«At the beginning of 2011 we embarked on a project called Connections, a Web feature that explored the collections through themes that were personal to Met staff. One hundred employees from across the Museum participated in the project, which allowed them to articulate their own distinct relationship with objects in our collections. Some were surprising, others provocative, many deeply moving.»
Onésipe Aguado de las Marismas (French, 1830–1893). [Woman Seen from the Back], ca. 1862. Salted paper print from glass negative. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gilman Collection, Purchase, Joyce F. Menschel Gift, 2005 (2005.100.1)
This week, as the project comes to a close with the topics of Introspection and Endings, we look back with pride on the success of this endeavor. What started as an idea—simple, but untested—grew into a forum with its own momentum. We hear over and over how these stories taught our audience to look at works of art with fresh eyes and gave them license to see our collections in their own way.
The results were inspiring for us, too. In fact, we see the completion of this project as a great reason to start another. As you continue to enjoy all the great aspects of our ever-developing website, look for more innovative features that will keep us all thinking.