Senior InterMission Update: “Beyond Glimpses of Morisot”

Post by Grier Torrence, chair of the Arts Department

For the seniors in the InterMission class “Beyond Glimpses of Morisot,” the course began with a great walk up Farmington’s Mountain Road to see Cassatt, Degas, Monet, and Manet, Whistler paintings, and prints by Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro at the Hill-stead Museum.
On Sunday, we headed to New York City. Here are Katie and Shayla with Ensor at MoMA.
Dr. Anna Swinbourne brought to life a Cy Twombly painting as the Sotheby’s interns tour the 
“Epic Abstract Expressionist” show at the Metropolitan Museum. Ten of our 15 students interned at the Sotheby’s auction house, helping to prepare the catalog for the show “By Women for Tomorrow’s Women,” the auction scheduled for March 1.
The Sotheby’s group and Sophie Brandt (Porter’s photography intern for “The New York Times”) visited the Whitney Museum to see the “Warhol from A to B” exhibition.
Passing lights at SAKS on way from MoMA
Dinner on 39th Street
The Sotheby’s commuters on the Q line.
After the trip to NYC, we arrived in Philly and took to the Philadelphia streets on the way to the Barnes Collection!
We saw the “Berthe Morisot Retrospective,” a stunning show and wonderful moment for 
the InterMisson “Beyond Glimpses of Morisot class,” which is now in its sixth year and named in part for a fund established by Josie Merck ’65 for Miss Porter’s School arts and travel to museums, among other things. 
Caroline M. ’19 responds to one of Dr. Swinbourne’s probing Art History questions.

Later that evening the “Beyond Glimpses of Morisot” class (avec teachers Carol Plough, Anna Swinbourne, and me) arrived back at Miss Porter’s School in dear old Farmington Village after a fantastic trip to two amazing, art-filled cities!

For our seniors, the overarching goal of InterMission is to prepare our oldest students to soon fulfill the final words of our mission statement, “we expect our graduates to shape a changing world.” Our students are eager to see how our Ancients and their work model the call of the school’s mission. Our hope is that students emerge from the experience with a keen awareness of themselves as learners and as positive agents of change. Students are empowered to reflect upon the people they are and the people they will become. 

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