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  • Metropolitan Museum to Open Renovated Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia

    The grand reopening of a suite of 15 dramatic New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia will take place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 1. The greatly enlarged, freshly conceived, and completely renovated galleries will house the Metropolitan’s renowned collection of Islamic art—one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world. Design features within the new space will highlight both the diversity and the interconnectedness of the numerous cultures represented here; multiple entryways will allow visitors to approach the new galleries—and the art displayed within—from different perspectives. 

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts
    December 2011

    For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949. Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:00 and Sunday noon-5:00. Student and group discount tickets are available for some events; call 212-570-3949. Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.

  • Metropolitan Museum to Open on October 10,
    Columbus Day “Met Holiday Monday”

    A diverse roster of special exhibitions, permanent collection galleries, and amenities will be open to the public at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Columbus Day, October 10—the next in the series of Met Holiday Mondays.  These are extra public viewing days that take place on the Mondays of major holiday weeks and weekends, when historically the Museum has been closed. The four popular exhibitions that will be featured this Columbus Day are: Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum; Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures; Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine; and The Art of Dissent in 17th-century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection.

  • Metropolitan Museum Concerts
    November 2011

    The Alwan Arab Music Ensemble Performs at Museum's Great Hall Balcony Bar to Mark Opening of New Islamic Department Galleries; Compañia Flamenca José Porcel Performs "Gypsy Fire"; Pacifica Quartet Continues Its Beethoven Quartet Cycle; Mile Square Theater Presents "The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi" for Families; Chanticleer Begins Metropolitan Museum Christmas Concerts

  • Metropolitan Museum Launches Expanded, Redesigned Website, Providing Unprecedented Access to Collections, Programs, Research, and Visitor Information

    (New York, September 26, 2011)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has relaunched its website, www.metmuseum.org, it was announced today by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Museum. Key features of the expanded and redesigned site include comprehensive access to more than 340,000 works of art in the Museum’s encyclopedic collections; extensive information and multimedia features on exhibitions, programs, and galleries; a completely new and streamlined design for greater ease of viewing the vast array of images, resources, and other material now online; and an interactive floor plan and multiple itineraries to enhance in-person visits to the Museum. The new website, which has been in preparation for three years, originally launched in 1996 and has not been thoroughly updated since 2000.

  • Metropolitan Museum’s September 26 Multicultural Benefit to Celebrate “An Evening of Many Cultures”

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s second Multicultural Benefit, “An Evening of Many Cultures,” will take place on September 26, 2011.  Among the honorees will be Samuel L. Jackson, soon to appear on Broadway as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and LaTanya Richardson Jackson; and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower De Niro. This black-tie gala is the signature event in celebration of the Museum’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI), founded in 1998.

  • Metropolitan Museum’s McQueen, Caro, Serra, and “Rooms with a View” Exhibitions Stimulate $908 Million Economic Impact for New York

    (New York, September 12, 2011)—The Metropolitan Museum’s concurrent presentation of four acclaimed and widely attended exhibitions in the summer 2011 season—Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty; Anthony Caro on the Roof; Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective; and Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century—generated $908 million in spending by regional, national, and international 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 $90.8 million. (Results of visitor survey are below.)

  • 661,509 Total Visitors to Alexander McQueen Put Retrospective among Top 10 Most Visited Exhibitions in Metropolitan Museum’s History

    661,509 Total Visitors to Alexander McQueen Put Retrospective among Top 10 Most Visited Exhibitions in Metropolitan Museum’s History

  • Berlin Lends Colossal Statue of Pharaoh to
    Metropolitan Museum for Ten Years

    A monumental ancient Egyptian statue of a seated pharaoh—probably Amenemhat II—will be lent to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Berlin’s renowned Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz for a period of ten years, beginning this month. The ten-foot-tall, nearly nine-ton, 4,000-year-old sculpture entered the Berlin museum’s collection in 1837. Because of a construction project now underway—to renovate the courtyard on Museumsinsel (Museum Island) where the artwork has most recently been displayed—the statue had to be moved, thereby providing the opportunity for this long-term loan. The sculpture will go on view in the Metropolitan’s Great Hall for approximately one year before it is moved into The Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art. The Middle Kingdom sculpture is an outstanding example of ancient Egypt’s magnificent colossal statuary, of which very few examples can be found in American museums.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces 5.68 Million Attendance, Highest in 40 Years

    (New York, July 21, 2011)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that 5.68 million people visited the Met during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The number, which includes attendance at The Cloisters museum and gardens, is the highest recorded in 40 years.  The total was more than 400,000 greater than in Fiscal Year 2010.