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July 17th - MUSEUM MONDAY at the Guggenheim!

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:

 Zephyr found Giacometti's Woman With Her Throat Cut to be weird. Probably because it looks like a bug, but it's definitely unsettling. 

Zephyr found Giacometti's Woman With Her Throat Cut to be weird. Probably because it looks like a bug, but it's definitely unsettling. 

 Lyric was into these tree people (tree-ple)  in Delvaux's Break of Day. 

Lyric was into these tree people (tree-ple)  in Delvaux's Break of Day. 

 Archipenko's Vase Woman II has a sort of Lego-hand crescent for a head, which surprised Zephyr  

Archipenko's Vase Woman II has a sort of Lego-hand crescent for a head, which surprised Zephyr  

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. 

 They both found this Baziotes Night Figure No. 1 to be "cool". It's certainly jazzy.  

They both found this Baziotes Night Figure No. 1 to be "cool". It's certainly jazzy.  

 Lyric was kind of dancing to Kandinsky paintings, which was oddly perfect

Lyric was kind of dancing to Kandinsky paintings, which was oddly perfect

 Gabo constructivism I found to be pretty cool. Zephyr said it made him happy, and there was an "oddly satisfying" energy around it. 

Gabo constructivism I found to be pretty cool. Zephyr said it made him happy, and there was an "oddly satisfying" energy around it. 

 Zephyr found this Franz Marc to be sad. It made me look at it differently.  

Zephyr found this Franz Marc to be sad. It made me look at it differently.  

 Lyric found Picasso's blue period sad. More of a traditionalist answer! 

Lyric found Picasso's blue period sad. More of a traditionalist answer! 

 One thing that certainly surprised the kids: Maurizio Cattelan's gold toilet called America.  

One thing that certainly surprised the kids: Maurizio Cattelan's gold toilet called America.  

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.  

 Zephyr found something calming in Mondrian's De Stijl pieces.  

Zephyr found something calming in Mondrian's De Stijl pieces.  

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.  

 Zephyr thought it looked like a high heel and Lyric thought it looked like a banana. 

Zephyr thought it looked like a high heel and Lyric thought it looked like a banana. 

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. 

 Lyric chose the eye pool at the base of the Guggenheim as what made him feel calm. Not sure if I ever noticed it was an eye before. 

Lyric chose the eye pool at the base of the Guggenheim as what made him feel calm. Not sure if I ever noticed it was an eye before. 

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! 

 Lyric on right, Lyre on left

Lyric on right, Lyre on left

Another full Museum Monday. Next up: MoMA on the 31st!