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Spark Spring Series

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Words and pictures are the most universal and powerful means through which we connect with the world around us. In this special SPARK with Julie Burstein series, we embark on an exploration of words and pictures—from the invention of writing more than five-thousand years ago in Mesopotamia, to illuminated manuscripts meant for contemplation and reflection, to contemporary graphic novels. Featuring a Met curator and a contemporary artist or graphic designer, each conversation explores the resonance of these mediums in ancient and modern times.

SPARK with Julie Burstein:
This fast-paced cabaret-style series explores vital cultural issues through the lens of the Met. Each program gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising, and engaging conversation. 

Monday, March 2, 6:00 p.m.
"The Winchester Bible"

Thursday, April 23, 6:00 p.m.
"Graphic Storytelling: From Cuneiform Tablets to New York's New Pedestrian Maps"

Thursday, May 21, 6:00 p.m.
"Created for Reflection: Illuminated Manuscripts and Bedtime Stories"

Wednesday, June 10, 6:00 p.m.
"Showing to Tell"

Tickets start at $30; $100 for the series

Tickets to these events include Museum admission.

Above: Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes (detail), 1913. Written by Arthur Rackham (British, London 1867–1939). Publisher: The Century Company (New York, NY). Photomechanical color process and lithography, book: 9 7/16 x 7 3/8 x 1 3/16 in. (24 x 18.8 x 3 cm) sheet: 9 5/16 x 7 1/16 in. (23.6 x 17.9 cm) image: 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 in. (17.5 x 13.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Miss Fairchild Bowler, 1965 (65.518.15)