Hey Upper East Siders, I went to the Met last weekend with my mom to see their annual Costume Institute exhibit (we went last year, too!) and walk around the UES and wanted to share some pictures from our day! This year, the exhibit was: Rei Kawakubo/ Commes des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. We also visited a few other areas of The Met, including the impressionism wing and a new exhibit, “Talking Pictures: Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists”.
These (above) are actually paintings of the images the two artists sent back and forth.
The “Talking Pictures” exhibit was really cool. The premise of the exhibit was to partner up a few pairs of artists, let them only communicate between camera phone photographs for a given period of time and then document that conversation. Each pair interpreted the “assignment” in a different way: one pair sending one picture per day, then painting each image for the final display. Another pair of artists were both pregnant, so their conversation was framed in their pregnancies, among other world events. These conversations happened over the course of a few months, and happened to be the time a little before and after the election and inauguration, which was an interesting way to frame these conversations. Did the election/ politics/ policy influence these conversations or even come up? Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit and highly recommend stopping by if you’re at The Met.
After that, we headed to the Costume Institute. Seeing Kawakubo’s garments in person was amazing. Her designs are extremely thought provoking and I enjoyed reading about her and learning about her design process, which is an art in and of itself. A quick side note: I wouldn’t recommend this exhibit for those not interested in fashion or her designs specifically, because to “outsiders”, it can seem fairly strange. As you’ll see from my pictures, her designs are very different than most fashion houses or designers and can seem quite strange. In my opinion, this exhibit doesn’t even compare to how wonderful last year’s exhibit was, but it was a fun day going to the Met and getting a better understanding of Kawakubo, Commes des Garçons and her impact on the fashion industry. That being said, I would recommend this exhibit to those interested in fashion because it does prompt some interesting conversations and topics.
On our way back to the lobby of the museum, we took a few minutes to wander around the Impressionist area of the museum. Impressionism is one of my mom and I’s favorite styles, so we had to stop to see some Monet and Degas. It brought me back to Paris!
We also had to visit The Met’s Rooftop before leaving the museum. It was such a beautiful day, we couldn’t resist stopping for a good photo-op. I was wearing one of my favorite outfits of the summer: my striped culotte jumpsuit from Flutter, the boutique where I work. It’s super comfortable and chic, plus it matched my comfortable shoes! I have a few other pairs of black sandals that I wear with it, but these black lace-up flats were the most comfortable for a day of walking around the museum and the city.
After our morning at the museum, we wandered around the Upper East Side, grabbed lunch at Sweetgreen (my favorite- I’ve missed it while living at home this summer!) and did a little shopping. It was such a great mother-daughter day in the city. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back, to a new neighborhood or two, once or twice before I head back to school at the end of the month.
Have you ever been to the Met or have another favorite art museum in the city? Tell me about it in the comments below!