Isha Parkhi ’21 is one of 13 students spending the semester with Hamilton's program in New York City. Here she reports on one of the group's first excursions.
As a part of the Hamilton Program in New York City, we work at our internships four days a week and reserve our Wednesdays for an Urban Ethnography class and excursions. Last week we visited the Whitney Museum to see the Andy Warhol exhibit: From A to B and Back Again.
We walked along the High Line to the recently relocated Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District of Lower Manhattan. As we got ready for our group tour of the exhibit, we found out that our tour guide was none other than Hamilton alumna Xin Wang ’09. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at NYU and works at the Whitney as a tour guide. Wang specifically chose our group when she saw a Hamilton College listing on the group tours. She is also a past student of Professor Dan Chambliss, our program director.
The exhibit was incredible. Many of us have taken art classes at Hamilton, with one class being specifically about Andy Warhol, so it was a great way to tie all of our knowledge together. Warhol famously reprinted an image of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa which was on display at the Whitney. Students viewed the exhibit, snapped photos and purchased souvenirs. Hope Preston- Medina ’21 said, “Similar to the concept behind Warhol’s reproduction of the Mona Lisa, we all took our own pieces of the exhibit home with us – each student leaving with an identical memory, picture or souvenir.”