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  • Metropolitan Museum Names Michael Gallagher the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation

    (New York, June 21, 2005)—Michael Gallagher, who has been Keeper of Conservation at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh since 1999, will be the new Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Department of Painting Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan. The election, which was formally approved by the Museum's Board of Trustees, is effective July 1, 2005. Mr. Gallagher will assume the post in October.

  • Metropolitan Museum Continues Popular "Holiday Monday" Program

    (New York, August 2, 2005) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that its Met Holiday Mondays program, which began in fall 2003, will be extended for an additional three years. Met Holiday Mondays are extra public viewing days that take place on the Mondays of major holiday weekends. Continuation of the program is sponsored by Bloomberg LP.

  • THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES 2005-2006 SEASON OF CONCERTS

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the 52nd season of its acclaimed concert series in 2005-2006, 76 events ranging from a three-part piano recital series, Bach cantatas in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, and Flamenco music and dance, to a master class with Jordi Savall, Beethoven by the Beaux Arts Trio, and an evening of doo-wop from the 1940s and 1950s. The season is the 37th programmed by Concerts & Lectures General Manager Hilde Limondjian.

  • "Get Modern at the Met" A Year-Long Focus on Modern and Contemporary Art At The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    From Coco Chanel's iconic little black dress to Sol LeWitt's sculptural "splotches," to the exotic textiles that inspired Henri Matisse – and more – The Metropolitan Museum of Art will display an unprecedented number of modern and contemporary art exhibitions this year and into 2006, featuring a wide variety of artists and media. Visitors to the Museum will also experience the lyrical architecture of Santiago Calatrava, the artistic inventions of Tony Oursler and Robert Rauschenberg, and the gentle watercolors of David Milne.

  • Photographs from Recently Acquired Gilman Collection on View at Metropolitan Museum

    A rotating selection of pivotal, iconic works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent landmark acquisition of the Gilman Paper Company Collection, entitled Master Photographs from the Gilman Collection: A Landmark Acquisition, will be on view this summer in The Howard Gilman Gallery and, in two installments through April 2006, in the Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Gallery.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Summer 2005 Programs For Children and Their Families

    Summer activities for children and families at The Metropolitan Museum of Art –featuring regularly scheduled weekday and weekend classes, including a weekly Spanish-language program – will begin with a special Gallery Workshop for Families at The Cloisters on July 2, and will conclude with the program Look Again! on August 7. Additional highlights include special Holiday Monday programs on July 4, a film screening on Saturday, July 16, and a final workshop at The Cloisters on Saturday, August 6. These programs for children up to age 12 and their adult companions are free with Museum admission, and all materials are provided.

  • Ann G. Tenenbaum Named Elective Trustee at Metropolitan Museum

    Ann G. Tenenbaum has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the March 8 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

  • SPECIAL EVENT FOR CHILDREN ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2, AT THE CLOISTERS

    Children ages four through 12 and their families are invited to attend Hear Me Roar! – an hour-long program on Saturday, April 2, at The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

  • Metropolitan Museum Exhibition Catalogue Wins Prestigious Award

    (New York, February 16, 2005) – The catalogue for Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), The Metropolitan Museum of Art's landmark exhibition of spring 2004, received the College Art Association's (CAA) prestigious Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award, it was announced today. The award was accepted in Atlanta, Georgia, at the annual meeting of the CAA by the Museum's curator of Byzantine art, Dr. Helen C. Evans, who edited the book and organized the exhibition.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES

    (New York, January 18, 2005)–The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced two special programs in its weekly series for Spanish-speaking families, El Primer Contacto con el Arte. Classes in the series – which focuses on a different theme and area of the Museum each month – meet on Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and feature discussion and sketching activities for ages six through 12.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces New Executive Assignments for Deborah Winshel, Sharon Cott, and Harold Holzer

    (New York, January 10, 2005)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that three of its senior executives would assume new and expanded administrative responsibilities this month. The announcements were made by Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Museum, and Senior Vice President Emily K. Rafferty, who takes office as the Museum's new President on January 18.

  • EARLY RENAISSANCE MASTERPIECE BY DUCCIO ACQUIRED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    (New York, November 10, 2004)—In what Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Philippe de Montebello described as "one of the great single acquisitions of the last half century," the Museum announced today the purchase of a rare and uniquely important early Renaissance masterpiece by the 14th-century Italian painter Duccio di Buoninsegna (active by 1278; died 1319). The painting, in tempera and gold on wood, shows the Madonna and Child behind a parapet. The work—the last known Duccio still in private hands—is known as the Stroganoff Madonna, after its first recorded owner, Count Grigorii Stroganoff, who died in Rome in 1910.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND MEMBERSHIP

    (New York, November 9, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the promotion of Nina Diefenbach to the post of Vice President for Development and Membership. She was elected at today's meeting of the Museum's Board of Trustees.

  • METROPOLITAN TO DESIGNATE ASIAN ART GALLERIES THE FLORENCE AND HERBERT IRVING WING

    (New York, November 9, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that it will officially name its Asian art galleries the Florence and Herbert Irving Asian Wing in recognition of the couple's exceptionally generous new promised gift to the Museum—which, together with their previous support, constitutes one of the largest gifts ever made to advance the field of Asian art in any American museum.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM NAMES TWO NEW VICE PRESIDENTS IN AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE

    (New York, November 9, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the promotion of two new officers: Nina Diefenbach to the post of Vice President for Development and Membership, and Jeffrey Russian as Vice President for Finance and Planning. They were both elected at today's meeting of the Museum's Board of Trustees.

  • CYCLADIC ANTIQUITIES ACQUIRED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    (New York, November 5, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today the acquisition of a group of three exceptional Cycladic terracotta vases dating to circa 2000 B.C. Purchased through a gift from The Annenberg Foundation, the group consists of a container for offerings known as a kernos, a tall jar, and a jug.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S FAMILY PROGRAMS FOCUS ON 18TH CENTURY FRANCE DURING WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 19-21

    (NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 3)—Children and their families are invited to travel back in time to 18th -century France during The Metropolitan Museum of Art's special Adventures in French Art! weekend, Friday evening, November 19, through Sunday afternoon, November 21. With the Museum's European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries as a focal point, each drop-in program throughout the weekend will illuminate the grand lifestyle of the period through an examination of the richly decorated furnishings on view. Many of the programs, which are free of charge for children with accompanying adults, will be enhanced by storytellers, demonstrations, or live performances of music and dance that 18th -century French audiences might have seen and heard.

  • The 20th Century Photography Monograph Celebrated in Metropolitan Museum Exhibition

    From November 5, 2004, through March 6, 2005, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present Few Are Chosen: Street Photography and the Book, 1936-1966. Drawn from the collections of the Metropolitan and the Gilman Paper Company, the exhibition spotlights 35 photographs related to six influential 20th-century publications by the photographers Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, William Klein, and Helen Levitt. Few Are Chosen also includes copies of each book, sometimes represented in multiple editions to show how the meaning of images changed with their presentation.

  • Metropolitan Museum Offers Preview of Landmark Chinese Art Exhibition for Columbus Day "Holiday Monday"

    (New York, October 1, 2004) – Visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art during its next "Holiday Monday" – Columbus Day, October 11 – will enjoy a special opportunity to view the landmark exhibition China: Dawn of A Golden Age, 200-750 AD on the day before it officially opens to the public. The exhibition brings together more than 300 works of extreme rarity and cultural importance, most of them recently excavated, and many never seen outside China.

  • EMILY K. RAFFERTY ELECTED NEXT PRESIDENT OF METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    (New York, September 14, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that Emily Kernan Rafferty, an accomplished senior executive at the Museum, will become its next President, effective with the previously announced retirement of David E. McKinney on January 15, 2005. Ms. Rafferty was formally elected to the presidency today at the regular meeting of the Metropolitan's Board of Trustees. The decision was announced by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Philippe de Montebello, the Museum's Director and Chief Executive Officer.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Fall/Winter Schedule of Programs for Children and Their Families

    (New York, August 4, 2004) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced its schedule of weekend and weekday programs for children and their families for the period October 2004 through January 2005. In addition to an extensive range of age-specific art programs, the Metropolitan's amenities for families include special greeters on weekends and on Holiday Mondays, family Audio Guide tours, free printed guides for independent activities within the Museum, family-friendly dining – including a special children's menu in the cafeteria – a MetKids catalogue, Children's Shop, and "MuseumKids" Web page.

  • Successful "Holiday Monday" Program Enters Second Year at Metropolitan Museum

    (New York, August 3, 2004) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that, in response to enthusiastic public support of the "Holiday Mondays" program inaugurated in 2003, it will continue to offer these special viewing days – which take place on the Mondays of major holiday weekends – for a second year. The Metropolitan Museum's main building will be open to the public on the following Monday holidays: September 6 (Labor Day), October 11 (Columbus Day), December 27, 2004 (the Monday between Christmas and New Year's Day), January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 21 (Presidents' Day), and May 30, 2005 (Memorial Day). The Museum had previously been closed to the public on Mondays for some 30 years.

  • THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES 2004-2005 SEASON OF CONCERTS, THE 51ST SEASON

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches its second half-century of presenting concerts in the 2004-2005 season with a diverse selection of world-renowned artists and young talent, upholding the Concerts & Lectures 50-year tradition.
    "The success of the Museum's 50th anniversary concert season has renewed our dedication to excellence, continuity, and innovation in programming," said the Metropolitan's Director, Philippe de Montebello. "That these qualities are carried forward is evidenced by the dynamic combination of hand-picked artists and programs in our 51st season. The year's pianists, following the 50th anniversary's impressive piano roster, range from a festival of young competition winners to The Art of André Watts, while notable early-music events are complemented by a series devoted to contemporary composer Steve Reich."
    Highlights of the 62 concerts comprising the 2004-2005 season, the 36th programmed by Hilde Limondjian, Concerts & Lectures General Manager since 1969, include two spring festivals – Celebrating Jordi Savall, three concerts in April presenting the viola da gamba artist and early music leader with his three acclaimed ensembles, and A Festival of International Competition Winners, also in April, of six young pianists, first-prize winners of major competitions, many in their U.S. debuts. The U.S. premiere of Steve Reich's 2003 work Dance Patterns highlights The Music of Steve Reich, a three-concert series performed by Steve Reich and Musicians. Continuing an initiative from the 50th anniversary season celebrating the multifaceted artistry of one musician, The Art of André Watts showcases the pianist in a recital, a chamber program, and an illustrated talk. Three major ensembles – Orpheus, New York Collegium, and Chanticleer – offer early-music programs in gallery spaces, and two singers make their Metropolitan Museum debuts at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing: soprano Olga Borodina and tenor Rolando Villazón, whose performance will also be his U.S. recital debut.
    The Beaux Arts Trio, which celebrates its own 50th anniversary in 2004-2005, will begin a three-year Beethoven project that will present all of the composer's piano trios, sonatas for violin and piano, and sonatas for cello and piano. Complementing this is a series of six concerts, Surrounding Beethoven, of music that anticipated, mirrored, or followed this core repertoire, performed by a diverse roster of artists: Frederic Chiu and Windscape, Jonathan Biss and Miriam Fried, the Juilliard String Quartet with Heinz Holliger, the Prague Symphony Orchestra with Navah Perlman, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie with Kate Dillingham. The chamber music of Dvorák is the anchor for the Guarneri String Quartet's five concerts, which feature eminent guest artists including Peter Serkin, Ida Kavafian, Anton Kuerti, and former member David Soyer. Paula Robison continues her exploration of The Great Vivaldi with two programs. And the artist roster of the season's Musicians from Marlboro series includes Kim Kashkashian and Samuel Rhodes.
    In addition to the Festival of International Competition Winners, two series showcase some of today's finest young talent. The Accolades young artist series features four violinists: Stefan Jackiw, Giora Schmidt, Corey Cerovsek, and Jennifer Koh. Also, in its second season, the newest of the Museum's resident ensembles and the first to bear its name, Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, presents three programs of classic repertoire mirroring the new, which will be broadcast live on 96.3 FM WQXR.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM CREATES NEW AND EXPANDED CURATORIAL DEPARTMENT: NINETEENTH-CENTURY, MODERN, AND CONTEMPORARY ART

    (NEW YORK, JUNE 15, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced a major restructuring and redefinition of curatorial responsibilities at the Museum with the creation of a new and expanded department: Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, embracing European paintings from 1800 to the present, as well as international 20th-century sculpture, drawings, prints, decorative arts, and design. The integrated and broadened new department will enjoy the mandate—and, within several years, additional new gallery space as well—to bring to the public the full and dynamic story of modern art, in all media, from its beginnings to the present day.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Retirement of President David E. McKinney in January 2005; Trustees Launch Process to Choose Successor

    (New York, June 11, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced that the Museum's President, David E. McKinney, would retire in January 2005, soon after he reaches the age of 70.

  • Metropolitan Museum Extends Landmark Exhibition Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) through Holiday Monday, July 5

    (New York-June 4, 2004)—Due to the exceptional public response to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acclaimed international loan exhibition Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), the Museum announced today that it will extend the run of the show through Monday, July 5, which is a special "Holiday Monday" viewing day at the Museum. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, July 4.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2004 WEEKDAY & WEEKEND DROP-IN PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

    The following English- and Spanish-language weekday and weekend programs for children up to age 12 and their adult companions will be offered by The Metropolitan Museum of Art from Tuesday, July 6, through Sunday, August 8, 2004. These drop-in programs are free with Museum admission, and all materials are provided.

  • Metropolitan Museum Announces Promotions in Department of Photographs

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Malcolm Daniel, Acting Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs for the past seven months, would assume the post of Curator in Charge, effective immediately. The appointment – ratified February 10 by the Executive Committee of the Museum's Board of Trustees – will allow Maria Morris Hambourg, founding curator of the department and its head for the past 12 years, to assume the post of Consulting Curator. In this new role, Ms. Hambourg will continue to work closely with the department on special projects, exhibitions, and acquisitions, free of day-to-day administrative duties.

  • Public Lecture by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Spiritual Head of Worldwide Orthodox Christian Church, Presented in Conjunction with Upcoming Byzantium Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum

    His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the worldwide Orthodox Christian Church, will deliver the lecture "Byzantine Icons: A Legacy for Humanism" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, March 18. Presented in conjunction with the upcoming international loan exhibition Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), the lecture will take place at 2 p.m. in the Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Reservations, which are required, may be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis by calling (212) 570-3792. The event is free to the public with Museum admission.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM LAUNCHES '21st-CENTURY MET': INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION PLAN TO RETURN ROMAN AND HELLENISTIC ART TO PUBLIC VIEW IN MAJESTIC NEW SETTING, RENOVATE AND REINSTALL GALLERIES FOR ISLAMIC ART, 19th-CENTURY ART, MODERN ART, AND MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY,

    (NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 24, 2004)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced plans to launch—and fund—a series of milestone 21st-Century Met interior construction projects aimed at dramatically enhancing the Museum's displays of Hellenistic and Roman art, Etruscan art, Islamic art, 19th-century art, modern art, and modern photography. Additionally, the major new "building-from-within" program will substantially upgrade the Museum's Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, the traditional welcoming point of entry for some 125,000 school visitors each year. To finance the projects, the Museum announced a new plan to complete private funding for the construction and rehabilitation work.

  • Major Gift of Diane Arbus Photographs Promised to The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    (New York, February 17, 2004)--An important group of photographs by Diane Arbus, one of the most original and influential photographers of the last half-century, will join the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as the promised gift of collectors Danielle and David Ganek. The 13 rare, vintage prints represent one of the most significant acquisitions of 20th-century photography in the history of the Metropolitan and more than double the Museum's holdings of works by the artist.

  • $345 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ON NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE GENERATED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S SPECIAL EXHIBITION EL GRECO

    (New York, February 17, 2004) – National, regional, and foreign tourists visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acclaimed fall 2003 exhibition, El Greco, spent a combined $345 million during their visits to New York City, according to a Museum audience survey released today. Using the standard ratios for calculating tax revenue impact, the direct tax benefit to New York City and New York State from visitors who said that seeing the exhibition was important to their decision to visit the City is estimated at $14.5 million.

  • 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.

  • Metropolitan Museum Opens Galleries, Exhibitions for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19

    (New York, January 13, 2004) – In the latest of its recently inaugurated and highly popular new series of "Holiday Mondays," The Metropolitan Museum of Art will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day by opening its galleries and exhibitions to the public on Monday, January 19.

  • Metropolitan Museum's Weekend Programs For Children and Their Families

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a variety of weekend programs for children and families – featuring special greeters, family Audio Guide tours, free printed guides for independent activities within the Museum, and an extensive range of age-specific art programs conducted by Museum instructors.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM ANNOUNCES WEEKEND & WEEKDAY "DROP-IN" PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2003

    The following programs for children up to age 12 and their adult companions will be offered by The Metropolitan Museum of Art during November and December 2003. These drop-in programs are free with Museum admission, and all materials are provided.

  • Medieval Gallery Re-Opens at The Cloisters

    The reconstructed 12th-century cloister from the French monastery of St.-Guilhem-le-Désert will return to view this fall – under a new skylight that will protect its fragile limestone carvings from the elements – at The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's branch museum for medieval art in northern Manhattan. The enclosed courtyard gallery from St.-Guilhem will reopen to the public on October 7 after nearly two years of construction, cleaning, and reinstallation. Also returning to view in this space will be the Museum's collection of Italian Romanesque architectural sculpture.

  • $368 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ON NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE GENERATED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S SPECIAL EXHIBITION MANET/VELáZQUEZ: THE FRENCH TASTE FOR SPANISH PAINTING

    (New York, September 9, 2003) – Tourists visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acclaimed Spring 2003 exhibition, Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, spent a combined $368 million during their visits to New York City, according to a Museum audience survey released today.

  • New "Holiday Mondays" to Begin at Metropolitan Museum This Fall

    (New York, September 10, 2003) -- Philippe de Montebello, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that, for the first time in three decades, the Museum will open its doors to the public this fall, winter, and spring on major Monday holidays: October 13 (Columbus Day), December 29 (the Monday between Christmas and New Year's Day), January 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), February 16 (Presidents' Day), and May 31 (Memorial Day). The Museum has been closed to the public on Mondays for some 30 years.

  • $220 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT ON NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK STATE GENERATED BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S RECENT SPECIAL EXHIBITION LEONARDO DA VINCI, MASTER DRAFTSMAN

    (New York, June 18, 2003) – National, regional, and foreign tourists spent a combined $220 million in New York City during their visits to see The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acclaimed winter exhibition Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman, according to a Museum audience survey released today. The visitor spending generated an estimated $12 million in direct tax revenues for the City and State.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Creates Spacious Public Cafeteria, Centerpiece of New, Expanded Museum Restaurant Program

    New York, June 4, 2003 – A spacious, attractively informal new public cafeteria for visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open on Tuesday, June 17. Located at the very center of the Museum, on the ground floor beneath the Medieval Sculpture Hall, this handsome cafeteria—which comfortably seats 440—replaces the long-time first-floor restaurant adjacent to the Mary and Michael Jaharis Gallery for Greek and Roman art. At the same time, the existing Petrie Court Café—located along the glass wall facing west into Central Park from the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court—will reopen concurrently as a full-service restaurant for Museum visitors, featuring café cuisine accompanied by breathtaking views of the park.

  • Metropolitan Museum Extends Popular Landmark Exhibition Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting through June 29

    (New York, June 2, 2003)—Due to the exceptionally strong public response to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's acclaimed international loan exhibition Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting, the Museum announced today that it will extend the run of the show through June 29. It was originally scheduled to close on June 8.

  • Statement by Philippe de Montebello, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, On the Looting of the Baghdad Museum

    Even as the Metropolitan Museum continues working to open on May 8 its long-scheduled, and now providential international loan exhibition "Art of the First Cities," featuring so many masterpieces of art from ancient Iraq, we join the greater museum community in mourning the horrifying plunder of the Baghdad Museum. And we stand prepared to join our fellow institutions to begin restoring the Baghdad Museum at the earliest possible opportunity.

  • Metropolitan Museum to Expand Hours for Final Weekend of Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman Exhibition

    (New York, March 25, 2003)—In response to the record-breaking attendance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's special exhibition Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman, the Museum announced today that it will extend its visiting hours on the exhibition's final weekend until 10:00 p.m. on both Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30.

  • Three Stellar Acquisitions Join Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Three works of art of exceptional importance have been acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by the Museum's Director, Philippe de Montebello. In making the announcement, Mr. de Montebello stressed the high quality of the works, which come from different centuries and cultures, and reinforce the Museum's ongoing commitment to continually refining and augmenting its encyclopedic collections with what he termed "the best of kind." The new acquisitions are: a 14th-century Crucifixion scene in tempera and gold leaf on wood by the Italian master Pietro Lorenzetti; a bust of the mythological figure Marsyas by the late-Baroque sculptor Balthazar Permoser; and a set of three late-14th-century handscrolls from Japan illustrating the Tale of Aki-no-yonaga (Tale for the Long Autumn Night).

  • Metropolitan Museum Participates in 14th Annual "Day Without Art" Observance of International AIDS Awareness Day

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will participate in International AIDS Awareness Day for the 14th consecutive year by observing Day Without Art on Tuesday, December 3. In recognition of the devastating losses suffered by the cultural community as a result of AIDS, the Metropolitan will remove from view or shroud at least one object in each of its 18 curatorial departments. In addition, the Museum will lower the flags on its plaza to half-mast to symbolize the losses due to AIDS-related deaths in the art community.

  • Barrie A. Wigmore Elected a Trustee at the Metropolitan Museum

    Barrie A. Wigmore has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the November 12 meeting of the Board.

  • STATEMENT BY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ON DAMAGE TO TULLIO LOMBARDO'S ADAM

    (New York, Tuesday, October 8, 2002)-Sometime between closing time (5:30 p.m.) and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, a 15th-century Venetian marble Adam by Tullio Lombardo fell with its pedestal in the Vélez Blanco Patio at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • EUGENE V. THAW NAMED HONORARY TRUSTEE AT METROPOLITAN MUSEUM

    Eugene Victor Thaw has been elected an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. The election took place at the September 10 meeting of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Thaw, a dealer of Old Master drawings and prints, has presided over the New York firm that bears his name since 1950. Known also as a collector and a scholar, he has written numerous articles, essays, reviews, and catalogues. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic.

  • Metropolitan Museum to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary by Exhibiting Fire Department Sign-Out Boards, Preserved by the Met's Conservation Department

    (NEW YORK, September 6, 2002)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans to observe the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with the exhibition of a recently restored 9/11 relic, a series of musical performances, poetry readings, and publication of a specially prepared list of curators' choices of works of art that express the myriad of emotions evoked by both the tragedy and the city's recovery.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art to Donate 9/11 Admissions to Neighborhood Firehouse Family Fund

    (New York, September 6, 2002)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it will donate all of the admissions revenues it receives at the main building and The Cloisters on Wednesday, September 11, to the Engine 22 and Ladder 13 Family Fund—a charity established by the neighborhood firehouse that lost nine men at the World Trade Center one year ago.

  • Recent Acquisitions of Arms and Armor Displayed at Metropolitan Museum

    Some 60 of the most important examples of armor, weapons, firearms, and martial accoutrements acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the last decade will be shown this fall. Opening to the public on September 4, Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002 will be the inaugural exhibition in the newly named Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery.

  • Daniel Brodsky Elected Trustee of Metropolitan Museum

    (November 14, 2001) – Daniel Brodsky has been elected a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. The election took place at the November 13 meeting of the Board.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S ONLINE TIMELINE OF ART HISTORY EXPANDED

    An expanded version of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History – which can be found on the Museum's Web site (www.metmuseum.org) – is now offered online, as of October 1, 2001. The Timeline of Art History features works of art from the Metropolitan's encyclopedic collections, presenting them in a chronological and geographical format that gives browsers and scholars alike instant access to the art created at any given time in different cultures across the globe. The premiere segment of the Timeline, which was launched in October 2000, featured art of the ancient world, including works dating from 20,000 B.C. through 500 A.D. The newly expanded version – the result of extensive research and writing by a team of curators, editors, and scholars over the past year – carries the Timeline forward to 1400 A.D.

  • LULU C. WANG ELECTED A TRUSTEE AT THE METROPOLTIAN MUSEUM

    Lulu C. Wang has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was announced today by James R. Houghton, the Museum's Chairman. Mrs. Wang's election took place at the October 9 meeting of the Board.

  • 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’s
    Garden 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES 2001-2002 SEASON OF CONCERTS & MUSIC LECTURES, INCLUDING TWO COMMISSIONS

    COMMISSIONS AND PREMIERES
    INTERPRETING EXHIBITIONS
    CONCERT SERIES
    CONCERTS AND RECITALS
    CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
    MUSIC LECTURES

    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.