Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014
Death becomes her, or rather, death becomes you. Though the title of The Costume Institute's current exhibition Death Becomes Her is daunting, the show highlights the beauty of the mourning period. All throughout history, black has been seen as a dark, sorrowful, and empty color, perfectly fit for the clothes of a mourner. However, in this exhibition, black is the epitome of style. Some of these dresses were worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra themselves from 1815 to 1915. For these women, mourning didn't mean sulking in your house in a fit of rags; you went out and evoked mystery to everyone you encountered.
Posted: Friday, December 5, 2014
It's taken me years to admit, but I have an addiction to all things Japanese. At the impressionable age of five, my father showed me my first Godzilla movie; several King Ghidorah action figures, three hundred Pokémon cards, and fourteen Studio Ghibli films later, I've not only converted my calculus notebook into a journal in which I try to memorize Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, but I've come to terms with the extent of my obsession. As a result, it was practically inevitable that I found myself roaming through the Met's exhibition Kimono: A Modern History, on view through January 19, 2015. Featuring a range of kimonos from the eighteenth century to the present day, it fed right into my interests.
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving from Teen Programs at the Met! There are a number of artworks in the Museum that depict this time of year; one example is this painting by Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses. The people in this rural scene are preparing for Thanksgiving by catching a turkey. Their energy while chasing the turkeys and their brightly colored jackets add warmth to this charming scene. This family's Thanksgiving preparations are a reminder of our own holiday traditions.
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2014
The last time I was wandering around the Met, I heard four successive "Wows!" exclaimed by awestruck museumgoers as they entered gallery 206, the entrance to the Asian Art galleries. This comes as no surprise to me, as the impressive thirteen-foot-high statue of the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva that sits in the gallery is stunningly amazing. The entire gallery is quite remarkable. However, what I feel is truly amazing about this part of the Museum is the immediate quietness and tranquility one encounters when they walk up the steps into the smaller galleries that make up the wing.
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014
Art is like ice cream. (A weird analogy, but bear with me.) Every ice cream lover has a preference; some like chocolate, others vanilla. The same holds true of art. Some like Impressionist painting, others prefer medieval armor.
Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014
A person can have an individual relationship with art, but at The Metropolitan Museum of Art there is often a third party involved when strolling through the galleries: the security guard. It didn't take me long to realize how wise the guards at the Met are: Many of these men and women are extremely curious about art and how it is perceived, and therefore take advantage of being in one of the world's greatest museums during their work day.
Posted: Friday, October 31, 2014
Imagine you come home one afternoon to find a large envelope has been left for you at your door. The letter inside reads:
You are cordially invited to join Her Majesty the Queen for tea this afternoon
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014
Last Friday, October 17, the Met and more than forty community partners welcomed 2,843 teens into the Museum for the inaugural Teens Take the Met event. After getting wristbands, a Teen Pass, and information about the activities on offer, teens had a number of options from which to choose. There was art making in the Uris Center for Education and the galleries, games in the Loud Library (the Nolen Library), performances, pop-up concerts and film screenings, and 3D printing experiments—all done to the tunes of DJ Kakez, who supplied the soundtrack for the night.
Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Teens Take the Met
Friday, October 17, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (Show location on map)
This Friday, October 17, teens are going to take over the Met! Teens ages 13 and older are invited to a Museum-wide, teen-only festival in which they can engage with the Museum's collection, explore their own creativity, and make the Met their space to explore and experiment with art.
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014