Gothamites know summer is on its way when one of our most beloved New York City rooftops opens for the season. The Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Dan Graham with Günther Vogt from April 29 – November 2, 2014. This is not to be missed!
In sharp contrast with last year’s roof installation that evoked bloodshed and horror (the artist’s paint work had to be sandblasted off the stone pavers), Mr. Graham’s site specific work this year is cheerful and full of life. In fact, it is the first time in Met roof exhibit history that something living is part of the installation.
Don’t be fooled by the Astroturf. Although I have to say it is an excellent facsimile and fun to walk on, it certainly isn’t a living thing. But the two walls of ivy on either side of the glass structure are planted in soil and are very much alive. Bravo for this small foray into greening the roof of the Met!
The curved, two-way reflective glass pavilion situated between the walls of ivy plays with light, reflecting endless varieties of the city, sky, and the Met roof visitors. Central Park and the surrounding skyscrapers meld with museum goers in the convex to concave glass, making for an ever-changing funhouse effect.
The rooftop’s benches have been replaced with a few pieces of scattered modern patio furniture, and the stone pavers have been covered almost completely by a huge swath of bouncy Astroturf. With many less seats available, I wonder if agile visitors will plop themselves down on the turf and enjoy a rooftop picnic.