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An introduction to the Metropolitan's diverse and encyclopedic collection of art from all corners of the world, from the earliest times to the pres...
"To mark the centennial of the Arms and Armor Department, this exhibition will survey the career of Dr. Bashford Dean (1867–1928), the department's...
When Richard Hell started spiking his hair and holding his shredded T-shirts together with safety pins, later influencing the Sex Pistols, he certa...
Given by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in time for the opening of The Cloisters in 1938, the Unicorn Tapestries are its best-known masterpieces; yet, s...
In celebration of the recently published catalogue of Robert Lehman's collection of European sculpture and metalwork, this exhibition presents a se...
With its imposing sculptures, stained-glass windows, and 1925 Wall Street bank façade, the Metropolitan Museum’s Charles Englehard Court might be just a little too on-the-nose, America-wise. On the other hand, what better venue for the latest Dan... More »
Riding in an SUV and armed with a high-speed camera, British-born artist James Nares drove all over Manhattan, from Harlem to Chinatown, to observe and film the world’s fastest-moving species of human, the New Yorker. After recording 16 hours of... More »
Claude Monet may be best known as a master of Impressionism, but he could also be considered as one of the first style bloggers ever. Really! His paintings, such as Women in the Garden and Luncheon on the Grass, documented a revolutionary time... More »
Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma brings his eight-member Arab chamber ensemble to the US for the first time in more than a decade. Which is a very good thing insofar as great players of the pear-shaped lute are not exactly a local staple. The... More »
Don't let Red State demagogues monopolize patriotism: Right here in Gotham we bring on the jingoism with such treasures as a massive gilded eagle and that heroically scaled canvas of Washington crossing the Delaware. Albert Bierstadt's transcendental painting of an untrammeled Yosemite will warm the Bluest of hearts, as will Edward Hicks's harmonious wildlife scenes from the 1830s, which beat Rousseau to the surreal-nature punch by about 70 years. You'll find all this national... More »
Commune with a 5,500-year-old ceramic ram's head or an even older stone fertility figure in the Metropolitan Museum's Ancient Near Eastern Art galleries, and you'll get a sense of what was lost when U.S. troops were ordered to stand down while mobs looted the Baghdad Museum in 2003. Donald Rumsfeld dismissed the destruction with "Stuff happens," but Oxford archaeologist Eleanor Robson compared it to "the Mongol sacking of Baghdad in 1258, and the fifth-century destruction of the libr... More »
Of the four Albert Pinkham Ryders on display in the Metropolitan Museum's study collection (tucked into the mezzanine under the American Wing and open to the public), only one was actually painted by the New York visionary of crepuscular landscapes and darkling ships under jaundiced moons--and it is falling apart. Ryder (1847–1917) influenced many artists--from regional scene painters to Jackson Pollock--but he was an atrocious technician, applying bitumen (a tarry... More »
Who says Mary Cassatt had nothing in common with Cole Porter? Proof to the contrary: Show music, lovingly rendered in high cabaret style by Steve Ross, has become a regular feature of the Metropolitan Museum Concerts. This season, the first of Ross's two forays, on January 12, 2007, will be keyed to the Met's exhibition, "Americans in Paris, 1860–1900," so you can check out the Eakinses and Sargents before you scurry through the Egyptian wing for a hit of Rodgers & Hart, Porter, and... More »
The arousal begins in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Great Hall, erected with such robust buttresses and ample arches in 1870. Then, enter the accepting folds of the galleries, one inside of the next inside of the next, to explore your way through 5000 years of art--the mysteries of the Temple of Dendur, a genteel reverie in the Renaissance beds, the yielding petals of Georgia O'Keeffe. Paintings by Blake or Bosch or Botticelli indulge fetishes from Munchkin sodomites to a... More »
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