The Met’s Roof Garden Commission by Imran Qureshi

Posted by The G on May 29, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Imran Qureshi.

Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met

Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met

Every year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a different exhibit on the roof of the building.  In previous years, Jeff Koons’ balloon dog was there as was a really cool installation by Roxy Paine.  This year, the floor of the roof is a commission by Imran Qureshi.  In theory, it is really cool.  The roof of the met is quite large and the mural extends across most of it.  In actuality, it looks like you’re stepping into a blood bath.  I found myself wanting to get a mop and bucket and rinse off this gigantic stain.

Imran Qureshi on the Roof featuring my shadow.

Imran Qureshi on the Roof featuring my shadow.

The good thing is that it’s always a treat to head up to the roof of the Met because you get to see really amazing views of Manhattan and on a gorgeous day, it’s even better.  But like the Punk exhibit, which is showing a few floors below, you should definitely not move heaven and earth to see either.

Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi

This commission runs through November 3, 2013 and can be seen permitting on the weather.

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Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City on the Roof of The Met

Posted by The G on September 4, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Tomas Saraceno.

Cloud City by Tomas Saraceno

Cloud City by Tomas Saraceno on the roof of the Met in NYC. Now through November 4, 2012

New York!  Don’t miss out on one of the highlights of the summer, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and heading up to the roof.  Not only do you get to see a gorgeous view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, but through November 4, 2012, you can see Tomas Saraceno’s “Cloud City.”  You can obtain free tickets to climb inside the structure (don’t worry, there’s a staircase inside), but those go pretty quickly, so you might want to head there first.  If you don’t go inside, don’t worry – you can still see a view such as that pictured above.

Cloud City will be on view through November 4, 2012 on the Roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Located at 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street). New York, NY 10028 Phone (212)535-7710 for Hours and More Information.

You can see more pics (including the very first G spy pic in existence) on The Worley Gig.

The Met Extends McQueen Exhibit Hours

Posted by The G on July 12, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Alexander McQueen.

Savage Beauty by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at The Met in New York

If you haven’t seen the “Savage Beauty” exhibit by Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, you must!  Due to high demand, the hours where the exhibit is on display have been extended.

Starting July 22, 2011, the Met will allow museum members in at 8:30 a.m., an hour before the show opens to the public. (Only the museum’s 81st Street entrance and 80th Street garage will be open for these viewings.)  And from August 4th to the 7th the exhibition will remain open until 9:00 p.m.

Additional hours for the show will continue to be offered on Mondays, when the museum is generally closed to the public. Monday tickets, which cost $50, are available at the Met and on its website www.metmuseum.org.

The exhibit closes on August 7, 2011.

 

Anthony Caro on the Roof at the Met

Posted by The G on June 15, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Anthony Caro.

Anthony Caro on the Roof

Anthony Caro on the roof of The Met

Abstract sculptures by British artist Anthony Caro can been seen on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York all summer… unless it rains.

Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro

“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen at the Met

Posted by The G on May 23, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Alexander McQueen.

"Savage Beauty" by Alexander McQueen. Now showing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through July 31, 2011

“Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen is not just the name of a retrospective of the late fashion designer’s wearable works of art and Haute Couture. “Savage Beauty” is a perfect two word representation of the life of an extremely creative artist whose life was cut short when he committed suicide in February 2010.  Here’s a few things you should expect when you go see “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York:  you’ll most likely experience a minimum of an hour long wait to get inside the exhibit (which is beyond worth the time investment).  You’ll also see 6 galleries (The Romantic Mind, Romantic Gothic and the Cabinet of Curiosities, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Primitivism and Romantic Naturalism) filled with some of the most interesting and creative designs the fashion world has ever seen.  It’s no wonder that celebrities and musicians alike (such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bjork) wore outfits designed by Alexander McQueen.  The looks he created are unforgettable.

Savage Beauty

Not only are the fashions he designed mind-blowing (from outfits made out of feathers, horsehair, metal, glass, fresh and fabric flowers, wood, razor clam and muscle shells) but the presentation of his works is also incredible.  Each room has a distinct (and equally spooky) vibe to it.  Clips of past runway shows appear on video screens that are sometimes shown encapsulated inside a large mirror box, sometimes shown as a wall projection and even appear on the ceiling on a large flat screen TV.  Sound effects of suffocation are ever present in each room as if to foreshadow McQueen’s death from asphyxiation.  It’s both savage and beautiful.

The "Armadillo Shoe"

If you are not in the New York area, you can see a couple of video tours of this incredible exhibit on New York Magazine’s website or on the official website of The Met. “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen runs until July 31, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (located at 1000 5th Avenue in New York) and should not be missed under any circumstance.

"I find beauty in the grotesque, like most artists. I have to force people to look at things." - Alexander McQueen

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