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The Metropolitan Museum has collected and exhibited work by living artists since its founding in 1870. Today, the department's holdings comprise more than twelve thousand works of art across a broad range of media from 1900 to the present.

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Spectrum Spotlight: Fatal Attraction

Christopher Gorman, Assistant Administrator, Marketing and External Relations; Chair, Spectrum

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Douglas Eklund, curator in the Met's Department of Photographs, recently spoke with us about the special exhibition Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs, on view through August 16.​

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Teen Blog

The Rebels in the Met

Brooke, TAG Member

Posted: Friday, January 23, 2015

Every age, and every culture, has its rebels. Often, these rebels are inspired by a societal trauma. The Great War, later known as World War I, polluted the world by fostering a "lost generation." In reflection of this evolution, Sigmund Freud advanced his science of psychoanalysis, challenging the logic of man. Albert Einstein augmented his theory of relativity, questioning the prudence of physics. In art, the rebellion manifested as Cubism.

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In Circulation

Cube Your Enthusiasm: Early Cubist Source Material

Katherine Borkowski, Digital Resources and Instructional Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library

Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Have you ever looked at a work of art and thought to yourself, "What was the artist thinking?" How about an entire style or movement? Whether you are looking for theoretical enlightenment, practical guidance, or just a little context, the writings of artists, their supporters, and critics are valuable reference materials in the study of art. As the exhibition Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection nears the end of its run, it seems only fitting to take a moment to look to the Museum's libraries to explore our own collection of source materials regarding early Modern art.

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Reimagining Modernism—Expanding the Dialogue of Modern Art

Randall Griffey, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art

Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Over the course of summer 2014, the Met reinstalled and reopened the enfilade of galleries that showcases modern art from 1900 to 1950. Encompassing approximately 14,500 square feet of gallery space and roughly 250 objects, this project, Reimagining Modernism: 1900–1950, reinterprets and presents afresh the Metropolitan's holdings of modernist paintings, sculpture, design, photography, and works on paper. Organized at the direction of Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, the project integrates European and American modernist collections for the first time in the Museum's history, along with loans in collaboration with the Departments of Photographs, Drawings and Prints, European Paintings, and The American Wing, in addition to loans from private collections.

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Met Museum Presents Blog

Curators Take Center Stage: Talks at the Met

Meryl Cates, Press Officer, Met Museum Presents

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the past three seasons, the Met Museum Presents Ticketed Talks program has tapped into the talent within the Museum—and why not? With the foremost scholars and researchers right under our own (very massive) roof, it became clear that audiences were keen to peek behind the art with those who know it best: the curators. It's the insider understanding we all crave when listening to a talk or panel or purchasing one of the Museum's many Audio Guides, and the reason we attach ourselves to the daily gallery tours—to hear the details, background, and compelling information to be learned from those in the know.

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Teen Blog

A Guard's Regard

Lizzie, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014

A person can have an individual relationship with art, but at The Metropolitan Museum of Art there is often a third party involved when strolling through the galleries: the security guard. It didn't take me long to realize how wise the guards at the Met are: Many of these men and women are extremely curious about art and how it is perceived, and therefore take advantage of being in one of the world's greatest museums during their work day.

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Teen Blog

Deliniation by Way of Deconstruction

Hannah, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2014

I think I'd have really liked to have had my portrait painted by Pablo Picasso, but for reasons beyond the obvious desire to be painted by one of the most renowned artists to have ever existed. What is so tantalizing about Picasso's portraits is the expression of human psychology through his representation of the human form.

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#AskaCurator Day on Twitter

Taylor Newby, Social Media Manager

Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014

This Wednesday, September 17, join us on Twitter for Ask a Curator Day. Three curators will answer your questions about their jobs, collections, exhibitions, and more during live Twitter Q&As. You can tweet your questions to @metmuseum using the #AskaCurator hashtag both in advance and during the following sessions.

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Teen Blog

Interviewing Sculptures at the Met

Floraine, Former High School Intern

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014

As I travel through the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one question always lingers in my mind: If these inanimate objects were able to speak, what would they say? I have taken on the task of "interviewing" three sculptures to break their silence and give us more insight into their lives and stories.

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Digital Underground

Digital Art Copyism: Making Your Own Super Mario Clouds

Jonathan Dahan, Former Media Technology Developer, Digital Media

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014

In my last Digital Underground post, I discussed artist Cory Arcangel's Super Mario Clouds (2002), a digital artwork that stripped the original Super Mario Bros. video game of everything but the background and clouds. If your interest in digital-art copyism was piqued by that, then you should also know that there are many routes one can take to achieve this end result. Cory has already shared his process, and in this post I will outline my experience translating his image-based instructions. If all goes well, you will end up with your very own bespoke copy of Super Mario Clouds.

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