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Garden
Days at The Cloisters

A
Snapshot of Photography at the Met

Movie
Legends

Collection
Database

Timeline
of Art History

Met
Podcast

Dear Met News Subscriber,

This summer, The
Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates photography
through special exhibitions and online resources that
illuminate the important themes of the world’s most
revered masters of the field. Accompanying education
programs throughout the month are designed to encourage
further exploration of this thought-provoking art form.
See the online
calendar
for details.

Be sure to visit on a
Friday or Saturday evening when the Met is open late to
savor three specialty drinks offered at the Museum’s
rooftop bar—Balloon Dog, Coloring Book, and Sacred
Heart—named after the sculptures in the Jeff
Koons on the Roof
installation.

Top
Banner Image: Untitled
(detail), 1979. Janice Guy(American, b. Great Britain,
1953). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 2008 (2008.99).

Garden Days at The
Cloisters

June 7 and
8
The annual celebration of the gardens at The
Cloisters
will feature events focused on aromatic
and scented plants used in all aspects of medieval life,
from cooking and housekeeping to perfumery and religious
rites. Garden Tours and special Gallery Talks will be
conducted and staff will be on hand throughout both days
to answer questions about medieval horticulture. Making
Sense of Scents—a program for children ages 4 to 12 and
their families—will be offered in English and Spanish. A
perfumer will give a talk and demonstration of medieval
perfume-making.

Visit the Trie
Café
to enjoy the wonderful aromatic herbs of
season. And for a special treat, try our "Garden Days"
signature sandwich, Smoked Salmon. The Trie Café is open
Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:15
p.m.

This 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
northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves,
effectively part of the collection housed there.
Countless varieties of colorful flowers are already in
bloom, a telltale sign that spring is in the air!

Image:
Madonna Lily [Lilium
candidum
], The Cloisters, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York.

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A Snapshot of
Photography at the Met

Photography on Photography: Reflections
on the Medium since 1960

Through October
19

This installation
of works from the permanent collection—the second in the
Museum’s new gallery for contemporary
photographs—surveys the ways in which artists have
directed the camera toward photography itself, taking
aim at its claims of transparency and objectivity, its
ubiquity in modern life, and its inextricable ties to
advertising and consumer culture. Artists include
William Anastasi, Robert Heinecken, and Allen
Ruppersberg, among many others. See the exhibition
preview
for more information and visit the online
calendar for details on free Gallery
Talks
.

Framing a Century: Master
Photographers, 1840–1940

Opens June 3

The exhibition
tells the story of photography’s first 100 years through
the work of key figures who helped shape the aesthetic
and expressive course of the medium: Gustave Le Gray,
Roger Fenton, Carleton Watkins, William Henry Fox
Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Édouard Baldus,
Charles Marville, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Man Ray,
Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï. See the exhibition
preview
for more information and visit the online
calendar for details on free Gallery
Talks
.

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Movie
Legends

To honor some of the most prolific movie stars of
days past, the Museum is featuring talks about them on
Fridays this month, along with related screenings of
their most famous films on Saturdays.

Gary
Cooper

Friday, June 6 at 6:00
p.m.
Maria Cooper Janis, author and film
producer
Meir Ribalow, film historian
Tickets:
$23
What made Gary Cooper one of the greatest movie
stars of his generation? The actor’s daughter joins in a
conversation to discuss the singular on-screen qualities
that combined to make Cooper the archetypal American
male hero and examine how the films he made shaped his
image into one that continues to captivate film
lovers.

Katharine
Hepburn

Friday, June 13 at 6:00
p.m.
Katharine Houghton, actress, writer, and
lecturer
Tickets: $23
Saucy gamine, reluctant
penitent, glorious conqueror, all in one, Katharine
Hepburn refused to play by Hollywood’s rules. After a
series of failed films, including Sylvia
Scarlett
, she was labeled box office poison. By the
time she made Stage Door in 1937 she was
considered finished. But she staged a triumphant
comeback three years later in The Philadelphia
Story
. The film’s plot paralleled her tumultuous
relationship with the Hollywood system: stubborn
Katharine agrees to soften her arrogance and play nice,
thereby winning the right man and a long and brilliant
career. In this talk, the star’s niece shares memories
of her aunt.

Rex
Harrison

Friday, June 20 at 6:00
p.m.
Carey Harrison, professor of English at
Brooklyn College of the City University of New
York
Tickets: $23
Rex Harrison is an iconic figure
of theater and cinema, whose lifetime spanned the course
of the 20th century. Both as a dashing leading man and
as the preeminent high comedian of his time, he set a
benchmark for elegance and wit, and his long career was
crowned by an Oscar-winning performance in My Fair
Lady
. In this talk, his son shares memories of his
father and his mother, Lilli Palmer, and provides
revealing anecdotes of growing up in Hollywood and on
Broadway.

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Collection
Database

The Collection
Database
is a searchable database of artworks and
related materials from the Museum’s permanent
collection. Individual database records include
information about an object as well as images, when
available.

The Department
of Photographs
catalogues more than 26,000 online
records with detailed information on both individual and
groups of works, including the name of the artist, date,
title, and specific photographic medium. The Department
of Photographs surveys the history of the medium from
its invention in the 1830s to the present. The
Collection Database is a valuable educational resource
that allows the public, researchers, and educators
everywhere access to individual records for thousands of
photographs
in the Department’s collection.

Of particular
importance is the personal archive of Walker
Evans
, acquired by the Met in 1994. With online
records and images of nearly 11,000 of the artist’s
negatives and color transparencies, his personal papers,
and his collections of postcards, clippings, and works
by other artists, the database gives you an unparalleled
opportunity to explore how Evans thought and
worked.

The
Photograph Study Collection
—part of the Met’s Department
of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the
Americas
—promotes research and understanding of
traditional arts and cultures, as well as their
representation and reception through photography. The collection
features more than 120,000 images in a wide variety of
photographic formats, ranging from 19th-century paper
negatives to 21st-century digital images. Highlights
from the Department and nearly 18,000 works of art from
The
Photograph Study Collection
are available in the
Collection Database.

Image:
View
of slit drums and carvings
, Vanuatu, Wala
Island, March 28, 1929. Photographed by Sidney Nichols
Shurcliff (American, 1906–1981). The Metropolitan Museum
of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial
Collection Gift of Sidney N. Shurcliff, 1973
(1978.412.1837).

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Timeline of Art
History

The Timeline
of Art History
is a chronological, geographical, and
thematic exploration of the history of art from around
the world, as illustrated by the Museum’s collection.
The Met’s curatorial, conservation, and education
staff—the largest team of art experts anywhere in the
world—research and write the Timeline, which is an
invaluable reference and research tool for students,
educators, scholars, and the general public.

One
aspect of the Timeline’s focus is specific themes in art
history, such as artistic movements and periods,
including photography and Surrealism. Visit the Timeline
of Art History
to learn more about photography and
how it came to occupy a central role in Surrealist
activity in the 1920s.

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Met
Podcast

Episodes on Photography

Impressed
by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives,
1840–1860

Guest curator Roger Taylor traces the
history and impact of the paper negative, or calotype,
which was invented by Henry Talbot in 1841.

New
Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert
Polidori

Photographer Robert Polidori describes
his experience depicting the loss and pathos of a
civilization in chaos in the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina.

New Episode

A new
Met Podcast episode
that marks the inauguration of
an Audio Guide program—Investigations: Art,
Conservation, and Science—is now available. Scientist in
Charge Marco Leona, Curator Joan Mertens, and doctoral
candidate in Archaeology at New York University Mark
Abbe discuss a Greek
funerary stele
on view in the New
Greek and Roman Galleries
.

Subscribe to
receive new episodes automatically or access an archive
of past ones. For more information, visit Met
Podcast
.

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contact the Group Tours Office to find out about unique
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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
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The design on
our correspondence cards is taken from a hair ornament
(ca. 1904) by Louis Comfort Tiffany and now in the
Museum’s collection.

Member Price $20.66

Non-Member Price $22.95

Our Summer Sale has
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. Save 20% to 50% off original prices on
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Experience the fine art of
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Travel with The Met

These enriching journeys offer
inspiring educational opportunities as well as exciting
destinations.

The
Magic of Morocco
(PDF)
November 7–18,
2008
Appreciate the art, culture, and cuisine of this
sophisticated country. Visit Rabat and the imperial
cities of Meknes and Fez. The trip concludes in
Marrakesh.

Land rate: $6,995

For a list of
upcoming trips or more information, please call
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