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Join The Metropolitan Museum of Art and take advantage of the many benefits of Membership, including free admission to The Cloisters Museum and Gardens—home to the finest collection of medieval art, architecture, and plants outside of Europe. This fascinating institution, located in northern Manhattan, is the subject of this month’s edition of Membership News, in which Horticulturist Deirdre Larkin shares insights on tending some of the most intriguing plants on American soil.
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In This Issue
Even in a city of more than 8 million residents, Deirdre Larkin easily has one of the most unique jobs. A practicing horticulturist and plant historian with a background in medieval studies, she is in charge of the gardens at The Cloisters, a responsibility she enthusiastically describes as her "super dream job." Deirdre oversees every aspect of the gardens, from designing beautiful beds with the appropriate plants and flowers, to working with her staff on the actual planting of her choices, to weeding, watering, and providing the year-round care required to keep all the plants flourishing. In addition, she is very much involved in interpreting the uses of the medieval garden for the public.
Last month, Deirdre took her encyclopedic knowledge of medieval horticulture online, where she is hosting a new blog entitled The Medieval Garden Enclosed on the Museum’s website. Recently she discussed her work with Membership News Editor Eti Bonn-Muller.
Throughout the year, Gallery Talks are conducted at The Cloisters every Saturday and on the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Garden Tours are held Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from May through October. Highlights Tours of the collection are presented at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday.
Visit us online to find out more about The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, including location, hours, and admissions; upcoming events and programs; works of art in the collection; and the seasonal Trie Café that offers self-serve sandwiches, snacks, desserts, cold beverages, and coffee to enjoy outdoors under the covered arcades and walkway of the French Trie Cloister.
Share your thoughts—and learn even more—about your favorite medieval plants and flowers on The Medieval Garden Enclosed blog.
Image: Field Eryngo, (Eryngium campestre), Bonnefont Garden, The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York. Photograph by Barbara Bell
We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new area of the Museum’s website devoted exclusively to the interests of our Young Members between the ages of 21 and 35. Find out about upcoming events, programs, special exhibitions, and more—all in one place! And keep an eye on this page, where we’ll be posting pictures from our Young Members "Bigwigs" party.
This month, be sure to stop by the Museum to see Tara Donovan at the Met, an exhibition in which the artist (American, b. 1969) used Mylar tape to create a wall-mounted installation that encompasses the entire gallery. Through a vast accumulation of webs of metallic loops, Donovan transforms the space into a unique phenomenological experience for the viewer. The exhibition has been extended through September 1.
Your online guide to the best activities for Young Members at the Met is just a click away. See you soon!
Many friends of the Met contribute to the institution’s future well-being by including the Museum in their estate plans. Bequests help to build the collection and provide support for exhibitions, scholarly publications, conservation, and educational activities.
A savings account, retirement account, or insurance policy can be designated as an ultimate gift for the Met in your estate plans. You can easily arrange for this type of estate plan gift, called a Totten Trust, by asking your bank for the appropriate form.
These thoughtful gifts for the future of the Museum also automatically qualify you for Membership in The William Society. For more information about ways to include The Metropolitan Museum of Art in your estate plan, please visit Planned Giving, call 212-570-3796, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Statuette of a Hippopotamus, ca. 1981–1885 B.C.E.; Dynasty 12; Middle Kingdom Egyptian; Middle Egypt, Meir. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1917 (17.9.1).
Met Holiday Monday: September 1
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, September 1, in honor of Labor Day.
For information regarding Family Programs this Holiday Monday, please visit the online calendar.
Met Holiday Mondays are sponsored by CIT.
Thank you for your generosity.
Travel with the Met
December 26, 2008–January 4, 2009
Discover Mayan sites during a cruise aboard Le Levant. After a stay in colonial Mérida, sail to Campeche, Tulum, and Belize. Continue exploring with an optional postlude in the Mayan city of Tikal.
Land/cruise rates: from $6,990
For a list of upcoming trips or for more information, please visit Travel with the Met or call 212-650-2110.
Met Store Featured Item
A richly illustrated guide explaining the symbolic significance of plants, fruit, and animals portrayed in art, as well as their mythical or literary origins.
Member Price: $22.45
Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store!
New Met Podcast Episode
The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions—narrated by Curator Helen Evans—features commentary on a selection of the more than 84,000 works of art acquired during the director’s tenure. The illustrated episode complements an upcoming special exhibition opening on October 24 that will pay tribute to Philippe de Montebello’s 31 years as director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Summer Dining Privileges
Associate, Individual, and Family/Dual Members are invited to dine in The Trustees Dining Room with the special summer Membership benefit of Friday and Saturday dinner and weekend brunch through September 28. President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, Sustaining, and Friend Members are eligible to dine at all times.
Concerts & Lectures Highlights
The Met has announced a new season of Concerts & Lectures. Purchase your tickets today before the following programs sell out: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Carnival of the Animals with Philippe de Montebello as narrator (Friday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m.; tickets: $60), Itzhak Perlman Plays Chamber Music with Yoonjee Kim on piano (Saturday, October 18, at 8:00 p.m.; tickets: $65), and Inside the Met: The Costume Institute with curators from the department (Wednesday, October 15, at 6:00 p.m.; tickets: $23).
Visit us online for a complete listing of upcoming programs.
New Audio Guides
Get an up-close-and-personal tour of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions through engaging Audio Guide commentary by prominent curators and educators. Recently added segments feature the works of art in three exhibitions:
Of special note: a new Audio Guide program entitled "Investigations: Art, Conservation, and Science" looks at works of art through the eyes of a curator, conservator, and scientist.
Related Met Podcast Episode
Work of Art: A Conversation with Marco Leona, Joan Mertens, and Mark Abbe
With warm best wishes,
Recommended same-day admission to the Main Building of the Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and is free to Members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Visit Admissions to purchase advance tickets from TicketWeb.
Exact benefits vary by category.
Join today and don’t miss a moment of this fall’s festivities as we celebrate Philippe de Montebello’s 31 years as director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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