One week, I went to the museum of the city of new york in Manhattan. I got to see many different varieties of art that have immortalized their creators’ names into New York’s history and Culture. Among those in the museum, I spent the most time observing the different pieces occupying the history of New York exhibit. I felt this exhibit was the most effective and interesting part of the museum because it had a lot of art projects that I could relate to and feel proud of for being a New Yorker.
One of the many paintings that I found interesting would be one from an artist Keith Haring. It depicts a quote bubble on a red background that reads “Crack is wack”. This work like many of Harings pieces was done in public as a form of graffiti. However, his constant graffiti got in a lot of trouble with authorities and got him convicted several times from it. Despite this, his painting created a message against crack that eventually made people realize he was only helping to spread awareness about drugs. He was a very prominent person in the art industry of the 80’s, and his influences are still around to this day. I personally like the fact that he tried to use art as a power to get a message across, regardless of how many times he was caught from painting them.
Carrie Walter Stettheimer created the very famous two-story Stettheimer dollhouse from over two decades worth of dedication. She was inspired by a fundraiser to help children with polio that used wooden boxes and found items to create the dollhouse while on vacation in 1916. When she returned to her home in New York, she started on making her own dollhouse. However, Carrie stopped making the dollhouse soon after her mother died in 1935, but her sister Florine found the unfinished project and expanded on it. She finished all of the unfinished rooms and submitted it to the museum of the city of New York in 1945. Her dollhouse attracted so much attention even decades later, people still come to see the admire the work that she had placed into the dollhouse so many years ago. It should be noted that this is the only one of the three to be placed just outside the history of New York exhibit, but might as well be a part of it.
Red Grooms is an artist born in Nashville Tennessee in 1937 who moved to New York to start his career. Originally, Grooms used to make short films with a more comedic sense of humor. However, he is most known for his later work creating a very unique style of art unseen by many at the time. He created something which is known as a “sculpto-pictorama” which are almost like life-size dioramas, but with popup cutouts instead of full 3d objects. Most of his works were made out of a combination of illustration boards, paper mache, and a hot glue gun to keep it all together. The content of his works varies but they tend to be caricatures of New York, its celebrities, and its people.
Overall, Red Groom’s work is my favorite of the three here because of that creative, and uncommon art style that really sets him apart from the rest. Many of the other exhibits had very interesting stories behind them too, but the history of New York exhibit was the most exciting to view and explore.