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Dear Membership News Subscriber,

Here at the Met, we believe that the Museum is a place of beauty and inspiration all year round. The month of March is no exception. We invite you to join us as we goodbye to a gray winter and hello to a colorful spring with wonderful special exhibitions that will dazzle your eyes special programs that will enrich your mind.

You won’t want to miss these special offerings, many of which will end in April. Come soon—spend the last days of winter and the first days of spring with us at the Met!

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With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

Now on View

    Weekend Lecture

Member Previews

Upcoming Sunday at the Met

Afternoon Tea in
    The Patrons Lounge

Members Double Discount Days

Now on View

Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300–1500
Open through April 12

More than two dozen leaves of the most splendid examples from the Museum’s little-known collection of choral manuscript illuminations are displayed in this exhibition. With jewel-like color and gold leaf, these precious images—which include scenes of singing angels, Hebrew prophets, heroic saints, and Renaissance princes—spring from the unique, artful marriage of painting, text, and music. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors
Open through April 19

The first exhibition to focus entirely on the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard, the 80 paintings, drawings, and watercolors on display date from the artist’s later years, when he centered his painting activity in his house overlooking the Mediterranean. Working in a converted upstairs bedroom, Bonnard transformed the rooms and objects that surrounded him into iridescent subjects, remarkable in color, light, and vision. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Raphael to Renoir: Drawings from the Collection of Jean Bonna
Open through April 26

Many of the 120 drawings on display are masterpieces, spanning 500 years of the history of art, from the Renaissance to 1900. The selection includes works by well-known artists—such as Carpaccio, Raphael, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Watteau, Chardin, Boucher, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, Manet, Whistler, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Seurat—as well as superb drawings by less-familiar names. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Image: Initial S with Saint Peter Liberated from Prison, From an antiphonary. Italian (Florence), first half of the 14th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Dr. Bashford Dean, 1923 (23.21.3).

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Members-Only Weekend Lecture

The Museum is pleased to announce the following lecture planned especially for Museum Members. Please show your Membership card to gain admission.

Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard
Saturday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m.
Jeff Rosenheim, curator, Department of Photographs

This lecture is in conjunction with the special exhibition Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, open to the public February 3–May 25. The American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) amassed and classified a collection of 9,000 picture postcards, now part of the Metropolitan’s Walker Evans Archive. This exhibition, a dynamic installation of hundreds of American postcards drawn from Evans’s collection, reveals the symbiotic relationship between Evans’s own art and his interest in the style and quotidian subject matter of the postcard.

Image: Future New York, The City of Skyscrapers, 1910s. Unknown artist. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.264.20.2).

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Member Previews

Private Viewing
President’s Circle and Patron Circle Members
Monday, April 20
12:30–4:30 p.m. by appointment

Enjoy a private preview of the special exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984. Born into the media culture of postwar America, "The Pictures Generation," a loosely knit group of New York artists, created the seminal photographs of the late 20th century. Their overarching subject was how pictures of all kinds not only depict but shape reality.

For more information, including sponsorship credits, see the exhibition preview.

Evening Reception
Donor and Contributing Members
Thursday, April 23
6:00–8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening reception and special viewing of "The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984."

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

Image: Untitled (cowboy), 1989. Richard Prince (American, born 1949). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.272)

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Upcoming Sunday at the Met Programs

Conserving the Paintings Collections
March 15, 2:00 p.m.

The conservation of paintings is an art unto itself. These afternoon lectures highlight current and recent painting conservation projects at the Met, describing the fascinating work involved in understanding as well as preserving the artwork in the Museum’s care.

The preservation of historic frames, the "poor cousins" of paintings and drawings, is difficult, fascinating work, as this essay on Italian Renaissance frames from the Department of Paintings Conservation explains.

Helen Diller Family Lecture Series
March 29, 3:00 p.m.

This talk focuses on the production of ancient glass in the Holy Land, from the artisan’s workshop to large-scale raw-glass industries. The lecture examines the design and use of furnaces, various vessels, oil lamps, and jewelry. It also highlights the magnificent Sigma-Shaped Panel, a Byzantine gold and opaque glass panel masterpiece from Caesarea (Israel) on display at the Museum.

Learn all about Roman glass with these enlightening thematic essays from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Glassware for cameos, brilliantly colored mosaic glass, "aggressively Roman" luxury glass, glassware adorned with bands of gold, and a wonderful variety of mold-blown glass are contained in the Museum’s collection.

For more lovely examples of glassware, read about the Museum’s collection of glass from Islamic lands. Whether blown, hot-worked, luster-painted, or engraved, these gorgeous specimens are certain to delight.

Celebrating the New Galleries for Oceanic Art
April 5, 3:00 p.m.

The newly redesigned space housing the New Galleries for Oceanic Art allows the Met to display one of the world’s premier collections of the arts of the Pacific Islands. Join us for "A Third of the World in Three Rooms—Redesigning the Oceanic Galleries" and "What to Do with a 50-Foot Canoe?—The Care, Conservation, and Installation of Oceanic Art."

Oceania encompasses a third of the globe and boasts a wonderfully diverse artistic heritage. See a video featuring a curatorial introduction to the art of this region.

Browse through our collection of essays on Oceanic/Pacific art.

A new Audio Guide is available to accompany you through the Museum’s galleries for Oceanic art on your next visit.

Image: The Organ Rehearsal. Henry Lerolle (French, 1848–1929). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of George I. Seney, 1887 (87.8.12).

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Afternoon Tea in The Patrons Lounge

President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, Sponsor, and Donor Members

Entertain a group of up to eight individuals in the art-filled setting of The Patrons Lounge and enjoy an assortment of classic English tea sandwiches, scones, and special sweets. By reservation, afternoon tea is served in The Patrons Lounge Tuesday through Sunday from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. for $21 per person.

There are additional Lounge services for President’s Circle, Patron Circle, Patron, and Sponsor Members. Offering a quiet, comfortable, art-filled setting, The Patrons Lounge is the perfect place to spend time with friends or to relax on your own. The Lounge provides:

•   Tea, coffee, espresso, and cocktail service during all Museum hours
•   Private coat checking, rest rooms, and telephones
•   Wireless Internet
•   Special evening events

Please call 212-570-3999 for more information or to make reservations.

Image: Teapot, 18th century. Barthélemy Decourchelle (French, Lille). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Catherine D. Wentworth, 1948 (48.187.416).

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Members Double Discount Days

Don’t miss our Members Double Discount Days! Museum Members save 20% on their purchases online and in stores March 31 through April 5. See Special Offers for Members for details. If you are not yet a Member, join now to take advantage of these extra savings.

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The Baltic’s Amber Coast (PDF)

June 24–July 8, 2009

Visit the Hermitage during three nights in Saint Petersburg. Sail the Baltic Coast to Copenhagen on Sea Cloud II, calling at Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Riga. Land/cruise rates: from $8,995.

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

Charitable Gift Annuities: Do Well by Doing Good

A wonderful way to support the future of the Metropolitan Museum and also create a stream of payments for yourself or someone you care about is through a charitable gift annuity. With a gift of $10,000 or more a charitable gift annuity can offer:

•   Fixed payments for life for yourself or a loved one
•   A current tax deduction for a portion of the gift
•   Protection from stock market volatility

For more information on how an annuity might work for you, please call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796 or email us at planned.giving@metmuseum.org. Learn more on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org in the Planned Giving section under "Ways to Give."

The Met Store’s Featured Item

Two-Tone Egyptian Knot Ring

The design of our ring is based on an original bracelet crafted during the Middle Kingdom and now in the Museum’s collection.

Member Price: $76.50
Non-Member Price: $85.00

Members Double Discount Days
March 31–April 5
Members enjoy a 20% discount that can be used online or in person. See Special Offers for Members for details. If you are not yet a Member, you can join now!

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Met Podcast Episode

Discover the original form and purpose of the Mangaaka Power Figure, an arresting sculpture from Central Africa, in this Met Podcast episode with Curator Alisa LaGamma and Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello.

The Trustees Dining Room

Join us in March on Friday and Saturday evenings as we offer dishes from Africa inspired by the exhibition The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End. For reservations, please call 212-570-3975.

New Hours at The Cloisters

Enjoy later hours at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. Beginning this month, The Cloisters will remain open until 5:15 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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