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  • 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.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents' Day – January 15 and February 19 – Head List of Metropolitan Museum's 2007 Schedule of "Met Holiday Mondays"

    (New York, January 10, 2007) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open to the public on two upcoming holiday Mondays – January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and February 19 (Presidents' Day) – as the latest in its popular "Holiday Monday" programs. The Museum will also open the doors of its main building on May 28 (Memorial Day), July 2 (Independence Day Holiday), September 3 (Labor Day), and October 8 (Columbus Day).

  • 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.

  • Survey Shows Van Gogh Drawings Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum Generated $251 Million Economic Impact for New York

    (New York, March 21, 2006)—The acclaimed and widely attended fall/winter special exhibition Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings generated $251 million in spending by regional, national, and foreign tourists to New York, according to a Metropolitan Museum of Art visitor survey released today. Using the standard ratio for calculating tax revenue impact, the study found that the direct tax benefit to the City and State from visitors who declared that seeing the exhibition was a deciding factor in their decision to visit New York totaled some $25 million.

  • Metropolitan Museum Formally Unveils Glittering, Restored Fifth Avenue Façade

    (NEW YORK, March 6, 2006)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today officially unveiled and dedicated its newly renovated and freshly cleaned landmark Indiana limestone façade – the historic, century-old "face of the Museum" that fronts Fifth Avenue from 80th to 84th streets. Its restoration – marking the first comprehensive cleaning in its history – comes more 100 years after the iconic central façade was completed in 1902.

  • STATEMENT BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ON ITS AGREEMENT WITH ITALIAN MINISTRY OF CULTURE

    (NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 21, 2006)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today signed an agreement in Rome that formalizes the transfer of title to six antiquities—including a group of 16 Hellenistic silver pieces—to Italy.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SPRING 2006 SEASON OF PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

    (New York, December 29, 2005) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced its schedule of weekday and weekend activities for children up to age 12 and their adult companions, including a weekly program for Spanish-speaking families, for the period February 1-May 30, 2006 – along with a calendar of special family programs during the mid-winter school recess and on selected weekends and "Holiday Mondays." These drop-in programs are free with Museum admission, and all materials are provided.

  • James J. Ross Elected Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    James J. Ross 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. Ross's election took place at the January 10 meeting of the Board.

  • Metropolitan Museum to Unveil Spectacular New Greek and Roman Galleries

    A spectacular "museum-within-the-museum" for the display of its extraordinary collection of Hellenistic, Etruscan, South Italian, and Roman art – much of it unseen in New York for generations – will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this April in its New Greek and Roman Galleries. After more than five years of construction, the long-awaited opening will conclude a 15-year project for the complete redesign and reinstallation of the Museum's superb collection of classical art. Returning to public view in the new space are thousands of long-stored works from the Metropolitan's collection, which is considered one of the finest in the world. The centerpiece of the New Greek and Roman Galleries is the majestic Leon Levy and Shelby White Court – a monumental, peristyle court for the display of Hellenistic and Roman art, with a soaring two-story atrium.

  • Special Family Activities at Metropolitan Museum in December and January

    In addition to its regularly scheduled weekend and weekday programs for children and families in December and January, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced a variety of special activities beginning December 3 and extending throughout the holiday season and beyond, including the Christmas/New Year's school break and "Holiday Mondays" on December 26, 2005, and January 16, 2006. Among the highlights are drawing and gallery workshops, a screening of holiday films, the world-famous Christmas tree and Nativity scene that are on display each year in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall, and programs at The Cloisters, the Museum's branch for medieval art located in upper Manhattan.