This week the kiddos and I met up with friends to visit Abbey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she works! It was sooo much fun to hang out in such a magical setting, and it was the most delicious luxury to be guided through the museum with Abbey's fabulous insider perspectives and insights. Many new-to-me treasures were revealed.
One of my favorite discoveries was this gorgeous metal tapestry by the contemporary Ghanaian artist, El Anatsui, entitled Between Earth and Heaven. Made from bits of aluminum liquor-bottle-labels woven together with wire, this hanging sculpture billows luminously against a saffron-colored wall, and to me felt positively alive with shimmering, undulating energy. Standing before it, I definitely had one of those spine-tingly (almost spiritual) art moments. A photo cannot possibly do the piece justice, so you'll just have to go encounter it for yourself! Meanwhile, here's a nice video I found that illustrates the process of creating and installing the work, in case you're interested.
Thanks, Abbey, for introducing me to a new favorite thing ;)
W explores The Temple of Dendur, another highlight of our visit.