Asbury Students Explore Art in NYC
March 9, 2016
After one weekend, two major shows, three internationally-renowned museums and dozens of miles on foot, Asbury University students have come back from New York City with a new perspective on art.
The trip was part of Contemporary Art Seminar, a required class for Art majors that explores contemporary art throughout the semester and includes art viewing opportunities. Last week, students and faculty travelled to New York for two of the world’s most significant contemporary art shows: the Armory Show and the Whitney Biennial. Additionally, students visited museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum.
“It’s one thing to be in a classroom environment and study these artists and learn about their work, but it’s another thing to be in the presence of the actual piece and see all the things you’ve learned about,” said Amantha Wagner ’16, an International Communications major who took the class as an elective. “In the classroom, we’re looking at a projected image, but live, you’re finally able to see the real thing and take it all in.”
During the trip, Art major Stephanie Youngquist ’16 was amazed at the breadth of emotional experiences offered by contemporary art, including humor.
“I really liked a show in the Guggenheim by Fischli and Weiss,” Youngquist said. “They had all these little clay maquettes that were very funny. One was titled, ‘Dr. Spock Looks at his Home Planet Vulcanus and is a Bit Sad That He Can’t Have Any Feelings.’”
Youngquist says the Art Trip plays an important role in helping students stay connected to current trends in the art world. By keeping up with what’s happening in the art world, students are better prepared to engage contemporary culture with their own work.
“It opens you up to what other people are doing and keeps you informed so you can be part of the conversation,” Youngquist said. “Since I know what’s going on, I can understand some of the ways people are thinking, and I can use that to learn how to express what I’m thinking, as well.”
“The trip is always hugely successful,” said Dr. Linda Stratford, professor of Art History at Asbury. “In addition to the art opportunities, there’s a great deal of personal value. Students build community in the Art Department and get to know their professors… Even more than that, it’s a chance for students to see many different ways of doing art. We encourage all students to honor the path that is theirs; the one to which they’re called.”
To learn more about Asbury’s Art Department, visit: asbury.edu/art