Current Exhibitions

  • Rawat Gokuldas (r. 1786–1821) Hunting Tigers

    The Royal Hunt: Courtly Pursuits in Indian Art

    Through December 8, 2015

    Expressions of imperial authority are universally embodied in royal imagery of the hunt, rulers pursuing prey as metaphors for power, and martial prowess. This theme is celebrated throughout the history of Indian painting and became ubiquitous in later Rajput painting.

  • Drawing of a female face

    About Face: Human Expression on Paper

    Through December 13, 2015

    The representation of human emotion through facial expression has interested western artists since antiquity. The diverse works in this installation reveal how expression underpinned narrative and provided a window onto the character and motivations of the subjects, the artists, and even their audience.

  • Alto Saxophone

    Celebrating Sax: Instruments and Innovation

    Through January 3, 2016

    This special display of instruments made by three generations of the Sax family marks the bicentenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax. Rare saxophones, brass instruments, and an exquisite ivory clarinet are among the twenty-six instruments selected to showcase the inventions and innovations of this important family.

  • Unknown Artist (Senegal). Portrait of a Woman, ca. 1910

    In and Out of the Studio: Photographic Portraits from West Africa

    Through January 3, 2016

    This exhibition presents one hundred years of portrait photography in West Africa through nearly eighty photographs taken between the 1870s and the 1970s. These works, many of which are being shown for the first time, are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's Visual Resource Archives in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, with additions from the Department of Photographs.

  • Panel from a Door or Minbar (detail)

    Pattern, Color, Light: Architectural Ornament in the Near East (500–1000)

    Through January 3, 2016

    This exhibition features examples of architectural ornament from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey that were found at sites ranging in date from approximately 500 to 1000. Few buildings from this period survive fully intact, but the pieces of walls, ceilings, and floors that remain shed light on the ingenious ways that artisans created sumptuous interiors and stately facades.

  • Ceremonial Dagger (Bichwa)

    Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014

    Through January 3, 2016

    The permanent collection of the Department of Arms and Armor is one of the most encyclopedic in the world. To highlight the ongoing development of the collection's multicultural and interdisciplinary nature, this exhibition focuses on approximately forty works from Europe, the United States, Japan, India, and Tibet acquired between 2003 and 2014.

  • The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia (Cartoon for a Fresco) (detail), 1612–14

    Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Through January 4, 2016

    Highlights from this rotation include academic figure drawings from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries; a large-scale cartoon by Domenichino (Italian, 1581–1641); etchings by the nineteenth-century Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny; Renaissance and Baroque drawings and prints bequeathed by Phyllis Massar in 2011; figure studies by John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925); and prints by American artists Frank Lobdell (1921–2013), Richard Tuttle (born 1941), James Siena (born 1957), and Thomas Nozkowski (born 1944).

  • Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

    Through January 6, 2016

    The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.

  • Lace detail

    Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620

    Through January 10, 2016

    This interdisciplinary exhibition, drawn largely from the Metropolitan Museum's own collection, combines printed pattern books, drawings, textile samples, costumes, paintings, and various other works of art to evoke the colorful world in which the Renaissance textile pattern books first emerged and functioned.

  • The Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist

    Andrea del Sarto's Borgherini Holy Family

    Through January 10, 2016

    This focused exhibition presents new findings on the Metropolitan Museum's Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist, one of the Museum's greatest works of the Italian Renaissance.

  • La Frayeur (Fright), 1861–64

    Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Met Collection

    Through January 18, 2016

    Photographers, like ventriloquists, can cast "voices" in a seemingly infinite number of genres and period styles. This does not negate the camera's direct relationship to the world—tying image to subject as naturally as a footprint—but instead reveals that photographs are always admixtures of fiction and reality tilted toward one end of the scale or the other.

  • Madonna and Child with Saints

    Girolamo dai Libri and Veronese Art of the Sixteenth Century

    Through February 7, 2016

    Girolamo dai Libri (Italian, 1474–1555) was the leading artist in the northern Italian city of Verona during the early sixteenth century, producing altarpieces and illuminated manuscripts for numerous churches in and around the city. The focal point of this installation is Girolamo's majestic altarpiece of the Madonna and Child with saints, which will be shown alongside manuscripts by Girolamo and his Veronese contemporaries, as well as drawings by this circle of artists.

  • Shaker sampler (detail)

    American and European Embroidered Samplers, 1600–1900

    Through February 15, 2016

    The embroidered samplers in this installation were chosen for their practical character: each displays skills and knowledge acquired during the educational process and preserves this expertise for future reference.

  • Roadside Stall on the Way to Viana, from the series Terreno Ocupado

    The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa

    Through March 6, 2016

    Throughout her career, South African photographer Jo Ractliffe (born 1961) has directed her camera toward landscapes to address themes of displacement, conflict, history, memory, and erasure. This exhibition brings together selected works from three of her recent photographic series that focus on the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002) and its relationship with the Border War (1966–89) fought by South Africans in Angola and present-day Namibia.

  • Lucas Blalock (American, born 1978). Both Chairs in CW’s Living Room, 2012

    Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection

    Through March 13, 2016

    This installation is a snapshot—not comprehensive, but representative—of the collecting interests of the Department of Photographs through recently acquired works made by fifteen artists over the last seven years.

  • Seated bodhisattva (left attendant of a triad)

    Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met

    Through March 27, 2016

    When the Department of Far Eastern Art was established at the Metropolitan in the summer of 1915, the Museum possessed only sixty-five Korean works. Today, Korea's traditional arts, as well as pop music, film, and drama, are celebrated markers of global culture. The Museum's collection of Korean art now encompasses works in a wide range of media that date from the late Bronze Age to the present.

  • Longcase astronomical regulator

    The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches

    Through March 27, 2016

    This exhibition explores the relationship between the artistry of the exterior form of European timekeepers and the brilliantly conceived technology that they contain. Drawn from the Museum's distinguished collection of German, French, English, and Swiss horology from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, the extraordinary objects on view show how clocks and watches were made into lavish furniture or exquisite jewelry.

  • Honus Wagner jersey (detail)

    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    Through April 4, 2016

    The Burdick baseball card collection constitutes an integral part of the Metropolitan's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States.

  • Pillow in the Form of an Infant Boy

    A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection

    Through June 19, 2016

    Consisting of over one thousand pieces, Heber R. Bishop's collection of carved jades was the first major collection of its kind in the country and was bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum in 1902. This exhibition features a selection of the finest examples from this renowned collection.

  • Round Dish with Birds and Hollyhock

    Chinese Lacquer: Treasures from the Irving Collection, 12th–18th Century

    Through June 19, 2016

    This installation—which features all of the most important examples of Chinese lacquer in the Museum's collection—explores the laborious techniques used to create scenes based on history and literature, images of popular gods and mythical and real animals, and representations of landscapes and flowers and birds.

  • The Virgin of Guadalupe with the Four Apparitions

    Collecting the Arts of Mexico

    Through August 7, 2016

    In 1911, Emily Johnston de Forest gave her collection of pottery from Mexico to the Metropolitan Museum. Calling it "Mexican maiolica," she highlighted its importance as a North American artistic achievement.

  • Textile fragment showing two people

    New Discoveries: Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200–400

    Through September 5, 2016

    Iconographic analysis and scientific testing have revealed new information about the meaning and use of two textiles in the Museum's collection.

  • Night-Shining White (detail)

    Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection

    Through October 11, 2016

    Over the last forty years, the Metropolitan's collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy has grown to be one of the greatest in the world. This exhibition, presented in two rotations, will highlight the gems of the permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties.

  • Fabergé

    Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection

    Through November 27, 2016

    This selection of works by Fabergé from Matilda Geddings Gray's sumptuous collection is on long-term loan at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Iconic works from the House of Fabergé have not been on public view in New York since 2004.

  • Sol LeWitt | Line Drawing #370

    Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370

    Through January 1, 2017

    In 1968, Sol LeWitt extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. His 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be on view through January 1, 2017.