Museum of Modern Art

I have to admit when I heard we were going to the MOMA,
Museum of Modern Art, inside I cringed. My inner art snob thought “I’m not going to like this.” Much like a stubborn child who turns his nose up at green vegetables.

Visions of metal sculptures made of “junk” and paint splattered canvases danced in my head.

Instead I was pleasantly surprised! Seeing Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (1889) was definitely a highlight for me as this was the first painting I fell in love with (though I now have several affairs with various paintings!) Being up close and personal with this painting felt amazing to me, something I had only experienced in books and postcards before.

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As well as Photography & Fine Art, the MOMA has representations of all art forms including Architecture & Design, Media and Performance Art , Illustration, Film. Many, many more treasures there. So remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Don’t skip this museum based only on preconceptions of what you might find. If you’re feeling brave go after 4:00 p.m.on a Friday, a little crowded but admission is free!


About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at:


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