Museum Of Modern Art 2016: A Memoir

Museum Of Modern Art 2016: A Memoir

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

1984

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”

1984

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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Now I may be biased, but I believe that French Bulldogs are just simply the best.

Not only are they super cute but they definitely have a unique personality.

That being said, here are 19 things that every French Bulldog owner has experienced:

1. Having to explain to people that you have a pig as a pet that’s not really a pig

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2. Having to explain to people that it is also a mouse

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3. Having to explain to people that it is also a bat

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Those ears are just too cute!

4.  Having to deal with the strange looks people give you when you say that

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5. Having to clean your Frenchie’s wrinkles

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Gotta keep 'em clean!

6. Struggling to choose just one outfit to buy them when you go to the store

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7.  Trying to sleep but their snoring keeps you up

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8. But then you get used to their snoring and miss it when you don’t hear it

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9. Laughing at that little hop they do when they get excited

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10. Laughing at their butt just wiggling when they get excited, since they don’t have a tail

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11. Having everyone coo at your Frenchie when you walk it

Frenchie

12.  Having a need to buy another one

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14. Being protective over your Frenchie

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15. Taking 1,000s of pictures and videos of your Frenchie and then sending them to people

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Instagram Skincare Influencer @sakura.skin Uncovers The Journey To Her Natural Glow In 10 Beauty Questions

Beauty tips and tricks from Instagram skincare guru and blogger Hannah, also known as @sakura.skin!

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Ever since I entered high school and started puberty, I've been obsessed with all things skincare and acne. I've struggled with mild to moderate acne for several years, and about two years ago, I decided I was going to do something about it. I began researching ways to mitigate the number of active pimples, how to reduce scarring and how to get all-around dewy skin. I eventually stumbled across Instagram pages with genuine, tried-and-true advice with product reviews and recommendations. One of said pages was Hannah's account, @sakura.skin. I had been following her for awhile and bought a few products on her recommendation, so I knew I wanted to interview her and finally got the chance to!

1. How did you get started in the beauty community? What made you want to be a skincare influencer?

"I got started because I had been posting some routines on my personal Instagram, and I had friends always asking me about products and routines so I decided to make a separate account just for skincare stuff. I never set out to be an influencer (I don't think I am one at all!)"

2. What are your thoughts on influencer sponsorships and their relation to the potential honesty of reviews, especially when it pertains to skincare?

hannah sakura on Instagram: “Good morning 🍊 Starting the week off with a little update on this shelfie. Still messy but now somewhat organized? 🤔”

"I've personally never done a sponsored post or anything since I'm such a small skincare Instagram right now but when I receive a product from a brand for my honest review, I definitely do keep it honest. My following is small, but I know people take what I say pretty seriously so I would never lie about a product that actually broke me out or something. Having a following of any size comes with a responsibility, so it's definitely frustrating when someone's review isn't honest just so they can get some ad money or free products."

3. What advice would you give someone who is just starting out with skincare?

"My advice would be to start out small and in your budget. I'm a full time student, so I can't afford all these fancy new skincare brands. Start off slow and with what you know. Always test out products before you take the full plunge!"

4. Who has been your biggest influences in terms of which products you buy before you started your Instagram?

"I followed the Into the Gloss blog and that was the first skincare blog I followed that really taught me a lot. I didn't follow individual skincare bloggers until I started mine but the community I've made is honest, and I trust everyone's recommendations."

5. What 3 holy grail products would you recommend for people of your skin type?

"I have oily/combo/acne prone skin. I'm super hormonal so my skin breaks out a lot when I'm on my period. I'd recommend the Cerave gentle foaming cleanser, Cosrx snail mucin, and Saturday skin glacier water cream. All three have been amazing at balancing the oils on my face while not drying me out."

6. Are there any brands you’ve boycotted/simply stopped purchasing from? If so, why?

"No. I wouldn't stay I boycotted a brand, but one of my resolutions for 2019 is to stop buying from skincare companies that still test on animals."

7. How much do you trust customer reviews?

"It's pretty easy to tell when a consumer review is falsified, at least it is for me. So when I read reviews written on websites I typically take them with a grain of salt. There are reviews that are totally trustworthy, and it's easy to tell which ones are. I get most of my honest reviews for skincare from fellow bloggers."

8. Have you ever gotten a product based on the recommendation of other influencers? If so, which product and who?

"Yes! I've gotten most of my products based on recommendations of others. Most recently I bought my first Klairs product because so many followers and people I follow recommended the brand. I bought the midnight blue calming calming cream."

9. Has anyone ever reached out to you after buying a product you recommend? What was their reaction?

"Yes! I remember a lot of people reaching out about the Cosrx snail mucin, especially people I know in real life. Everyone raved over it! So I'm happy I was able to introduce a K-beauty must have to a few people."

10. Do you have a best and worst skincare tip?

"My best tip is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! My skin used to be super oily because I thought moisturizing it made it that way. Wrong! Oily skin needs all that moisture too! I moisturize all year long with moisturizers, toners, and serums. It's so important!

"My worst skincare tip would be to follow what everyone else is doing. Everyone's skincare journey is different. So if a product doesn't work for you, it's not the end of the world! It takes time. And I see so many skincare newbies get frustrated when a specific person's routine doesn't work for them. Know it's fine and totally normal and you'll find your own routine in no time."

A huge thank you to Hannah for letting me interview her! Find her at: her Instagram and her blog.

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