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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Opera Is Dead?

Alan Fletcher | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Alan Fletcher

Recent catastrophes like the lockouts in Minnesota and Atlanta at least brought to the fore questions about how to fund these organizations, what can be cut and what can't be cut, what one community can manage (rather than a cookie-cutter approach), what a community needs and thus will stretch for.

Four Of Van Gogh's Floral Paintings To Be Exhibited Together For The Very First Time

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts

Almost 125 years ago, after bouts of self-mutilation and hospitalization, Vincent van Gogh announced to his brother Theo his plans to embark on a seri...

The Met Wins The Week With This Perfect Kim K.-Inspired Tweet

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts

Here at the Met, we have artworks that can #BreakTheInternet too! On view in gallery 150: http://t.co/ucjZ8mimuD pic.twitter.com/xevfttmHg8— metmuse...

Sounds of One Hand Clapping

Francis Levy | Posted 08.09.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

The "Tibet and India Buddhist Traditions and Transformations" show at the Met has just closed. But the writing was or, if we thinking in terms of tim...

Most Things Don't Happen, But Sometimes They Do

Limor Tomer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

On his 85th birthday (April 9), it seemed appropriate to reflect on my continued respect for and fascination (some would say obsession) with Harvey.

A Day at the Met

China Hands | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
China Hands

Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds one of the largest collection of Asian art in the Western world, with over 35,000 objects that date back to the third millennium B.C.

Mike Kelley: The Sacred and the Profane

Edward Goldman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Huge, sprawling exhibition devoted to the art of one of the best-known LA artists, Mike Kelley (1954 - 2012), just opened at the Geffen Contemporary...

Cooking Art History: Sicilian Gourmet

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 06.01.2014 | Home
Maite Gomez-Rejon

This rustic eggplant dish is inspired by Archestratus and includes my latest ingredient obsession, anchovies.

About Motivation

Limor Tomer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

Fear is a great motivator. It gets us out of bed in the morning, it bathes us in adrenaline, and helps keep us on task and grounded. In moderation, fear can be our friend. But fear-based motivation gets toxic and counter-productive.

Cooking Art History: Cooking Canterbury

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Maite Gomez-Rejon

A few months ago I was asked to develop a class around a group of stained glass windows at the J. Paul Getty Museum from the Canterbury Cathedral.

Quick! 10 Things to See in New York Before They Close

Sharon Hoge | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Sharon Hoge

Some of New York's must-see sites are permanent: Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum and other popular sites are always here. But exhibitions come and go.

Spare Some Changes?

Limor Tomer | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

As I began to orient the programming more toward the building itself, a wave of dread rippled out, first to colleagues in the classical music world, then to the audience. Change was coming, and the humans were not happy.

Diane von Furstenberg: Bright Past Revisited

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I wonder, how many of you remember the glory days of one of the best known LA department stores: May Co. It's been a quarter century since it was cl...

82nd & Fifth: AWKWARD by Cora Michael

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this drawing, Degas captures the movement of a young dancer in training with the Paris Opera Ballet. "So much about dance vocabulary has to do with...

82nd & Fifth: SHELLSHOCKED by Yassana Croizat-Glazer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Decorated with ceramic whelks, cockles, and moon snails, this mid-sixteenth century vessel reflects the period's fascination with exploring the natura...

82nd & Fifth: PREDATOR by Fiona Kidd

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This clasp was presumably worn by someone in a position of power who belonged to a mobile society in the Eurasian Steppes. "So rarely do we get a real...

82nd & Fifth: FACE by Joanne Pillsbury

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The eyes and mouth of this mask were likely inlaid with shells, which would have given the piece a more lifelike appearance in antiquity. "Being able ...

82nd & Fifth HIPSTER by Jan Glier Reeder

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James used mathematical concepts to conceptualize the structural shape of this ball gown, which is made of four different fabrics. "The constr...

82nd & Fifth: TERRIBLE BEAUTY by C. Griffith Mann

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Made for an altarpiece, this painting would have been viewed by people who were also smelling incense, listening to music, or participating in ritual ...

82nd & Fifth: CELESTIAL by Clare Vincent

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A three-dimensional map of the stars, this celestial globe features a mechanical device. "As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with t...

82nd & Fifth: READING MATISSE by Rebecca Rabinow (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Rebecca Rabinow was awestruck when she discovered Matisse's illustrated book Jazz, which depicts subjects ranging from funerals to swords to k...

82nd & Fifth: ARRIVAL by Morrison Heckscher (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met was originally a self-contained structure in Central Park. The addition of the Great Hall reoriented the building to Fifth Avenue. "It serves ...

82nd & Fifth: BOY GENIUSES by Timothy B. Husband (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

It took three brothers ranging in age from about fourteen to twenty some four years to illuminate this exquisite work. "In the center of the book, the...

82nd & Fifth: NOSING AROUND by Julie Jones (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nose ornaments, which fit over the mouth, were fashionable with high-level men in the ancient Americas for hundreds of years. "It's a form of mask, a ...

82nd & Fifth: ACCIDENT by Samantha Rippner (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert Rauschenberg used discarded printing plates from The New York Times to create this work, which he began in 1962. "It's just the start of what w...