The Met, Part 1

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met for short, is an amazing place. It’s huuuge and there’s no way to finish looking at all the galleries in a day. In fact, the Met “is the largest art museum in the United States, and one of the ten largest in the world, with the most significant art collections” (Wiki).

Met Entrance
So. Many. People.

On May 24, I glimpsed at only a few “must-see” exhibits according to my friend Lucy who interned here for a summer, which I’ll now proceed to share…

Temple of Dendur

Temple of Dendur
Temple of Dendur, straight ahead

This structure used to be a sacred Egyptian temple. There was actually a line to see inside it. Of course, when I got to the entrance I had to get a picture…

JPei at Temple of Dendur
Welcome to my temple…

(Thanks for taking the photo, Eric!)

And all that was inside was this:

Priestess Temple of Dendur

It’s a figure of the goddess Isis, or something like that. Not gonna lie, it was somewhat underwhelming. But I thought that the most impressive part about this area was the indoor pond.

Pond Temple of Dendur

The still water and reflection really create a beautiful illusion of night/day. Even the pennies & coins look like stars!

American Wing

American Wing

To be honest, this may or may not be the American Wing (does anybody know?). I wasn’t really paying attention to what this area was called, but I think it houses a really cool collection nevertheless.

The golden statue of Diana really struck me (ha. ha.):

Diana

She used to be a weather vane in Madison Square Garden, but was taken down (because of nudity, perhaps?).

More pieces I liked:

The Angel of Death and the Sculptor
The Angel of Death and the Sculptor
The Vine
The Vine

The above sculpture really reminds me of Dionysus and the maenads (women who turned crazy following him). I only know this because I took a semester of Greek Mythology and had to read/findthesummaryonline of the Bacchae myth.

Arms and Armor

Just like it sounds, this exhibit featured an impressive collection of swords, knives, etc. and armory.

Knights in Armor
Knights in shining armor!

Turns out that Henry VIII was a pretty hefty guy:

King Henry VIII armor
The supposed armor of King Henry VIII

Asian Galleries

PixCell-Deer#24
PixCell-Deer#24

This taxidermied deer covered by glass orbs was so interesting. The artist used the concept of PixCells, “a portmanteau word combining the idea of a “cell” with that of a “pixel,” the smallest unit of a digital image” (Met). Although it was weird knowing that a dead deer was stuck in there, the work shone mesmerizingly under the spotlight.

PixCell Deer
Close-up of PixCell-Deer#24

Other

The only other exhibit we had time to see that day was Charles James: Beyond Fashion. This man was a fashion genius and created amazing evening gowns back in the 30’s – 50’s. I love, love, loved all his gowns. They were elegant, shapely, and artful. It was too late when they told me not to take pictures when I already got one in! So here’s the one and only:

Charles James
Charles James’s GORGEOUS creation

You can definitely see more of his creations on the Met site here. Get ready to drop your jaw in awe!

What are your favorite exhibitions in the Met? What are your “must-sees?”

Thanks for reading!

P.S. The rooftop garden was on this “must-see” list but it was unfortunately closed due to rain. However, look out for another post with this exhibit in it!