Sunday, May 21, 2006

the MTA & the 18th dynasty

rode the ferry into the city yesterday for a family field trip of sorts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where i was most interested in the "Hatshepsut: from Queen to Pharoah" exhibit...
mostly because i have a thing about the monumental remains of ancient civilizations (& sometimes the little details too, like thin gold funerary sandals), & also because of the whole women-in-a-position-of-unusual-power thing. this woman declared herself king (& therefore god) near the beginning of the New Kingdom...all her public statues were masculine while private ones were feminine. she was regent for her nephew Thutmose III, then his co-ruler. strangely enough, about two decades after her death, he declared a proscription against her: all her monuments were smashed to pieces or altered so that her name was replaced, usually with her father's name. apparently no one really knows why he did this; since it was so long after it was probably political rather than personal.
at any rate, because the statuary fragments were buried right away, the pieces have been well-preserved & able to be reconstructed.

you're not allowed to take photos of the special exhibits, but i snuck a few in:

Queen Hatshepsut.

as far as the field-trip aspect of the experience, because of some weird quirk of the Traveling Gods, two ferry boats (that i know of, there may have been more) failed to exist completely for "security reasons", & there was not a single train running downtown that went where it was supposed to. never in one day have i been in the Union Square, Canal Street, 77th Street, 86th street, & Grand Central stations. in one day. we only went up to the Met & back, & we rode like 6 different lines. ridiculous.

in conclusion, we had a fabulous dinner & quite the adventure, & i have just about lost all my patience for Manhattan.

more photos will be going up on the tourist...

edit: i forgot to mention some of the other interesting things that were seen, albeit not by me.
my stepfather saw the Warriors of the Himalayas, which he described, aptly i'm sure, as "not something you see every day."
t's mom wandered off into the Impressionist wing, which i avoided, because i've had enough 19th century French painting to last me through quite a few museum trips.
& my mother saw the Samuel Palmer exhibit, which she loved.
i wandered off towards the end to look for the Hellenistic Greek works, which are in a gallery that apparently won't exist until 2007, so so much for that.

4 little fish:

Blogger anne swam up to say...

She was one hell of a woman, wasn't she.
I've seen some of the monuments and statuary in Karnak, and some of the colours are still very bright, after over three thousand years, it's quite 'unsettling'.

2:11 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

the sheer weight of time that accompanies these artifacts just floors me.
i love it.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Looks like a great exhibit! I enjoy Egyptian artifacts and the history of the people. Glad you had a good time. Mostly.

12:55 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

actually i did have a rather good time.

my parents are good for adventures.

8:09 PM  

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