Students in Ms. Tracie
Libonati’s AP Italian class at Floral Park Memorial recently went on a
field trip to see the artwork that the Museum of Modern Art has to
offer. The class had been studying the beauty and aesthetics unit in
Italian in which they learned about the different styles of art that the
museum had on display such as Futurism, Cubism and Dadaism.
students started off on the museum’s third floor, which has most of
MoMA’s most famous pieces including “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh.
Other well-known pieces the class had the privilege of seeing in person
were: “Waterlilies” by Claude Monet, “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon” by
Pablo Picasso, “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali and “Number
31” by Jackson Pollock.
The class also visited lesser-known
exhibitions such as “Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the
Collection” an exhibit that “considers the intertwining themes of social
protest, the effect of history on the formation of identity, and how
art juxtaposes fact and fiction.”
After a fun afternoon observing
masterpieces, the class experienced another type of art: PizzArte, a
pizzeria and ristorante in Manhattan that specializes in Neapolitan
style pizza. Before leaving the city, the class was lucky to witness
some of the culture of New York: a jazz performance in Penn Station,
which had many New Yorkers and some students up and dancing.
All in all, the AP Italian class’ visit to MoMA was a welcome break from the school week and a resounding success.