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An hour or two at the Met

The forecourt of the Met Museum is boarded off while a complete remodeling is under way. There are going to be fountains and floodlights and seats strategically placed so that patrons will be able to watch the traffic streaming down Fifth Avenue. In the meantime the restricted entrance space is crowded with tourists making the best of the limited seating on the steps. This makes for an hazardous journey for incoming geriatrics who need the railings to pull themselves up by. But, judging by the architects’ drawings, this inconvenience will be a small price to pay for the improvements. Click on the pictures for detail.

A peep over the north side hoarding to see the work in progress . . . . . .

A peep over the north side hoarding to see the work in progress . . . . . .

Make way , coming through!

Make way , coming through!

shirt detail  . . . .

shirt detail . . . .

The sun was streaming through the fanlight of the Greek Hall

The sun was streaming through the fanlight of the Greek Hall

"Primitive" art

“Primitive” art

. . . . . . scary!

. . . . . . scary!

Heavy headgear!

Heavy headgear!

The aim of this visit to the Met was to see the latest installation on the Roof Garden. Meandering through the lower galleries before I found the appropriate elevator was an added bonus. When I attained the roof, however, I wasn’t quite so sure that I hadn’t already seen the main event.

The Roof Garden Commission was executed by Imran Qureshi from Pakistan, an artist, whose work I had not seen before.  At first sight the work seem to be a mass of blood splashes covering a wide area of the roof, as if someone had slaughtered a pig and emptied the blood bucket haphazardly. On closer inspection, many of the splashes contained leaf-like patterns.

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Detail . . . .

Detail . . . .

An interesting plus to the roof visit was this unusual view of Cleopatra’s Needle being inspected. For wear, I suppose?

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On my way out, I discovered this wonderfully carved erotic, from the time before porn was discovered:

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