Art Speaks (S1, E4) | AT THE MUSEUM

By | September 13, 2019


There’s no better place to have breakfast
than at the MoMA. We planned it ahead of time. Oh, this one’s yours. How did I do that? This is just a go-to. You have to come here, you know? You get refreshed, and get it all figured
out, then go on from there. You know until you walk in front of a piece
that suddenly grabs you, you know, you haven’t really experienced art. I mean there’s tons of work. Not all pieces grab. But when you find that 1 out of 10, or 20,
or that one artist who you really connect with, it’s amazing. Sometimes when you get up in the morning,
you get up, you are thinking about so many things that you wanna do. And when you walk into Gallery 9, and you
look around you, you look at one side, it looks dark. And you look at the middle, you see…you
know. And I went back, I remember a couple of years
ago, I was looking into Monet. And I found out that that this painter actually
was dated back to the 20th century. I think it was 1899. And then I think Monet died in 1926, if I
recall correctly. It’s been a while. But look at it today, what was painted over
a century ago, we’re still deriving pleasure, happiness from it. Sometimes when something bothers my mind,
when I walk to this gallery, sometimes I will just sit on one of the benches and I will
be looking. And if you look from one end to the other
end, you will see something different, and something that kind of console your mind,
something that makes you feel like, “You know what? This is kind of impressive.” I like the impressionist, Van Gogh, Matisse. I also like Klimt, but I asked and they borrowed the masterpiece of Klimt that
they have here in MoMA. So today I’m not going to see Klimt. I’m upset. Well, next time. Well, I was studying a little bit of history
of art in my country, Peru. So I have all my stuff here, and next, I like
Calder over there. I don’t like so much but it’s good. Perhaps there are masterpieces that you don’t
like, but if they make you feel something, it’s okay. Good afternoon, everyone. Hi. My name is Devin Malone, and I’m the public
program’s fellow in the educational department here at MoMA. Welcome to #ArtSpeaks. #ArtSpeaks is a day of community where
staff members choose works of art on display, and discuss how they resonate with those works. And then we follow it up with Q&A. It occurs every last Tuesday of the month. Today I’m introducing Paola Antonelli, the
senior curator of architecture and design here at MoMA, and the director of research
and development. And she’ll be talking about the hoodie. Thank you, Devin. It was a great introduction. And it’s true. We pick objects that resonate with us as human
beings, not only as curators. And more than resonating with me, I live with
this object as we all do. So, let me give you first a little bit of
introduction about this exhibition. You are in an exhibition that, you know, is
called “Items.” And it’s about 111 items of clothing that
had a strong impact on a New York-centric world in the past 100 years. It is an exhibition about people. And it’s an exhibition about how garments
and fashion interact with people and enable people to express themselves and to live in
the world. So there are many different examples in the
show of everyday items like the white t-shirt, like the Levi’s 501, or any kind of sneakers. And then there are examples of high fashion
from Yves Saint Laurent to Kawakubo all the way to Armani. So there’s a little bit for everyone. I like the stone in the water. And they have a new sculpture over there. Well, I haven’t been, I just arrived. Yeah, yeah. This sweatshirt, I just bought it just in
Ogunquit, in Maine. I saw it there, and what I like about it is
that it’s faded, you know? And I thought it was another great statement
for what’s happening in this country. I came here with Ford. Ford? 1976. I went through Reagan, and Clinton, Clinton,
Bush, Bush, and Obama. And I thought it was a great country to live
in. I’m not sure any longer. And this is my way of expressing my thoughts. I’m not good, now I’m good. I think I’m gonna stand here, because
we like this one, and I like that one. Yeah. My name? Kar-Lai And he don’t have English name. Gé Yôu Yuán, his Chinese name. I come from Beijing, and I’m a actor. We met each other in America, but we have
a similar experience with China, because we work in Beijing, and I had been to Beijing
a lot of times. And our hometown in China is very close to
each other, only around four hours by driving. We just met each other on the street, is that okay? Art can change our life especially…it
depends on how you treat art, and how you treat the art in daily life. You can think more. Same thing, you will think more than the other
people. My name’s Manish Engineer. My last name is actually Engineer. My father was an engineer, my grandfather
was an engineer, and I work in the IT department. And so now you are all here to hear me talk
about art. So, hopefully this will go well. Thank you for coming. And we’re gonna talk about this Franz Kline
painting, “Number 2,” that he did. And why did I pick this painting? So for me, this was kind of the start of my
journey into art. In junior high, I took a school field trip
to the Cleveland Museum of Art, and I saw this painting there, not this painting, a
painting by Franz Kline there, and it was just unlike anything else I had ever seen. And I thought it was beautiful. It wasn’t like a realistic painting. It looked kind of like Japanese calligraphy. And the color was different, the brushstrokes
were just so big and different. I was just captivated by it, and I thought
it was beautiful. I think I was about 16 or 17 at the time. Around that time at 17, I had a very, like,
life traumatic experience. I had this open heart surgery. It was, like, a big thing. And afterwards, I was just thinking about
it, and I told my dad, you know, I wanted to go back to the museum and see this painting. And I went there with him. And I walked up to the painting, and I see
it, and I’m staring at it. And there’s this woman in a wheelchair next
to me, and the two of us were staring at this painting, and she just says to me, “It’s very
powerful, isn’t it?” And I felt like we were on the same page,
and we shared this moment, and it was just beautiful. And just looking at these paintings, they
kind of, like, draw you in. And I just fell in love with the work. And then of course, my dad eventually made
his way there. And as I said, he’s this mechanical engineer,
a very practical guy. And I’m like, “Hey, Dad, here’s the painting.” This is like this beautiful work of art, and
my dad of course goes, “No, not good. I don’t like it.” And we, like, walk throughout the museum,
and we got to a painting of George Washington. And my dad goes, “See? This is a good painting. It looks just like George Washington.” And because of that, it like made me like
this abstract expressionism even more. The fact that my dad hated it, you know? It’s the kind of thing when you’re a teenager,
you wanna rebel. The title is either “Black Widow” or “Spider.” I think it was done in 1959. But just the concept is not actually that
abstract, like when you look at it, it’s pretty clear what it is. I do wanna go kinda into it. Obviously, I’m not that tall. I think people are like, if they don’t know
enough, then they feel they shouldn’t experience it or they won’t experience it properly. And I think it’s whatever you get from it. And if you get a good experience and you wanna
go deeper, then you can go deeper. But I think that people can relate to it at
all different levels. I may not be interpreting this right the way
the sculptor or whoever made it to be interpreted, but at the same time, I think he knows that
whoever will look at it can interpret it whatever they want from it.

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