THIS ART ROCKS

Making our way uptown to check out the Met’s rooftop installation is a bit of a summertime tradition. The view of Central Park and the surrounding scenery, from the Dakota to the zig-zaggy Hearst building is nearly as breathtaking as the art itself, and sometimes it’s nice to feel like a tourist in your own town. Also, there is crisp, cold wine up there.11357795_721241181337331_1325828599_nThis year’s exhibit, by French artist Pierre Huyghe, turns the rooftop into a sort of archeological dig, featuring ripped-up cement flooring (use caution, please—your shoes!), and an outsize aquarium tank (it’s slowly leaking water onto the ground below) that holds a floating lava rock and live, ancient aquatic animals that date back millions of years. The artist, who often works with scientists, anthropologists and entomologists on his installations, says he’s not sure what they will do or how they will evolve during the exhibit’s course, which runs until November 1st. The leaking water from the tank has brought small worms from the tank into the dirt exposed under the cement panels, furthering the questions about how the evolution of the exhibit will morph and shift as time goes on. Also on display is a Manhattan schist boulder, an example of the bedrock that lies deep beneath most of New York’s towering buildings. It’s a lot to take in, if initially underwhelming, and the accompanying program, designed to be followed along with the exhibit, offers a lot to chew on in terms of insight and inspiration. At face value, it’s a collection of curiosities that lend a rustic landscape to a gorgeous city view. But when you dive deeper, you realize that the more questions you ask, the more questions you have. Doesn’t the best art do that? “The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe” runs through Nov. 1.11350745_700693770061187_141594456_n