Stories in Features

Today in Met History: September 14

Barbara File, Archivist, Museum Archives

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

INDIA!, an exhibition of the art of India from the fourteenth through the nineteenth century, opened on this day in 1985 as part of a nationwide Festival of India jointly organized by the Government of India and the Indo-U.S. Sub-commission on Education and Culture.

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Curator Interview: Armadillo-Shell Charango or Jarana

Jennette Mullaney, Former Associate Email Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On view in the Musical Instruments galleries is an arresting stringed object, an armadillo shell for its back. Ken Moore, the Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of Musical Instruments, spoke with me about this work.

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New York City through Its People

Alex Hills, Former Online Marketing Coordinator, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The current exhibition Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980 features candid photographs of New Yorkers, with each of Levinstein's subjects representing a particular neighborhood. In the thirty years since these photographs were taken, New York City's neighborhoods have changed dramatically: new buildings have appeared, businesses have opened or closed, and a new generation has moved in. What would Levinstein see in the people of New York today?

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Giovanni da Milano: Seeing with the Senses

Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, Department of European Paintings

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010

Two years ago I had the good fortune of being in Florence when, at the Accademia, which every tourist visits for its collection of sculpture by Michelangelo, there was a marvelous exhibition devoted to the great fourteenth-century painter Giovanni da Milano (Italian, Lombard, active 1346–69). I spent hours in the exhibition and it was there that I first saw Christ and Saint Peter; the Resurrection; Christ and Mary Magdalen.

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Teen T-Shirt Design Competition: And the Winners Are…

Alice W. Schwarz, Museum Educator

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010

After days of viewing the entries and hours of narrowing the field, we have chosen four winners of the Teen T-Shirt Design Competition inspired by the special exhibition American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

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Curator Interview: Picasso's Seated Harlequin

Jennette Mullaney, Former Associate Email Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The signature image of the exhibition Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (closing August 15) is the Seated Harlequin, a masterpiece painted by Picasso when he was just nineteen years old. Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Chairman of the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, spoke with me about the painting's imagery and style, as well as recent discoveries made by Metropolitan Museum conservators.

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Curator Interview: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity

Jennette Mullaney, Former Associate Email Marketing Manager, Digital Media

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010

Among the gorgeous garments on display in the exhibition American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (closing August 15) is an exquisite black evening dress attributed to Madame Marie Gerber of the house of Callot Soeurs. I spoke with Andrew Bolton, curator in the Met's Costume Institute, about the dress's bold design and glamorous, influential owner.

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Graduate Intern Gallery Talks: Perspectives from Scholars in Training

Ryan Wong, Former Administrative Assistant for Exhibitions, Office of the Director

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010

I recently posted an article about our twenty-two Summer College Interns (see "New Connections in the Permanent Collection"), and invited you to join us for one of our Highlight Tours or Special Topics Tours.

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Today in Met History: July 19

Melissa Bowling, Associate Archivist, Museum Archives

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010

One hundred years ago today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened the doors of its library's new home to art historians, students, and the general public.

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Summer Interns: New Connections in the Permanent Collection

Ryan Wong, Former Administrative Assistant for Exhibitions, Office of the Director

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2010

When you visit the Met this summer, you will likely come across one of our twenty-two lilac-badged Summer College Interns—assisting visitors at one of the Information Desks (sometimes in a language other than English), lugging monographs out of Watson Library, or taking a break in the shade of Big Bambú. Or you may see us—and even join us—as we lead guided tours of the permanent collection.

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