BY DASHA DANEKYANTS AND MIA CROONA
That’s right, we took a field trip today to the Onassis Cultural Center. Located on 645 Fifth Avenue 52nd Street, this beautifully designed building holds some of the most interesting exhibits in Manhattan. Yet today, we focused on one exhibit: A World of Emotions.
This ancient Greek exhibit is held from March 9 to June 24, 2017, and includes artifacts from as far back as 700 BC. We tagged along with a tour guide and her group to get the full explanations and interpretations of the artifacts.
Onassis Cultural Center brings the Ancient Greece emotions back to life with an exhibition that features more than 130 pieces. The different pieces are vase paintings, sculptures, amulets, coins and theatrical masks. The exhibition explains and answers questions about how we control, express, manipulate or simulating feelings in our own society.
As the hour-long tour flew by, we exited the exhibit with more knowledge and insight on Ancient Greece, emotions, and Greek Mythology. The three of us agreed it was an eye opening experience as we sat by the fountain outside of the exhibit.
Personally what first comes to my mind when seeing all of these different sculptures, vases, and paintings is love. The history that was explained about the different pieces was almost all of them about some kind of love story or something that related to something erotic. Not only the story but also the motives of the paintings.
The chitchat continued until Mia realized there were circular objects either floating in the fountain or have sunken down below. Each flat circle had a word written on it. The words that floated, were positive emotions and the ones that sank were negative. Each of us chose some emotions we strive to experience less and watched them sink to the bottom, while the positive emotions remained high above them.
In today’s society, you will almost always follow the social rules or it differs from culture to culture. In the Greek antiquity, emotions manifested themselves in both public and private places.
After we had our symbolic moment, we transitioned into snapping a few photos starring Susanna’s Greek inspired jewelry. Before parting ways, Susanna graciously lent us her four necklaces, which we put on the second we got home.
Mia, Spot (our dog) and I took the party to our rooftop where we took some pictures and played with our pup.
We encourage you to head uptown and see this intriguing exhibit! And maybe after visiting the Jimmy Choo store adjacent to the Cultural Center. Xoxo chat soon!