Page Knox, educator
At the dawn of the 20th century, Paris was still the cultural capital of the world, but that status was increasingly challenged by the United States as Americans began to establish substantial art collections. During the next hundred years, many of those individuals would bequeath their sizable collections to The Met, establishing the Museum as one of the great art institutions in the world, while others would go on to create museums of their own.
This class will engage with the important collections of The Met given by such luminary names as Rockefeller, Morgan, Havemeyer, Wrightsman, Lehman, and Lauder, as well as "collection museums," such as the Gardner, the Huntington, the Frick, and the Broad. In the Museum's galleries as well as the classroom, we will consider the private and public dimensions of collecting as well as the motivation behind these extraordinary assemblages of cultural objects, and, through these discussions, explore the fascinating history of taste.
Classes will be led by Page Knox, Columbia University professor and frequent Met lecturer. Visit the galleries in the morning and have lunch in The Dining Room at The Met, followed by a discussion of selected works of art. Classes have limited availability for a more intimate experience.
Space is limited. Please call the Membership Office at 212-650-2356 to register.