The Great Hall of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt who was one of the founding trustees of the Metropolitan and the most fashionable architect of his day. When it opened to the public in December 1902, the Evening Post newspaper reported that at last New York had a neoclassical palace of art, “one of the finest in the world, and the only public building in recent years which approaches in dignity and grandeur the museums of the old world.”
Fragmentary colossal marble head of a youth; Greek. Hellenistic period. 2nd century B.C. Discovered at Pergamon, on upper terrace of gymnasium. Metropolitan Museum of Art, lent by Antikensammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
The Greek hero Herakles watches the modern young ladies with bemusement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Roman, Imperial period, 1st century A.D. Copy of a Greek statue of the second half of the 4th century B.C. attributed to Lysippos.)
The Roof Garden Commission by Pierre Huyghe. [In this piece the artist explores the transformation of cultural and biological systems through a dynamic gathering of components derived from the Museum’s collection, architecture, and surroundings] Not my favorite roof garden installation. I think that the spontaneously sprouted weeds are the nicest features. Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Sleeping Boy” French,ca. 1774, by Phillippe Laurent Roland and “Skull Hook” (Agiba) 19th-early 20th century, by the Kerewa people. Large agiba were used to display trophy skulls within men’s ceremonial houses amongst the Kerewa people of the Papuan Gulf region. Headhunting was an integral element of ritual life of the community. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
“Winter Pool” , 1959, by Robert Rauschenberg. Combination of oil,paper,fabric,wood, metal, sandpaper,tape,printed paper,printed reproductions,handheld bellows,and found painting, on two canvases, with a ladder. (The girl was not originally included in the art) Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Saint Anne Holding the Virgin and Child. South Netherlandish, Malines or Brussels, from Benedictine convent of Nonnberg, Saltzburg, Austria. Carved and painted about 1500-1525 Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Olympus “Pen” E-p2 with a vintage Zuiko OM 50mm f1.4 lens.
Art is one of the most important subjects to teach our children, and often it is the first to be eliminated from the curriculum when budgets are tight. It was a real pleasure to see this teacher in action and the children respond enthusiastically at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Olympus OM-1, a Zuiko 50mm f1.4 lens on Kodak Portra 400NC film.