28 August 2008

Hello College

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So I guess this is college! It's here! First post in NYC! Living in a dorm is exactly as I expected it to be, especially because my dorm is such the quintessential dorm. Shitty furniture, ugly linoleum floor, fluorescent lights...you know. But I'm working on making it nicer with posters (which I have yet to buy) and postcards. I'm pretty sure my roommate thinks I'm really weird because I have a postcard of Einstein, a turkey (its an Audubon print), and Louise Bourgeois holding a giant metal sculpture of a penis. And then I'm going to put up another one which is a Cindy Sherman photograph of this weird, mutilated face.



Anyways, today I went with the studio art department on a field trip to PS1 on Long Island. It's a museum, I think an extension of MoMA, and I really loved it. The building is an old public school that has been entirely converted into a museum, but without being remodeled, so it still looks like a school. There is art everywhere: in the stairwells, basement, bathrooms, dusty corners, etc. There were a lot of installation pieces, my favorite of which was a bunch of old scuba diving outfits (think metal helmet and all that) which were constructed just a little larger than life, and they were hanging in this dark, small room. They would alternate having a light turn on inside their helmets and then the ones in the back would raise their arms and hit this giant metal sheet with a hammer. It was cacophonous, scary, and amazing. It was actually pretty frightening, especially because they moved on their own accord and were pretty big.

Tomorrow I am going to the Guggenheim with two other girls in the studio art department to see the Louise Bourgeois exhib and whatever else is being shown there. I can't believe I am in New York City!!

9 comments:

Anne said...

"cacophonous" - how YOU. Your life sounds amazing but I want more pictures. More MORE MORE!! Well, I shouldn't be talking since I have only one pic, as well. The Guggenheim trip sounds great! I can't wait to hear your report. And those deep sea diving suits sound thoroughly creepy. Can't wait until this December! Until then, have honey bunches of fun.

Lizzie said...

If you want to see more pictures, go to my flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionsandcurios/

Taylor said...

this sounds so exciting! i can't wait to hear more and see more pictures. i will visit your flickr when i get home.

pasadena is still here.

is that picture of your bathroom? or in your room? i really like those shelves/cabinets.

Taylor said...

wait! are all those pictures on your flickr of your dorm room? it looks huge! do you actually have a kitchen in there?

Lizzie said...

it really isn't that big. at all. the kitchen is a baby kitchen and i can't even imagine trying to cook anything substantial in it (like, say, an apple pie...). but yeah, that's all my dorm, in all its glory.?

Taylor said...

i just have this image of a room about the size of the room connected to your darkroom, with two desks and two beds shoved in it, a narrow hallway with a bathroom in it for the floor, and downstairs in the common/exercise room with couches from the 70s, a kitchenette. Those were the dorms at Santa Barbara... I'm assuming its similar at Berkeley because they are trying to shove a lot of people into too small a space. However, I am not complaining, I suppose it is all part of the excitement!

kikis said...

Awesome! I can't believe you went to Bigelow's! Is your dorm in the west village or are you by st. marks? How exciting! I need your email to send you info...

Lizzie said...

i have no idea where i am, to be honest!! but i'm on 3rd and 11th if that helps!

my email is lizzie1219 [at] gmail [dot] com

claire said...

you are so adorable lizzie