Steinberg Museum Reactions

On 10/14/14 our class took a guided tour of the current exhibitions in the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood. Please visit this link – to add your responses in the comments section. You may react and respond to your personal experience as you wish. Please be specific in detail.

*If you were absent from this class you are still responsible for responding and attending the exhibition on your own time.


4 thoughts on “Steinberg Museum Reactions

  1. This is my briefs about the Museum visiting:

    I am crazy about colors, I like how Roy Newell showing his colors in abstract way. His works inspired me to my recent works. They are about the squares and they discussed the color theory. I like the ruff surfaces and how organized the pieces. Each of them has the story coming up through the color separation, lines and the textures. The managing of the pieces in the wall caught my eye since I come from the Museum’s door. They are adorable I keep looking at them every time I go to this Museum.

    About Berenice Abbott photographs, I do not have that good eye to catch the concept of some photographs in general but I like hers. I listened to the curator’s speech about the surrealism on her photos, the way of taking her photos and the ideas that she want to demonstrate. Some of the photos talk about themselves. I like the New York’s photos and what she want to show behind the shoots.

  2. After viewing Roy Newell’s collection “Color and Time” at Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood. I feel in love with this idea that “things are never finished.” The artists use of various color schemes, and materials such as, oil, the emergence of acrylic painting, or idea of “plastic painting”, creating works that are totally not representational, but discuss the artist process in a way much like telling a story of that process and the need, or desire to revise a individual work. Selling to those whom agree to give the painting back!
    Imagine that! An artist you once bought a piece from, displayed ever so nicely over your mantel, only for them to show up on your door step and request the “unfinished” work back. Crossing out his name, turning it, changing the entire color scheme; it’s truly hilarious!
    Although the concept is very unique, the viewer only sees a few amount of products hung in this single galley. Where at least 100 paintings lie hidden beneath each work.
    Furthermore the artist is re-appreciated and reevaluated through each exhibition time after time. These pieces are viewed as so simple, yet the attention to detail is so essential. Newell’s works are painted on wood verse canvas, and sealed with duct tape from the 1950’s. The works are about so much more than geometric shapes. Deciding where a piece begins and ends, the material and texture of the paint, about color choice and material. The irony in the emphasis of brush strokes, and texture, or how it cast a shadow etc, the surface is so tactile,yet we focus on that of a flat plain surface.
    Where as Berenice Abbott series “Changing New York” depicts images taken after the depression, documenting images that we’re making America more modern, thus changing NY. The images displayed were large formatted photographs, the artist invented certain devices to create the works, to enhance and get various a angles, capturing the complex between history and present day. Providing a differed outlook of the building of skyscrapers, causing viewers to ask, what brought that on, distributing and construction of steel. (Which got this country out of the depression at the time.) Noting that her work is not just photo journalism, for example the view from a city street of a clock, the idea that time is abstract, a concept we made up long ago to mark things in our day, temporal, time-based, reminder of our life cycle. Analyzing that hardly any people are in her images located in NYC! (Which yes, was hardly built up as it is today). However 2am in NYC we expect to see people. Yet again all these places in a metropolis, typically swarming with people are empty, provide a creepy feeling. Viewers find themselves asking where are all the human presences!? It’s surreal! What time of day is it, no beginning or end to a story, implying only the middle. Each image creates a deep narrative with context. Both collections are truly unique and beautiful.

  3. On Oct 14th, Tuesday, 2014, I went to Steinburg museum ay LIU post. There were two exhibitions opened. One was about painting and the other was about photography. I was curious about the photograph exhibition. There were lots of black-and-white photos. The title of exhibition is ‘Changing New York’. And the photographer name was Berenice Abbott(1898~1991). She was born in USA. She was a famous American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. This exhibition is a kind of documentary work.

    I don’t know why she took New York City views. I wanted to know the reason. In early 1929, Abbott visited New York City, ostensibly to find an American publisher for Atget’s photographs. Upon seeing the city again, however, Abbott immediately saw its photographic potential. Accordingly, she went back to Paris, finished up her studio, and returned to New York in September. Her first photographs of the city were taken with a hand-held Kurt-Bentzin camera, but soon she acquired a Century Universal camera which produced 8 x 10 inch negatives. Using this large format camera, Abbott photographed New York City with the diligence and attention to detail she had so admired in Eugène Atget. Her work has provided a historical chronicle of many now-destroyed buildings and neighborhoods of Manhattan.
    Her works in this museum were very awesome. These looked like an architecture landscape without people just like landscape photos from my textbook. Abbott’s project was primarily a sociological study embedded within modernist aesthetic practices. She sought to create a broadly inclusive collection of photographs that together suggest a vital interaction between three aspects of urban life. And also, she avoided the merely pretty in favor of what she described as “fantastic” contrasts between the old and the new. It was a kind of surrealism. Later, she influenced to Man Ray in 1950’s .

    From this exhibition, especially, I like this photo which has a clock. I don’t know why. I just like this composition. This photo reminds me Dali’s work. There are no people but the cart looks like to watch the clock as a human. This is kind of interesting part. This means she might be also curious about surrealism like me. This is just real. However, she tried to make the real to be fantastic. I like this idea, It was nice. I really enjoyed moment.

  4. The square paintings were nice, but I’m not too crazy about squares. I find geometric shapes to be cold, but I really like organic lines. Anyway, I did love the textures that the paintings had; the textures gave the paintings a nice shadowy look. You would have to get close to the paintings to appreciate the real/true beauty of rectangles. If you got really close to them, you could actually see the different layers, and the cracking paint gives it a nice texture.

    For the photos, it gives you insight on how NYC looked long ago. Some things changed a lot, while others didn’t change at all. The photo “El, 2nd and 3rd Avenue Lines” looks like a place in Brooklyn that my mom takes me to. I wonder if it’s the same place?

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