My summer trips to The Metropolitan Museum of Art always involve a viewing of their annual rooftop garden exhibit. This year, instead of a large penetrating physical art installation, you experience Imran Qureshi’s thrilling blood-colored ground murals. The absence of a physical object gives more room for visitors and viewing pleasure, as well as vast vistas of our City.
I was definitely intrigued. In order to really appreciate the work that went into this installation, you have to sit on the ground & actually stare at the detail in the design. I imagine Imran did his fair share of twirl & splatter (as we all dreamed of as kids), but no doubt was it very strategically set as a base for his hand-painted feathery strokes.
The Met Rooftop sits aside Central Park. If you make it there for sunset you’ll catch a chance for some great shots of the city horizon.
I have to say, I was definitely looking for something more in this year’s exhibit. The last two have blown me away, and this year — perhaps because of all the people just acting normally on the roof and ignoring the strong message below them — I felt it didn’t send its message. Until next year…