Tonight we did the most amount of museum sight-seeing I have EVER done. This was like Four Corners And Beyond. Not going to repeat this itinerary but it definitely took me outside of my comfort zone as a guide. I had fun, it was challenging, I learned some stuff, and my friends enjoyed it… but still. Always improving.
10 people is likely the ideal group size. Nobody has ever said, “There should have been MORE people!” It is always better on a more intimate level. (For reference, we had about 25 people — shout out to Pasquale from SF!)
My museum facts are waaaay rusty. I need to spend a few nights brushing up on my general knowledge for a few of the key pieces.
Between the roof deck, the new Prada Conversations, the Steins Collect… plus all the other “highlights” I like to show new visitors… this summer is going to make for an interesting tour.
Something else new to me: summer light. The museum really stays light right up until 9pm. This makes viewing of the American Wing courtyard comparatively dull to the awesome experience it is at night w/spot lighting.
We checked out The Card Players tonight, and I noticed it was covered with glass or Lexan for protection. (And rightly so: a similar painting in this series of four recently sold to Qatar for a reported $250-$300 million.)
Which got me thinking… do only the most expensive paintings have the covered glass? Would a tour of the “highly protected art” be indicative of some of the most valuable objects at the Met?
I am wondering because mainly I want to do a tour called “The 10 Most Expensive Things at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” But nobody will tell you prices, because these items are so “priceless” — and the art market is so subjective.
Roof = good place to meet. From now on, our summer tours will likely meet on the roof instead of the main lobby.
You are reading my semi-secret blog, Oats and Iron. I originally started this in 2007 to rant about diet and weights and travels. These days I mostly share pictures of my life, my friends, and media I enjoy. Ask Me Anything or Message me on Facebook to say hello.