December 17, 2013-April 13, 2014
Exhibition Location: Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, first floor, Gallery 909
Press Preview: Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Few pieces of furniture have revealed more about leisure pursuits, popular taste, and changing social customs than the dressing table, or vanity. Metropolitan Vanities: The History of the Dressing Table at The Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the evolution of the modern dressing table. The age-old impulse to be attractive or fashionable informs and animates much of the dressing table’s lengthy design history, as it does many of the objects associated with the toilette, the ritual in which the dressing table reached new heights of elegance and sophistication. The exhibition provides an overview of the origins and development of the dressing table from antiquity to the present day with some 50 related objects, paintings, and drawings selected mainly from the Metropolitan’s collection. Read more »
Exhibition dates: December 18, 2013-April 13, 2014
Exhibition location: The Erving and Joyce Wolf Gallery, The American Wing, Gallery 746
Press preview: Monday, December 16, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - At the turn of the 20th century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists, the traveling exhibition The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on December 18, will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. It is the first full-scale museum exhibition devoted to the subject and brings together examples from public and private collections nationwide. Read more »
Ticonderoga, N.Y. - Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” returns this winter with monthly programs January through April 2014. Programs take place on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. The cost for each program is $10 per person and will be collected at the door; free for members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga.
January 12th, “Amazing Things! Highlights from Fort Ticonderoga’s Collections”-Spend an afternoon with Curator of Collections Chris Fox examining some of the rare and important manuscripts, books, and objects in the Fort’s extensive collections. Highlights include the chance to get a close look at the autographs of many of the famous people who are connected with the Fort’s history, objects associated with important people from the French & Indian War and American Revolution, and rare weapons from America’s colonial period. Read more »
Spectacular Works by Ai Weiwei, Gu Wenda, Liu Dan, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Dongling, Xu Bing, Yang Jiechang, Zhang Yu and Many More - Dec. 11, 2013-April 6, 2014
Location: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Press preview: Monday, December 9, 10 a.m. - noon
New York, N.Y. - A major loan exhibition of contemporary Chinese art presenting works by 35 artists born in China will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning December 11. Featuring 70 works in various media-paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture-that were created during the past three decades, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past. Read more »
Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2013-June 8, 2014
Exhibition Location: Egyptian Art Special Exhibitions Gallery
Press Preview: Monday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Since 1881, an ancient Egyptian monument-the obelisk of Pharaoh Thutmose III, popularly known as “Cleopatra’s Needle”-has stood in New York’s Central Park, a gift to the City of New York from the khedives of Egypt. It is the only monumental obelisk from ancient Egypt in the United States. The obelisk can be seen from several vantage points within The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is located nearby. As the Central Park Conservancy begins to develop a plan to conserve the monument, the Metropolitan Museum will present an exhibition about the construction and evolving symbolism of obelisks from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition Cleopatra’s Needle opens December 3.
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The Refusal of Time on View at Met in First U.S. Showing Beginning October 22
New York and San Francisco - Marking a major collaboration between two leading U.S. museums, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced today the joint acquisition of South African artist William Kentridge’s major multimedia installation The Refusal of Time (2012).
Among Kentridge’s most complex and ambitious work to date, the piece represents a key development in the artist’s recent practice, with the incorporation of major sculptural and kinetic elements in an immersive multi-projection environment.
The Refusal of Time is a joint acquisition by purchase and will have its United States premiere at the Metropolitan Museum from October 22, 2013, through May 11, 2014. Read more »
Open Mondays throughout the Year for First Time in 42 Years
New York, N.Y. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open to the public 7 days a week. This new schedule went into effect July 1 at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. Read more »