Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche
Wednesday, October 2, 2002
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 November 26. 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.
EUGENE V. THAW NAMED HONORARY TRUSTEE AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
Sunday, September 29, 2002
Eugene Victor Thaw 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 10 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Thaw, a dealer of Old Master drawings and prints, has presided over the New York firm that bears his name since 1950. Known also as a collector and a scholar, he has written numerous articles, essays, reviews, and catalogues. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic.
Richard Avedon: Portraits, Opening at Metropolitan Museum on September 26, Captures Creative Genius of a Generation
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
One hundred eighty portraits by acclaimed photographer Richard Avedon—a vast collective portrait of America in the second half of the 20th century—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26. Richard Avedon: Portraits will feature his most classic and penetrating images, documenting as never before this artist's dazzling reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture. The exhibition, which will remain on view through January 5, 2003, will span Avedon's entire career, from his earliest portraits made in the late 1940s through his most recent work.
Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill
Monday, September 9, 2002
A major exhibition tracing the evolution of Chinese landscape painting over the last 1,000 years will open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 10. Featuring more than 75 works drawn largely from the Museum's permanent collection, Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill will explore the manifold uses of natural imagery in Chinese painting as reflections of human beliefs and emotions. Encompassing landscapes and garden scenes dating from the Five Dynasties period (907-960) to the late 20th century, the exhibition will present examples in all pictorial formats: hanging scrolls, handscrolls, album leaves, and fans. A dozen important works by leading masters of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties from the Weill Collection – given or promised to the Museum – will be highlighted in the Frances Young Tang Gallery.
Metropolitan Museum to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary by Exhibiting Fire Department Sign-Out Boards, Preserved by the Met's Conservation Department
Thursday, September 5, 2002
(NEW YORK, September 6, 2002)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans to observe the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with the exhibition of a recently restored 9/11 relic, a series of musical performances, poetry readings, and publication of a specially prepared list of curators' choices of works of art that express the myriad of emotions evoked by both the tragedy and the city's recovery.
Metropolitan Museum of Art to Donate 9/11 Admissions to Neighborhood Firehouse Family Fund
Thursday, September 5, 2002
(New York, September 6, 2002)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it will donate all of the admissions revenues it receives at the main building and The Cloisters on Wednesday, September 11, to the Engine 22 and Ladder 13 Family Fund—a charity established by the neighborhood firehouse that lost nine men at the World Trade Center one year ago.
SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS SEPTEMBER—DECEMBER 2002
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
New and Recently Opened Installations
Recent Acquisitions of Arms and Armor Displayed at Metropolitan Museum
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Some 60 of the most important examples of armor, weapons, firearms, and martial accoutrements acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the last decade will be shown this fall. Opening to the public on September 4, Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002 will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly named Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery.
A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures
Sunday, July 28, 2002
The collection of some 35 Impressionist pictures that graced the walls of Janice H. Levin's Fifth Avenue apartment will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from November 19, 2002, through February 9, 2003. The intimately scaled exhibition, A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures will include exceptional works by many of the great masters of 19th-century French painting – Bonnard, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Vuillard, among others.
Théodore Chassériau (1819--1856): The Unknown Romantic
Sunday, July 28, 2002
The first retrospective exhibition in the United States of works by the lyrical 19th-century French painter Théodore Chassériau will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from October 22, 2002, through January 5, 2003. Théodore Chassériau (1819--1856): The Unknown Romantic will feature 54 paintings and 82 works on paper – many never before exhibited in the United States – culled from international collections. Although he ranks among the most important and influential artists of the first half of the 19th century, Chassériau has remained one of the least known to modern audiences.