Day at the Museum: The Frick Collection

Every month, I have the phenomenal opportunity to venture to New York City to serve on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Teen Advisory Group. After the January meeting, I stopped at another famous museum in New York City, the Frick Collection.

I planned my visit to the Frick Collection to coincide with “Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis,” a traveling exhibit whose centerpiece was Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. Standing face to face with one of art history’s most famous ladies — and the protagonist of one of my favorite books, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier — was an unforgettable treat. I also enjoyed exploring the Frick’s permanent collection, which included the breathtaking Boucher Room and the whimsical Progress of Love panels by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Though no photography was permitted in the Frick Collection, I was sure to snap some pictures outside of the mansion in which the artwork resides. That afternoon, I had my own Progress of Love as I fell in love with the Frick Collection!

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Racing to the Motor City: Art History Took Me to Detroit!

November was a magical month full of saving the arts and loving the arts.

To keep art history alive in this era of budget cuts, I wrote a children’s art history book entitled Once Upon a Masterpiece: An Art History Adventure in 2011. With a $1,000 grant, I have donated copies of Once Upon a Masterpiece to the School District of Philadelphia, which is suffering from severe cutbacks, and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), which may be forced to sell off artwork in the midst of Detroit’s battle with bankruptcy.

On November 12, 2013, I was honored that my efforts were the subject of a column in The Detroit News. But the excitement did not stop there – when a DIA board member read the column, he invited me to visit the DIA and paid for my airfare! On November 21, 2013, my trip to Detroit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience: I received a personal tour of the DIA’s gorgeous collection, I met with museum officials, and I was even driven around town in a limo. The DIA invited the press when I came to visit, and I had a blast getting to talk about my project. Check out the television segment that aired on Detroit NBC’s news and an article from The Macomb Daily!

The trip was nothing short of a whirlwind, as I woke up in Philadelphia at dawn and returned to Philadelphia at dusk. Going to the DIA was truly one of the highlights of my life, as my alarm from that morning may suggest!

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Day at the Museum: The Phillips Collection

This summer, I had the unique opportunity to shadow the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s college internship program for one day. (Keep your eyes open for an upcoming post about that amazing experience!) At the end of the work day, the interns and I headed to the Phillips Collection, another gem of a museum in Washington, D.C.

After touring an interesting exhibit of the work of Georges Braque, we were free to explore the museum ourselves. I was particularly excited to see Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s breathtaking Luncheon of the Boating Party. Breathtaking is no hyperbole here – I audibly gasped when I laid eyes on the masterpiece! I also enjoyed the Rothko Room, a spectacular space in which the viewer is surrounded by wall-sized Mark Rothko originals.

As I perused the gallery’s incredible variety of stunning and notable works, the Phillips became one of my favorite museums. Check out the slideshow below for pictures of my wonderful visit (and please excuse my love of art history selfies)!

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Days at the Museum: Volunteering at the Penn Museum’s Camp

As the summer winds to a close, I am fondly looking back on the break. Starting Heartwork absolutely stands out as one of the best parts of my summer! Another highlight was volunteering at the camp of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

With exquisite artifacts from diverse cultures, the Penn Museum is an amazing institution, and it was a thrill to volunteer at such an esteemed museum. As a volunteer, I had the pleasure of helping campers explore ancient Greece – one of my favorite eras in art history – and writing for the camp’s blog. Click on the following links to check out the blog posts that I wrote: link 1, link 2, link 3, and link 4.

From blog posts to museum trips and more, a summer spent with art history is a summer well spent!penn museum

Day at the Museum: Visiting the Barnes Foundation

On a rainy day in July, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore a Philadelphia treasure: the Barnes Foundation. With a prodigious number of works by incredible painters – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Henri Matisse are particularly well-represented – the Barnes Foundation offers a variety of truly breathtaking artwork.

The Barnes Foundation provides a unique viewing experience, as the dazzling works of art are arranged closely and thematically. On the one hand, this system encourages viewers to think about the connections between the paintings. On the other hand, I found that the lack of space between the works detracted from the focus on the individual paintings. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Barnes Foundation’s inventive arrangements in the comments below!

While visitors may not snap photos with the actual paintings, I was sure to preserve my enjoyable visit by taking a picture in the lobby:

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Day at the Museum: Shadowing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

I had the unique opportunity to shadow the college internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one day. I greatly enjoyed meeting staff members and interns and getting a special peek at the inner workings of this esteemed institution.

During my day at the museum, I also explored the collection with one of the college interns. While I took pictures – which you can see in the slideshow below – with only my favorites, there were countless other magnificent and enriching works of art that I also loved seeing at the museum.

What fun is a post about the Philadelphia Museum of Art without the famous Rocky scene? Click here to play it, and fast-forward to minute 2:00 to find the museum.

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