The first journey I took alone was my trip to New York City. When my art history teacher, Mr. Kessinger, told me about the trip, I wanted to go but I never thought I would get the chance to. Once my mom found out about the trip, she decided that no matter what it took, she would find a way for me to go. She dedicated her time to helping me. For months she worked a second job so I would be able to go on the trip of a lifetime.
When our group was standing around at the airport at ten o’ clock at night, it still hadn’t hit me that I was going on my dream vacation and that I would be experiencing things I never would have imagined. When we finally arrived at the JFK international airport, we hopped on the bus and went to the Salisbury hotel. We had a full day ahead of us, which included bus tours around the city. The bus tours were amazing because it was my first experience in New York and it all still seemed like a dream. The view from the bus was exhilarating because the lights illuminating from the city gave life to something that would usually be so dull and inert.
The view from the bus
The second day, the group went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The MoMA was indescribable; it was my first museum experience and I loved viewing the art personally when previously I was only able to see it in a book, lifeless, and dull, in comparison. After, a few of us chose to go to the statue of liberty. It was so amazing to actually see what my ancestors saw when traveling here to America. The third day was similar because we went to two museums, the Cloisters and the Metropolitan, but the experiences were all the same, I was still in shock that I was actually there. The fourth day, we went to the Bodies Exhibition, which was an astonishing experience. I had never realized how our bodies could be used as art and how they were pure miracles. The fact that they could preserve our bodies and pieces of our bodies was such a shock.
The fifth day, we went to the Guggenheim museum. At the Guggenheim museum we had a docent show us around, but unfortunately the museum was mostly closed off because of construction. But it was still exciting to be in one of the most famous museums in the world. The sixth day, we went to the Whitney museum, it was interesting because we would sit in front of a piece of art for a long while, just looking at it and thinking. And I realize that each museum experience was so different because we acted different when we got to certain pieces, our thought process changed.
The opportunity that I had was an amazing one. Everything blended in together because we were so busy, but I wouldn’t change one thing about it. I had a remarkable time doing everything I did. And seeing the art in person was amazing because I could see the textures and I could just imagine the artist painting it. I love that I can say truthfully that I stood in front of Picasso’s, Monet’s, and Jackson Pollock’s art, it is an amazing thing to be able to say.
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