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The Modern Circle

The Modern Circle brings together patrons and collectors in support of the department. Members benefit from a rich and varied program of events, while their contributions ensure the success of the department's activities, including acquisitions and publications. The group enjoys about eight gatherings per year, including curator-led tours of exhibitions, visits to contemporary artists' studios, private collection viewings, exclusive presentations of recent acquisitions, privileged access to contemporary art fairs, and international travel opportunities.

Annual dues: $15,000 ($13,832 is tax deductible)

For more information, please contact Sally McBride at 212-396-5126 or

Highlights of Past Events

  • Private visit to the studios of Jeff Koons, Cecily Brown, and Bjarke Ingels
  • Met Opera dress rehearsal for William Kentridge's production of Lulu (2015), with reception and remarks by the artist
  • Evening at the Museum with Elizabeth Peyton, featuring the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
  • Exclusive visits to important local private collections

Above: Al Held (American, 1928–2005). Taxi Cab III (detail), 1959. Acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas; 107 1/2 x 368 1/2 in. (273.1 x 934.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Robert Miller and Purchase, George A. Hearn Fund, 1987 (1987.156)