Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art is, in my opinion, the most ideal place for any city girl looking for a way to spend a Saturday afternoon when no other plans occupy your datebook.
I decided to embrace the spontaneity of this day and expose myself to a collection of world culture housed in this historic structure. Weekends are for experiences that break you out of your scheduled 9-5 routine. Not to mention, only $1 is required to enter!
As I walked up the grand entrance to the museum, I took in the crowds of tourists and noticed a sign announcing the opening of the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist art exhibit, ironically opening on the exact birthday of the master himself, Mr. Pablo Picasso.
Many women have Mr. Lauder to thank for building a legendary line of cosmetics and skincare, although most do not know he is one of the world’s most important curators of art.
An eclectic crowd of young and old filed into the exhibit to observe the works collected from the most influential art movement of the 20th century. It is amazing that this American business man has focused the past 40 years of his life collecting 78 of the best examples of Cubist art. I admire Lauder’s goal to connect Americans to the power of art and the potential for famous works to inspire society. Guests took their time walking through with their headsets, and I watched every face that squinted trying to read each wall plaque hoping to learn more about the artistic excellence of the collection.
After analyzing the Cubist paintings, I learned that artists like Picasso placed the highest value on establishing new perspectives from which one looks at a piece of art. These thought leaders wanted to challenge existing masterpieces which displayed a more realistic interpretation of space and form.
Just as I was breaking away from my daily routine in the city, the cubist artwork inspired me to think about our ability to observe the world around us every day from someone else’s eyes and not to let yourself disconnect yourself from the earth by being led by your own ego.
Another interesting take away from the exhibit was learning about how Picasso worked with other artists of his time to share the style of their work. By 1909 Braque and Picasso had become besties as they worked side by side in their Paris studios, they made matching works with similar themes but tried to depict a unique perspective for each artist’s varied use of line, color, and form. See below three paintings titled "Bottle of Rum" by Picasso (left) Leger (center) and Braque (right).
Picasso’s inspiration from African tribal masques is evident in some of his more famous piece including "Woman in an Armchair (Eva)" and "Les Demoiselles d' Avignon." The artist’s combination of cultural symbols from the past only make his art more symbolic as he infuses historic and modern elements to inspire the viewer.
The Cubist art revolution brought a democratic approach to people’s consumption of art as people were now free to challenge the idea that art served the same purpose for every individual, and only incorporated one defined message.
I left the museum and sat down for a glass of red wine that night to say “salut!” to Picasso, and cheers to an enriching afternoon. We can all remember that only you have the ability to change the way you see the world. Your point of view is a beautiful thing, don’t let the world define you, allow yourself to define the world.
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