Musezine 1 18
THE AMERICAN DREAM?
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.
White picket fence
The American Dream is not so obvious.
The idea that is being sold through TV screens.
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…
White picket fence?
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.
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
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
Italian instruction manual
for Final Fantasy X
Tales of Terror
by Edgar Alllan Poe
Postcard designed by
Daniele De Toni
Songs, letters, poems
NY Daily News
NY Yankees hat
NY Yankees pen
Bronx Museum pencils Vegan cookie Candies
Bronx Museum poster
Teen Council artist
interview series DVDs
Buttons about the
Factory fire in 1911
button from the
Museum of Art
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.
Melissa de la Torre
Students from the Liceo
Daniele De Toni
Francesco Boccato Rorato
Jetmire Bozzato Bitiqi
Diana Córdoba Barrios
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