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Metropolitan Museum of Art: "Heavenly Bodies"

Aisha and I started off our NY Pride weekend by visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art! I'd never been, and the current exhibit of note was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination -- made famous by the recent MET gala where Rihanna was a hot pope. Because what better way to kick off pride than with some good ol' Catholicism, right? 

The MET certainly had a lot of bodies, some of them heavenly. I've never seen so many people in a museum, but I've also never been to a museum so enormous. Truly. Welcome to the Big City, I guess! Phew! New York doesn't mess around.

Because the museum is just so huge, Aisha and I mostly stuck to the "red-dot" route outlined on the map -- the route that promised to show us the museum highlights on all floors. But we took our time in the Heavenly Bodies exhibit, the adjacent European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section, as well as the Modern and Contemporary Art wing. The Heavenly Bodies exhibit was wonderfully odd and projected ominous organ-like music that could be heard throughout most of the first floor. One of the strangest pieces was a thick, lacy wedding gown that appeared to completely cover all parts of the bride, including the face (photo above). It was also the first time I've ever considered nuns as fashionable. But where were the altar servers, I wonder? 

I also really enjoyed the Musical Instruments wing, where I got to see the OLDEST piano. So old. From 1720, in fact, and made by Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian inventor of the piano. 

Aisha and I concluded our visit by taking the elevator to the rooftop, which had some awesome albeit foggy views of Manhattan. 

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