Museum Of Modern Art 2016: A Memoir

Museum Of Modern Art 2016: A Memoir

On a cool October day, I took a worthwhile trip.

I: The Shape of Things: Robert B. Menschel

Through this photography collection located on the second floor of the museum, Mr. Menschel dives deep into the history of photography throughout a timeline from the very beginnings of photography to the early 21st century. 504 photographs were submitted over the past 40 years, including his own personal collections. At the beginning of the exhibit, a quote by Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri is seen.

"Photography is less and less a cognitive process, in the traditional sense of the term, or an affirmative one, offering answers, but rather a language for asking questions about the world."— Luigi Ghirri, 1989

Some of my personal favorites are shown below:

Lee Friedlander

Rockland County, New York

"Jesus," 1980

William Wegman

“Man Ray” Portfolio: 1976-1982

These are various portraits of a dog he purchased in 1970. He named him Man Ray.

John Coplans

“Self Portrait (Back With Arms Above)”


A portrait in which his head is shown to be invisible, which at the time was quite unordinary. Both of his hands are also shown in a fist. In this piece, he explores the aging body in a very playful and yet grotesque manner.

Arthur “Weegee” Fellig

“The Gay Deceivers”

Circa 1939

This man and 4 others were arrested for dressing up as girls. “Drags” so to speak. You could find this picture in his 1945 book “Naked City."

II: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency: Nan Goldin

Also located on the second floor of the museum, Nan Goldin’s project is by far one of the most powerful exhibits in the entire museum and even the world. This exhibit chronicles her abusive relationship, her self-identity, and the way of the junkie. Many images are uncensored and very sexually explicit, giving the visitor and/or lover of art much to evaluate and take in. Some may find it horrible, some may find it fascinating. However, this collection has changed many lives and helps us see the world through the eyes of a fantastic photographer who’s on the darker side of reality.

Here are some of her works on the next page:

“The Hug”

Nan Goldin

1980, New York City

This particular photograph was very popular during it’s time. What appears to be a simple hug goes much deeper than that. Her lover seems to be holding her very tightly across her hips. His arm musculature asserts his dominance over Nan and she is forced to give in to his aggressive affection. Both faces are hidden for much more dramatic effect.

“Nan One Month After Being Battered”


This is one of the more shocking photos of the exhibit. Goldin takes a self-portrait of her scars and severe black eye caused by her abusive lover. Considering the damage done even after one month has passed, it goes to show how powerful this portrait really is. Her left eye was the most damaged, with her iris still discolored and a black eye that has yet to heal in the slightest bit. Her face is straight, very good for portraying the pain caused by her husband instead of a usual sad face.

“Self Portrait in Blue Bathroom”

London, 1980

This self-portrait is also very popular among the photos of the collection. She is seen with little to no clothes and her image is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the mirror. The depth of the image seems to evoke some sort of soul-searching, along with the dark background seen in the mirror. The light reflecting off her face also shows signs of hope and finding herself.

Cover Image Credit: Douglas Clare

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

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