SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS JANUARY–APRIL 2001
Vermeer and the Delft School Opens at Metropolitan Museum March 8
Vermeer and the Delft School, a major international loan exhibition, premieres at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 8 through May 27, 2001. Best known for quiet, carefully described images of domestic life as seen in works by Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, and others, Delft masters also produced history pictures in an international style, highly refined flower paintings, princely portraits, and superb examples of the decorative arts. Featuring 85 paintings – including 15 Vermeers – by 30 artists, about 35 drawings, and smaller selections of tapestries, gilded silver, and Delftware faience, the exhibition will cast the familiar "Delft School" in a new light – one that emphasizes the roles of the neighboring court at The Hague, and of sophisticated patrons in Delft.
William Trost Richards in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The first American drawings acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art were by William Trost Richards (1833-1905), an artist associated with both the Hudson River School and the American Pre-Raphaelite movement. A number of these early acquisitions - donated to the Metropolitan in 1880 by the Reverend Elias Lyman Magoon - will be displayed at the Museum this spring, along with recent significant acquisitions and works from a loan collection of Richards's miniatures. William Trost Richards in The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open on February 13.
Sultan Ali of Mashhad, Master of Nastaliq
Sultan Ali of Mashhad (1442-1520) is the acknowledged master of nastaliq, a style of calligraphy favored in the 15th and 16th century for poetical texts written in the Persian language. Although the elegant and fluid script - which was once likened to the patterns of flying geese - originated in Iran, it soon influenced calligraphy in the Muslim courts of India and Turkey.
Terry Winters: Printmaker
A retrospective exhibition of prints by the American artist Terry Winters will open June 12, 2001, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Approximately ninety works created between 1983 and the present, all from the Museum's collections, will be on view through September 30 in the Helen and Michael Kimmelman Gallery of the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for modern art.
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection
More than 90 Chinese paintings amassed by Robert H. Ellsworth will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, starting January 30. Drawn from the nearly 500 pieces in the Museum's collection, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art will focus on Chinese painting created during the period of clashing social visions and dramatic political change that marked China's entry into the modern world. In the arts, it is a time when the tensions between tradition and innovation, native and foreign styles reached an unprecedented level of intensity.
Joel Shapiro on the Roof
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature a selection of five sculptures by renowned American artist Joel Shapiro (born 1941) in the 2001 installation of The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, opening May 1. Drawn from public and private collections, Joel Shapiro on the Roof will include five large cast bronze and painted cast aluminum sculptures, dating from 1989 to the present – three have not been previously exhibited in New York, and two have been newly created. The works will be exhibited in the 10,000-square-foot open-air space that offers spectacular views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. The installation will mark the fourth consecutive single-artist installation on the Roof Garden.
Picturing Media: Modern Photographs from the Permanent Collection
Picturing Media: Modern Photographs from the Permanent Collection, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 31, 2000, is the second of an ongoing series of installations highlighting the Museum's rapidly expanding collection of contemporary photographs. This selection of 14 works, all acquired by the Metropolitan in the last decade, includes a number of very large photographs that are handsomely accommodated by the scale of the exhibition space on the first floor adjoining the Museum's Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for modern art. The exhibition remains on view through April 29, 2001.
Summer Selections: American Drawings and Watercolors
Summer 2001 will mark the inaugural season of Summer Selections: American Drawings and Watercolors in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a series of annual exhibitions drawn from the Museum's collection of works on paper created by American artists between the 1780s and 1900. This summer's presentation will include some three dozen drawings, watercolors, and pastels, and will open to the public on May 29, 2001.
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
The Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a long-established yuletide tradition in New York, will be on view for the holiday season beginning Saturday, November 25. The brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce – with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base – will once again delight holiday visitors in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall. Set in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with recorded Christmas music in the background, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season. There will be a spectacular lighting ceremony every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., beginning Friday, December 1.
Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by
A unique 2001 exhibition Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis and Roussel, 1890-1930, will provide American audiences a rare opportunity to experience the decorative projects carried out in France between 1890 and 1930 by Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, and Ker Xavier Roussel. On view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June 26 through September 9, 2001, the exhibition will consist of approximately 80 paintings and folding screens on loan from international public and private collections.
Correggio and Parmigianino: Master Draftsmen of the Renaissance Opens at Metropolitan Museum February 6
Correggio and Parmigianino were two of the greatest masters of the Emilian school of early 16th-century Italy, renowned for their painterly effects and exquisite draftsmanship. A major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Correggio and Parmigianino: Master Draftsmen of the Renaissance, will mark the first time that a major selection of drawings by these two artists has been shown together. On view from February 6 through May 6, 2001, the exhibition will feature more than 130 drawings – many exhibited for the first time – from British and North American public and private collections.
Richard Avedon Donates Pivotal 20th-Century Portraits to the Metropolitan Museum
(New York, November 17, 2000)—One hundred fifteen portraits by Richard Avedon, the celebrated photographer, have been given by Mr. Avedon to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by Philippe de Montebello, the Museum's Director.
The Treasury of Basel Cathedral
The medieval treasury of Basel Cathedral miraculously survived a devastating earthquake, the plague, and numerous wars, as well as iconoclasm, the Protestant Reformation, and secularization, only to fall victim to politics in the early 19th century, when it was dispersed. Period inventories identifying objects from the treasury have made it possible to locate numerous works. More than 75 of these splendid ecclesiastical and secular objects will be reunited for the first time in The Treasury of Basel Cathedral, an exhibition that will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 28. Almost none of the works have traveled before to the United States.
First Major New York Exhibition of William Blake's Masterpieces Opens at Metropolitan Museum on March 29
William Blake, the first American exhibition of works in all media – drawings, paintings, and prints – by the legendary British Romantic, will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 29, 2001. More than 175 works, including all of the illuminated books, for which he is most widely known, will be on view in this first-ever exhibition to explore the artist's work within the context of the social, economic, and political upheavals of his times.
Photographs: A Decade of Collecting
Masterpieces of early French photography and American photographs since 1960 – two high points in the history of the 160-year-old medium – will be on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibition saluting the first decade of collecting by the Museum's Department of Photographs. Photographs: A Decade of Collecting will open on June 5, 2001.
Photography: Processes, Preservation, and Conservation
An exploration of the technical history of photographic processes and of related conservation, preservation, and connoisseurship issues will be presented in an exhibition opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 30, 2001. Photography: Processes, Preservation, and Conservation, on view through May 6 in the Museum's Howard Gilman Gallery, will include approximately 35 works by some of the most revered names in photography, ranging from the superbly preserved to the unfortunately time-worn, with before-and-after treatment documentation, microscopic views, and examples of current methods for examination, analysis, preservation, and treatment. The exhibition celebrates the January 2001 opening of the Museum's new, state-of-the-art Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation.
A Century of Design, Part III: 1950-1975
A Century of Design, Part III: 1950-1975, the third in a series of four exhibitions surveying design in the 20th century, opens November 28 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition will explore the ideas, influences, and technologies that transformed design – particularly modernism – after World War II. The mid-century period of unprecedented exchange among artists, architects, and designers yielded profound changes in the domestic landscape. More than 50 examples from the Metropolitan's modern design collection, including furniture, glassware, ceramics, textiles, and more, will be organized thematically and geographically in the exhibition, which will remain on view in the Museum's Lila Acheson Wallace Wing through April 1, 2001. The fourth and final exhibition in the series, surveying design from 1975 to 2000, will be on view May 1 through October 1, 2001.
JACQUELINE KENNEDY: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS
This press kit for Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years--Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum includes a general release about the exhibition, immediately following, as well as these five releases, to which you can link directly by clicking on their titles:
Statement from L'Oréal
Statement from Condé Nast
Book Accompanying the Exhibition
Exhibition of Evaristo Baschenis Still Lifes Opens at Metropolitan Museum November 17
Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677), the preeminent still life painter of 17th-century Italy, is best known for his hauntingly poetic paintings of musical instruments. Although largely unfamiliar to American audiences, these lyrical masterpieces of composition and color harmony combine baroque splendor with a masterful, restrained geometry. Their quality of time arrested has led to comparisons with the paintings of Chardin and Vermeer. Now, 18 paintings from public and private collections in the artist's native Bergamo and throughout northern Italy are featured in The Still Lifes of Evaristo Baschenis: The Music of Silence, on view at the Metropolitan Museum from November 17, 2000 through March 4, 2001. The exhibition also includes books on perspective and important examples of period musical instruments from the Metropolitan's own collections.