Education, Kids

Pre-Kinder Senioritis

March 19, 2012

Diego Rivera. Agrarian Leader Zapata. 1931

The weather has been amazing, next year’s kindergarten placement for Diego has been decided and Baby #3 will join us in 7 weeks so I have a bit of senioritis around here! Jose took a day off from work on Friday and we all headed in to the city for some quality family time. I feel like every weekend is packed with activities, parties, and errands. We find that scheduling a trip to New York City to do something with the boys must go on our calendar…otherwise we never get around to it. So we scheduled a trip to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to see Diego Rivera’s temporary exhibition and we scheduled a lunch at Edward’s, Diego’s favorite in our old neighborhood! We then took off to Brooklyn to visit our dear friends. Here are some pictures of our day at MoMA.
A fifteen month-old can only take so much while sitting in a stroller and cruising through an art museum. Thank goodness for the education center at The MoMA designed for children of all ages. The boys loved it! We spent about an hour in the Material Lab exploring different ways of creating art and because it was a school day…there were only about 5 children in there! It was so relaxing, educational and fun!

Santi and the Microsoft Digital Painting program

Diego and the Discovery Boxes

Diego and the Light Box

Boys Rubbing Art

After visiting the Material Lab and the Diego Rivera exhibition we had a quick snack and headed to see contemporary art and classic work from Picasso, Monet and van Gogh!

"Untitled" by Felix Gonzalez Torres

An installation dream come true for all kids! An untitled candy installation by Felix Gonzalez Torres was a hit with Diego as we turned a corner of the museum and walked in to a room full of shiny, silver pieces of candy. He didn’t know that it was okay for everyone to help themselves to one piece. Once he found out, he made sure to take one for him and Santi. We talked to Diego about how artists express themselves in many ways…art can be created with anything and everything but left out the complex meaning of why Gonzalez-Torres created this installation: “the expanse of shimmering silver-wrapped candy” after his partner died of AIDS in 1991 dedicated to show how incurable the disease still is today.

Monet's Water Lilies

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” was the first painting Diego ever recognized. Two years ago at The MoMA, sitting in his stroller he walks into a gallery and says, “Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh”, in the same Little Einstein voice you hear on the Disney Channel. See, some TV is good for you! I told him it was okay for him to take a picture of the beautiful painting.

At Edward's in TriBeCa

We had an amazing time and hope to come back soon since Jose and I didn’t get a chance to read everything we wanted to read and see everything we wanted to see. We did witness Santi taking interest and pointing at objects in paintings he recognized and Diego walking around identifying “still paintings” and “portraits”! Can’t wait for next year’s “Senior Ditch Day”!!
Would love to hear some recommendations of other amazing museums for families!

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