Hispanic Society of America

Recently, I have found myself in Hamilton Heights three times a week for a temporary job placement. As a result, I have promised myself to explore the area and visit a part of the city that I haven’t explored much of. The first thing on my agenda? The Hispanic Society of America. 

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First, let us begin with saying that visiting the museum is absolutely free. Yes. Free. And when living in an area as expensive as New York City, you take every free opportunity that comes your way.

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Secondly, because of my picture taking obsession, I had no room on my phone. In fact, my camera wouldn’t even open. So my solution? Take pictures on snapchat and save them to my phone. This, unfortunately, resulted in some very poor quality photography.

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The Hispanic Society of America is located inside the Manhattan campus of Boricua College right across Trinity Cemetery (where you can see the grave of Alexander Hamilton if you’re interested!).

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The biggest draw is perhaps the main room which is grand and obviously poorly captured by snapchat. But if you go upstairs, you will find larger paintings.

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RISD Museum of Art

There is a problem I often find with museums: size. They are either too big and overwhelming, making it impossible to see everything in one trip. Let alone actually take in the experience of what you have seen. Or they are too small or simply provide art from one particular niche.

When visiting the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art I managed to find the perfect sized art museum! Not only was it neither too big nor too small, but it also provided such a wide variety of art.

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Feminism in Albanian Art

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While I was visiting Tirana I managed to spend a few hours at the National Gallery of Art. I am a frequent art museum and gallery visitor and what I found at this particular museum landed it in my top favorite art museums of all time.

What was it about this particular museum that made it so special? Its female visibility. Living in New York I have noticed that one of the biggest issues with art museums is their lack of feminism. This issue is in both the percentage of female artist’s work they carry and in exhibiting art that displays women in a modern way. This is such an issue that there are separate art museums and galleries established in order to give woman the visibility that they deserve.

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I was not faced with this particular problem when entering Albania’s National Gallery. Instead, I found examples of artwork that portrayed woman in non-traditional and strong roles. This is perhaps due to the isolated communism the country faced. One good thing about communism? It requires everyone to be equal – this includes the women.

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There was also a traveling exhbit while I visted displaying the artwork of Sofia Papadhimitri:  a woman who clearly knew how to capture the bodies of people.

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This museum was quite the refreshing change from the usual artwork that I see. A change that has welcomed itself into my heart to stay for a long time to come.