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  • 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.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts December 2007

    Hélène Grimaud Continues the PianoForte Series with Members of New York Philharmonic, Salzburg Marionettes Perform a New Production of The Sound of Music Featuring Broadway Vocal Talent (Extra Performance Added), and
    Christmas Concerts Feature Chanticleer, Aulos Ensemble, and More

  • Jeffrey M. Peek Elected a Trustee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Jeffrey M. Peek 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. Peek's election took place at the November 13 meeting of the Board.

  • Newly Renovated and Reinstalled Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts To Open in Fall at Metropolitan Museum

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Wrightsman Galleries, currently undergoing extensive renovations and reinstallation, will reopen on October 30. The spectacular 18th-century rooms, which include the De Tessé Room, the Cabris Room, the Paar Room, the Varengeville Room, the Bordeaux Room, and the Crillon Room, house the Museum's renowned collection of French furniture and related decorative arts. Named for Jayne and Charles Wrightsman, who amassed one of the finest private collections in America of the decorative arts of the ancien régime, the galleries opened to the public between 1969 and 1977. The Wrightsmans' splendid gifts strengthened the Museum's already important collection of French 18th-century interiors and furnishings. Mrs. Wrightsman, a Trustee Emerita, continues her generosity to the Metropolitan Museum to this day, and has made these renovations possible.

  • New Uris Center for Education Opens October 23 at Metropolitan Museum after Three-Year Renovation and Reconfiguration

    Following a three-year renovation and complete reconfiguration, the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens on October 23, 2007. The new center will transform Museum experiences for students and teachers, teenagers and families, scholars and all visitors. It provides an extraordinary range of new, high-tech features to train, inform, and inspire, and beautiful spaces in which to learn, beginning with the majestic and welcoming Diane W. Burke Hall.

  • Damien Hirst's Shark on Display at New York's Metropolitan Museum for Three Years

    (New York, October 16, 2007)--The best-known of contemporary British artist Damien Hirst's conceptual tank pieces, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living – which features a 13-foot tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde – will go on view today in the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for modern and contemporary art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work is on a three-year loan from The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Collection.

  • Kenneth Jay Lane Named Honorary Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    Kenneth Jay Lane has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the September 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Appointment of Deirdre Larkin as Associate Horticultural Manager at The Cloisters

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has appointed Deirdre Larkin to the position of Associate Horticulture Manager at The Cloisters. A branch of the Metropolitan, The Cloisters is America's only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of the Middle Ages.

  • New Gallery for Art of Native North American Art to Open at Metropolitan Museum in November

    A new gallery for the exhibition of the art of Native North American peoples will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 13, 2007. After three years of renovation, the enlarged gallery will display a greater number of Native American works of art than has ever before been on view at the Museum. A select group of approximately 90 works will present the art of various North American peoples, regions, and time periods in which distinct cultural, stylistic, and functional aspects will be shown. The objects range from the beautifully shaped and finished stone tools known as bannerstones that date back several millennia to a mid-1970s tobacco bag made by the well-known Assiniboine/Sioux beadwork artist Joyce Growing Thunder.

  • New Galleries for Oceanic Art to Open at Metropolitan Museum November 14

    Following an extensive three-year renovation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen on November 14 its New Galleries for Oceanic Art, a completely redesigned and reinstalled exhibition space for the display of one of the world's premier collections of the arts of the Pacific Islands. Divided into three separate galleries in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, the 17,000-square-foot exhibition space will present a substantially larger portion of the Metropolitan's Oceanic collection than was previously on view.

  • New Gallery for Modern and Contemporary Photography to be Inaugurated at Metropolitan Museum in September

    The Metropolitan Museum will inaugurate the Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for Modern Photography on September 25, 2007, establishing for the first time a gallery dedicated exclusively to photography created since 1960. With high ceilings, clean detailing, and approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Menschel Hall is designed specifically to accommodate the large-scale photographs that are an increasingly important part of contemporary art and the Museum's permanent collection. Photographers represented in the collection include such modern masters as Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Doug Aitken, and Sigmar Polke.

  • Monumental Statues of the Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut on View at Metropolitan Museum

    Two magnificent statues of Hatshepsut – a woman who ruled ancient Egypt as a pharaoh – are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, in advance of the re-opening of the Museum's Hatshepsut Gallery later this year. It was announced recently in Cairo that Hatshepsut's mummy – long thought to be lost – has been identified.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the 2007-08 Season of Concerts

    The 54th Season Features Itzhak Perlman's First New York Chamber Series; Eleven Pianists Including Nelson Freire, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, and Ingrid Fliter; a Violin Series Featuring Janine Jansen and Hilary Hahn; Patti Smith and Dianne Reeves; and The Beaux Arts Trio's New York Farewell Concert

  • The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

    Following a three-year renovation and complete reconfiguration, the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen on October 23, 2007. The new Center will transform Museum experiences for students and teachers, teenagers and families, scholars and all visitors. It will provide an extraordinary range of new, high-tech features to train, inform, and inspire, and beautiful spaces in which to learn, beginning with the majestic and welcoming Diane W. Burke Hall.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Schedule for Summer and Fall 2007 Met Holiday Mondays

    The main building of The Metropolitan Museum of Art – located at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street in Manhattan – will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following Met Holiday Mondays in summer and fall of 2007:

  • New Galleries for Oceanic Art

    Following an extensive three-year renovation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen on November 14 its New Galleries for Oceanic Art, a completely redesigned and reinstalled exhibition space for the display of one of the world's premier collections of the arts of the Pacific Islands. Divided into three separate galleries in The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing, the 17,000-square-foot exhibition space will present a substantially larger portion of the Metropolitan's Oceanic collection than was previously on view.

  • Metropolitan Museum's Exhibitions Cézanne to Picasso and Americans in Paris Create $377 Million Economic Impact for New York

    (New York, May 31, 2007) – The Metropolitan Museum's concurrent presentation of two acclaimed and widely attended exhibitions in the fall 2006/winter 2007 season – Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde and Americans in Paris, 1860-1900 – generated $377 million in spending by regional, national, and foreign tourists to New York, according to a visitor survey the Museum released today. Using the industry standard for calculating tax revenue impact, the study found that the direct tax benefit to the City and State from out-of-town visitors to the Museum totaled some $37.7 million. (Study findings attached.)

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Promotions for Suzanne E. Brenner and Lauren A. Meserve

    (New York, May 17, 2007)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that two members of its Investment Office will assume new and expanded responsibilities this month. The announcements were made by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Museum, and Emily K. Rafferty, the Museum's President.

  • Metropolitan Museum and ARTstor Announce Pioneering Initiative to Provide Digital Images to Scholars at No Charge

    In a new initiative designed to assist scholars with teaching, study, and the publication of academic works, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will distribute, free of charge, high-resolution digital images from an expanding array of works in its renowned collection for use in academic publications. This new service, which is effective immediately, is available through ARTstor, a non-profit organization that makes art images available for educational use.

  • "An Inside Look" with the Metropolitan Museum's Curators in New Lecture Series Beginning March 14

    (New York, February 27, 2007) Beginning March 14, the work of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's stellar curatorial staff will be highlighted in a special, two-year series of lectures that will be offered to the public in the Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The first four programs – devoted to Egyptian art, European sculpture and decorative arts, arms and armor, and Asian art – will take place this spring.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces 2007 Schedule for Met Holiday Mondays

    The main building of The Metropolitan Museum of Art – located at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street in Manhattan – will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following Met Holiday Mondays in 2007:

  • Opening of New Classical Galleries in Metropolitan Museum's American Wing Represents First Phase in Multi-Year Construction Project

    (New York, January 23, 2007)—A suite of galleries devoted to American art created between 1810 and 1840 was formally opened on the first floor of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art today. The opening of the new galleries marks the completion of the first phase of a project to reconfigure, renovate, or upgrade nearly every section of the American Wing by 2010. A major goal of the plan is to improve public access to, and visitor flow within, the American Wing galleries.

  • Architectural Elements from Medieval Monastery Installed at The Cloisters

    A dozen architectural elements from the medieval monastery of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, which is located in the northeast Pyrenees, have gone on public display at The Cloisters – the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. Part of the collection of The Cloisters since 1925, the pieces of carved stone have been in storage for nearly 70 years. The carvings, which include decorative elements from three nearly complete arches, and blocks carved with images of a musician, the Lamb of God, and other figures, have recently been embedded in the east wall of the Cuxa Cloister. Although the walls surrounding the Cloister are modern, the series of marble columns, boldly carved capitals, and arches forming the Cuxa Cloister date from the 12th century and also originated from Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa. All are carved from the beautiful pinkish stone of the Pyrenees known as "Languedoc marble." The installation also will incorporate new lighting and a new sound system.