‘In the stillness, my mind was able to wander’: how a museum guard found solace in art | Autobiography and memoir

When Patrick Bringley’s beloved older brother fell ill with cancer, he found that he no longer had much appetite for his ritzy job in the events department of the New Yorker. Life then was about hospital rooms and love and “all the very basic things” in this world; there seemed no meaning in hanging his jacket over his desk chair every morning. But what to do instead? In 2008, Tom died, and all Patrick knew was that he needed the kind of work that would not require him to scrap and scrape and constantly “muscle his way forward”. Soon after this, acting on a whim, he applied for a position as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and by the autumn, there he was in his uniform, standing next to Raphael’s Madonna and Child Enthroned With Saints – the first post in a job he would

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Met Gala 2022: What happens inside the event and where do the funds go?

What can we expect?

Today is the second Monday in May, and anyone even remotely into fashion or pop culture knows that means it’s Met Gala day.

With Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda as co-chairs, In America: An Anthology of Fashion as the theme and an A-list celeb guest list, it’s set to be one hell of an event, as always.

Held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the charity event aims to raise funds for the Costume Insitute. Tickets for the glamorous event cost $35,000 per person, and $200-300,000 for a table. With the price of tickets drastically rising since the 90s, not just anybody gets to go, only the most elite.

While it might cost an arm and a leg for us regular folk, it’s nothing for those who are invited by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, and at the end

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