On Thursday April 4th, WHSAD Students went on a trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Students got to have a tour of the museum and get in-depth information on specific art pieces and installations.
Students were able to view works created by renowned artists like Isamu Noguchi. A majority of the installation was very relevant and spoke about issues that many of us experience on a daily basis. There were interactive installations such as Unexpected Growth which was an AR based experience. It allowed students to use an iPad to move around the city skyline but it was submerged under the ocean. Once closely examining the experience, students could see how pollution and littering has affected the landscape of our oceans. Furthermore, it depicted a tragic yet almost possible reality with rising ocean temperatures and other ecological disruptions.
Many of the art pieces that were on display despite being created years ago, spoke of a world that is very still existent in today’s society. One of the temporary exhibits “Where We Are” was especially relevant. Where We Are focuses on art pieces made from 1900 to 1960. It depicts how artists have approached the relationships, establishments, and activities that shape our lives over the years. It showed our history as Americans and the issues we have encountered over the years and how it is that we solve them. And despite these pieces being created all those years ago, their messages and stories are still relevant and understood in today’s sociopolitical climate.
Some of the participating students share their learning:
Bryan Rojas: It surprised me too see how common building materials like steel cam be turned into valuable objects which look inspiring like the work of Alexander Calder
Brian Bacuilima: I learned about Renzo Piano who is the architect of the Whitney Museum. He wanted to have the visitors have access to the outside to see the cityscape. Also, the outside spaces can be used to display sculptures. Overall he wanted to bring a lot of light into the museum.
D’Andra Gordon: Every painting has a story behind it, but everyone sees it their way.
Angie Navarro: The placement of art work is based on the light source. Paintings can not be exposed to natural light. They have to be protected. Most sculptures are not damaged by natural light