Confront the Mystery of Modern Art at the Met Museum

Visit the Met’s modern collection with an art educator and finally attack the question, “Why is this art?”

Confront the Mystery of Modern Art at the Met Museum
  • Jen Oleniczak is an artist and museum educator who enjoys making art accessible
  • Explore the Met’s modern artwork while learning how to describe and understand it
  • Discuss, debate and resolve the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about what defines modern art

We’ve all been there: seeing a piece of famous artwork and having no idea why it’s famous, or even why it’s art. Now it’s finally OK to have the conversation about why a nearly blank canvas is considered art, or how a canvas drenched in splattered paint falls into the same category.

Artist and museum educator Jen Oleniczak has worked at almost every major museum in NYC. She always has a fun factoid or scandalous story on hand to help make the art world accessible, and her background in improv comedy means she’s not afraid to laugh at anything.

Join Jen for a no-holds-barred adventure through the modern and contemporary galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. View the work of artists like Pollock, Rothko, Smith, Chamberlain and Picasso, while Jen shares engaging stories about their lives. Indulge in exciting conversation about why this is, in fact, art, as you discern the nuances of the genre and put any nagging doubts to rest.

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Jen Oleniczak - Museum Educator

Jen Oleniczak

Museum Educator

Jen Oleniczak is an artist and art educator whose resume includes almost every major museum in New York. Aside from her work in museums and her art-making practice in ceramics, Jen is also a trained and practicing improviser, who performs off-Broadway.

When she ventured from theater into art...

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