An Afternoon at The Met

This past week I was in New York. My time was filled with meetings, trips to the Garment District, soaking up fashion week, catching up with tons of friends and of course, plenty of Museum hopping. 
I had blocked off a few afternoons to visit some of my favorite museums and was lucky to have a few besties join along the way. 
Abby and I met at the steps of the Met at noon and indulged in an afternoon visiting with some of the greats. 
 
We started out in the Egyptian Temple of Dendur that was built by Roman governor of Egypt, around 15 BC.

This bottle cap, Between Earth and Heaven, caught our attention. The work celebrates West African traditions of strip woven textiles, developed by weavers in Ghana.

I had to pay a visit to Madame X herself. Who could resist? Sargent you have done it again – stole my heart with your brush strokes. 

I fell in love with this Florine Stettheimer, The Cathedrals of Art, 1942. Stettheimer created a fantastical and circus like portrait of the New York art scene in the ’40s. Three major museums are watched over by their Directors: MOMA (upper left), The Met (center) and The Whitney Museum of American Art (upper right). Art critics, dealers, photographers and Stettheimer herself (lower right) stand on the Met’s grand staircase. 
The artist also designed the gilded frame which to me was just as awesome as the painting.  I was lucky to have grown up around some great art and have developed two “healthy obsessions” through the years. I absolutely love studying the backs of paintings as the story told can sometimes be more interesting than the painting(this was actually the subject of one of my college app essays) and I am fascinated with frames- all styles, materials, colors, you name it I just love frames!

This clock in the jewels exhibition brings monogramming to a whole new level. Hello, diamond monogram clock hands.

Thanks to Abby, we paid a visit to her most favorite friend, PixCell-Deer#24. In the midst of large Japanese panels, this amazing sculpture appears. A taxidermy deer is transformed by artificial crystal glass through the artist’s use of variably sized “PixCell” beads, a term the artist Kohei Nawa invented. The Met describes PixCell as a portmanteau word combining the idea of a “cell” with that of a “pixel,” the smallest unit of digital media. Absolutely breathtaking.

As you look into the crystal, you see both the fur of the deer and also the reflecting panels from the surrounding room. 

As the sun started to set, we made our way downtown and spent the rest of the night at The Headless Horseman, meeting up with other boarding school friends at a St Mark’s alum event.  Maybe because we were just at The Met or maybe just out of pure love, several of us reminisced about our extraordinary art/art history teacher, Ms. Barbara Putnam, who instilled a love of art to her students across all disciplines. Sometimes you can have a really tough teacher and not appreciate them until you have somehow made it through their class, with Ms. Putnam we knew how lucky we were every day-high standards and all.

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