My Twitter feed tonight is full of photos from the Met Gala. The Times had a good article today explaining a bit about the Gala, and how it works. The whole thing is kind of ridiculous and leaves a bad taste in my mouth, though it is all kind of amusing, I guess.
I’m not a big fan of the Costume Institute, and generally don’t get much out of their exhibits. It doesn’t seem to me like the kind of stuff that should even be in the Met. But I know I’m probably in the minority here. And while the Gala apparently makes a lot of money, it seems like all of it is used to fund the Costume Institute and not other departments at the Met, if I understand it correctly. If they were using some of that money to buy up a few new Monet or Cezanne paintings, I’d be all for it. But I guess some of the Costume Institute exhibits bring a lot of people (and ticket money) into the Met, in general, so that’s something.