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  • Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Elected a Trustee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    (New York, January 13, 2009)—Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. Mr. Mossavar-Rahmani's election took place at the January 13 meeting of the board.

  • Metropolitan Museum's Collection Management Policy (Revised November 2008)

    In June 2008 the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art accepted the Association of Art Museum Directors's June 4, 2008 Guidelines on the Acquisition of Archaeological Materials and Ancient Art, and on November 12, 2008, the Board of Trustees adopted a revised Collections Management Policy incorporating those guidelines.

  • Metropolitan Museum Celebrates the Holidays by Opening on "Holiday Monday" December 29

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open to the public on Monday, December 29 (the Monday between Christmas and New Year's Day), as part of the Museum's popular "Holiday Mondays" program. The Museum will open the doors of its main building this winter and spring on three additional major Monday holidays: January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 16 (Presidents' Day), and May 25 (Memorial Day).

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM LECTURES IN THE GRACE RAINEY ROGERS AUDITORIUM

    For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department at 212-570-3949 or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs (including additional lectures that are free with Museum admission) are available. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday–Thursday 10–5:00, Friday and Saturday 10–7:00, and Sunday noon–5:00. Student discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949.

  • Brooklyn Museum Announces Landmark Costume Collection Partnership with Metropolitan Museum

    (New York, December 16, 2008)—The Brooklyn Museum announced today a landmark collection-sharing partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/press/ (PDF)

  • David H. Koch Elected a Trustee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    (New York, November 13, 2008)—David H. Koch has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. Mr. Koch's election took place at the November 12 meeting of the Board.

  • Medieval Europe Celebrated in Northern Manhattan in November

    For the month of November, two unique institutions located in northern Manhattan's historic Fort Tryon Park—The Cloisters museum and gardens and the New Leaf Restaurant & Bar—will join together in an innovative partnership to offer a "total medieval experience" that starts with a museum visit in the afternoon and ends with dinner or begins with lunch at the New Leaf and follows with a tour of The Cloisters. The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is the only museum in the United States devoted to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. The New Leaf, a venture of Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project (NYRP), features seasonal specialties made from locally grown ingredients.

  • Metropolitan Museum Audio Guide Introduces Costume: The Art of Dress Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker

    Audio Tour Organized by The Costume Institute Highlights Historical Fashion Depicted in the Met's Collections

  • Costume Institute Collection Database Available on Metropolitan Museum Website

    Information on More than 29,000 Objects in Preeminent Costume Collection Available Online

  • Endowment Ensures Continuation and Growth of Met Museum's Online Timeline of Art History

    A generous grant from the family of Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn, through New Tamarind Foundation and Zodiac Fund, will ensure the further growth and development of the Timeline of Art History, a major, evolving feature of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website. This landmark gift is the first endowment to be dedicated to support of an online resource at the Metropolitan Museum. The Timeline, which can be found on the Museum's website at www.metmuseum.org/toah and which has more than 30,000 visitors daily, is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, illustrated principally by the Metropolitan Museum's encyclopedic collection.

  • Thomas P. Campbell Named Next Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    (New York, September 9, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Thomas P. Campbell – an accomplished curator with a specialty in European tapestry who has worked at the Museum since 1995 – has been elected its next Director and CEO, succeeding Philippe de Montebello, who announced in January his intention to retire from the Metropolitan Museum at the end of this year. Mr. Campbell, who organized the groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibitions Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002) and Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor (2007), is currently Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts as well as Supervising Curator of the Museum's Antonio Ratti Textile Center. He was elected at today's meeting of the Board of Trustees and will assume the directorship of the Metropolitan Museum on January 1, 2009.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts 2008-2009 Season Opens with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Joined by Metropolitan Museum Director Philippe De Montebello and Pianists Orion Weiss and Inon Barnatan Performing Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals

    To mark both the opening of the 55th anniversary season of the Metropolitan Museum Concerts series and Philippe de Montebello's valedictory year as Metropolitan Museum Director, the Museum will present a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra that features a performance of Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals with Philippe de Montebello reading the Ogden Nash verses as narrator, and pianists Orion Weiss and Inon Barnatan as soloists. Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 10 for Strings in B Minor; and Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, complete the program, which takes place in the Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts in October 2008

    The Season's PianoForte Series Launches with Rafal Blechacz and Marc-André Hamelin, Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program Continue Into a Second Concert Season, Menahem Pressler and Richard Stoltzman Perform Together, Lesley Gore Makes Her Metropolitan Museum Debut, Music from Mali, Spain, and Turkey Takes the Stage, and James Conlon Talks About the Life of a Conductor

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Recipients of 2008—2009 Fellowships for Research, Travel, and Study

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a group of 50 fellows, who consist of graduate students and scholars from the United States and around the world. The fellows will undertake study and research projects, either at the Metropolitan Museum or abroad, for periods ranging from two months to one year, most of them beginning in September 2008.

  • Metropolitan Museum to Open on Labor Day "Met Holiday Monday"

    Galleries, shops, and dining areas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open to the public on September 1 (Labor Day), the next "Met Holiday Monday." This special viewing day is also the last chance for visitors to see two popular exhibitions: Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, which has already had more than 400,000 visitors since it opened on May 7, and Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru.

  • Metropolitan Museum Acquires Lucas van Leyden Drawing

    (New York, July 24, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired a drawing of the Archangel Gabriel announcing the birth of Christ by the Netherlandish master Lucas van Leyden (Leyden ca. 1494 – 1533 Leyden), it was announced today. The drawing, dating to the 1520s, enters the Museum's collection through the combination of a promised gift by Leon D. and Debra R. Black and purchase by the Museum. It is now the only drawing by the artist in America.

  • Nan Rosenthal Retires and Marla Prather Joins Modern Art Department at Metropolitan Museum

    (New York, July 10, 2008)—After 15 years as Senior Consultant for modern and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nan Rosenthal will retire on July 1, it was announced today by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces 2008-2009 Season of Concerts

    The 55th Season Opens With Philippe de Montebello Narrating Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Includes the Return of Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program; Ten Pianists Including Till Fellner Launching a Beethoven Sonata Cycle; the Complete Beethoven String Quartets; the Farewell Season of the Guarneri String Quartet; Patti Smith, Richie Havens, and Lesley Gore; and Music from Mali, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey

  • Statement by The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Accident Involving Italian Terracotta Relief Sculpture by Della Robbia

    (NEW YORK, TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art is saddened to report that late last night or early this morning, a late 15th-century glazed terracotta relief sculpture of Saint Michael the Archangel by Andrea della Robbia (1435-1525), came loose from metal mounts that have long held the framed lunette securely to the wall above a doorway in its European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries. The 62-x-32-inch relief, which has been on view in its current location since 1996, fell to a stone floor and suffered some damage. Preliminary inspection indicates that the relief has not been irrevocably harmed and that it can be repaired and again presented to the public.

  • Metropolitan Museum Corporate Benefit Breaks Fundraising Record

    In recognition of his outstanding leadership in support of the arts and community enrichment, Kenneth D. Lewis, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Bank of America Corporation, was honored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2008 Corporate Benefit on Monday, June 23.

  • Metropolitan Museum Explores Relationship of Art and Science during First Annual World Science Festival

    A variety of special programs – including lectures, gallery tours, family activities, and the inauguration of a new Audio Guide program – focusing on art and science will take place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 28 through June 1 as part of New York City's first annual World Science Festival.

  • Highlights of Metropolitan Museum's American Art Collection Remain on View During American Wing Construction Project

    Many of the best-known and most beloved works from the Metropolitan Museum's preeminent collection of American art will remain on view in various locations throughout the Museum for the duration of a four-year construction project – scheduled for completion in winter 2010-11. The project will reconfigure, renovate, or upgrade nearly every section of The American Wing. A major goal of the plan is to improve public access to, and visitor flow within, The American Wing's galleries.

  • Bonnie J. Sacerdote Elected Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    Bonnie J. Sacerdote has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the May 13 meeting of the Board.

  • Monumental Khatchkar (Stone Cross) – the First on Display in a U.S. Museum – on Special Loan to Metropolitan Museum from Republic of Armenia

    A monumental 12th-century Khatchkar, – a 2,000-pound, nearly 8-foot-tall block of basalt, carved on its surface with symbols of the four evangelists, a massive cross, small birds at fountains, and surrounding patterns of interlacing – is now on display in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It is on special long-term loan from the State History Museum of Armenia in Yerevan.

  • Metropolitan Museum Offers Array of Amenities to German-Speaking Visitors

    Audio guide tours, a floor plan, and guided gallery tours are among the visitor amenities available to German speakers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

  • Das Metropolitan Museum of Art bietet seinen deutsch-sprachigen Besuchern eine Reihe von Annehmlichkeiten (German)

    Audio guides, Museumspläne und Führungen durch Gallerien sind einige der Annehmlichkeiten, die das Metropolitan Museum für seine deutschsprachigen Besucher bereitstellt.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM CONCERTS MAY 2008

    Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program, and MMArtists in Concert
    Conclude Their Series, Arnold Steinhardt Plays the Bach Chaconne,
    The Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival is Led by Elena Bakshirova,
    and Richie Havens and Steve Ross Return to the Metropolitan Museum

  • Brad Kauffman Named Vice President for Merchandising at Metropolitan Museum

    Brad Kauffman has been named Vice President and General Manager of Merchandise and Retail of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, effective June 2, it was announced today by Emily K. Rafferty, President of the Museum. He will assume responsibility for the management and merchandising of the Museum's shops, catalogs, wholesale, and the online Met Store (www.metmuseum.org/store).

  • Metropolitan Museum Lectures in the Grace Rainy Rogers Auditorium

    For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department at 212-570-3949, or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs (including additional lectures that are free with Museum admission) are also available. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00, and Sunday noon-5:00. Student discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949.

  • Metropolitan Museum Offers Array of Amenities to French-Speaking Visitors

    Audio guide tours, a floor plan, a guidebook, and guided gallery tours are among the visitor amenities available to French speakers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

  • Metropolitan Museum Lectures in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

    For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department at 212-570-3949, or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs (including additional lectures that are free with Museum admission) are also available. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00, and Sunday noon-5:00. Student discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949.

  • Metropolitan Museum Offers Array of Amenities to Chinese Visitors (Chinese)

    紐約市大都會博物館為便利華人遊客,提供中文語音導覽設備、樓層平面圖、以及博物館導覽。

  • Metropolitan Museum Offers Array of Amenities to Chinese Visitors

    An Audio Guide, floor plan, and guided gallery tours are among the visitor amenities available to Mandarin speakers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

  • One Million Visitors Drawn to New Greek and Roman Galleries at Metropolitan Museum

    (New York – February 22, 2008) The Metropolitan Museum of Art tallied the one millionth visitor to its acclaimed New Greek and Roman Galleries on February 21. In the ten months since the galleries opened (on April 20, 2007), they have attracted an average of some 3700 people per day. This is approximately 27% of the Museum's total attendance during that same period. More than one in four visitors to the Museum viewed the new galleries.

  • Metropolitan Museum Names Firm to Aid in Trustee Search for Next Director

    (NEW YORK, February 4, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that it has retained the New York-based executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to help organize and staff the international search for the institution's next Director. The firm will work closely with the Museum's Trustees' recently designated Search Committee, which is chaired by Annette de la Renta, with S. Parker Gilbert serving as vice-chairman.

  • John Wilmerding, Noted Scholar of American Art, to Lecture at Metropolitan Museum on Three Masters of Contemporary American Realism

    The eminent American art historian John Wilmerding will deliver a subscription lecture series – Masters of Contemporary American Realism – at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on three consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning January 29. He will consider the technical inventiveness and imaginative variety of the American artists Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, and Tom Wesselmann, situating their later careers within the broader context of American and modern art.

  • Three Spectacular Vases Lent by Italy to Metropolitan Museum for Four Years Replace Euphronios Krater

    As a result of the agreement negotiated by Philippe de Montebello, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the Republic of Italy is lending the Metropolitan Museum three outstanding ancient Greek vases for a period of four years. Supplementing the Laconian drinking cup already on loan (since November 2006 and lent by the Museo Nazionale in Ceveteri), the three additional pieces – a jug in the shape of a young woman's head (end of sixth century B.C.); a cup signed by the potter Euxitheos and the painter Oltos, depicting the assembly of gods on Mount Olympos (515-510 B.C.); and a vase of the fourth century B.C. showing Oedipus solving the riddle of the sphinx – will go on view among related works in the Museum's Greek and Roman Galleries on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. These loans come to the Met in exchange for the return of the Euphronios krater to Italy. The krater will remain on view at the Metropolitan Museum through Sunday, January 13, 2008.

  • Metropolitan Museum's Multicultural Initiative to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary at January 24 Gala Benefit "Evening of Many Cultures"

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative will mark its tenth anniversary on January 24, 2008, with its first-ever gala benefit, An Evening of Many Cultures. At the event, two of the founding members of the initiative, Lowery Stokes Sims and Richard V. Clarke, will be honored for their longstanding commitment to the Museum and to its outreach efforts. The celebration will feature special evening viewings in the Museum's constellation of galleries reflecting many of the cultures of the world. Also on view will be the acclaimed exhibition Eternal Ancestors: The Art of the Central African Reliquary and new installations of works by the contemporary, African-American artist, Kara Walker, and the African artist, El Anatsui.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts February 2008

    Stephen Kovacevich Continues PianoForte, Joan Kwuon and André Previn Offer a Recital, The Guarneri String Quartet and MMArtists in Concert Continue Series, and Trio Capuçon Appears on Accolades

  • Gayle Perkins Atkins Elected a Trustee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Gayle Perkins Atkins has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, representing the borough of Manhattan, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the January 8 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

  • Mark Fisch Elected a Trustee at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Mark Fisch has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. Mr. Fisch's election took place at the January 8 meeting of the Board.

  • John A. Moran Named Honorary Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    John A. Moran has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. His election took place at the January 8 meeting of the Board.

  • After Three Decades as Director, Philippe de Montebello Announces Retirement from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    (New York, January 8, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Philippe de Montebello—whose long and storied career at the Museum has spanned nearly a third of the institution's entire history—will retire after more than 30 years as its eighth, and longest-serving, Director. Mr. de Montebello, who first joined the staff as a curatorial assistant in 1963, became Director in 1977, and assumed the additional role of Chief Executive Officer in 1998, plans to step down by December 31, 2008.

  • Metropolitan Museum Acquires Diane Arbus Archive

    (New York, December 18, 2007)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it has acquired the complete archive of Diane Arbus (1923-1971), the legendary American photographer known for her revelatory portraits of couples, children, nudists, carnival performers, and eccentrics. The Estate of Diane Arbus has selected the Museum to be the permanent repository of the artist's negatives, papers, correspondence, and library. The Museum will collaborate with the Estate to preserve Arbus's legacy and to ensure that her work will continue to be seen in the context of responsible scholarship and in a manner that honors the subjects of the photographs and the intentions of the artist.

  • Metropolitan Museum Launches First-Ever Korean Audio Guide

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has inaugurated its first-ever Audio Guide in Korean. The tour – called The Director's Selections – features commentary by Museum Director Philippe de Montebello about 58 masterpieces, which have been selected by him from the Museum's world-renowned collection of more than two million works of art.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts January2008

    For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department at 212-570-3949, or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs are also available. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00, and Sunday noon-5:00. Student discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949.

  • $567 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ON NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE GENERATED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S NEW GREEK AND ROMAN GALLERIES

    (New York, December 3, 2007) – National, regional, and foreign tourists visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recently opened New Greek and Roman Galleries so far have spent a combined $567 million during their visits to New York City as of November 20, according to a Museum audience survey released today. Using the standard ratios for calculating tax revenue impact, the direct tax benefit to New York City and New York State from these visitors in the seven months since the galleries opened is estimated at $56.7 million.

  • The Wisteria Dining Room in New Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture

    A complete and fully furnished Art Nouveau dining room designed by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer shortly before World War I – The Wisteria Dining Room – has been installed within The Metropolitan Museum of Art's renovated and expanded New Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture, opening to the public on December 4, 2007. The room – which has been in storage for the past 40 years because of lack of space in which to exhibit it prior to the expansion of the galleries – is the only complete French Art Nouveau interior on display in an American museum.

  • Expanded and Renovated Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture To Reopen December 4 at Metropolitan Museum

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art's renovated and expanded Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture will reopen on December 4, 2007. The newly refurbished galleries – which occupy nearly 35,000 square feet, including 8,000 square feet of new exhibition space named the Henry J. Heinz II Galleries in recognition of a major gift made by his widow, the long-time Metropolitan Museum Trustee Drue Heinz – will showcase European paintings from the Museum's world-renowned collection, dating from 1800 through the early 20th century. This new presentation will feature a more thorough display of the Museum's 19th-century collection, augmented with seminal works from the early modern era.

  • Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche on Display for Holiday Season at Metropolitan Museum

    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 from November 20, 2007, through January 6, 2008. 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 and daily lighting ceremonies, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season.