Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mama’s day at the Met

Earlier this week after the school drop-off was done I decided some mama time was due. I have a list of things I would like to do in the city that B might not enjoy and this week I managed to tick something off the list; the Met!

The Met on Fifth Avenue has over two million square feet of art spanning many cultures and time periods.

With a museum so vast, I knew I wouldn’t have time to see it all, but I knew I wanted to see the Modern and Contemporary section, so planned a route that would allow me to spend the most time there.

I started off exploring the Greek and Roman art, which was very impressive. I particularly enjoyed the hallway (pictured below) that leads to many of the items.

I then passed through the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Much of the art here felt delicate and fragile, but was beautifully made and some pieces were exceptionally large.

Then onto the Modern and Contemporary Art, this section alone houses more than 12,000 works of art so I didn’t quite get through them all. Because I arrived at the museum very early, I managed to beat the crowds. Sometimes I was the only visitor in the room, so the staff were very helpful and I got personal tours of  some of the Modern and Contemporary Art rooms!

I then moved onto the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts which were interesting, but being from England I have explored many historic buildings and cathedrals around Europe and must admit I prefer to see this sort of artwork in its original location.

One area you simply can’t miss is the roof garden. Currently an installation from British artist Cornelia Parker is in place. The transitional object (PsychoBarn) is a scaled down version of the sinister mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.

The views of the city over Central Park are absolutely amazing from the roof garden. You just have to be quick to find a spot to take your picture as there are lots of young girls up there taking selfies and group shots, with such a beautiful back drop I can't say I blame them!

You can find more about the Met and plan your visit on their website.

Greek and Roman Art hallway.

A Roman marble head. 

A curiosity in Arts of Africas, Oceania and the Americas. 

Modern and Contemporary selection. 

Modern and Contemporary selection. 

Modern and Contemporary selection. 

I know a little boy wouldn't be able to resist this piece! 

Top tip - visit early!

Top tip - visit early! 

PsychoBarn.

Just look at that view.

I wish I could of spent longer up here. 

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