Aux Grands Hommes (Et Femmes)

March 8th and 9th

“And while I understand and feel/ How much to them I owe,/ My cheeks have often been bedew’d/ With tears of thoughtful gratitude/…/ My place with them will be,/ And I with them shall travel on/ Through all Futurity;/ Yet leaving here a name, I trust./ That will not perish in the dust” –Robert Southey

March 8th and 9th, I went to pay homage to Paris’ two most iconic sites for art and literature: the Panthéon and the Musée d’Orsay.

The modern Panthéon in Paris is named and (partially) modeled after the famous Roman Pantheon in Rome. The name “Pantheon” means, in Ancient Greek and Latin, (temple) to all the gods. rome-pantheon

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First day and Ava DuVernay!?

Today is my second full day at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s been great so far. Not only have I met a ton of people in the museum’s education department who are super passionate about art, I’ve also been able to clean up and update the Teen Program’s Digital Artizens website. The site is a collection of intersectional feminist art, thoughts, and writing, all by teenagers! As a teenage activist and art lover, this is an exciting project for me to take on.

Yesterday after Intersextions, a paid internship at the museum for LGBTQ+ teens, all of the teen staff went to a special preview of Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time at the Lincoln Center! Ava DuVernay is a black female director who is known for directing Selma and The Thirteenth, both serious movies about black identity and civil rights in America. A Wrinkle In Time however is a children’s fantasy movie, starring a black girl as the main character! After the film, Ava answered audience questions. I was starstruck! She’s such an inspiration and a trailblazer as a black female director. It’s so exciting to see her unique lens set upon such a classic children’s novel, and in addition, the movie was great!

Love,

 

Jay ❤