An uptown outing

Trekked all the way up to the Met a couple of weeks ago. It was a gorgeous day, almost too gorgeous to spend it inside a museum, but the Met is too magnificent to hold a grudge against, so all’s good.

I took some pictures of the pieces I saw, but for some reason I, as a blog reader, never look at pictures of people’s outings to museums, so I’m not going to post them. One, I am not really an art history person, and it’s really weird because I’m a huge fan of contextualizing modern society on a historical trajectory, and don’t like seeing modern history or sociology outside of a historical context or as a separate entity from all the history that accumulates before what’s considered the “modern.”

I’m also really into commercial design and packaging, and these things are obviously built on the foundations of the plethora of art that existed before the modern commercial age and I know there’s a ton to be said about modern art based on the long, long trajectory of human art, but for some reason I’m just really not into paintings, pottery, or other relics. My lack of interest in art history has always been really embarrassing, but I’m just not really sure why I don’t invest a lot of energy in it.

And second, I think you really take the life out of museums and relics if you photograph them. It really is not the same experience and even for someone who lacks interest in museum going and all that good stuff, there is really a stark difference between seeing a piece in person, in multidimensional form as opposed to looking at someone’s personal photographs and textbook images. I’m taking my first art history class in my learning career (!) and I feel nothing when I look at pieces in a textbook, but seeing stuff in person is like, “Whoa. Look at that 3Dness.”

  • Donna

    I’ve been to the Met too many times in my childhood to find it magnificent. The first time when I had visit it, it was really something. Sure it got art works that I would love to stare at all day but I haven’t been back to the Met in a long time. It is a complete difference experience of seeing the painting or sculpture compare to a photo of it in a textbook. It’s a whole different world.