This summer was filled with so much art, which must indicate that it was a fantastic summer, and it was! So I thought I would let you all in a few of the exhibits that I was able to see.
Sketching at the Met
I was so overwhelmed by the amount of art in the Met. I’ve only been a few times and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is going to take me a lifetime to get through it all. I really enjoyed sketching for hours in the Museum. I think that there is something so magical about art museums and getting to know different eras and generations through their art.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Some of my favorite exhibits were at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. There was the Ai Weiwei exhibit, which I loved!!! I really appreciate when art is used for advocacy and sharing opinions. Some people think that he is too extreme in his methods, but I can’t help but admire his passion for art and speaking out against issues that he feels are wrong. All of his works are powerful, but I was particularly moved by ‘Straight’, a sculpture that he created by detangling and straightening the steel bars that failed to hold up building structures, including several schools, in China during the Sichuan earthquake in 2008.
I also really enjoyed ‘Submerged Motherlands’ by Swoon, a Brooklyn artist. I’m not gonna lie, I really liked that her exhibit was like an Anthropologie window display, but way way cooler.
And Soljee Lee and I totally geeked out on Judy Chicago’s feminist art, especially her piece ‘The Dinner Party’, where Chicago created dinner places for significant women through history who upheld feminist ideas. Love it.
I was so giddy when I found out that Lynda Barry’s exhibit of comeeks were showing during my visit! I love her cheeky wit and sass mixed with deep and serious social commentaries and analysis on various aspects of being human. How is one woman so cool?
This piece affected me the most and I’ve been trying to stop doubting myself in my own art making by trying to not worry too much if my art sucks. Art making is good people! Always!
I had some fun going to gallery openings with Kelly and Heather, my two Brooklyn buds! Kelly works at BOSI Contemporary, so we went to see the opening of “The Loss of so many” by David Mellen. The exhibit is still up until August 23!
Kelly also took me to a great gallery where they had live music. These girls are so talented and beautiful and I love their music.
Stay tuned for updates about all of my favorite comics and graphic novel finds from this summer!