Met
Holiday Monday: February 18

Black
History Month

February
for Families

Featured
Exhibitions

Did
You Know?

The
Past, Present, and Future of
the

      Period
Room: A Symposium

Dear Met News Subscriber,

February is the
perfect time to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Come celebrate Black History Month, take advantage of
the mid-winter break by attending a Family Program, or
enjoy a unique and romantic New York City Valentine’s
Day by strolling through the galleries with your loved
ones!

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Banner Image: The
Storm
(detail), 1880. Pierre-Auguste Cot (French,
1837–1883). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Bequest of
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, 1887 (87.15.134).

Met Holiday Monday:
February 18

The Main Building of the Metropolitan
Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and
shops—will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on
Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day. For information
regarding Family Programs this Holiday Monday, please
visit the online
calendar
.

The
cafeteria
, Petrie
Court Café
, and the Balcony
Café
will be open until 4:30 p.m. Please note that
The Trustees Dining Room will not be open.

Met
Holiday Mondays are sponsored by Bloomberg.

Image:
The
Dance Lesson
, ca. 1879. Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas,
(French, 1834–1917). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Adaline
Havemeyer Perkins, in memory of her father, Horace
Havemeyer, 1971 (1971.185).

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Black History Month

The Museum’s annual celebration of Black History
Month includes an array of special programs highlighting
the achievements of Africans and African-Americans in
the literary, performing, and visual arts.

The
following films are free with Museum
admission:

Jacob Lawrence: An
Intimate Portrait
(1993)

Tuesday, February 19 at 2:00
p.m.
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center
for Education

Directed by Grover Babcock and
Elvin Whitesides. The life and work of artist Jacob
Lawrence, with a focus on his creative development (24
min.).

The Art of Romare Bearden
(2003)

Tuesday,
February 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture
Hall, Uris Center for Education

Directed by
Carroll Moore. Describes how Bearden’s paintings and
collages captured the diversity and richness of his life
with its unique blend of cultural influences (34 min.).

Living Memory: Six Sketches of Mali
Today
(2003)

Thursday, February 21 at 2:00
p.m.
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center
for Education

Directed by Susan Vogel.
Overview of ritual arts, culture on display, style,
architecture, contemporary artists, and music in
present-day Mali (53 min.).

In recognition of
African influences on both art and culture, the Museum
is offering an array of Gallery
Talks
(free with Museum admission).

Available
online now:

Romare
Bearden: Let’s Walk The Block

A
guided tour of Harlem street life through the eyes of
the artist himself, music by the Branford Marsalis
Quartet, and activities designed for kids, parents, and
teachers.

Met
Podcast Episode: The African Artist El
Anatsui

Curator Alisa LaGamma speaks
with artist El Anatsui about his work, including the
sculpture Between Heaven and Earth, which was
recently installed in the Met’s African art
galleries.

Top
Image: Pool
Parlor
, 1942. Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Arthur Hoppock
Hearn Fund, 1942 (42.167).

Bottom
Image: Artist,
El Anatsui
.

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February for Families

Download and print a special Family
Admission Offer
(PDF) to receive
complimentary admission for you and your family

(maximum 6 people with a minimum of 1 child) to the
Metropolitan Museum and The Cloisters! Bring the pass to
any of the Admissions Desks in the Museum or The
Cloisters to receive free one-time admission for you and
your family February 15–24.

Visit the Met during
mid-winter break and enjoy the following Family
Programs:

A Month of
Sundays

Participate in a series of classes
that encourage curiosity and enthusiasm about Chinese,
African, Modern, and Greek and Roman art. Each class,
intended for children ages 6 through 12 and their adult
companions, is limited to 20 participants. Classes are
not available as individual sessions and registration is
required.

February: Gameplay
March:
The
Grandeur That Was Rome

See the online
calendar
for more information. To register, please
call 212-570-3961.

A Mid-Winter Recess’
Dream

Sketch and discuss the Museum’s
collection in gallery
programs
for children ages 5 through 12 and
accompanying adults.

For specific dates and
times, please visit the online
calendar
.

Family Orientations:
Powerful Leaders

These 1-hour slide
introductions to 2
special exhibitions
and the permanent collection are
designed for young visitors and their adult
friends.

For specific dates and times, please
visit the online
calendar
.

MetKids Story
Hour

Monday,
February 18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
MetKids Shop, 2nd
floor

Young museumgoers (ages 5 and under
accompanied by an adult) will delight in an interactive
story hour hosted by the Museum staff. Free with Museum
admission.

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Featured
Exhibitions

Poussin and Nature: Arcadian
Visions

Opens
February 12

French master Nicolas Poussin
painted some of the most influential landscapes in
Western art. This exhibition brings together about 40
paintings, ranging from early, lyrical, and
Venetian-inspired pastorals to grandly structured and
austere works in which the artist meditated upon
Nature–its transformations and its renewals. Also on
view will be an equal number of drawings, the most
luminous of which were done en plein
air
.

See the exhibition
preview
for more information, including sponsorship
credits.

Please stop by the Petrie
Court Café
during a visit to the exhibition for a
$24 French-inspired afternoon tea. Also, beginning
February 15, the Balcony
Bar
will host a French-inspired menu Friday and
Saturday evenings.

blog.mode: addressing
fashion

Through
April 13

Share your reaction to the works
on view in blog.mode:
addressing fashion
, the Museum’s Costume Institute
exhibition featuring some 40 costumes and accessories
dating from the 18th century to the present. For the
duration of the exhibition, the Met is posting images of
costumes and accessories on a blog, along with
commentary from Costume Institute curators and
contemporary designers. Visitors can access the blog here
or from a "blogbar" of computer terminals in the
galleries.

See the exhibition
preview
for more information, including sponsorship
credits.

Image:
Landscape with Saint
Matthew
. Nicolas Poussin (French, 1594–1666).
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie(478 A).

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Did You
Know?

The Museum has been presenting a rich variety of
educational programming since the late 19th century.
Today, our calendar is full of activities that wide
audiences can enjoy, including School
Visits
, Films,
Media Productions, Concerts
and Lectures
, Guided
Tours
, and Gallery
Talks
, to name just a few. Below are some fun facts
from our earliest days:

  • Lectures on the Museum’s collection began in
    1872.

  • The first lecture hall and classrooms in
    1911.

  • The first educational course for teachers was
    offered in 1912.

  • Free concerts open to the public started in
    1918.

  • Audio Guides have been in use since the
    1960s.

All of this would not be possible, however,
without the continued generosity of our Members,
visitors, and other supporters. Your loyal Membership
support and contributions
are invaluable sources of funds.

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The Past, Present, and
Future of the Period Room: A Symposium in Honor of the
Reopening of The Wrightsman Galleries for French
Decorative Arts

Friday,
February 15: 10:00 a.m.–4:45
p.m.

This one-day symposium marks
the completion of extensive renovations to The
Wrightsman Galleries
by bringing together leading
international scholars to discuss a variety of topics,
including the historical background, development, and
the role of the period room in Europe and America.

The morning session contextualizes historical
aspects of the period room. The afternoon session
highlights design, material, and conservation of the
Museum’s renowned collection of European furniture and
related decorative arts.

This event is free with
Museum admission. For more information, visit the online
calendar
.

Image:
The
Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts
. The
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Petrie Court Café
and Wine Bar

Beginning Friday, February 15, the Petrie
Court Café
will transform into a sophisticated wine
bar and restaurant on Friday and Saturday
evenings.

The menu will highlight global,
tapas-style small plates, artisanal cheeses, a selection
of seasonal main courses, desserts, and a carefully
selected wine list designed to complement and enhance
the flavors of your meal. For more information, please
call 212-570-3964.

On Friday and Saturday
evenings the Metropolitan offers popular Guided
Tours
of works of art in the permanent collection
(free with Museum admission).

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New Gift Shop in the Uris
Center

Conveniently located near our parking garage and
81st Street entrance, the new Met
Gift Shop
offers a wide selection of products,
including Met best sellers, children’s gifts, exhibition
catalogues, and museum publications for educators.

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For in-town and
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Members receive free
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to the Museum, as well as special
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Met Store
.

Romance at the Met

What better way to spend
Valentine’s Day than at the Met? Rekindle your love for
the great masterpieces of art or bring your loved one to
share the experience with you. Start the day at a
morning Gallery
Talk—A Closer Look: Mars and Venus United by
Love
, enjoy the Museum’s captivating
exhibitions
and delightful dining
options
to provide the perfect Valentine’s Day
atmosphere.

Image:
Lovers
in a small cafe in the Italian quarter
.
Gilberte Brassaï (French, born Transylvania, 1899–1984).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Warner
Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1980
(1980.1023.5).

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