Walk Description

The Museum of Modern Art has one of the finest collections of modern art in the world. In the company of an educator and art historian, we will explore the unique ways artists have responded to the changing world around them through their creations. Using works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol as our visual textbook, we’ll learn how they challenged ideas of what art can be about and what art can look like over the course of the 20 th century.

Our docents, who are trained in such techniques as visual thinking strategies and have backgrounds in museum education, will engage the kids—from primary through middle school—in an interactive discussion of how art reflects and interprets the world around us.

As this is a private walk, the material will be tailored to the level and interests of the youngest participants. For children 12 and under we normally structure such activities as treasure hunts to find elements in paintings or a drawing exercise to get the children engaged. For middle schoolers the emphasis is more on questioning the works of art and our assumptions about them. In each case, we ask that you tell us about your children's current studies and provide any comments about their learning styles you can.


Duration: 2 hours
Category: Family Program
Venues: MoMA
Additional Costs:
  • MoMA Tickets - US$25.00
  • MOMA ticket (Senior) - US$18.00
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    Ara Merjian

    Ara H. Merjian is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies and Art History at NYU. He received his B.A. from Yale University in the History of Art, and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Grey Room, The Getty Research Journal, Modernism/Modernity and Res, and is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City, which will be published in 2013 by Yale University Press. He has taught at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and has held major fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), and the Stanford Society of Fellows. He is a regular critic for Artforum, Art in America, and Frieze, and has authored reviews in The Papers of Surrealism, Afterimage, and Modern Painters. He has lectured widely internationally, and been an invited speaker at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, the Académie de France in Rome, and the Review Panel of the National Academy in New York. He teaches courses on the French avant-garde, Italian modernism, Neo-realist cinema, and Nietzschean philosophy and aesthetics.

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    Rachel Ropeik

    Rachel is a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, where she enjoys providing fun, engaging, educational experiences for her visitors. Before Brooklyn, she contributed to the education efforts at a number of cultural institutions in and around London. Her stint in London started off with an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she examined 19th century masculinity through a lens of 20th century gender theory. If you have burning questions about French and British etiquette manuals and menswear tailoring magazines of the 1870s, she may well know the answer. Prior to her time in London, Rachel worked in various aspects of the art world including museums, galleries, and independent appraisals, and prior to that, she received her BA in Art History and French at Wellesley College in her home state of Massachusetts.

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    Monica Valley

    Monica Valley is a media designer and an art historian, specializing in later twentieth century art. A frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Columbia, focusing on the work of Robert Rauschenberg. Ms. Valley has programmed and led art study tours to India, Italy and Brazil, and is fluent in Portuguese.