Forty Gunnery students in AP French, AP Studio Art, photography and humanities classes visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, December 4.
Groups of students toured the museum with docents as part of the Exploring Art tour to examine and understand how works of art communicate across different cultures. Highlights of the guided tours included “Lucas I” by Chuck Close, “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, a bronze chariot inlaid with ivory in the Etruscan Art section from the second century B.C., and “The Freedman,” a bronze sculpture by John Quincy Adams Ward. Students in the AP French class toured the Islamic art galleries with a guide who conducted the tour in French.
After their guided tours, students had the opportunity to explore the museum on their own. Zoe David-Bowers ’18 said, “I really loved the tour because I had a chance to see pieces I wouldn’t normally find on my own.” Rachel Cohen ’18 spent some time viewing Egyptian art and was really struck by the mummies and how well preserved they are. Cohen said, “I like seeing pieces of history that are tangible and this exhibit really made that part of history come to life for me.” Cohen has been studying Modern Art in her AP Studio Art class and spent time touring the Modern Art galleries at the Met.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.