Friday, July 17, 2009

Back to the Met - Part I

It doesn't matter what day, month or hour you go, the Met is always crowded with cabs, hot dog vendors, halal carts, and a diverse group of people just sitting on the steps.

We wanted to check out the American Wing that just opened two months ago. Michelle Obama was part of the opening ceremony.

The American Wing's Charles Engelhard Court.

We love seeing kids that really want to be part of the artwork rather than being dragged around by their parents. This boy in particular was so focused on sketching this sculpture that he didn't notice the adults like ourselves intrigued by him.

We might see his artwork one day here.

And we might see her one day performing at the Metropolitan Opera House with the American Ballet theater.

One of our favorites exhibits at the Met is the Arms and Armor collection on the first floor, which includes European, Turkish and Japanese armors. The artwork and details of every piece of the collection is incredible.

You won't be finding helmets like these at the Antiques Roadshow.

This is a 19th century saber from the Ottoman period made of steel, gold, diamonds, emeralds, and pearls.

We were blown away by seeing these Japanese Edo Period pieces.

This helmet dates back to the 16th Century and this breastplate is still inscribed with the armorer's name, Munesuke.

The Maelstrom sculpture currently on display at the Roof Garden looked like something out of a Tim Burton movie (on another note: A major career retrospective on Tim Burton will be at the MoMa beginning November 22nd. We're bummed that we'll be missing it).

See the installation of this 130-foot long / 45-foot-wide stainless steel sculpture.

We also spent our time in the 19th and Early 20th Century European Paintings rooms (photos shared later). We also saw Michelangelo's first painting (sorry, no photos allowed). We estimated that it would probably take at least six visits to the Met to comfortably see everything it has to offer.