Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden

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Memantra by Frank Stella on exhibit in the Roof Garden

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden (Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden) is a rooftop garden terrace, art venue and restaurant open in the warm weather months at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Roof Garden offers views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.[1][2] The garden is the gift of philanthropists Iris and B. Gerald Cantor, founder and chairman of securities firm Cantor Fitzgerald.[3] The Garden was opened to the public on August 1, 1987.[4]

Exhibitions[edit]

Every summer since 1998 the roof garden has hosted a single-artist exhibition.[2] The artists have been: Ellsworth Kelly (1998), Magdalena Abakanowicz (1999), David Smith (2000), Joel Shapiro (2001), Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen (2002), Roy Lichtenstein (2003), Andy Goldsworthy (2004), Sol LeWitt (2005), Cai Guo-Qiang (2006), Frank Stella (2007), Jeff Koons (2008), Roxy Paine (2009) and Big Bambú by Doug and Mike Starn (2010).[5]

Views[edit]

The Roof Garden offers "spectacular" views of the Manhattan skyline form a vantage point high above Central Park.[6] Some regard the breathtaking views as "the best in Manhattan." [7] Art critics have been known to complain that the view "distracts" from the art on exhibition.[8] New York Times art critic Ken Johnson complains that the "breathtaking, panoramic views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline" creates "an inhospitable site for sculpture" that "discourages careful, contemplative looking."[9] Writer Mindy Aloff describes the Roof Garden as "the loveliest airborne space I know of in New York."[10]

Cafe[edit]

The cafe and bar are popular for romantic summer dates.[11] New York magazine rates the Roof Garden as "one of the finest pick-up spots in Manhattan."[12] The New York Times describes the cafe as a place "to sit and drink (with) views that mesmerize, while being shaded from the sun."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nash, Eric Peter (1996). New York's 50 Best Secret Architectural Treasures. New York: City & Co. ISBN 978-1-885492-31-9. 
  2. ^ a b Baron, James; Anna Quindlen (2009). The New York Times Book of New York: 549 Stories of the People, the Events, and the Life of the City—Past and Present. London: Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 978-1-57912-801-2. 
  3. ^ "Biography of B. Gerald Cantor". www.cantorfoundation.org. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Roof Garden at Metropolitan Museum". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). June 4, 1987. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Doug and Mike Starn Create Monumental Sculpture for Metropolitan Museum's 2010 Roof Garden Installation; Big Bambú to Open April 27 April 27– October 31, 2010 (weather permitting)" (Press release). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. April 27, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Louie, Elaine (July 17, 1996). "A Sip and a View, Without the Grit". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ Miller, Lori (August 2, 1987). "Met's Garden: Where Views Enhance Art". The New York Times (New York: The New Times). pp. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Museum and Gallery Listings". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). May 16, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Ken (April 22, 2008). "Art Review, A Panoramic Backdrop for Meaning and Mischief". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ Aloff, Mindy (August 22, 1997). "Where to Cool Both Soul and Heels". The New York Times (New York: The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Bykofsky, Sheree; Arthur Schwart (2001). The 52 Most Romantic Dates in and Around New York City. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-58062-462-6. 
  12. ^ Bennett, Bruce, "Nightlife: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden", New York Magazine, retrieved June 30, 2010 

Coordinates: 40°46′43.51″N 73°57′52.37″W / 40.7787528°N 73.9645472°W / 40.7787528; -73.9645472