The last full day in New York, we first traveled to the Liberty Island.
What drives people to America, to see the Statue of Liberty? “For someone, it’s about fame…. for someone, is privilege….” listening to the Audio guide about the history how French architects built it to mock Napoleon III, how Puerizer advocated people to donate money, I stood and looked up her facing the old toward new arriving immigrants and embracing them with freedom and justice…
Maybe it’s just a symbol, a symbol of hope, but that’s exactly what people look for.
Then Jasmine and I split up. She wanted to revisit Metropolitan Museum of Art and explore more European paintings, while I stopped at Union Square Station, hoping to discover something unexpected.
I first know Union Square from Gossip Girl, in which Serena showed up at Union Square Station and disturb the upper Manhattan “peace.” However, without a train ticket, I went directed toward Union Square Park and luckily discovered a street Holiday Market with 精美的 art-crafts and delicious local snacks shops. The crowded people, various shops, and lively atmosphere remind me of my hometown Suzhou and also how much I miss prosperous and bustling city life.
The last stop in New York, I went to The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Most people come for Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night; I come for that one too definitely, but also for Dada, surrealism, cubism, conceptual, modern art, etc.
Something beyond painting and traditions, something more than flat two-dimensional but also three-dimensional including time and space.
Stephen Shore’s Serial photographies “striving to free himself from certain photographic conventions: the concept of photography as the art of creating isolated and ‘significant’ images, perfect framing and the expressive subjectivity of the photographer.”
In this art, the tree, building, and street are not contained in the frame on the wall, and we know there’s more beyond the frame extending outward.
Shore took this picture through the window, blending his and CITGO reflections within the art; I took the picture through the frame, adding my and museum’s reflections into his art and creating a new one.
And I love New York. It is true that some part of it is bustling and intoxicated with luxury.
Everyone is surrounded by endless people everywhere, every day; it is easy to feel a sense of loss and loneliness.
However, some part of it gives you the best time to explore possibilities, find your self, and devote to your dream with passion and energy.
I love the idea that in modern society, there is no universal definition of art; I love the idea that in New York City, there is no universal definition of living.
Everyone is an artist, writing touching stories, decorating the house, cook delicious food, entertain guests, designing engineering projects for life convenience…
Everyone is creating own life of art and beauty.