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The Met Celebrates Central Park
Poussin Exhibitions at the Met
The Metropolitan Museum Journal
Springtime at The Cloisters
12th-Annual Lighthouse at the Met Concert
Newest Met Podcast Episode

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Spring is in the air at The Metropolitan Museum of Art! Travel with Lee Friedlander through Frederick Law Olmsted’s ingenious landscapes or journey through the pastoral Roman countryside with Poussin. While strolling through the Museum’s galleries, take a moment to enjoy breathtaking views of Central Park.

Visit on a Friday or Saturday evening, when the Museum is open late, to enjoy the new Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar. For a complete list of events, exhibitions, and programs at the Museum in April, see the online calendar.

Top Banner Image: Young Ladies on the Banks of the Seine (detail), 1856–57. Gustave Courbet (French, 1819–1877). Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

The Met Celebrates Central Park

Jeff Koons on the Roof
Opens April 22
rooftop installation of sculptures by contemporary American artist Jeff Koons will be on view at the Roof Garden, set against the spectacular backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Beverage and sandwich service will be available from 10:00 a.m. until closing, including Friday and Saturday evenings. Don’t forget to visit the Martini Bar on the Roof those evenings!

Creating Central Park
Special Event: April 26
Panel discussion begins at 2:30 p.m. and film begins at 6:00 p.m.
Join the Met’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s Greensward plan that was chosen as the winner of the public design competition for New York’s Central Park, the first urban landscape park in America. There will be a conversation among scholars, followed by a 6:00 p.m. presentation of the film A Walk Through Central Park with David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis.
Single tickets: $23

Lee Friedlander: A Ramble in Olmsted Parks
Through May 11
special exhibition features approximately 40 photographs made by Lee Friedlander that feature Frederick Law Olmsted’s ingenious designs, including his masterpiece: New York’s Central Park. Rambling with intent across bridges and through the park’s open meadows and dense undergrowth, the artist finds pure pleasure in Olmsted’s landscapes—in the meticulous stonework, in the careful balance of sun and shade, and in the mature, weather-beaten trees and their youthful issue.

Special exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

See all current special exhibitions.

The Museum not only has pulchritudinous gallery interiors, but also features Central Park as its backdrop—offering stunning light and spectacular views in the spaces listed below.

The Temple of Dendur
Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar
Roof Garden Café
Modern Art Galleries

Come celebrate Central Park with us this spring!

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Poussin Exhibitions at the Met

Poussin and Nature: Arcadian Visions
Through May 11
French master Nicolas Poussin painted some of the most influential landscapes in Western art. This is the first
exhibition to examine the landscapes of this great painter. The Met brings together about 40 paintings, ranging from his early, lyrical, Venetian-inspired pastorals to his grandly structured and austere works in which the artist meditated upon Nature, its transformations and its renewals. An equal number of drawings are on view, the most luminous of which were done en plein air. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

In the Light of Poussin: The Classical Landscape Tradition
Through April 13
Poussin and Nature, this installation features landscapes in drawing and print created by artists in the international milieu of 17th-century Rome, as well by those who felt the inspirational ripple effects.

The Museum is offering free lectures in conjunction with the Poussin exhibitions. See the online calendar for a schedule of lectures in April.

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

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The Metropolitan Museum Journal

The annual Journal serves as a forum for the latest scholarly findings—made by the Met’s staff and other specialists—related to works in the Museum’s collections.

The 2007 articles examine a wide range of topics, including a Greek artist of the 6th century B.C., known as the Princeton Painter; two commemorative silver vases presented to New York Governor De Witt Clinton in 1825; the influence of Calaletto and Jan Van Goyen on J.M. Turner; and Harry Burton’s photographs of the Met’s excavations at Deir el-Bahri in Egypt, among others. 187 pages. 10 color & 210 black and white illustrations. Paper: $77

Your purchase supports the Museum’s educational mission to increase public awareness about art. It also contributes to basic operating expenses. Remember: A gift from The Met Store is a gift to the Met.

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Springtime at The Cloisters

Spring is the perfect time to visit The Cloisters, the branch of the Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ hours are extended from March through October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Two installations at The Cloisters have recently reopened and are free with admission: The Campin Room and the Early Gothic Hall.

The Cloisters Audio Guide is made up of interviews with curators, conservators, and educators. Medieval music adds to the listening experience.

Image: Checkered Lily [Fritillaria meleagris], The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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12th-Annual Lighthouse at the Met Concert

Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The Temple of Dendur

The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School of Lighthouse International will perform music in celebration of the Met’s New Galleries for 19th- and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture. The concert is free with Museum admission.

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Newest Met Podcast Episode

Gustave Courbet
Curator Gary Tinterow visits the New York studio of painter John Currin to discuss the special exhibition Gustave Courbet.

This is the first full retrospective of the French artist Gustave Courbet in 30 years, presenting some 130 works by this pioneering figure in the history of modernism, 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. The special exhibition runs through May 18, and is free with Museum admission.

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Met Podcast Highlight

Samuel Palmer (1805–1881): Vision and Landscape

Explore the Romantic era of Samuel Palmer.

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Group Tours

Let the Museum create a special one-hour guided tour. One guide is required for 25 people. Please contact the Group Tours Office to find out about unique programs focusing on Museum highlights, an art-related theme, or a special exhibition. Request information about self-guided tours or see Group Tours.

Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar

The Petrie Court Café has a new look. While it still offers lunch and Sunday brunch, the new Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar transforms on Friday and Saturday evenings into a sophisticated wine bar and restaurant.

The menu highlights 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. Bon appétit!

The Met Store Featured Item

Adolf Dehn: Spring in Central Park Framed Print

Reproduction of a delightful watercolor in the Museum’s collection by American artist Adolf Dehn (1895–1968).

Member Price: $211.50
Non-Member Price: $235.00

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Travel with the Met: North Africa & Andalusia

North Africa & Andalusia (PDF)
October 20–November 2, 2008

Sail aboard Sea Cloud II from Catania to Málaga. Discover the splendors of the Bardo Museum in Tunisia. Optional postlude in Granada.

Land/cruise rates: from $5,995

For a list of upcoming trips or more information, please call 212-650-2110 or visit Travel with the Met.

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