The Cool House: Day @ The Met: Bacon, Fig Tart and Supermodels

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day @ The Met: Bacon, Fig Tart and Supermodels

Coolish Summer days at The Metropolitan Museum - how I love them. No crowds, no lines, the parking attendants are in a really good mood, we don't have to wait for a table at the Petrie Court (our favorite place for lunch in the City) and yes, we can look at the paintings as long as we want. It was such a quiet day we were able to see four shows and leave without feeling harried, exhausted or that we'd missed something, So here is "4 Exhibitions in 4 hours or A Stress-free Day at The Met":

Bert Stern Twiggy in Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, March 15, 1967. Courtesy of Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

50 years of fashion - from Dior to Marc Jacobs - at the Models as Muse: Embodying Fashion exhibition attacked the senses from all sides. Firstly it was so cold in there that I contemplated borrowing the Dior wool jacket on display just to stop shivering. Then as I walked into the 80s room (music by George Michael) a wave of Rive Gauche washed over me, a flashback to my earliest perfume wearing days.

Barbara Kruger Untitled (You Are Not Yourself), 1981

Mass media as art is explored in The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984; posters, photographs, videos, sound and Wonder Woman on TV kept us riveted for over an hour. Listen to The Met podcast to get a proper sense of this unique exhibition. (Click the exhibition link for information)

Salmon Entree at The Petrie Court

Lunch Break. There should have been a photo of the Black Mission and Blue Cheese Fig Tart but apparently it was so scrumptious it had to be devoured before the iphone had time to focus. I say "apparently" because normally The Guy and I share new experiences, especially delicious food. All I know about the tart is looked gorgeous as it was placed in front of him and "Wow, that was fantastic!" approximately 30 seconds later. The takeaway, as always, is this. Served with espresso, it used to come without the protective sleeve, and we would wrap them in napkins to take home. Life got a whole lot simpler, and less sticky, today.

Free (with admission) the view from the Met roof over Central Park to the Upper West Side, a welcome dose of sunshine after the (over) air-conditioned museum interior.

Roxy Paine Maelstrom on the roof. A work that encourages the public to get inside the sculpture and explore the juxtaposition between the man-made environment and the natural world.

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Cruxificion, 1944, a triptych from Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective . While the paintings are the same as the first show (at Tate Britain), the accompanying information was more encyclopaedic (and presented in an inter-active fun way) over at the Tate, so go their flash site for further background. Stunning.


Jean Martha said...

I love that roof, could sit up there for hours!

Jennifer said...

I love that rock candy. :) I'm a sugar baby... could eat it all day.

Sounds like just the kind of day I like!

Kathleen said...

I tried the panna cotta recipe and it is a new favorite. Thanks for posting that.

modernemama said...

Kathleen - we also had lemon panna cotta for dessert here and it was even better so I'm going to try out a new recipe with more cream and a little less gelatin. I'll let you know how I get on...