The Head-Banger

By Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I took my first trip to the MOMA this weekend with friend of the room Ricardo Gutierrez. Our main mission was to see the Diego Rivera murals up close. I liked his style--it reminded of a graphic novelist in the best possible way. But I often felt like there wasn't much space to explore the murals. It felt the message was on top, and the art was sort of second. I am, by no means, any kind of art expert. So I'd be open to hearing more about what I didn't see.

With that said, oddly enough, this piece--"Indian Warrior"--was probably my favorite. I say "oddly" because it's message is fairly direct--a conquistador in full armor slaughtered by an Aztec Jaguar knight. And yet I felt like there actually was room in there for me. Maybe it's the Jaguar garb, or it could be the feet the background. I don't know.

Anyway, we saw some other stuff that really got me--the Dada stuff, for instance, was wild. More on that later.

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