Back at it, this time at the Guggenheim! Here's what we were looking for:
The Guggenheim is probably the best designed building in New York City, and is an intuitive wonder... assuming you start in the elevator, go to the top, and wind your way down the spiral. Fortunately, a lot of the works on our hunt were at the top, so we hit them right away and gave the kids an immediate feeling of accomplishment. They also picked up on a bunch of art and the way it made them feel:
Yeah, I think they might have been trying to fit feelings they could name into pieces just to knock things off the hunt, but I think it got them looking internally at themselves while looking externally at art.
The drawing challenges worked out well. Zephyr wanted to draw some Mondrian pieces (because I think he thought it would be easy) but I tried to show them the little choices in thickness of line and color Mondrian used to balance his canvases.
We also tried drawing a Brancusi sculpture. Again, it looked simple on the outset, but trying to accurately capture simplicity reveals how layered it can be. I was able to show them how to see light and shadow well by having them draw this.
Drawing the architecture of the Guggenheim is surprisingly difficult. It doesn't really correspond to what you have in your mind as what an architectural space is: ceilings and floors are at an angle and everything blends into each other. It's a great way to appreciate how groundbreaking this work was. Zephyr drew the outside, I tried to draw an interior, and I think Lyric started drawing and got lost.
By the time we got to the figure challenge the kids were pretty spent. But we tried on this awesome painting of Orpheus and his lyre!
Another full Museum Monday. Next up: MoMA on the 31st!