Art Explained

Throughout 2013, The Met invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world.

collage of a harlem block with two buildings. A jazz band plays and children also play on the street.

The Sounds of The Block

How does the rediscovery of an audio component for Romare Bearden’s monumental collage transform our understanding of it?
A man with a cartoonish face is laden with objects, with a critical poem written beneath him.

A Brief History of Comic Valentines

They're not always love notes. Explore the history of the penny dreadful.

The Artist Project: Lee Ufan

"It's not trying to achieve perfection. It's actually trying to achieve imperfection."

Detail of Edgar Degas's "Monsieur and Madame Édouard Manet," with Edouard Manet lounging on his couch and his wife Suzanne at the piano. The painting has been cut in half vertically at Suzanne's face.

Manet/Degas: A Podcast

Explore the legacy of Manet and Degas’s complicated relationship.

Exhibition Tour—Africa & Byzantium

Join Dr. Andrea Myers Achi, Mary and Michael Jaharis Associate Curator of Byzantine Art in The Met’s Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, for a virtual tour of Africa & Byzantium

layers of pick shaped colors on top of each other almost looking like a flower with orange creeping out from the top left corner.

Color and Form

Learn about the multifaceted ways postwar artists engaged with color through a selection of vibrant prints.

Artist Interview—The Great Hall Commission: Jacolby Satterwhite, A Metta Prayer

Go behind the scenes with artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who discusses his artistic process and inspiration for his 2023 multi-channel video installation in The Met’s Great Hall.

abstract cubist image with a lot of whites, browns, and greys and lines everywhere.

Reevaluating Picasso’s Unfinished Masterpiece

Scholar and curator Anna Jozefacka discusses an unrealized decorative commission by Pablo Picasso intended for a Brooklyn residence.
One of Nairy Baghramian's sculptures installed in the Met's niches for the Facade commission.

An Evening with Nairy Baghramian I MetSpeaks

Join artist Nairy Baghramian for a conversation about The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Back.

Exhibition Tour—Manet/Degas

Join Stephan Wolohojian, John Pope-Hennessy Curator in Charge, and Ashley Dunn, Associate Curator, to virtually explore Manet/Degas.

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