We Come In Peace…

It’s been a wintry spring on the east coast.

I have been eager to get outside and breathe in the fleeting fresh, crisp air under rare sunny skies.

Wednesday started out dismal and then morphed into a sunny, gorgeous 50 degree afternoon.

I had a break in the action and walked across Central Park to check out the roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bethesda Terrace

On the way, I past Bethesda Terrace and the water is finally flowing, signifying springtime in  Central Park.

The roof garden had literally just opened so I wanted to take in the new outdoor exhibit.

I was disappointed in the We Come In Peace exhibit by Pakistani artist, Huma Bhabha.

There was no impactful feeling of shock and awe, although the hands were impressive.

The title is taken from the classic American science-fiction film, The Day The Earth Stood Still.

The five-headed We Come In Peace and the prostrate Benaam (an Urdu word that translates as “without name”) dominates the roof garden.

The artist positioned the figures like actors on a film set.

They are meant to communicate notions of pain and survival.

The sculptures were initially composed of styrofoam, cork, air-dried clay and plastic and then cast in bronze.

The stunning surroundings offer a phenomenal backdrop for the enormous sculptures.

The past few years the rooftop exhibits have been stellar.

The 2018 display is limited in scope compared to the expansiveness of the past several years.

Never disappointing, the view from the MET roof is always magical.

I loved witnessing the city blooming under the blue sky.

The rooftop was deserted as the crowds have not yet descended.

The martini and wine bar on Friday nights from April through October are a dazzling treat.

What is better than art, adult beverages and a spectacular 360 degree view of NYC.

The beauty of living in the borough of Manhattan is when you have some free time, you can create a unique, memorable inexpensive experience.

In a little over 90 minutes, I had a great walk in the Park under the budding trees, I strolled the roof, checked out 2 new art exhibits (Visitors To Versailles, William Eggleston: Los Alamos) and then headed home through majestic Central Park.

What a city.

Huma Bhabha We Come In Peace The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue NYC. The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden On Display April 17th – October 28th, 2018. Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-5:30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm.

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