What Art Style Are You?
By Lina Ghosh
Let’s face it: Cleveland may not exactly qualify as one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world, but apart from the fact that there is just a tad too much snow and a slight lack in successful sports teams the city does have a lot to offer! Boasting over 40,000 pieces of art and several eye-catching exhibits, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of Cleveland’s most popular sites. From hosting swanky art galas to organizing family-friendly chalk festivals, the Museum of Art provides a vast range of entertainment for individuals of all ages.
Though it may seem unlikely, teenagers, art-lovers or not, are surrounded by art every single moment of their lives. Whether it be the nonsensical doodles on the edges of class notes or artsy pictures posted on Instagram, art plays a huge role in relieving stress and increasing contentment. Swamped with pending assignments and looming deadlines, high school students often seek refuge in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s numerous exhibits in order to take their minds off of their troubles and do a little soul-searching. One thing I noticed is that since we all possess different personalities, we each are bound to have differences in taste of art styles. Take a look below to see what kind of art/ collections you would enjoy seeing the most at the Cleveland Museum of Art!
If you are…
Hipster/ Rebellious/ Outgoing:
You would definitely enjoy browsing through the contemporary art collection. A mix of bold colors and quirky designs, the contemporary art section is filled with interesting works like Andy Warhol’s Marilyn x 100 (picture below) and Martin Creed’s Work No. 965 Half the Air in a Given Space, which is a glass encasing of several purple balloons. Interpreting these pieces is always very fun! You might also find the exhibition of Ai WeiWei’s 12 Zodiac Heads made of bronze interesting.
The portraits are perfect for you! Elegant ladies with elegant bouffants and men with stiff collars reside among the oval frames of this collection. Analyzing the styles and trends in not only clothing but also jewelry and hairdos of people living in the 18th and 19th centuries may be something that is fascinating you. One picture that seemed especially stunning to me was the Portrait of Mary Frances (Fanny) Swinburne, c. 1786 by Richard Cosway (picture below).
You will probably enjoy some of the historical pieces which have interesting background stories a little more. In particular a lot of the sculptures you will see around the Cleveland Museum of Art have unique pasts. Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker (picture below) is a classic example. Rodin originally created The Thinker as a part of a series of sculptures of individuals who were in the literary piece The Divine Comedy by Dante. The Thinker was supposed to be Dante himself. Around 25 versions of this sculpture were created, but only a few were actually made while Rodin was alive. The Cleveland Museum of Art is home to one of the few original ones.
Take a trip to the armor court in which knights decked with metal armor stand tall and upright with their silver swords in the air as if ready to ride into battle. Surrounded by collections of different swords, armors, and helmets, you will truly feel as if you have gone back to the medieval times!
Even if you don’t fit any of the personality types listed above, you will without a doubt thoroughly enjoy Gallery One. This gallery includes ten interactive stations suited to all different kinds of people. One of the most enjoyable features is the Collection Wall which is a 40 foot wide touch screen with pieces of art in the museum that individuals can learn more about. Another really cool feature in this gallery is the Make a Face activity in which a program takes a picture and matches the face or the expressions of a museum visitor with an art piece. The Draw a Line activity requires participants to draw a line on a touch screen. It will then bring up a work of art created in the 1930s associated with the same exact visitor-drawn line. These are only a few of the interactive experiences in Gallery One; take a trip to the art museum if you want to explore the rest!