"Among the rain
I saw the figure 5
on a red
to gong clangs
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city"
— William Carlos Williams
Written in 1920, this poem and its imagery of a New York City fire engine rushing down the street inspired this 1928 painting by artist #CharlesDemuth, who considered it an abstract portrait of #WilliamCarlosWilliams, a close friend.
Today on the 19th anniversary of #September11, Demuth's painting and Williams' poem provide an unexpected moment of reflection and an acknowledgment of the modern members of Ladder Company 5, who were among the first responders to the tragic events of the day.
A statement from Met President and CEO Daniel H. Weiss and Met Director Max Hollein in response to recent comments about Iran:
1) “The targeting of sites of global cultural heritage is abhorrent to the collective values of our society. Our world knows precisely what is gained from protecting cultural sites, and, tragically, what is lost when destruction and chaos prevail.
2) “At this challenging time, we must remind ourselves of the global importance of protecting cultural sites—the objects and places by which individuals, communities, and nations connect to their history and heritage.
#MetHeavenlyBodies features a dialogue between fashion and masterworks of medieval art in The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. #MetGala