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Thirty-one sixth form students travelled to New York in the first week of the Christmas break to encounter the city’s art, architecture, sights and culture.
The art highlights included the Museum of Modern Art’s seemingly endless collection of the most iconic works of art, where Monet’s Waterlilies never ceases to amaze; an inspirational retrospective of the pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago at the New Museum; and the Whitney Museum’s pre-eminent collection of American artists including O’Keefe, Hopper and Wyeth.
Architecturally, the students experienced the ever-modern Guggenheim, scaled the heights of the Empire State and Rockefeller buildings, marvelled at the skyline whilst walking over the Brooklyn Bridge at night and perused the cool cobbled streets of SoHo.
Other experiences included a poignant visit to the 9/11 Museum, the dioramas at the American Natural History Museum and walking the High Line, while entertainment came in the form of seeing the Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Gardens, watching Studio Ghibli’s latest film The Boy and the Heron, bowling at Chelsea Piers and skating in Central Park.
It is hard to imagine that all of this – and more – was seen and experienced in just one week and it will take some time to fully sink in.