A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a look at the museum’s collection of post-war and contemporary art. Randall Griffey, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Met, talks about “Mrs. N’s Palace,” one of the great works by the American sculptor Louise Nevelson.

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NEXT WE RETURNING TO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.

FRESH LOOK OF THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION OF POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART.

EXPLORES LARGE SCALE ABSTRACT PAINTINGS, SKULL TOUR AND ASSEMBLAGE.

BRINGS TOGETHER SOME 50 WORKS FROM THE METROPOLITAN ZONE COLLECTION.

REPRESENTED HERE ARE SUCH ICONIC ARTISTS AS WELL AS HIS -- RANDALL GRIFFITH, CURATOR LOOKS AT A SINGLE WORK FROM THE EXHIBITION.

THIS SPECTACULAR SCULPTURE BEHIND ME IS TITLED MRS. N'S PALACE, IT'S ONE OF THE GREAT WORKS BY THE AMERICAN SCULPTER LOUISE NEVILLE SON IT'S COMPOSED OF PIECES THAT DATE BACK IN TIME TO AS EARLY AS 1964.

IT WAS ASSEMBLED AS A UNIQUE WORK IN 1977.

THIS HASN'T BEEN SEEN AT THE MET FOR MANY YEARS.

INSTALLING IT HERE ON THE SECOND FLOOR.

IT'S WELL WORTH IT.

THE WORK ITSELF IS COMPRISED OF ABOUT 130 INDIVIDUAL SCULPTURAL COLLAGES, THESE RELIEF COLLAGES THAT ARE ATTACHED TO A LARGE BOX.

THE SCULPTURE IS COMPRISED OF SCRAPS THAT SHE COLLECTED ALL ACROSS THE CITY CREATING THESE ABSTRACT.

IN MANY CASE SCULPTURES WHICH SHE TREATS BY PAINTING IN BLACK.

NEVILLE SON DESCRIBED HER MATERIALS AS THE SKIN THAT NEW YORK HAS SHED.

AND THAT SHE IS SCAVENGING AND GIVING NEW LIFE.

MAKING ART THAT'S BOTH IN A WAY ABOUT NEW YORK BUT ALSO OF NEW YORK.

IN MANY INSTANCES, HER AROUND ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL -- THERE ARE BOXES FROM FILING CABINETS, STAIRCASES WHERE SHE'S REPURPOSED ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE.

HEARTS ARE AGGRESSIVE IN EFFECT.

BUT OTHER PARTS ARE LYRICAL, ELEGANT, THIN, WHIMSICAL EVEN.

IN OTHER INSTANCES, HER MATERIALS ARE REALLY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO DISCERN AND REGISTER REALLY AS UNIQUE ABSTRACT SCULPTURE.

THE TITLE DERIVES FROM A COUPLE SOURCES, HER NICKNAME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE SHE LIVED WAS MRS. N.

AND PALACE IS EVOCATIVE SHE INTENDED THIS WORK TO BE HER IDEAL HABITAT.

A SHRINE TO HERSELF.

THIS IS HER CREATING HER OWN UNIVERSE.

WHICH IN A WAY TIED WONDERFULLY TO HER DESIRE TO LIVE HER OWN LIFE ON HER OWN TERMS.