On a recent half day,?Jim and I strolled through Central Park after a filling lunch at Ippudo (this time we tried the spicy ramen and the incredible pork buns–both are highly recommended). The Met was our final destination and we manged to catch the last days of the pretty spectacular Superheroes fashion show which. to my delight. was very Thierry Mugler heavy. Seeing his outlandish creations in person was really impressive, the craftsmanship and the details were stunning. Sadly, a no photos policy was strictly enforced by a very insistent and loud barking woman.
While the Superheroes exhibit has ended by now, you have until October 26 to see the bright, fun work of Jeff Koons on the rooftop, a perfect spot for a giant balloon dog, a shiny red heart a flame (which a friend saw a man propose to his girlfriend in front of) and this energetic burst of color. If you get there later in the day a cocktail or beer can be enjoyed which basking in the kitschy beauty.
While my favorite wing, medieval art, is being renovated (it reopens November 19th and I'll be able to see my favorite Flemish portraits once again) we took the time to see other portions of the sprawling museum that we usually miss. Specifically the Asian art wings that hold a surprising nook of tranquility a Ming Dynasty garden court.
Other special finds on this particular day were this tattered tapestry from the Cypriot hallway and this fancy stained glass window, and the halls of Egyptian reproduced paintings. The small but inspiring modern print and photo section also held some gems like this H.C. Westermann print, this Philip Guston drawing, and this Allen Ruppersberg series of photos.
The Met is always changing and always offers hours of inspiration.