As the city works its way back to normalcy, New York's most cherished cultural institutions are opening to the public. And one reopening that everyone is looking forward to is that of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Just a 10-minute walk from The Kent condos, this world repository of culture, knowledge, and history has been closed since March. But on Saturday, Aug. 29, their doors will open to museumgoers who have been waiting to once again walk through the Temple of Dendur or gaze for hours at John Singer Sargent's "Madame X."
While visitors will have to abide by The Met's safety protocol based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and lowered capacity — all of the museum’s treasures will be there for you to view along with some new, exciting, and inspiring exhibitions.
While 2020 hasn’t been the year that anyone expected, it is still The Met's 150th anniversary. Marking the occasion is the exhibition "Making The Met, 1870-2020," which will feature hundreds of works of art that have shaped culture, inspired millions, and made The Met what it is today. Curators are planning an "immersive" experience to trace the history of this vaunted institution, proving the immeasurable value of The Met as an enduring cornerstone of culture — no matter what is happening in the world.
Each year, The Met takes art al fresco and presents The Roof Garden Commission — an installation on the stunning rooftop. Sweeping and jaw-dropping views of the city and Central Park surround you atop The Met, but the main attraction is the art. Installations from years past include a scaled-down tribute to The Bates Motel, an interactive bamboo structure, and a massive sculpted dinner table with sculptures as “guests.” This year, the exhibition showcases the work of Héctor Zamora, a sculptor-architect who focuses on "lightweight architecture," utilizing everyday objects to elicit an emotional response from the viewer.
Another event that's always highly anticipated is The Costume Institute's annual exhibition. The theme of this year’s show, which opens on Oct. 29, is especially fitting: “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” Tying into the The Met’s anniversary, the exhibit was meant to share its theme with The Met Gala. While that star-studded event is postponed indefinitely, museumgoers will love eyeing up outfits, costumes, and fashion pieces that have stood the test of time.
With its proximity to Central Park and the availability of cuisine from NYC’s leading restaurants, it's no secret that the Upper East Side is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city. Another of the major perks of living in this tony part of Manhattan is the unparalleled access residents have to the world's most renowned museums — including The Met. It’s all at your feet when living in the Upper East Side residences at The Kent.