We love sneaking away to New York; booking something last-minute so we don't even have time to let the excitement build. When we saw that there was a rock 'n' roll exhibit at The Met, we knew we had to go. We are both huge music fans and I had never been to The Met before. The exhibit was called Play it Loud, and it was a collection of famous instruments used by musicians throughout the ages. We saw the Beatles' drum sets, Jimmy Page's guitars, old concert posters, and custom-curated videos curated exclusively for the museum.
The exhibit itself was stunning - floating instruments encased in glass allowed visitors to take photos with the guitars, appearing as if you were holding them yourself. My favorite piece was a Steve Miller electric with the most beautiful mosaic work laid into the wood. A close second fave was Joni Mitchell's guitar with her name typeset in metal in the neck.
By the time we had explored the entirety of the exhibit, we had limited energy to check out the rest of the museum. We had already been there for hours, but I was determined to seek out my favorite artists while there. They had a huge collection of Monet and Van Gough (I finally got to see Vincent's self-portrait in the flesh - he's my grandmother's favorite artist). They also had a special viewing of Da Vinci's unfinished Saint Jerome which was incredible. You could see his line work in unpainted sections of the work,
I was looking forward to some of the more modern pieces that live at the Met, but that section of the museum had been replaced with an exhibit called Epic Abstraction, showcasing huge Rothkos and Pollocks which was equally as cool to see. I know a lot of people look at that style of work and don't appreciate it, but I do.
I probably could have spent a few more hours at the museum but I know a certain someone who was running out of gas. I made a quick stop in the museum store (dude...so good) to grab a post card before we headed out. The sheer size of the museum is overwhelming and feels never ending. I would love to go back and check out the other wings of the museum but our cups were full for the day.
Lucky for me, Trip worked on Wall Street for years before moving to Denver and pretty much knows every nook, corner and secret of New York City. Every time we go I'm overwhelmed by the creative and artistic expressions that we come across. He used to live on Halston Street where there is an iconic graffiti wall. We have a few photos of the artists' work blown up in our apartment. Every time we go to the city, the graffiti is new and we always go check it out.
We also got to see a WhIsBe Vandal Gummy Bear...(see Amsterdam). So dang cool - I love his work.
A favorite part of this particular trip was dining at Bohemian. It's a reservation-only, small restaurant in the East Village that most people don't know about. It's hard to get in and rightfully so. The restaurant is hidden behind a butcher shop in an unmarked hallway. The space used to be the home and art studio of Warhol and Basquiat (agh!!!) but is also an incredible Japanese, small-plate gem. Not only do they have my favorite food in NY, but the space is incredibly unique and intimate. Trip is a regular there and rarely skips a stop into the restaurant when he's in town. I'd highly recommend checking it out - you can feel the history in the walls.
We shopped in SoHo, were caught off-guard by random celebrity sightings (Owen Wilson - HELLO), and spent quality time with Trip's friends. Every time we go I'm so inspired by the creative heartbeat of the city. It actually inspired a piece of artwork I made for a show (See 99 Pieces of Art).
Can't wait to see you again soon, New York.