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Featured Exhibition

Gustave Courbet
Through May 18


This exhibition presents some 130 works by the French artist Gustave
Courbet (1819–1877), a pioneering figure in the history of modernism.
On display are pieces that range from his seminal manifesto-paintings
of the 1850s, to views of his native Ornans, to portraits of his
friends and family. They are accompanied by a selection of 19th-century
photographs that relate to his work, especially his landscapes and
nudes. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Now On View

Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions
Through May 11


French master Nicolas Poussin (1594–1665) painted some of the most
influential landscapes in Western art. In them, nature is viewed
"through the glass of time" and endowed with a poetic quality that has
been admired by painters as different as Constable, Turner, and
Cézanne. This exhibition brings together some 40 paintings, ranging
from his early, lyrical, Venetian-inspired pastorals to his grandly
structured and austere works. It is the first show to examine the
landscapes of this great painter. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Jasper Johns: Gray
Through May 4


This exhibition of more than 120 paintings, reliefs, drawings, prints,
and sculptures examines the use of the color gray by the American
artist Jasper Johns (b. 1930) between the mid-1950s and the present.
Johns has worked in gray, at times to evoke a mood, at other times to
evoke an intellectual rigor that results from his purging most color
from his works. On view are some of the artist’s best-known works, as
well as pieces from his Catenary series and new paintings never before
exhibited. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks
Through May 11


This exhibition features approximately 40 photographs made by Lee
Friedlander in the public parks and private estates designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903), North America’s premier landscape
architect. The show also marks the 150th anniversary of the design
(1858) for Olmsted’s masterpiece, New York’s Central Park. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings
Through August 10


This exhibition juxtaposes 36 actual paintings and calligraphies with
enlarged photographic details that focus on fine points of style or
content, in order to elucidate what makes each one a masterpiece. The
display, which spans nearly 1,000 years of Chinese art history, from
the 8th to the 17th century, examines many of the Museum’s finest
paintings that feature figures, landscapes, flowers, birds, and
religious subjects. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru
Through September 1


In the Andean regions of ancient South America, the brilliantly colored
feathers of Amazonian birds were much treasured and long used. From the
third millennium B.C. onward, feathers served various ceremonial and
secular purposes throughout pre-conquest Peruvian history. Examples of
high-status apparel and accessories such as ear ornaments, pectorals,
fans, headdresses, miniature ritual offerings, and large-scale hangings
are on view. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Beauty and Learning: Korean Painted Screens
Through June 1


Painted screens depicting books, scholarly accoutrements, antiquarian
collectibles, and auspicious objects first gained popularity in Korea
in the late 18th century. This special installation presents 4 screens
dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century. Also included is a
6-panel collage on the theme by a contemporary Korean artist. This is
the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus on this important and
visually arresting genre of Korean painting. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Tara Donovan at the Met
Through April 27


Tara Donovan (American, b. 1969) is known for working with commonplace
manufactured materials such as tape, Styrofoam cups, or drinking straws
to create abstract sculptural installations that often take on a
biomorphic feel or resemble topographical landscapes. This exhibition
is the fourth in an ongoing series featuring the work of contemporary
artists. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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The Art of Time: European Clocks and Watches from the Collection
Through April 27


This exhibition draws upon the Museum’s extensive holdings of English,
Dutch, French, German, and Swiss horology, ranging in date from the
16th through the 18th century. Acquired primarily as decorative objects
or as a specialized variety of furniture, some of these clocks and
watches are equally important in illustrating technical developments in
European clock making. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Asian Lacquer: Masterpieces from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection
Through May 11


Lacquer has served as an artistic medium in China, Korea, and Japan for
millennia. The exquisite works in this exhibition—varying in size from
small boxes for incense to larger containers for sake, and in date from
the 14th to the 19th century—also have cultural significance related to
the art of writing or to historical and literary themes. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner, 1808–1842
Through May 4


This exhibition is the first devoted entirely to Thomas Fletcher and
Sidney Gardiner’s work and its role in commemorating America’s pride as
a nation. It features monumental vessels that celebrate naval and civic
heroes as well as domestic and personal items, all of which display
sophisticated design and skilled manufacture. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection
Through Fall 2009


This installation presents highlights from the Museum’s extensive
collection of rare and exquisitely decorated armor, weapons, and
equestrian equipment from Tibet and related areas of Mongolia and
China, dating from the 15th to the 20th century. Included are several
recent acquisitions that have never before been exhibited or published.
See the exhibition preview for more information.


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Opening Soon

Jeff Koons on the Roof
Opens April 29


On view will be an installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff
Koons (b. 1955), featuring several of his meticulously crafted works.
The pieces will be set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture
in New York City: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which
offers a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.
See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

While viewing the sculptures, grab a light snack and beverage at the Roof Garden Café, open Tuesday through Thursday, or enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop Martini Bar when it’s open on Friday and Saturday evenings!

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Closing Soon

blog.mode: addressing fashion
Through April 13


A vibrant reflection of contemporary culture, fashion affects us all
through its intense visual impact. This exhibition is the first in a
series of shows designed to promote critical and creative dialogues
about fashion. It presents some 40 costumes and accessories dating from
the 18th century to the present—all recent Metropolitan Museum
acquisitions—and invites visitors to share their reactions via a blog
that can be accessed from the Special Exhibitions section of the
Museum’s website or from a "blogbar" of computer terminals in the
exhibition galleries. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.


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Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan
Through March 23


The inaugural installation in the Joyce and Robert Menschel Hall for
Modern Photography traces the medium’s varied paths from its role in
conceptual, earth, and performance art of the 1960s to a central place
in today’s contemporary art scene. Included are works by Bernd and
Hilla Becher, Rodney Graham, Sharon Lockhart, Sigmar Polke, Thomas
Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among
others. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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In the Light of Poussin: The Classical Landscape Tradition
Through April 13


Complementing the exhibition Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions,
this selection of drawings and prints from the Museum’s collection
includes works by Poussin’s French, Italian, and Northern
contemporaries, as well as later artists influenced by his conception
of landscape. See the exhibition preview for more information.


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New Met Podcast Episode: Gustave Courbet

Image: Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877). Jo, the Beautiful Irishwoman, 1866. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm


In a new Met Podcast episode, curator Gary Tinterow visits the New York studio of painter John Currin to discuss the special exhibition Gustave Courbet.

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