Our exciting subway ride to the Met wasn't the best part of our day. Before we went, we scoured the museum's family map for art we might recognize (more than you'd think!) and art we'd like to see. Our friend, Bryan, was going to join us and we had to look for his grandpa's hat.
First, we had to find Jackson Pollock's Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). We went through the Africa, Oceania, and The Americas, stopping to look at Power Figure (Nkisi N'Kondi: Mangaaka). A wood figure representing strength and authority, the front is covered with nails. Juniper said the nails were kind of scary and she thought if Carver touched it, he could get hurt.
The smalls stand before Pollock's Number 28, 1950.
We have a few art/story books (Quiet Time with Cassat, Jacob Lawrence in the City) from Chronicle Publishing including Dancing with Degas.
They know who Edgar Degas is, sort of, but they easily recognize his style. Degas! Degas!
We found Bryan's grandpa's hat. It's really the foot-combat helmet of Sir Giles Capel, a member of King Henry VIII retinue "that challenged all comers during the tournaments held at the Field of Cloth of Gold, the famous summit meeting between England and France at Calais in 1520." Seriously. How cool to find something from your ancestors in the Met? (No photo, but I should point out that the Assyrian works are from my paternal lineage. Go winged lions!)
Holding up the ornate stairs near the cafe.
After a snack, we continued on our journey, making it down to Columbus Circle. (So, for those without Central Park map on the brain, that's from E. 83rd St. and 5th Ave. (upper middle of the east side) to W. 59th Street and Central Park West/Columbus Circle (the bottom left of the park). Carver was in the stroller, getting out sometimes, but well within his nap time and not napping, but laying low.
Avoiding hot lava with Bryan.
King and Queen of the molehill!
We ended the day in the West Village, playing with friends at one of our favorite parks before picking up burritos from Dos Toros to eat at home. Phew!