Thursday, November 3, 2011

Art to Inspire from MoMA

I am lucky enough to live not too far from some world-class art and history museums.  I don't visit them as often as I should, but I do visit from time to time.  The Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) is my absolute favorite in Mexico City, and that's because I really do love modern art.  I always have and always will.  I grew up with a Jackson Pollock print in the foyer, a Robert Maplethorpe coffee table book, and a poster of the Guggenheim right outside of my bedroom.  I finally visited there once and yep- it looked just like the poster!

One NYC Museum I've visited over and over is, of course, MoMA.  I love MoMA.  Looking at the works of art there have changed my life.  I never once took an art history class, but I've learned my art history in the museum itself.  

Van Gogh - Starry Night
So when Screen Dreams contacted me to review 50 Masterworks from the Collection as a holiday gift item, my interest was piqued.  I wasn't quite sure how a DVD of art would fit into my life, but I went ahead and gave it a shot.  I received two review samples, one DVD and one Blu-Ray disc, which I am allowed to keep.  I have to say that I honestly did enjoy viewing the DVD with my mother.  (My mom knows so much about art.  She identified many of the artists before the titles and descriptions appeared on the screen!)

Dali - Persistance of Time

The quality of the images on the DVD is very high- much higher than what can be viewed on a computer screen.  I think the DVD has great educational benefit because it cycles through a selection of works that show exemplary pieces showcasing the styles of artists whose works are housed in the permanent collection at MoMA.  It would be great for an art student who wanted to become familiar with different styles.

Rousseau - Sleeping Gypsy

And since my mother runs an adult day care, I gave her the DVD because she can have it on for the seniors to enjoy during their meals.  I kept the Blu Ray because sometimes I'll use it when I am grading papers or crafting and listening to music.  I think it would also be fun to enjoy this DVD during holiday celebrations.  I do wish the collection included more than 50 works, but maybe there's a volume two coming...?

Chagall - Birthday

To find out more about this digital art collection, please click on any of the paintings above or visit Screen Dreams online.