ERVING WOLF ELECTED AN HONORARY TRUSTEE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(New York, October 9, 2001)—Erving Wolf, a longtime supporter of The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been elected an Honorary Trustee, it was announced last night by the Museum's Chairman, James R. Houghton. Mr. Wolf's election took place at today's meeting of the Board.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM RECEIVES LANDMARK GIFT FOR ACQUISITIONS FROM ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
(New York, September 13, 2001)—A landmark grant of $20 million has been awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by The Annenberg Foundation for the acquisition of works of art in the areas of European paintings, drawings and prints, and European sculpture and decorative arts.
Settlement Reached on Monet’sGarden at Argenteuil
INAUGURATION OF GELMAN GALLERIES PLACES COLLECTION OF 20TH-CENTURY TREASURES ON VIEW AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
A private collection studded with 20th-century masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Balthus, Modigliani, and more than two dozen other artists, and bequeathed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1998, goes on display at the Metropolitan with the inauguration of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Galleries on June 1. The collection – which was first shown publicly in 1989 at the Metropolitan – was amassed over a period of more than 40 years by the Gelmans. The initial selection of 47 paintings and 3 bronzes by artists of the School of Paris will include such icons as Matisse's The Young Sailor (1906), a 1906 self-portrait of Picasso that once hung in Gertrude Stein's home, Braque's The Billiard Table (1944 and 1952), Bonnard's The Dining Room at Vernonnet (1916), Vlaminck's 1906 portrait of André Derain, Dalí's Accommodations of Desire (1929), Balthus's Thérèse Dreaming (1938), and a cluster of Mirós including The Potato (1928).
Exhibition Catalogue Wins Prestigious Award
The exhibition catalogue for Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861 has been chosen as one of the prestigious Books to Remember for 2000—the first time the catalogue for an art exhibition has been so honored. Each year, 25 books receive the award by the New York Public Library.
HAROLD HOLZER NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING IN RESTRUCTURING OF METROPOLITAN'S COMMUNICATIONS EFFORT
(New York, May 31, 2001)--The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced a series of organizational changes for its Communications Department, designed to reflect and encourage the department's broadened responsibilities in the area of museum-wide marketing. The changes take effect immediately.
PHILIP T. VENTURINO NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(NEW YORK, May 31, 2001)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced the appointment of Philip T. Venturino as Vice President for Facilities Management. Mr. Venturino was formally elected by the Board of Trustees at its May 8 meeting. He will assume his new post in mid-July.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES 2001-2002 SEASON OF CONCERTS & MUSIC LECTURES, INCLUDING TWO COMMISSIONS
COMMISSIONS AND PREMIERES
CONCERTS AND RECITALS
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces its 2001-2002 season of Concerts & Lectures music events, consisting of 51 concerts and 12 music-related lectures.
Three Events in June to Celebrate William Blake Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art
In celebration of the exhibition William Blake, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Concerts & Lectures series will present three programs in June featuring, respectively, the distinguished poets Stanley Kunitz, Galway Kinnell, and Nancy Willard; poet, songwriter, and rock singer Patti Smith accompanied by guitarist Oliver Ray; and New York University professor of fine arts Robert Rosenblum.
Metropolitan Museum Announces Opening of New Café and Introduction of Audio Guides at The Cloisters
This May, two new visitor amenities—an Audio Guide and a café—are being introduced for the first time 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.
ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL 'AIDA' TO BE FEATURED IN BEHIND-THE-SCENES DISCUSSION AND CONCERT ON ANCIENT EGYPT AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM MAY 7
On Monday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m., the Concerts & Lectures program of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present Aida: The Making of a Musical – a behind-the-scenes discussion about the Museum's Egyptian art collection and the inspiration for Elton John and Tim Rice's Tony® Award winning musical Aida. The discussion will be followed by a concert of songs led by the show's stars, Tony® Award winner Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Taylor Dayne.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW TRAVEL PROGRAMS
(New York, April 9, 2001)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today, at a Museum luncheon for the Northeast Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers, that the newly built Sea Cloud II, flagship of the Metropolitan's educational travel program, sails with a full compliment of Met friends on its inaugural cruise from Lisbon to Dartmouth, May 17 to 31, 2001.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM INAUGURATES VIRTUAL REALITY ON WEB SITE
The Web site of The Metropolitan Museum of Art — www.metmuseum.org — now offers unprecedented access to six of the Museum's historic American period rooms, through state-of-the-art Virtual Reality technology that allows online visitors to "tour" the rooms through all-inclusive, three dimensional views. The six rooms — which are on permanent view in the Metropolitan Museum's American Wing, installed with some of the finest American decorative art objects in the collection — date from the 17th to the 20th century, from the living hall of a pre-1674 home from Ipswich, Massachusetts, to a Frank Lloyd Wright living room from Wayzata, Minnesota (1912–14). The online presentation of the rooms offers views of the rooms as well as extensive historical and contextual information about the architecture, furniture and decorative objects, and interior decoration of each, provided by The American Wing's curatorial staff.
CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY ROUNDTABLE AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM APRIL 30
Four of the world's foremost educational and cultural leaders will discuss the impact and implications of the technological advances of our time in a roundtable discussion — Culture and Technology: Present and Future — to take place in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m.
ASHTON HAWKINS, MET'S EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, TO RETIRE AFTER 32 YEARS AT MUSEUM
(New York, February 13, 2001)—Ashton Hawkins, who served The Metropolitan Museum of Art for 19 years as Secretary and Counsel, and then for 13 years more as Executive Vice President and Counsel to the Trustees, will retire from the
Museum at the end of this month after a career in which he was a pioneer in the field of art law.
Metropolitan Museum Opens Galleries, Exhibitions for Presidents' Day, February 16
(New York, February 4, 2004) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recently inaugurated and highly popular "Holiday Mondays" program will continue February 16 with the opening of the Museum's galleries and exhibitions to the public on Presidents' Day.
MORRISON H. HECKSCHER NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN WING AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(New York, January 9, 2001) — Morrison H. Heckscher, who has served for more than 30 years in key curatorial positions in The American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was today named Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing, it was announced by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan.
JOHN K. HOWAT TO RETIRE AS CHAIRMAN OF DEPARTMENTS OF AMERICAN ART AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(December 12, 2000)—John K. Howat, the longtime Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the Departments of American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has announced his plans to retire from the Museum effective March 1, it was reported today by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan.
Leon Black Elected a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Leon D. Black has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by the Museum's Chairman, James R. Houghton. Mr. Black's election took place at the November 14 meeting of the Board.
JAMES C. Y. WATT NAMED CHAIRMAN OF DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN ART AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(New York, June 14, 2000) — James C. Y. Watt, the longtime Brooke Russell Astor Senior Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and one of the world's most respected authorities on Chinese art, has been named Brooke Russell Astor Chairman of the Museum's Department of Asian Art, effective July 1.
HAROLD KODA NAMED NEW CURATOR-IN-CHARGE OF THE COSTUME INSTITUTE AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(New York, June 14, 2000) — Harold Koda, who served for four years during the 1990s as Associate Curator of The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will rejoin the Museum as Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute effective November 6, it was announced today by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART TO OPEN LAS VEGAS STORE AT DESERT PASSAGE
(New York, NY, June 5, 2001)— The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store – renowned for its gifts and reproductions – debuted in Las Vegas June 4 in a new location at Desert Passage at the Aladdin Resort & Casino.
YUNGMAN F. LEE ELECTED TRUSTEE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(May 30, 2000) — Yungman F. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Orient Bank, has been elected a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His election took place at the May 9 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Lee will serve as the Queens borough representative on the Museum's Board.
FREE ADMISSION FOR 1.5 MILLION NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES
(New York City, April 14, 2000)-The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fleet today announced an innovative "student pass" program that will provide free admission to the Metropolitan for schoolchildren and their families from all five boroughs of New York City this fall. Expected to reach the 1.5 million kindergarten through high-school students in public, private, and parochial schools, this is the broadest school pass program yet undertaken by the Metropolitan Museum. This outreach program will coincide with the Museum's presentation of Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861 - a landmark exhibition of the visual arts in America between the opening of the Erie Canal and the start of the Civil War - that will be on view from September 19, 2000, through January 7, 2001. The announcement was made at a news conference today at which the Museum unveiled plans for the exhibition.
SIR JOSEPH HOTUNG BECOMES TRUSTEE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(New York, May 9, 2000) — Sir Joseph Hotung has been elected a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman, following the May meeting of the Board of Trustees.
VÉLEZ BLANCO PATIO REOPENS MAY 12 AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM AFTER THREE-YEAR RENOVATION
Two special exhibitions celebrate the reopening:
The Forgotten Friezes from the Castle of Vélez Blanco
Sculpture and Decorative Arts of the Spanish Renaissance
STATEMENT BY PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO, DIRECTOR, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, AT A HEARING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON HOLOCAUST ASSETS IN THE UNITED STATES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2000, THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Mr. Chairman, I am grateful to the Presidential Commission for the invitation to testify this morning. I appreciate this opportunity to update you, and through you, the public, on the efforts that The Metropolitan Museum has undertaken to re-examine its collections in order to ascertain whether any of its works were unlawfully confiscated by the Nazis and never restituted.
WEN C. FONG TO RETIRE FROM METROPOLITAN MUSEUM AFTER THREE DECADES OF PIONEERING LEADERSHIP IN THE FIELD OF ASIAN ART
(April 7, 2000) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the retirement of Wen C. Fong, its first and longtime Consultative Chairman of the Department of Asian Art, and the Museum's Douglas Dillon Curator of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy. Dr. Fong's retirement will take effect at the close of the Museum's fiscal year on June 30.
SANDRA PRIEST ROSE ELECTED HONORARY TRUSTEE OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
(April 5, 2000) — Sandra Priest Rose has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced this week by Museum Chairman James R. Houghton. Mrs. Rose's election took place at the March 14 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
STATEMENT BY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ON THE PROVENANCE OF RUBENS'PORTRAIT OF A MAN
(New York, March 14, 2000) — Last Friday, in a news story reported by the Associated Press and subsequently printed in the New York Times (March 12), the executive director of the World Jewish Congress, Elan Steinberg, suggested — apparently relying on a brief provenance listing in an 18-year-old-catalogue published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art — that a painting in the Museum's collection "may have been stolen from Jews" during the Nazi-World War II era: Portrait of a Man, a 1597 work by Peter Paul Rubens.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM PARTICIPATES IN A DAY WITHOUT ART IN OBSERVANCE OF WORLD AIDS DAY ON DECEMBER 1
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will participate in World AIDS Day for the 11th consecutive year by observing "A Day Without Art" on Wednesday, December 1, 1999. This year's theme is AIDS — End the Silence. Listen, Learn, Live! and is designed to open communication about HIV/AIDS, especially among those under age 25. It also aims to increase awareness of prevention strategies, encourage caring attitudes toward people with AIDS, and help dispel the stigma of HIV/AIDS.
THE NEW CYPRIOT GALLERIES
THE CESNOLA COLLECTION
PUBLICATION MARKS METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S COMMITMENT TO TEACHERS IN NEW YORK CITY AND THROUGHOUT AMERICA
In a significant effort to enrich teachers' skills and to develop classroom resources, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published 20th-Century Art: A Resource for Educators. The large boxed set of comprehensive written, visual, and high-tech materials provides essential tools for educators, featuring a 173-page publication — fully illustrated in color — with essays, strategies for classroom lessons, and background information that includes artists' writings and extensive bibliographic material. Also included in the packet are a set of forty slides, a full-sized, three-part poster set, a video, and a CD-ROM version of the book.
EMILY RAFFERTY, SHARON COTT, AND JEFFREY RUSSIAN NAMED TO NEW POSTS
(June 30,1999) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced a number of senior administrative promotions, all to become effective with the start of its new fiscal year on July 1.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES CURATORIAL PROMOTIONS AND NEW APPOINTMENTS
(June 30, 1999)—Philippe de Montebello, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today four promotions and two new appointments to the Museum's curatorial staff, all effective July 1 with the start of the next fiscal year.
FRAGMENT OF GIOTTO FRESCO FROM BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ARRIVES AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
Of the many damages suffered by the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi in the disastrous earthquake of September 26, 1997, certainly the most devastating was the collapse of two sections of the vaulting in the Upper Church, decorated with frescoes by the two greatest Italian artists of their day, Cimabue (1240-1302) and Giotto (1267-1337). In an instant, more than 2000 square feet of fresco from the dawn of Italian painting were transformed into colored dust and more than 50,000 fragments.
"THE APOLLO CIRCLE," YOUNG FRIENDS OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, WILL HOST ANNUAL SUMMER CELEBRATION ON THE IRIS AND B. GERALD CANTOR ROOF GARDEN
A new membership group designed specifically for individuals ages 21-39 has been formed by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Apollo Circle, Young Friends of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a successor to the Museum's Junior Committee, will offer its members a variety of education and social activities and exclusive insights into the Museum's collections. Named after the Greek god of youth, the arts, culture, and music, the group is chaired by Nicholas A. Polsky, Eve Yohalem, and Jill Swid.
MARY JAHARIS ELECTED HONORARY TRUSTEE OF METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
(May 27, 1999) — Mary Jaharis has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was recently announced by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Board of the Museum. The election took place at the May 11 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM INTRODUCES KEY TO THE MET AUDIO GUIDE FOR SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS AND PERMANENT COLLECTION
(New York City, May 24, 1999)—In a major initiative to promote tourism through technology — and enhance the museum experience for local visitors, both English- and foreign-language-speaking — an all-new state-of-the-art audio guide becomes available this spring for visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Key to the Met Audio Guide provides random-access commentary on both special exhibitions and the permanent collection — all on one CD player. For the first time, a "Director's Selections" tour of the permanent collection by Metropolitan Museum Director Philippe de Montebello will be offered in six languages, five of them narrated by Mr. de Montebello himself.
ART MUSEUMS, INTERNET, AND NEW TECHNOLOGY TO BE SUBJECT OF MAY 10 PANEL DISCUSSION AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
A panel of four of the world's most distinguished museum directors will discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities facing museums as computers, the Internet, and other new technologies enter the arts arena. The program will take place on Monday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m. in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OPENS NEWLY RENOVATED GREEK GALLERIES
For more information on the individual galleries, go to:
Greek Art of the Sixth through Fourth Centuries B.C.: Mary and Michael Jaharis Gallery;
Greek Art of the Sixth Century B.C.: Judy and Michael H. Steinhardt Gallery;
Greek Art of the Sixth Century B.C.: The Bothmer Gallery I;
Greek Art of the Fifth Century B.C.: The Bothmer Gallery II;
Greek Art of the Fifth Century B.C.: The Wiener Gallery;
Greek Art of the Fifth and Early Fourth Centuries B.C.: Stavros and Danaë Costopoulos Gallery;
Greek Art of the Fourth Century B.C.: Spyros and Eurydice Costopoulos Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's extensive collection of ancient Greek art — preeminent in the Western Hemisphere and among the finest in the world — returns to view on April 20, 1999, in a dramatic new presentation in seven large galleries refurbished to their original neoclassical grandeur.
FRANK E. RICHARDSON ELECTED TRUSTEE
(March 23, 1999) — Frank E. Richardson has been elected a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Board of the Museum. The election took place at the March 9 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
TWO WORKS BY VINCENT VAN GOGH BEQUEATHED
Two important works on paper by Vincent van Gogh entered the permanant collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 8, 1998, under the terms of an unusual bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. Left to the Metropolitan by Ms. Rockefeller upon her death in 1948, her bequest allowed that the Museum of Modern Art, of which she was a founder, was able to borrow the works for a period of up to 50 years. When the 50 years elapsed, the drawings were transferred to the Metropolitan.
ANNA WINTOUR ELECTED HONORARY TRUSTEE
(New York, January 12, 1999) — Anna Wintour has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Board of the Museum. The election took place at today's meeting of the Board of Trustees.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES THAT, WITH RETIREMENT OF WILLIAM H. LUERS IN 1999, MUSEUM WILL RETAIN OFFICES OF BOTH PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR, DESIGNATING DIRECTOR PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
(January 14, 1998) — Noting that President William H. Luers plans to retire in the spring of 1999, Arthur Ochs Sulzburger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, today announced that at yesterday's meeting of the Trustees, the Board adopted a Report on Governance which reaffirms that the positions of both Director and President will remain essential to the effective leadership of the Museum.