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  • Metropolitan Museum Participates in 18th Annual "Day Without Art" Observance of World AIDS Day

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will participate in World AIDS Day for the 18th consecutive year by observing Day Without Art on Friday, December 1, 2006. In recognition of the devastating losses suffered by the cultural community as a result of AIDS, the Metropolitan will remove from view or shroud 16 objects around the Museum. Black ribbons will be tied around the flowers in the Great Hall. In addition, the Museum will lower the flags on its plaza to half-mast to symbolize the losses due to AIDS-related deaths in the art community.

  • WELLINGTON Z. CHEN ELECTED A TRUSTEE AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    (New York, November 14, 2006)--Wellington Z. Chen has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art representing the borough of Queens, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the November 14 meeting of the Board.

  • "Holidays at the Met" to Include First-Ever Extended Hours in December and Special Seasonal Programming

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer an unprecedented roster of Holidays at the Metprograms and activities this season, including extended evening hours during the final weekend of 2006, family programs, and additional holiday offerings in the galleries, restaurants, and shops, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. At the centerpiece of this holiday celebration, the Museum will continue its traditional Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche display, this year adding to its schedule of spectacular tree lightings, with additional lightings daily and during the Museum's popular Friday and Saturday evening hours. Special holiday decorations and programming will also be offered at The Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum's branch for medieval art in upper Manhattan.

  • Splendor of Islamic Art to be Theme of October 8 Sunday at the Met Program

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the United States of America will present a special program at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, October 8, 2006. The theme of this Sunday at the Met program will be Islamic art and culture, and it will include a film, a lecture, and a musical performance, as follows:

  • Robert Joffe Elected a Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    (New York, September 12, 2006)—Robert D. Joffe 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. The election took place at the September 12 meeting of the Board.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Fall 2006 Schedule of Programs for Children and Families

    (New York, September 12, 2006)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced its schedule of weekday and weekend programs for children, including special family activities, for the period September 30, 2006, through February 2, 2007. These drop-in programs are free with Museum admission. Reservations are not required unless otherwise noted, and all materials are provided.

  • Mrs. Russell B. Aitken Elected Honorary Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    Irene Roosevelt Aitken has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the September 12 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Announces the 2006-07 Season of Concerts

    The 53rd Season Features the Piano Forte Series with András Schiff, Ivo Pogorelich, and Ivan Moravec; Jordi Savall in Two Concerts; Bach's Mass in B Minor and Handel's Acis and Galatea; Anoushka Shankar, Richie Havens, and Patti Smith; and a Season Opening Concert by Orpheus in the Great Hall

  • Olena Paslawsky Named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer At Metropolitan Museum

    (New York, September 12, 2006)—Olena Paslawsky has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced by Emily K. Rafferty, President of the Museum. She joined the Museum in August, and will oversee initiatives in finance, technology, purchasing, office services, and internal audit. Prior to coming to the Metropolitan, she was Controller of the Worldwide Securities Division of JP Morgan Chase & Company.

  • Metropolitan Museum's Fall 2006 Lecture Series Features Director Philippe de Montebello Speaking on the Collecting of Antiquities

    Seventy lectures comprise the Fall 2006 schedule of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's stellar series, now in its 53rd season. Metropolitan Museum curators and educators, as well as guest speakers, will present talks on a broad range of exhibition- and arts-related topics.

  • RICHARD L. CHILTON, JR. ELECTED TRUSTEE AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    The election of Richard L. Chilton, Jr. to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. Mr. Chilton's election took place at the May 9 meeting of the Board.

  • Café and Audio Guides Available at The Cloisters

    An Audio Guide and a café are among the visitor amenities now available at The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art located in northern Manhattan and dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages.

  • Gallery of Early Gothic Art and Architecture

    The Early Gothic Hall at The Cloisters will reopen this summer after a five-year renovation. Completely refurbished 13th-century limestone windows and two dozen panels of newly conserved and reinstalled stained glass, primarily from the 13th and 14th centuries, are among the objects on view. Four recently acquired and exceptional examples of German stained glass from the late-13th-century glazing program for the convent church in Altenberg-an-der-Lahn will be reunited in this new installation. The renovation of the Early Gothic Hall also features construction of two new limestone apertures in an interior wall (for the display of grisaille glass windows) and new lighting.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces New Schedule of "Met Holiday Mondays"

    (New York, May 15, 2006) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the new schedule of "Met Holiday Mondays" for the one-year period beginning Memorial Day 2006. This popular program, which opens the Museum to the public on selected Monday holidays throughout the year, began in fall 2003; prior to that, the Museum had been closed to the public on Mondays for some 30 years.

  • Metropolitan Museum Publishes New Guidebook to its Holdings of Medieval Art at The Cloisters

    A new, lavishly illustrated guidebook called The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture – co-authored by the head of the department of medieval art and a museum educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – provides in-depth information on highlights of the collection of The Cloisters, which is the only museum in North America devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. (The Cloisters is a branch museum of the Metropolitan Museum.)

  • The Cloisters: A History

    The Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is America's only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of the Middle Ages. Picturesquely overlooking the Hudson River in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, the Museum derives its name from the portions of five medieval cloisters incorporated into a modern museum structure. Not replicating any one particular medieval building type or setting, but rather designed to evoke the architecture of the later Middle Ages, The Cloisters creates an integrated and harmonious context in which visitors can experience the rich tradition of medieval artistic production, including metalwork, painting, sculpture, and textiles. By definition, a cloister consists of a covered walkway surrounding a large open courtyard providing access to other monastic buildings. Similarly, the museum's cloisters act as passageways to galleries; and they provide as inviting a place for rest and contemplation for visitors as they often did in their original monastic settings.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Appointment of Christina Alphonso as Associate Manager for Administration at The Cloisters

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has appointed Christina Alphonso to the position of Associate Manager for Administration at The Cloisters, effective December 19. (A branch of the Metropolitan, The Cloisters is America's only museum dedicated exclusively to the art of the Middle Ages.)

  • The Gardens of The Cloisters

    In formal terms a cloister is a quadrangle enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway. It is the heart of the monastery, usually placed in the sunniest location and providing the connection, physical and psychological, between the church and the more domestic areas such as the refectory and chapter house.

  • Rehabilitating Historic Cairo to be Theme of April 23 Lecture at Metropolitan Museum

    The historic development of Cairo and its growing, shifting, and transforming urban fabric will be the focus of a lecture by Swiss architect/urban designer Dr. Stefano Bianca at 2:00 p.m. on April 23 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is free with Museum admission.

  • Metropolitan Museum Establishes International Office in Geneva

    (New York, March 22, 2006)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the establishment of its first full-time representative office overseas, located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Metropolitan further announced that Mahrukh Tarapor, who has served for 11 years as the Museum's Associate Director for Exhibitions, has been named to the additional post of Director for International Affairs, Geneva Office.