I recently took a long overdue visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) to see the exhibit — Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom. The weather in NYC has been terrible for the past week so when there was a bit of sun, I ran to the museum. Unfortunately, the exhibit is only open when there is no rain, wind, lightning, clouds — basically, if it’s not a beautiful, sunny day, don’t plan on seeing the MET’s roof.
The artwork itself was amazing — very ethereal. The metal tree-like structure appears to have literally grown out of The MET’s roof, likely because it was created in situ. And aside from the actual artwork, The MET’s roof boasts the best views of central park and those views can be worth the trip to the museum alone.
Along with the Roxy Paine exhibit, there were a few special exhibitions on view, namely Francis Bacon: a Centenary Retrospective and Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages. In regards to Francis Bacon, aside from a fantastic collection of ‘portraits’ of Pope Innocent X, his most famous piece, “Painting“, was on view. I found the collection to be well stocked with intriguing, abstract paintings.
Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages was another great exhibit. The exhibition design was quite lack luster, but the collection was beautiful. I very much so admire the skills of draftsmen during the Middle Ages and have a great love for illuminated manuscripts. Inside was everything from astronomy charts to books covering human anatomy — all meticulously drawn.
The MET is filled with new summer exhibitions that are worth the trip — don’t forget the roof!