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Dear Special Exhibitions Newsletter Subscriber,

As the summer slowly comes to an end, many of the Metropolitan Museum’s exhibitions will be closing to make way for new ones opening next month. Don’t miss your last chance to see this season’s stunning array of works on display, ranging from rare medieval treasures to exciting contemporary art!

The Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar offers the perfect setting for a cocktail or snack. Be sure to experience the classical ambiance of this European sculpture-filled gallery when the Met is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings!

Special exhibitions are free with Museum admission. Order express admission online through TicketWeb.

Featured Exhibition

Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940
Through September 1

This exhibition tells the story of photography’s first hundred 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. Many of the works on view are drawn from the Museum’s 2005 acquisition of the Gilman Collection. See the exhibition preview for more information.

View Images  |  FREE Gallery Talk  |  Read a Review in The New York Times  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in a Met Podcast episode about photography:
Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840–1860

Image: Julia Margaret Cameron (English, 1815–1879). Philip Stanhope Worsley, 1864–66. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.27).

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Closing Soon

Medieval and Renaissance Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Through August 17

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London houses one of the world’s finest collections of European decorative arts. The institution is currently undergoing extensive renovations, providing a rare opportunity for the museum to lend some 35 of its precious medieval and Renaissance works, including the Carolingian ivory cover of the Lorsch Gospels, an ivory statuette of the Crucified Christ by Giovanni Pisano, Donatello’s bronze Winged Putto with Fantastic Fish, and the Codex Forster 11, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s treasured notebooks, among others. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |  FREE Films  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in a Met Podcast episode about medieval art:
Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture

Image: Dragon Aquamanile (detail). Mosan (Meuse Valley, Modern Belgium or Germany), ca. 1120. Victoria & Albert Museum (1471–1870).

Tiepolo Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection
Through August 17

Some 60 drawings by the brilliant Venetian master Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770) and his son and valued assistant Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727–1804) are on view in the newly refurbished and reinstalled Robert Lehman Wing. The selection highlights the different aspects of the two artists’ graphic production, from the preparatory studies of figures or animals to narrative drawings conceived as finished works of art. In addition to examples of the artists’ religious and mythological subjects, a section is devoted to the acclaimed caricatures and genre scenes. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
Through September 1

This exhibition explores the symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it reveals how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects are organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers are catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion. Check out a special feature about the exhibition and see the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Interactive Feature  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in Met Podcast episodes about fashion and costume:
Poiret: King of Fashion  |  AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion

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

From the third millennium B.C. onward, feathers served various ceremonial and secular purposes throughout pre-conquest Peruvian history. On view are examples of high-status apparel and accessories, such as ear ornaments, pectorals, and headdresses. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Tara Donovan at the Met
Through September 1

Tara Donovan (American, b. 1969) is known for working with commonplace manufactured materials such as tape, Styrofoam cups, and drinking straws to create abstract sculptural installations that often take on a biomorphic feel or resemble topographical landscapes. For a new work conceived specifically for this exhibition, the artist used Mylar tape to create a wall-mounted installation that encompasses the entire gallery. 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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You may also be interested in Met Podcast episodes about contemporary art:
Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge  |  Sean Scully: Wall of Light

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Now On View

J. M. W. Turner
Through September 21

The first retrospective of the work of J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) presented in the United States in more than 40 years, this international exhibition highlights approximately 140 paintings and watercolors—more than half of them from Tate Britain’s Turner Bequest—along with works from other collections in Europe and North America. The artist’s extensive iconographic range is represented, from seascapes and topographical views to historical subjects and scenes from his imagination. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |   FREE Gallery Talks  |  FREE Films  |  FREE Family Orientations  |  FREE Sunday at the Met Lectures and Film  |  Audio Guide  |  Exhibition Catalogue

Visit the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for Traditional Afternoon Tea, available Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe
Through September 21

This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date on the tradition of hardstone carving (pietre dure) that developed in Italy in the 16th century and subsequently spread through Europe, where Renaissance masters worked in Italian cities such as Rome, Milan, and Florence. Royal patronage encouraged craftsmen to migrate to Prague and their practices gradually spread to centers such as Augsburg, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Some 150 tables, cabinets, caskets, jewelry, vases, and sculptures represent the range of this extraordinary art form cultivated by the courts of Europe over the course of four centuries. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |  FREE Gallery Talks  |  FREE Sunday at the Met Lectures  |  Audio Guide  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times

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.

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You may also be interested in a Met Podcast episode about photography:
New Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert Polidori

Jeff Koons on the Roof
Through October 26 (weather permitting)

On view are sculptures by the American artist Jeff Koons (b.1955), including three of his meticulously crafted works that have never before been on public display. The pieces are 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.

View Images  |  FREE Films  |  See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in a Met Podcast episode about contemporary art:
Sean Scully: Wall of Light

While enjoying the view, visit the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar (open Tuesday through Sunday) for a light snack or a signature cocktail on Friday and Saturday evenings. (Remember, the Museum is open until 8:45 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.)

Early Buddhist Manuscript Painting: The Palm-Leaf Tradition
Through March 22, 2009

This display of the Museum’s rare holdings of Indian illuminated palm-leaf manuscripts focuses on one remarkable Mahayanist Buddhist text, the Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita Sutra (Perfection of Wisdom). These superbly illustrated folios are supported by related illuminated book covers, sculptures, and Tibetan thankas. See the exhibition preview for more information.

Image: Folio from an Ashtasahashirika Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) manuscript showing a Boon-bestowing Bodhisattva. India (West Bengal) or Bangladesh. Pala period, early 12th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 (2001.445 l).

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Opening Soon

Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection
Opening August 19

This installation will feature new acquisitions from the past 15 years, on view at the Museum for the first time. Included are sculptures and prints by contemporary African-American artists—Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Glenn Ligon, Alison Saar, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker—who confront issues of racial heritage and identity. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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New Met Podcast Episode


Enjoy the fundamental wisdom of Aesop’s Fables in this episode, produced especially for younger audiences, "Episode for Families: Aesop’s Fables."

Met Podcast episodes feature exclusive audio commentary on our world-renowned special exhibitions, as well as curatorial insights into individual masterpieces, artists’ discussions of their work, and explorations of a wide variety of art-related topics.

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Image: The Barberini Cabinet (detail), Gallerie dei Lavori, Florence, ca. 1606–23. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Wrightsman Fund, 1988 (1988.19).

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