’s education. We had Sergio Pardo Lopez as our guest speaker. He works for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the city of New York and explained to us all about public art.
In the afternoon, we headed to Bushwick to explore some street art. After getting some inspiration from the murals we saw around, we went to a studio where we painted our own graffiti mural. The students had so much fun! We learned how to use the sprays and make thicker or thinner lines. After some practice, we painted our piece of art. We were so proud of it! Everybody wanted to keep it so we came up with the idea of cutting it up in many art pieces. Before we cut it we said that we would cut the piece with the condition of bringing it altogether again one day. This sounds like a reunion will be happening!
Today, students presented their final group project in which they shared 10 pieces of art that they would use to form an exhibition in the museum or gallery of their choice. They had to choose pieces around a theme that fit the theme literally or metaphorically. The themes they chose were: Street Art, The Environmentally Conscious Exhibit, The Female Figure and A Brief History of Humankind. They did such an excellent job! It was fascinating to hear their reasoning behind each piece they selected, the venue that best fit their needs for the exhibit and the way they would display each piece of art. Amazing curators!
Afterwards, we headed to Amarone Restaurant. One of our moms’ restaurant who kindly invited us to have lunch there. We had a really nice time there and enjoyed delicious pasta.
Later on, we visited the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle. We had a tour of the museum and ended up creating some art. Some of our students are very inspired by all the art they have been seeing lately and the results are truly visible in their creations.
Today we learned about art and the law at Christie’s Education. Mathew McCullough explained to us many different cases of art lawsuits. From intellectual property or restitution to art crime, he told us many stories and its legal issues. This was a new topic for most of the students so there was definitely lots of learning happening!
After class, we headed to the FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea where we viewed a variety of pieces of contemporary art in their loft space. The FLAG Art foundation is a nonprofit foundation that gives credit and shows the art of artists that for different reasons are not having the recognition that they deserve. Afterwards, we gallery crawled around Chelsea and checked Jonas Wood’s exhibit at the Gagosian, Lorna Simpson’s Darkening at the Hauser and Wirth and Josh Smith’s Emo Jungle at The David Zwirner gallery. We took some extra time to also check the Taglialatella Gallery. The students showed a lot of interest to see all the street artists that they had in display; From Banksy to Invader, they loved them
Today the students had their usual class at Christie’s in which they learned about the price of art and how important the value is. That was followed by an activity known as fantasy collection game which the students loved! After class we went for lunch around the Central Park area because we were visiting the Guggenheim Museum afterwards. At the Guggenheim Museum the students were in awe of the rare shape of the museum. We received a wonderful guided tour and also got some free time to move around. We then proceeded to the Cooper Hewitt where we got to explore but also use interactive pens. The pens allowed for us to save pieces we enjoyed seeing. Lastly, there is nothing better than ending off the day at a New York Yankees game. The game began at 7pm and the students were so excited and ready to cheer and participate in baseball chants. Today was a wonderful adventure and we are ready to continue our last week tomorrow!
What a weekend we just had!
Saturday we got up early to go to the World Trade Center Memorial. We saw the North and South Reflecting Pools, the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Station by Santiago Calatrava. It was a nice quiet time to meditate and reflect. Later on we headed to Battery Park and took the ferry to Ellis Island. There, we visited the museum of Immigration. It was very interesting and emotional to see all the barriers that the first immigrants had to undergo before entering the country. Some of our students could search their families’s ancestors and find out when they arrived in USA. After Ellis Island, those students who were tired had the option to go back to Columbia and another group continued a tour around Wall Street to end up having dinner in Seaport. It was a very historical and interesting day!
On Sunday we went directly to Dumbo in Brooklyn. We walked around the water front park and had lunch around this beautiful neighborhood with Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge views. Later, we went to Manhattan to enjoy some Sunday Shopping in Soho. Our students couldn’t be happier! They loved going up and down the streets in Soho. We finished the day having dinner altogether at an Italian restaurant: Aurora Soho. Another great day to keep in our memories!
We spent the day in Queens! We had brunch at a diner close by and visited Moma PS1. The Moma PS1 building was originally a public school, which turned into artist studios and finally became part of the Moma. We visited the exhibition “MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence” and had some time to hang out in the wonderful hammocks that they have installed in the courtyards for the summer events. Shortly after we headed to the Noguchi museum where we enjoyed the sculptures, the furniture and the beautiful garden by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. We also stopped by the Socrates Sculpture Park where the students took some time to relax and get creative drawing and sketching. Later, we took the ferry to Manhattan and delighted ourselves with the marvelous views and the cool breeze of the East river. Once in Manhattan, we visited the Flatiron area and had dinner at Eataly Market. It was such a great day! As a final activity for the day we surprised our students with an Escape the Room game! They couldn’t be more excited! It was really fun to see them solve the riddles and work as a team. We finished the day visiting Time Square; its grandeur, its lights and its hustle and bustle!
Today we started off the day with Sarah Buccarelli. She told us about the auction house world and showed us the rooms where the auctions take place. Then, we visited two of the exhibitions that Christie’s has on view for its online auctions: “One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years after Apollo 11” and “First Open/Online”.
After Christie’s, we had lunch at Bryant park while we enjoyed a concert with many of the Broadway singers. Later on we visited the Elizabeth Foundation. The Elizabeth Foundation is a public charity that provides artists with the space and tools they need to create art. It also gives artists the opportunity to interact and collaborate with others in the art field. Students were able to tour three different studios during their visit. Some artists themselves were present and they explained their work to us.
Besides the artists’ studios, the Elizabeth Foundation is also home to the Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. This workshop provides high quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers at all levels. It is designed to be a community printshop. After a tour of the facilities, we had the opportunity to create a collective stone lithography print! It was a laborious process, but really interesting and fun.
We finished the day baking some desserts at Columbia. Students made a chocolate cake and sweet granola. It was delicious!!
The focus of today was materials, what artists are using in contemporary art and how it’s preserved. After our expert guest speakers on the subject, Mathew Nichols, delighted us with his lecture, we traveled to Queens for a peek inside Materials for the Arts. Materials for the Arts is a reuse center that collects supplies from various companies, individuals, movie sets, etc… and works with nonprofit organizations and schools to get people to make art using these leftover goods. They also bring in artists to get creative with their extensive collection of supplies. We took a tour of the building, including the gallery, artist’s studio, classrooms, and warehouse. Then, students had the opportunity to give new life to some of the materials themselves. Students created all different types of masterpieces with water bottles! Some of them became very creative!