The Cool House: Met museum
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Showing posts with label Met museum. Show all posts

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend Off

We worked hard on the house the previous two weekends so we decided we deserved a couple of days free. Bonus: the weather was perfect - blue skies and temperatures in the 70s.

What better relief from renovation and maintenance stress than to spend Saturday looking at someone else's construction? Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big BambĂș at the Metropolitan Museum of Art .

It would have been remiss to visit the Met without touring the world and indulging in a little time travel. So we let the parade go by and spent couple of hours wandering amazed through The World of Khubilai Khan, popped by Ringo Starr's Golden Drum, stopped at the Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered to see how a napkin should be folded and ended the day at The Palace of Versailles.

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.