This weekend we popped along to one of my favourite museums in the city. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now this museum is HUGE and I don't think it can really be done in one day. This was now my 3rd visit and I was still getting lost and stumbling upon wings of the museum that I hadn't come across before. The reason I love it so much is because its admission fee is "pay what you can", perfect for a student! Now because I love it so much I usually pay around $10 - $15, but there really is no judgement with anything you can or want to pay. This weekend I paid $6 for Gino and I. The reason we went this weekend as there was two new exhibitions that we wanted to check out; The Costume Institutes "Manus X Machina; Fashion In The Age Of Technology" and the "Transitional Object" exhibitions.
Now I had never been on a Saturday at 1PM before and as we were approaching the museum there was slight horror in our eyes at the amount of people on the steps waiting to go in. So we joined the queue! The queue was around 5 minutes to get in and around 2 minutes to pay, which was great. Being one of the cities biggest museums they really have their crowd control/flow down. I forget sometimes how big the museum actually is, once we'd paid we headed straight for "Manus X Machina" (enter the right hand side of the huge steps and walk straight down the centre of the museum).
MANUS X MACHINA: Fashion In The Age of Technology
As you guys probably are aware, the 2016 Met Gala was two weeks ago! Social media and any media magazine/supplements were covered with photos of all the celebrities on the red carpet before the event. But if you're like me, I didn't really know what the Met Gala was for until last year. Every year Conde Nast (Vogue's publishers) hosts the Met Gala in order to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Costume Institute hosts an exhibition based around a theme and the celebrities and designers collaborate on an outfit for the evening. A painter and his muse if you like. This years theme was "Manus X Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology", a theme I feel that has many different outcomes and possibilities that really challenge the realms of fashion. The Costume Institute then showcases fashion from their archives of designers within the exhibition.
The first thing you see as you walk into the exhibition is this dress by the House of Chanel. It. Is. Beautiful. Its a wedding dress and the train is so intricately beaded and designed it could give the finest of dressmakers a head ache. It was in a cathedral like dome-roofed space with seats surrounding it. The environment was very clinical and industrial around the entire exhibition, very clean lines matched with scaffolding.
The exhibition was incredible, and yet not what I expected. I thought I'd see something very industrial and mechanical but the exhibition surrounded the ways in which designers challenged the way they used materials. Sections aimed at the forms of dresses, the way in which lace was used. Sections also looked at upholstery and leather work. A lot seemed to surround the use of 3D printing.
There was something hauntingly beautiful about the exhibition for me, the music they played around the exhibition created an almost church or cathedral atmosphere whilst adding a sense of harrowing space. It echoed around the space and complimented the shapes and forms of the dress, a sense of unnatural form.
I highly recommend visiting the exhibition if you have time before it finishes on August 7th.
TRANSITIONAL OBJECT: PsycoBarn
Now if you head on up to the Met's roof garden and Roof Bar you'll find this seasons Transitional Object. This seasons large-scale sculpture is by British artist Cornelia Parker. What started out as a traditional Dutch American Red Barn, Parker was then inspired by the paintings of American houses by Edward Hopper. She then learnt that the paintings were also the source of inspiration for the house famously overlooking Bates Motel in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psyco". Parker then combined these two iconic American symbols to create "PsycoBarn". The contrast between this domestic American home and the New York skyline is incredible and its "out-of-place" feel makes for a great photo opportunity! Exhibition aside, the Met's Iris and B Gerald Cantor Roof Garden is well worth the visit for its breathtaking views of the skyline and Central Park!
As I'm now finished First Year at the Academy and the Summer is ahead of me, the Met is a great place for that rainy summers day. I will most definitely be heading there again!
Have you guys been to the Met before? Do you recommend any other museums? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Sunday everyone!
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