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In Memoriam: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

The Trustees and staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art mourn the passing of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, whose wise stewardship and tireless devotion benefited this institution in countless ways over the past four decades.

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Spring Fashion Forecast for The Costume Institute = PUNK

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Left: Sid Vicious, 1977, Photograph © Dennis Morris, All Rights Reserved; Right: Karl Lagerfeld for House of Chanel, Photograph by David Sims

The Costume Institute's next exhibition swerves to the streets and clubs of New York and London, then to ateliers and runways with PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition, on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013, will examine punk's impact from the 1970s to its continuing influence on high fashion now.

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Winners Announced: "Get Closer" 2011 Photo Contest

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

On February 25, the Museum launched "Get Closer," a photography contest in which we invited visitors to share details from works of art in our collection that have intrigued or inspired them. Hundreds of visitors submitted photographs taken throughout the Main Building and The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of the Museum located in Northern Manhattan. Contributors described such details as the powerful eyes of an African mask, the sensual quality of a lemon peel in a Dutch still life, and the iridescence of a Tiffany vase. We extend our thanks to all of the contest participants for their inspired contributions.

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Met Receives Two Awards at Annual AAM Conference

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011


At the recent American Association of Museums annual conference, the Metropolitan Museum won two awards for online projects.

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Met Launches First Interactive E-publication

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

App viewed on an iPad

This month, the Museum launched its first iPad app interactive e-publication for the exhibition Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. The Met Buncheong app complements the exhibition catalogue and includes highlights from each chapter in the book, a video introduction from Soyoung Lee, co-curator of the exhibition and co-author of the catalogue, 360-degree object views, multiple image views, panoramas of the gallery, and links to publications and related sections of the Museum's website.

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Met Museum Taking Part in Google Art Project

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Met is taking part in the Art Project, which Google launched today at a press conference in London. Seventeen museums from nine countries are currently participating in the Art Project, which can be accessed at www.googleartproject.com. This allows viewers both to explore the museums using Street Views technology and to view one iconic work from each museum's collection in a more in-depth way using state-of-the-art zooming technology.

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Day without Art

Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In 1989, the World Health Organization designated December 1 World AIDS Day, a day of action and mourning in response to the pandemic. Along with other cultural institutions, the Met continues to participate in an annual observance of the day.

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Met and Egyptian Government Jointly Announce Recognition of Egypt's Title to 19 Objects

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Met Director Thomas P. Campbell and Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, announced jointly today that, effective immediately, the Museum will acknowledge Egypt's title to nineteen ancient Egyptian objects in its collection since early in the 20th century.

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Met to Undertake Major Redesign and Reconstruction of Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza and Fountains

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Museum announced yesterday that it will undertake a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue facade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the building. Following formal approval of the project at yesterday's meeting of its Board of Trustees, the Metropolitan further announced that it has named OLIN, the award-winning landscape architecture and urban design firm with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, to lead this effort.

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Three Final Weeks for the Exhibitions Picasso and American Woman

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer visitors to the Met have only three more weeks—through Sunday, August 15—to view the popular exhibitions Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

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Metropolitan Museum Reached 5.24 Million Annual Attendance, Highest Since 2001, at End of Fiscal Year

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010

Attendance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art reached 5,240,000 visitors during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. This is the first year since 2001 that attendance at the Metropolitan exceeded five million. The number, which includes attendance at The Cloisters museum and gardens, ranks among the highest in its entire 130-year history.

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P.S. Art 2010 at the Met: Celebrating the Creativity of New York City Kids

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Exceptional works of art by sixty-nine New York City public school students, ages four to twenty, are on view now through August 8 in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education through P.S. Art, a collaborative program between the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc. This is the third consecutive year that the Met has hosted the juried exhibition, P.S. Art 2010: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.

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Ringo Starr's Gold Drum on View at Met Museum

Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

On July 7, Ringo Starr's seventieth birthday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will inaugurate a special display of his gold-plated snare drum that will remain on view through December 2010 in the Museum's second-floor Musical Instruments Galleries. On loan from Ringo Starr, it was originally presented to him by the Ludwig Drum Company during The Beatles' 1964 visit to Chicago when the legendary rock group was on its first tour of the United States.

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Bronzino Masterpiece Joins Landmark Exhibition of the Artist's Drawings

Posted: Friday, March 5, 2010

A major work by the great Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) has just been installed in the landmark exhibition now in progress, The Drawings of Bronzino (on view through April 18, 2010).

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Musical Instruments Galleries Reopen Today

Posted: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

After an eight-month hiatus, The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments reopen today. They feature a refreshed and reinstalled presentation of the Museum's renowned collection of Western musical instruments that showcases more than 230 works.

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Important Antiquities Lent by Republic of Italy on View at Metropolitan Museum

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010

A rare, recently excavated ancient Roman dining set consisting of twenty silver objects—one of only three such sets from the region of Pompeii known to exist in the world—and an important ancient Greek kylix (or drinking cup) have been installed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Galleries for Greek and Roman Art as part of an ongoing exchange of antiquities between the Republic of Italy and the Museum.

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Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambú

Posted: Friday, February 12, 2010

American artists Mike and Doug Starn (born 1961) have been invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, opening to the public on April 27, 2010.

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Daguerreotype Masterpiece Acquired by the Met

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010

A daguerreotype by Baron Jean-Baptiste Louis Gros—a work of extraordinary quality and rarity—has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum.  Both a depiction and a demonstration of what the medium was capable of at its high point in 1850s Paris, The Salon of Baron Gros shows the interior of a mid-nineteenth-century parlor believed to be that of the baron, with light streaming in from a window at left.

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Iconic Fashions from Costume Institute Set the Bar High on Project Runway

Posted: Friday, February 5, 2010

Project Runway, the reality television series about fashion design, visited the Met during an episode entitled "The Highs and Lows of Fashion," which debuted on January 28, 2010.

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Alexander McQueen’s Iconic Designs to be Celebrated in a Spring 2011 Costume Institute Retrospective

Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010

The Museum announced today that the spring 2011 Costume Institute exhibition will be Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The exhibition, on view May 4–July 31, 2011, will celebrate the late Mr. McQueen's extraordinary contributions to fashion.

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