As a college freshman, I enrolled in Art History- a specialty at Vassar. Sitting in a darkened auditorium, looking at slide upon slide of sculptures, paintings and drawings, and listening to professors who had devoted their lives to a particular artist or period, awed me.
During school breaks, I’d take a train in from Connecticut copy down names of sculptures and paintings I saw on slides or that were in my huge textbook, and trot around the museum trying to find them. I’d spend an entire day there, believing I had to see “everything.” I bought a postcard or two and felt fulfilled; I’d “done” the Met. I’d sometimes meet college friends or go there on a date, but usually went alone.
When our children were young, we had two destinations inside its cavernous halls: the Arms & Armor and the Egyptian mummies, and if we could keep their attention, one more exhibit. Now I try to get to the major exhibits and usually meet a high school friend there once a year; we roam from room to room, talking, not really looking at art.
Two current exhibits merit attention.
Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century
The views from open windows as painted by European and Russian artists between 1810-20 got my teacher brain going. I devised an assignment: Look out a window, take a photograph, paint or draw what you see, and write a sentence about the image. I’m no longer in the classroom, but thought this would be a fun way to interact on the blog. I can’t figure out how to attach images to comments, but perhaps readers you can just use words! (and if anyone can assist technically-great!)
Why would anyone want so much grass to mow? The lawn service consisted of my father, my siblings and me, driving a tractor.
For something totally different, see the Alexander McQueen costume exhibit. Don’t expect renditions of Kate Middleton’s gracious, lacey wedding gown. More theater than function, I felt I was walking through a haunted house, uncertain what would appear around the corner. Unique and popular; expect to wait in line. It’s on until July 31.