#emptymet tour with Sree Sreenivasan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 11, 2015
Our tour guide was Sree, who grew up nearby and frequently visited the Met, growing his lifelong passion. He was told that New Yorkers who don't visit monthly are criminal. We had lots of criminals on the tour. One phrase that stuck with me is "the museum mosey," people who amble around with no sense of what they're looking at. How can we get better at telling the stories? he asked us.
Temple of Dendur
During the #emptymet tour, we learned that the Temple of Dendur was helped to the Met by Jackie O, who visited every morning and evening.
There are no words to describe the feeling you get when you happen to be standing there when light strikes the exquisite colors of the glass.
In a gallery that included Gauguin's paintings of women in Tahiti (one of which just sold for over $300m, breaking art sale records), we saw Van Gogh's last painting, unframed because he died too poor to finish it off properly.
What are those strange metal objects that stick out of the armor? Someplace to prop your lance while jousting. Hard to imagine actual people wearing this gear.
Time in a Bottle Mystery Jars contain a terracotta vase from the Met's collection: Early/Mid Cycladic 2300-2200 BC.
Death Becomes Her
Time in a Bottle Mystery Jars contain images from the Death Becomes Her exhibit at the Met.