An update on Peter Hristoff at the Met – Exploring What Matters: Art by The Met High School Interns

As part of his ongoing residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, VCS faculty member Peter Hristoff was involved with the organization of the new exhibition Exploring What Matters: Art by The Met High School Interns, which is on display at the Met Fifth Avenue through August 14th. The following description and video are taken from the Met’s website, and can also be found on our events page.


Exploring What Matters: Art by The Met High School Interns

At The Met Fifth Avenue through AUGUST 14

This exhibition features works of art inspired by The Met collection by high school interns, who collaborated with practicing artists at the Museum. Some of the teens regarded themselves as artists; others were experimenting with art for the first time. Half of the group worked with Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff, examining aspects of rug design such as composition, repetition, and symbolism. They produced designs that weavers at Can Carpet in Camlik, Turkey, wove into rugs. The other half worked with Jonny Goldstein, a visual notetaker, to use close listening and quick sketching as a creative art form. All of the interns explored art from different cultures—including that of the exhibition Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs—to create works that express something of personal importance.

Teen Programs are made possible by New York Life Foundation, Stanley R. Stangren, The Enoch Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Beal Family Foundation, Gray Foundation, Constance Goulandris Foundation, and Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc. Additional support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Billy Rose Foundation, Inc., and The Zeldin Family Foundation.

The Peter Hristoff Artist Residency and related programs are made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


More about Peter’s work with the Met interns and his other Met projects:

In an illustrated  blog post on the museum’s website, Met high school intern Tyrese H. wrote about working collaboratively with other program participants on a large-scale Mega Loom weaving under Peter’s guidance. Here’s one of the images from the post:

Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff works with teens contributing to the Mega Loom weaving. (via the Met Museum website)

Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff works with teens contributing to the Mega Loom weaving. (via the Met Museum website)

You can read about some of Peter’s other projects during his Met residency in these posts on the museum’s website. I’ll also be back in a few days with some images of students in Peter’s Artist’s Journal class working at the Met last semester.

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