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.
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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