Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends focuses on images of the artist's closest friends and members of his artistic circle. In his portraits of these progressive and creative personalities—many of which were not commissioned—Sargent was able to take more risks, creating images that are more dynamic, esoteric, and provocative than his commissioned works. I sat down with our exhibition designer, Brian Butterfield, to talk about how he conveyed some of these themes in the design of the exhibition. Brian joined the Met staff in November 2014, and brought a dynamic conceptual vision to the design of the show and a fresh approach to imagining the vast exhibition space of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall (gallery 999).
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Visitors to Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends will notice a special feature in the exhibition's reading room: an installation of twenty-one drawings and watercolors by John Singer Sargent from the Metropolitan Museum's extensive holdings. Chosen to complement the themes of the exhibition, these works represent the wide range of Sargent's efforts on paper. They reveal his technical brilliance as a watercolorist and draftsman, the diversity of his oeuvre during more candid moments, and his sensuous appreciation of the human figure—especially that of the male.
Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Paintings Uncovered is an interactive interface that allows users to explore the hidden layers found beneath a painting's surface. Painters frequently paint over paintings for various reasons—even sometimes with a completely different subject. One reason for this may be that the original painting didn't sell, so the artist reused the canvas to create an entirely new painting. Examining the underlying surfaces of paintings through powerful technology provides valuable information about the artworks.
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
In my drawing at left, I wanted to create a visual response of sorts to what I saw in PUNK: Chaos to Couture, namely the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery.
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012
Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012
On Friday, April 20, teens came to the Museum in droves to participate in a special murder mystery event. I was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Madame X is painted in profile, much like many of the Italian Renaissance portraits that we've studied. Yet unlike the Renaissance portraits, this work presents a full-length view of its subject, Madame Pierre Gautreau.
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012
You are cordially invited to a teen murder mystery event in the Museum's new American Wing on Friday, April 20, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.! We will investigate a ghastly murder (fictional, of course) through clues interspersed throughout the galleries and period rooms. Working in small groups and with a mobile game specifically designed for the event, you and your friends can solve the case and bring the murderer to justice!