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Exploring What Matters: Art by The Met High School Interns

At The Met Fifth Avenue
June 17–August 14, 2016

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition features works of art inspired by The Met collection by high school interns, who collaborated with practicing artists at the Museum. Some of the teens regarded themselves as artists; others were experimenting with art for the first time. Half of the group worked with Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff, examining aspects of rug design such as composition, repetition, and symbolism. They produced designs that weavers at Can Carpet in Camlik, Turkey, wove into rugs. The other half worked with Jonny Goldstein, a visual notetaker, to use close listening and quick sketching as a creative art form. All of the interns explored art from different cultures—including that of the exhibition Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs—to create works that express something of personal importance.

Artist in Residence Peter Hristoff interviews the weavers at Can Carpet in Camlik, Turkey, about the rugs they are weaving based on the designs of The Met high school interns. A Peter Hristoff Production. Directed by Gül Ümit Erbil.

Teen Programs are made possible by New York Life Foundation, Stanley R. Stangren, The Enoch Foundation, an Anonymous Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Beal Family Foundation, Gray Foundation, Constance Goulandris Foundation, and Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc. Additional support for High School Internships is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Schein, Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Fund for High School Internships, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Billy Rose Foundation, Inc., and The Zeldin Family Foundation.

The Peter Hristoff Artist Residency and related programs are made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in

Peter Hristoff (using motifs by The Met high school interns and Education Department team). Weaver: Filiz İrgi. Untitled, 2016. Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile