Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 85

ART + ARCHITECTURE inclined toward an organized show at this point in the day, then choose a wing with some highlights that interest you. And dare to get lost! You will happen upon unexpected treasures that will absolutely delight you. I always amble over to the New American Wing and see Paul Manship’s Group of Bears. The sculpture is pure fun and never ceases to enchant. Also in this wing is the period Frank Lloyd Wright room complete with the oak furniture Wright designed for the space. Nearby there is the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio. This circa 1480 wood-paneled sanctum of an aristocratic Italian intellectual is a pristine example of the woodinlay technique known as intarsia. The intricate trompe l’oeil effects appear to be cabinets filled with scientific apparati, leather-bound books and unusual musical instruments. Gorgeous. Then, on to the Asian Wing where there is a facsimile of an authentic Ming Dynasty garden from Suzhou, complete with a small koi pond. And the nearby Japanese reading room has a square window with a sublime view down onto the Temple of Dendur. Lastly, the small but exquisite Hall for Modern Photography has exhibitions that change every few months and Paul Manship, Group of Bears. 1932; cast 1963. Bronze, 88 x 72 x 56 inches. Photo: Nicole Marti. Via Flickr. that draw upon the Met’s impressive permanent collection of contemporary photography. Photographs by Thomas Struth, Rineke Dijkstra, Richard Prince, Stephen Shore, among many others, reveal why photography as a medium is at the core of contemporary art. These are just a few spots at the Met that I find particularly beguiling, but the real fun is in stumbling upon the exquisite hidden corners of the museum that resonate with you and leave you intrigued and charmed. OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2013 85