My day at the Met

IMG_9972What I love best about museums is their ability to transform you back to another place and time.  It is almost like having your own private time machine where you can go back and observe how people lived and what their experiences were.  It is nothing short of an awe inspiring thought as without the conveniences we have in the modern world they managed to still create and build and innovate.  There are few museums that are set up more to cater to this personal experience that the Metropolitan museum of New York.  Whether it was the tombs of Egypt or the streets of Rome, their collection and atmosphere are transformative.

Walk Like an Egyptian

Egyptology at the Met (8) Egyptology at the Met (6) Egyptology at the Met (3)There are few societies I am more in awe of than Ancient Egypt.  Their culture is one where beauty, duty, and religion abounded.  As the Met’s exhibit is set up to showcase some of the inner workings of a tomb you get a special insiders look into the gravity of the structure for these people at the time.  From hidden chambers to intriguing designs the walk through the exhibit shows just how magnificent these times and people really were. Egyptology at the Met (7) Egyptology at the Met (2) Egyptology at the Met (1) Egyptology at the Met (4)







Greek Appreciation

Ancient Greece at the Met (5)One of the most well noted times of discovery is the Rise of Ancient Rome.  Whether they were questioning philosophies with Socrates or the divine in their Gods and Goddess the time shines line on the inquisitive and enduring nature of the human spirit.  Sculptures are my favorite as I can only dream of the vision it takes to transform a block of marble into something remarkable.  Not to mention the models were a site for sore eyes in their day. Socrates at the Met Ancient Greece at the Met (1) Ancient Greece at the Met (7) Ancient Greece at the Met (4) Ancient Greece at the Met (2) Ancient Greece at the Met (6)











Death Becomes HerDeath becomes her at the Met (8) Death becomes her at the Met (1)

Death becomes her at the Met (7) Death becomes her at the Met (6) Death becomes her at the Met (5) Death becomes her at the Met (4) Death becomes her at the Met (3) Death becomes her at the Met (2)






Death is one of the only guarantees of life.  The mourning process changes for cultures and throughout time so being able to step into the fashions of the time gives a small clue on what it means.  At the Death Becomes Her exhibition the fashions from Europe are showcase.  While some are flashy and some all somber all speak to a time where war and death abounded and how the woman coped with losing the husband and children that seems like an unimaginable part of life.

Don’t forget the park

IMG_9973A museum as massive as the Met can really get your imagination going so what better place to let it soar than central park.  I love the peace that comes with really enjoying nature so if you are out at the Met you are also right in the middle of Central Park.  The park has lovely bridges and walkways and of course benches to sit and daydream.  Whether you make it a picnic or take a nice stroll the park is a great compliment to a day at the museum.




Mixed Media and Monet combine for a perfect Friday Night

Mixed Media and Monet (1)Picking your pleasure in the world of social fun is never easier or better packaged than in the Mixed Media series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  While normally it may seem like going to a museum and a fun dance party are on two completely sides of the spectrum, The Mixed Media series manages to deliver the best of both world, with access to the current exhibit combined with drinks, music and dancing in the main portion of the library. Mixed Media and Monet (4)

This Mixed Media was surprisingly poignant to me as I got a chance to see the exhibit: Monet and the Seine – Impressions of a River.  I am a big art lover, but mainly I am drawn to pieces that capture life as it moves around people.  Coming into the exhibit I was not sure what to expect when I thought of Impressions of a River.  Mixed Media and Monet (2)So when I made my way up the stairs, away from the drinking and party, and up to the exhibit I thought I would just make a quick round.  Instead I did just the opposite, I starred at the paintings and absorbed the experience as if time stood still.  The exhibit itself was truly mesmerizing to me.  The tranquility of the impressions of the river as well as the artistry that it took to show such simple reflections of light and space at a river so effortlessly was intoxicating.  It was easy to just slip right in to see the world through the eyes of Monet and breathe in the sounds of a river at peace, or the reflection of the trees in the stillness of the water.  It was a great contrast to real life as well as the busy party environment to check off a lot on my checklist of weekend activities.

Mixed Media and Monet (6)As I stepped out of my art trance I was quickly drawn back into the fun of the night’s festivities. As always DJ Sun manages to get the crowd moving.  What I love best about DJ Sun is his ability to feel the crowd so well his song selections get you moving even if the song is a mystery to you.  By perfectly matching the vibe of the crowd with the rhythm of the beat it’s almost impossible not to indulge in a little boogie.  When you add in a photo booth, great food, and a bar, I have pretty much entered a social nirvana. Mixed Media and Monet (5) Mixed Media and Monet (8) Mixed Media and Monet (7)