Scenes from Elsewhere: The Met, NYC

 
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Ave, NY

One of the first things I did when I visited New York during the Easter break was go to the Met.
I’d put off the Met for years. It was always one of those things on my itinerary that I never seemed to get to.
I decided to do it first this time… because when it’s between spending my last day in New York on the High Line and a museum, chances are I’ll choose the park over the museum every time.

With scant hours to spare, I did a few collections from a section of the museum and decided to leave the rest for another time (a tip I got re the Louvre).
I loved everything about the Met; from the stairs, to the collections I saw, to afternoon tea at the café with the views of Central Park.

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The American Wing Courtyard

I spent most of the time getting through the amazing collection of ‘Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas’ – nine galleries in all, which was about all the time I had.
It reminded me of Quai Branly, which is probably my favourite museum.
I find that I’m drawn to ‘indigenous’ art (not surprising, really), it’s inspiring and motivating, I come away wanting to create.

The African galleries includes an extensive collection of pieces from the Dogon people. Fascinating people…
I loved seeing was El Anatsui’s ‘Between Hell and Heaven’ – his installation ‘Akua’s Surviving Children’ is one of the most moving works of art I’ve ever seen.

And here are a few photos from the Met…
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Entrance – The Met Stairs

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Art from Oceania & Sunlit courtyard

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Necklace - René Jules Lalique

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Between Earth and Heaven – El Anatsui

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Couch and footstool with bone carvings & More art of Imperial Rome

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Marble Sarcophagus

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Afternoon Tea at The Petrie Court Café

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The Struggle of the Two Natures in Man

Posted April 23rd, 2012 in Travel. Tagged: , , .

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