"I like Thomas Hart Benton’s Weighing Cotton
because it was the first painting that I walked past originally only to backtrack and take time to look at it closely. I was attracted by the unique style and the subject (I like American history)."
"I like Frank Stella’s Brooklyn Bridge
—it’s structural, it moves, the colors are perfect and it’s very American twentieth century."
—Anna Marie Gresi
"Alfred Bierstadt’s Yosemite Valley Glacier Point Trail. It evokes memories of my own travels there, and the beauty and size of the painting are almost overwhelming. The painting depicts a pristine valley which will never look quite the same as it did in 1873."
"The Giacometti sculpture because I like to be scared."
"My favorite—from what I’ve seen so far—is a simple piece, part of the South Asian collection on the second floor, entitled Seated Buddha in Meditation. The severity of the gallery and the pose of the Buddha reflect on the peace and connection in all life on Earth, in a way that is not flamboyant. This piece seems to say, ‘I am here. You are there. That is the essence of living.’ I like it."
"The building itself."
"My favorite work of art is the one outside called Untitled (by Joel Shapiro). I like it because it can be anything you want depending on the angle you look at it. I think it is a dancer."
—Margot Simeone and Alisa Parcells
"Port-Domois, Bell Isle by Monet because it reminds me of my childhood and the warm scenery of my hometown."
"The van Gogh with the pool table. Why? Because I’ve never seen a van Gogh in real life."
"H. C. Westermann’s Imitation Knotty Pine. Why? Cause it’s real."
"Album Quilt. It’s vibrant, fresh, astonishingly well-preserved and clean, representing hours of work, probably by candlelight."
"Le Maison de Docteur by Paul Cézanne. I love the thick areas of color and play of muted tones—it transports me to the place."