musezine 18


Designed to make contemporary art and culture accessible to urban youth, the Teen Council is structured around the production of MuseCasts, video podcasts available on YouTube, and MuseZines, a graphic publication of original work and commentary, by a small group of high school students working closely with instructors in the Media Lab.

Musezine 1 18

musezine 18





The American Dream?

I think you have it all wrong my friend.

A standard to what making it in the land of the free is.

The American Dream is not what you are led to believe.

Big house

White picket fence

Sports car

The American Dream is not so obvious.

The idea that is being sold through TV screens.

Gossip Girl


Sex and the City

The glamour of the high life.

But is the American Dream what we are led to believe?

The American Dream?

Think hard, why do you come here to the supposed land of the free?

Opportunities for higher education…at a price.

The chance to have a degree.

Even though Corporate America will always judge you based on your skin, language and religion.

You will always be Mexican, Bengali, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Honduran.

But having a degree will soften the blow.

The journey to reach the American Dream will be difficult.

So how do you know when you have reached your destination?

When the blood, sweat and tears have paid off.

When you have the…

Big house?

White picket fence?

Sports car?


The American Dream is reached when…

When you bought your own apartment?

When you built a better life for your family?

The American Dream, my friend,

Is achieved as long as you’re Happy.


-Amber Hutchinson

At Home




Most of us are never satisfied with our state of presence. Most of the time

we are in places where we wish we could be elsewhere. Like when we

are on the subway or on the bus and wished we had the power to teleport

home or simply be somewhere else. We never really appreciate where we

are and we rarely stop ourselves to realize that our life is passing by every

minute, every second. However, there are instances or specks of light

during our lifetime in which we truly live within our bodies without feeling

this conflict between the place and our minds.

In my eighteen years of living, I have a place where I’m certain my mind

and body can be present simultaneously. It is small, but beautiful. Not

necessarily rich in wealth, but rich in culture. It is located in between Colombia

and Peru and bordered by the Pacific Ocean. My secret jewel in

South America, my home, is Ecuador. I stay in the capital of Quito, a valley

surrounded by mountains at 9,350 feet (2,850 meters) above sea level. The

elevation makes it hard to breathe if you are not used to it, but your body

will learn to adjust accordingly. Once there you will feel different, as if time

slowed down just for you, so that your days last longer and you can enjoy

them fully.


On the streets, you see vendors who sell fruit that have just been picked and one

can smell the freshness just passing by. The prices are particularly low for how

good the quality and flavor of the fruits are. Most people, however, don’t buy all

their fruit in these casetas de frutas, but rather choose to go to el Mercado to get

even lower prices and greater amount of goods. There you can find everything from

school uniforms to live chickens, it is its own world. I was once even persuaded by

one of the merchants to buy a baby chick as a pet for seventy-five cents.

The city is also filled with places to eat and visit in every corner. My favorite place

in particular is a zone called La Ronda. La Ronda is right in the center of Quito,

the Old Town, with restaurants that are inside old houses serving Ecuador’s typical

foods. You can find crispy empanadas (deep-fried dough disks filled with cheese),

con morocho (hot white corn drink), the frequently talked about cuy (guinea pig),

seco de chivo (goat stew), fritada (deep fried pork), chicharrón con mote (fried pork

skin with white corn) and fresh fruit juice to accompany your meal. My favorite hot

plate is caldo de pata, which is a soup with white corn (mote) and cow’s feet (pata).

The meat is chewy and has the quality of gelatin, the taste is dreamy and the soup

is very creamy.


Besides the immense food diversity there is a great wealth of scenery. Ecuador is

divided into four sections: el oriente, la sierra, la costa and Las Islas Galapagos.

I wanted to experience both the force of the water and elevation, so I directed

myself to La Laguna Quilotoa, a water filled caldera (crater) formed by the explosion

of a volcano. The Crater Lake feels surreal as if you are above the world

giving off natural energy from itself while encouraging you to walk down to its

waters to experience the place as a whole. You feel as if you’ve been transported

to a different world where the lines between reality and imagination are blurred.

The water from the crater posses the energy from the volcano that collapsed

and you can feel the energy the instant your hand makes contact with the water.

The people from Quilotoa have created a transportation system using mulas and

burros (mules and donkeys) to shuttle people up the crater for eight dollars. I was

frightened to ride on them so I hiked up for an hour and a half instead.

I often dream of the opportunity to feel out of this world, as most of us will experience

at one point in our lives. I’ve realized that we all seek for this, but only in

these special instances are we able to endure this feeling. Life is full of inconsistent

sensations, but I searched and found my place of personal fulfillment

in Ecuador. Back in New York, I remind myself that I cannot have this pleasure

forever, but I must develop other distinct satisfactions as I venture forward. Here,

I’m brought back to reality with a better sense of myself and to move forward with

a new outlook on life as I travel underground in the subways and wander through

the busy streets.


Peggy Guggenheim buttons


Guggenheim erasers

Italian instruction manual

for Final Fantasy X

video game

Plastic bracelets







Artist brush



Milk carton



Tales of Terror

by Edgar Alllan Poe

Postcard designed by

Daniele De Toni


Venice public

transportation ticket

Negatives from

landscape photographs





Songs, letters, poems

With love...

Bronx Museum

Collections Remix


NY Daily News

Little Italy

San Gennaro

Festival cup

Teen Council


NY Yankees hat

NY Yankees pen


Red Sox



Bronx Museum pencils Vegan cookie Candies

Bronx Museum poster

Teen Council artist

interview series DVDs

MTV pin

Buttons about the

Triangle Shirtwaist

Factory fire in 1911


button from the

Museum of Art

and Design

Metro map




$2 bill



lotto 79ticket

Movie ticket

Bronx Museum bag designed by

middle school students from the

organization Casita Maria


Amber Hutchinson, 7, 25, 28-29

Ashley Vega, 10-11, 58-59, 88-89

D’Asia Lee, 6, 64

Deija West, 20-21, 73

Diana Vega, 4, 22-23, 54-55, 67, 71

Gertrudiz Mendoza, 83-85

Henry Brice, 37-43

Melissa de la Torre, 30-34

Mohammad Hossain, 47, 49

Nusrat Bhuiyan, 68

Odalis Espinoza, 3, 18-19, 44, 74

Yrma Batista, 26-27, 56-57

Alice Visentin, 50-51, 60-61

Allegra Bortoli, 53

Chiara Vian, 48, 63, 65, 75

Daniele De Toni, 2, 5, 8-9, 16-17, 24, 90-91

Elena Scroccaro, 72, 80, 82

Francesco Boccato Rorato, 35, 70, 92

Mandalina Antal, 52, 80-81

Margherita Calza, 45, 86, 93

Melissa Vizza, 62

Rhitu Miah, 12-13, 36, 46

Silvia Bellemo 69, 87

Cover work by Mandalina Antal

Musezine 18 was produced as part of an exchange between

The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Teen Council and teens from

the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Created in 2005, the Bronx Museum Teen Council makes

contemporary art and culture accessible to urban youth

through a series of different platforms. Structured around

the production of MuseCasts, video productions available

on YouTube and MuseZines, a small publication, Teen

Council is comprised of a group of high school students

working closely with instructors in the Museum’s Media Lab.

Bronx Team

Amber Hutchinson

Ashley Vega

D’Asia Lee

Deija West

Diana Vega

Gertrudiz Mendoza

Henry Brice

Melissa de la Torre

Mohammad Hossain

Nusrat Bhuiyan

Odalis Espinoza

Yrma Batista


Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

Hannie Chia

Raphael Miles

Venice Team

Students from the Liceo

Michelangelo Guggenheim

Alice Penzo

Alice Visentin

Allegra Bortoli

Chiara Vian

Daniele De Toni

Elena Scroccaro

Francesco Boccato Rorato

Jetmire Bozzato Bitiqi

Lucrezia Vivaldi

Mandalina Antal

Margherita Calza

Melissa Vizza

Rhitu Miah

Samanta Clark

Silvia Bellemo

Solidea Cecchinato

Valentina Carriero


Chiara Barbieri

Elena Minarelli

Anita Todesco

Dario Pinton

Valeria Burgio

Diana Córdoba Barrios

Valerio Vivian

Manuela Lopez

Massimo Daissè


Musezine # 18 Spring 2013

Sarah Sze: Triple Point, the official U.S.

representation at the 55th International Art

Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, is organized

by The Bronx Museum of the Arts and is presented

by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

of the U.S. Department of State. The exhibition

is produced with the collaboration of the Peggy

Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R.

Guggenheim Foundation, New York). Lead

foundation support has been provided by the

Ford Foundation, with additional support from

Altour and the U.S in Venice 2013: International

Advisors and Biennale Committee Members.

Musezine 18 was produced as part of the Bronx-

Venice Teen Exchange, an education initiative

accompanying Sarah Sze: Triple Point.

Special support of digital engagement and

education programs is provided by Bloomberg.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Education

Programs are made possible with support

from Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation; The

Fridolin Charitable Trust; The David Rockefeller

Fund; Simón Bolívar Foundation; New York State

Council on the Arts with the support of Governor

Andrew Cuomo and the New York State

Legislature; and New York Yankees Community



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