NY – When it comes to visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art it really doesn’t matter what time of year you go, but there’s no question that summer does offer something special there, especially this year. As of July 1, 2013 the museum expanded its hours and is now open 7 days a week. AND, those iconic metal “tickets” have become collector’s items, making way for a cost-cutting “M” sticker to be worn upon entrance to the great halls.
Here are three highlights to explore this summer:
1. Time is running out to experience this season’s Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, which closes August 14. Don’t expect an Alexander McQueen level of a transformative experience (because we may never experience anything like that again), but the one hundred designs examine punk’s impact on high fashion from the early 1970s to the present and is worth checking out.
2. If it’s summer, you MUST find your way to the Rooftop Garden which is currently featuring Imran Qureshi’s red acrylic spills of paint that appear to sprout lush floral patterns, but are also a dramatic reminder of brutal bombings in Lahore. This is a remarkable place to grab a beverage from the rooftop bar, find a seat and take in the stunning city views beyond the park.
3. And if you can’t get enough of this place (or simply can’t get there at all), you have to subscribe to 82nd & Fifth — it’s not just the Met’s address, it’s a year-long series of webisodes in which 100 curators from the Museum talk every Wednesday about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world.
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