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Celebrate Black History Month at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Museum is offering a variety of programs that highlight the contributions of black artists, including a panel discussion with several of the African-American artists featured in the special exhibition Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

Black History Month

Member Previews

Art and Love at the Met

For Young Members

"It’s Time We Met"
    Photo Contest

Met Holiday Monday:
    Presidents’ Day

Audio Guides

Black History Month

The Met is offering several gallery talks in honor of Black History Month. Be sure to catch a gallery talk on the special exhibition Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection on February 12 or 22. Gallery talks are being held in conjunction with another powerful exhibition, The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End. For those who can’t make it during the day, the Museum is holding an intriguing evening talk on evolving representations of "good lives"—proper and pleasurable—in ancient Egyptian art.

Don’t miss the films shown in conjunction with the exhibition "The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End."

Image: Shine, 2007. Willie Cole (American, born 1955). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Hortense and William A. Mohr Sculpture Purchase Fund, 2008 (2008.259)

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Member Previews

Private Viewing
Monday, February 23
12:30–4:30 p.m. by appointment

President’s Circle and Patron Circle Members are invited to a private preview of the special exhibition Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution. Evolving from a decadelong collaborative study among scholars, this is the first exhibition in 40 years to address the tradition of bronze sculpture developed in France. Influenced by achievements of the Italian Renaissance, the French bronze tradition soon revealed its own distinct force, refinement, and panache. Approximately 110 of the finest statuettes, portrait busts, and monuments proclaim the French genius for bronze from the late Renaissance through the times of Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. The exhibition will open to the public on February 24. For more information, including sponsorship credits, please see the exhibition preview.

Wednesday, February 25
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Supporting Members are welcome to join us for an evening reception and special viewing of Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution.

Upgrade your Membership to gain access to these and other exclusive events.

Image: Louis XIV at the Age of Five (detail), Paris, 1643. Jacques Sarazin (Noyon, 1592–Paris, 1660). Paris, Musée du Louvre, RF 2508

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Art and Love at the Met

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
Through February 16

This exhibition explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. The approximately 150 objects range from exquisite examples of maiolica and jewelry given as gifts to the couple, to marriage portraits and paintings that extol sensual love and fecundity, such as the Metropolitan’s Venus and Cupid by the great Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto.

Gallery Talk: Love and Lust in Greek and Roman Art
Saturday, February 14
7:00 p.m.

This Valentine’s Day, explore the themes of love and lust in ancient imagery in scenes of daily life, such as symposia and weddings, as well as classical myths and the exploits of divine figures.

Image: Portrait of a Woman and a Man at a Casement (detail), ca. 1440–44. Fra Filippo Lippi (b. Florence, ca. 1406–d. Spoleto, 1469). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.19)

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For Young Members

Young Members Valentine’s Day Dinner
Saturday, February 14

Young Members are cordially invited to a Valentines Day Dinner and guided tour of the special exhibition Art and Love in Renaissance Italy. The prix-fixe dinner includes a complimentary glass of wine. Reservations are required; please call 212-570-3964. For more information, email the Membership Department at

Sex in the Eternal City: Art and Love in Renaissance Rome
"I had so much fun working on this exhibition," says Linda Wolk-Simon, curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, about
Art and Love in Renaissance Italy. In this bold, enlightening video series, Wolk-Simon explores "the Renaissance sensibility that joined the comic to the erotic, the ironic and the burlesque."

The Met’s Most Romantic Works of Art
poetic, euphemistic, or frank, the Met’s collection abounds with depictions of romantic love. Join the discussion on the Museum’s Facebook page and propose your choices for the Met’s most romantic works of art.

Guided Tours
guided tours are offered daily by Museum-trained volunteers. Stop by after work for an evening tour of highlights from the Museum’s collection or for a fresh look at the Old Masters.

Learn about the Wikipedia Loves Art scavenger hunt planned for the entire month of February.

Image: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Strife of Love in a Dream of Poliphilo) (detail), Couple Embracing (Book 2, C5V). Anonymous (Italian, Venetian, 15th century). Printed book with woodcut illustrations; design of woodcuts attributed to Benedetto Bordone (Padua, ca. 1455/60–1530). Written by Francesco Colonna. Venice: Aldus Manutius, December 1499. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1923 (23.73.1)

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"It’s Time We Met" Photo Contest

February 15–March 7

Take part in "It’s Time We Met," our new photo contest! We’re looking for photographs of the Museum’s Main Building and of The Cloisters Museum and Gardens by visitors like you, depicting your experience with friends and relatives at the Museum. The winning photograph will be used in the "It’s Time We Met" marketing campaign.

See the Museum’s Flickr Group to learn more about the contest rules and the Museum’s photography policies.

Image: Photo by Laura P. Russell via Flickr. 19th-Century Galleries. 6:35 p.m.

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Met Holiday Monday: Presidents’ Day

February 16

This Presidents’ Day, bring your family to the Met for a day of art. The Main Building of the Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open Monday, February 16. (The Museum is usually closed on Mondays.) The cafeteria, Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar, and the Balcony Café will be open until 4:30 p.m. Please note that The Trustees Dining Room will not be open. Take advantage of this special Met Holiday Monday to enjoy exhibitions and family programs at the Museum. See the calendar to plan your visit.

Audio Guide is offering a President’s Day promotion. With the purchase of a children’s Audio Guide for $5, an adult rental is $5. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

Met Holiday Mondays sponsored by CIT

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Audio Guides

Rent an Audio Guide to experience an expert-lead tour at your own pace. Developed by curators and educators, the Met Audio Guide offers more than 100 hours of insightful audio commentary about works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions. This month, Audio Guides are available for the exhibitions Provocative Visions: Race and Identity—Selections from the Permanent Collection, Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C., and Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500, among others.

All Audio Guide commentaries are available in one player for a single, daily rental fee. Museum Members receive a discount on Audio Guide rentals. You may also pick up a Frequent User Card to receive additional discounts. See Audio Guide for more information.

Take advantage of a special Audio Guide promotion on Friday and Saturday nights. After 5:00 p.m., rental rates are reduced to $5. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

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Online Benefits for Members

New audio features, screen savers, and Met Store specials are added frequently to the Members-only section of our website, so be sure to check back often.

Sunday at the Met—Beyond Babylon—Anatolia in the Time of the Hittites

February 22

This afternoon program explores the art and culture that flourished in The Land of Hatti, under the rulers who counted among the Great Kings of the late 2nd millennium B.C., and is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C.

Basel Art Fair & Rhine River Cruise (PDF)

Updated Information
June 5–13, 2009

Embark the M.V. Heidelberg in Düsseldorf for a cruise to Basel. Sail past legendary Rhine landscapes of western Germany and eastern France and visit the great cities of Cologne, Mainz, Heidelberg, and Strasbourg. Attend the Basel Art Fair. Optional prelude in Düsseldorf and an optional postlude in Lucerne are planned. Cruise rates: from $3,995

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

Participate in the photo contest It’s Time We Met (February 15–March 7).

Join the photo scavenger hunt Wikipedia Loves Art (February 1–28)

A Creative Way to Give

Did you know that your savings account, like a retirement account or insurance policy, can be designated as an ultimate gift for the Met in your estate plans? These gifts, called Totten Trusts, can be arranged easily by completing the appropriate form at your bank. You can contact your bank directly to request this form.

These thoughtful gifts for the future of the Museum also automatically qualify you for membership in The William Society. More information about how to include the Metropolitan in your estate plans can be found here.

The Met Store Featured Item

Lorenzo Lotto: Venus and Cupid Musical Jewelry Box

The Museum’s music box depicts a 16th-century oil painting by Italian artist Lorenzo Lotto.

Member Price: $63
Non-Member Price: $70

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Met Podcast Episode

In this episode, Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello speaks with Curator Malcolm Daniel about Onésipe Aguado’s mysterious photograph Woman Seen from the Back, which was acquired by the Museum as part of the remarkable Gilman Collection. The speakers consider the possibilities for discovery in the field of photography and the role that an institution like the Met plays in highlighting lost masterpieces.

The Trustees Dining Room

Visit The Trustees Dining Room in February for great events offered throughout the month!

All Members are invited to a New York Wine-Tasting Dinner on February 13. The evening features celebrated wines from New York State and a four-course tasting menu inspired by the Hudson River Valley. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 212-570-3975 for more information and to book reservations.

Recommended same-day admission to the Main Building of the Museum and The Cloisters is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students; free to Members and children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult. See Admissions to purchase advance admission from TicketWeb.

Members receive a full year of benefits including free admission to the Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, and much more.

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