Wow, okay where do I even start?! First off, I just want to say that STAMP has opened a brand new world to me. I had not heard of this museum before I joined STAMP. I can honestly say that University City is my hangout place and I am very familiar with all the stores around here. But what gets me is that I’ve always thought this museum was an office for some reason. Urban Outfitters is right next door to this museum and I’ve always passed by this museum, not knowing what is really inside.
Some background information about this exhibit before I ramble on and on about how much I loved it here. Jason Rhoades is an artist who died at age 41. Before this exhibit, no one in the U.S. outside the art world really noticed his art (though he did have a following in Europe). He used ordinary things you see every day like buckets, an old TV, and even piles of wood to create his art! His work hasn’t been very popular in the United States but this exhibit introduced many Americans to Rhoades and his work.
This museum is not only free, but it has such great sculptures and exhibits. I would like to add on that Rhoades is very smart, using junk and turning it into art. When you hear the word trash, the first thing that will pop up in your head would be “ew gross! germs! diseases!” Before coming to this museum, I would’ve had the same thoughts about trash. I hate trash and I hate mess. But as I looked at these sculptures carefully, I concluded that everything has or can be turned into beauty, even trash! My eyes were drawn to the neon lights on the 2nd floor and I was very excited. To be honest, even though this museum is small, I couldn’t even find the way to the 2nd floor! When I got to the 2nd floor, the neon letters were extraordinarily beautiful. He did use some strong words and language that kids should not really see, but other than that, I still loved the neon and the colorful words. One cool thing you can do here is that you can take your shoes off and go under the neon lights and read the words one by one while walking on the fabric under it!
After I was done going around the museum a good 40 minutes, I took a survey of the museum and about the art that I saw. You can get a free poster if you do the survey! Yay! Who doesn’t love free things?! But this exhibit will not be here forever…so hurry and come to ICA and use your STAMP pass! You won’t regret it!
READY TO VISIT the Institute of Contemporary Art? Check out the ICA profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!
This post was written by Sharon Shania, a STAMP Teen Council member. Sharon attends The Preperatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology & Careers.