The Met Rooftop opening marks the beginning of the spring circuit of museum going. With the nice weather on its way, outdoor exhibits are another way for art lovers to appreciate the city’s exuberant arts scene. This year, the installation for the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden is artist Huma Bhabha’s “We Come in Peace.” It will be on view starting tomorrow, April 17th until October 28th.
According to the Met Museum website, Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha has been selected to create a site-specific installation for the museum’s rooftop garden. This installation is the sixth in a series of commissions that have been given for designing the outdoor space.
Bhabha, a graduate of both Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and Columbia University (MFA), addresses the themes of colonialism, war, displacement, and memories of place in her work.
The Met explains that “using found materials and the detritus of everyday life, she creates haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy.”
The “We Come in Peace,” installation features two sculptures. The first is a 12-foot-tall, five-headed being, and an 18-foot-long figure. The sculptures, which are first molded using every day materials and then are cast in bronze, face each other and according to Architectural Record, “reflect the themes of survival and displacement, which have long been prominent in Bhabha’s art.”
You can check out more about the artist and this unusual and interesting installation here.
Featured image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Hyla Skopitz