Imran Qureshi on the roof at the Met

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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