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Floral Park Students Visit MoMA

Written by:  Italia Gorski

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.

The 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.