Mapping The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Through Different Perspectives

People already find it amusing to go around the Metropolitan Museum of Art even without paper guides. The students from the MFA Visual Narrative program created numerous creative and interactive map illustrations for the MET which are worth checking too.

Mapping the MET

The web based MAPPING THE MET showcases 8 maps using different media which were based by students on the data they collected from different galleries that house the MET’s permanent collections.

They created this while in collaboration with the team from Met MediaLab and their SVA professor Tim Szetela who is also their curator.

Each of the maps feature a student’s drawing of chosen art that is also presented with historical details. The results invite people to view these museum objects in a new and different perspective.

Rosa Chang

Rosa Chang’s project is an exceptional one that explores the indigo items in the MET. In her website, one can find at least 200 indigo dyed artifacts which were sketched. She also maps the presence of indigo from plant sources. On the world map she created, the objects are shown by their origin countries. From this, one is able to note that many objects are works coming from Japan.

Christina Ebert

Christina Ebert’s project detailed body postures instead of shapes for the feminine sculptures found in the South and Southeast Asian galleries in the museum. She identified 7 different poses by observation. Then, she drew and had the locations of the representational figures mapped to showcase their gestures. She also made a long timeline and animation of these works.

The projects of the other students

Liz Enright showcases an illustrated archive of objects from the Japanese galleries. She intelligently reduced the objects to basic shapes and as these are clicked, detailed sketches get displayed.

Ella Romero worked on the American Wing. She focused on how nature is depicted through design.

Mary Georgescu worked on the MET’s water sources.

Cady Juarez examined African textiles per country.

Michelle Nahmad features objects from the Studiolo at the Ducal Palace at Gubbio.

Thomas Slattery worked on the collection in the Lansdowne Room.