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One of the most valuable benefits of Membership is special access to the Museum. In this edition of Membership News, we’ve included information about Member events being held this spring and summer. Previews and Members-only lectures offer a private, insider’s view of the Met’s special exhibitions. Exclusive parties and receptions allow Members to celebrate art while surrounded by works from the best collections in the world.

This April, be sure to visit The Cloisters Museum and Gardens to see medieval masterpieces as well as lovely primroses, daffodils, and violets in bloom. Join us in The Fuentidueña Chapel on April 11 at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. for a special concert featuring the great Renaissance choral music of Passiontide and Easter.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

Summer in The Trustees Dining

"The Pictures Generation"

"The Model as Muse"

Upcoming Events
    for Members

For Young Members

Members Double Discount Days

Summer in The Trustees Dining Room

Beginning May 1, The Trustees Dining Room will be available to all Members for Friday and Saturday dinner and weekend brunch. This elegant dining space boasts a delectable seasonal menu and stunning view of Central Park. Please ask about availability for weekday brunch. Call 212-570-3975 for reservations.

During the month of May, Members can treat themselves to a Japanese tasting menu, as featured in April’s Member Perspectives email newsletter. For this menu, Chef Fred Sabo has created a special dish inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s Water Stone sculpture.

In addition to the summer dining privileges, during this period you may rent any of our four handsome dining rooms for entertaining family, friends, and business associates. Whether you are hosting a bridal brunch or a birthday dinner, there is a space at the Met that will accommodate your event. For rental information, please call Meghann McKale at 212-650-2819 or email

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"The Pictures Generation" Reception

The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984
Opens April 21
This will be the first major museum exhibition to focus solely on "The Pictures Generation," a loosely knit group of New York artists who created the most seminal works of the late 20th century.

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

Image: The American Soldier, 1977. Robert Longo (American, born 1953). Enamel on cast aluminum. Collection of Metro Pictures Gallery. Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures

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"The Model as Muse" Preview

The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
Opens May 6
Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, this exhibition focuses on iconic models of the 20th century.

Daytime Preview
Supporting and Sustaining Members
Tuesday, May 5
regular Museum hours

Image: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and
Cindy Crawford in tops
, 1990. Giorgio di Sant’Angelo (American, born Italy, 1933–1989). British Vogue, January 1990. Photograph by Peter Lindbergh (German, born 1944). Photograph courtesy of Peter Lindbergh.

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Upcoming Events for Members

Mark your calendar for these previews and receptions, which will be held in the spring and early summer.

The New American Wing
Part 2: The Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms

Opens May 19
The Charles Engelhard Court has been transformed to better showcase the sculptures, windows, and other works on view. In addition, many of the 17th- and 18-century period rooms have been moved or replaced to improve circulation.

Members-only Lecture
Renewing The American Wing

Given by Morrison H. Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing
Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.

Supporting Members
Wednesday, June 3
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective
Opens May 20
The exhibition will feature 153 works that span the entirety of Francis Bacon’s full and celebrated career.

Supporting and Sustaining Members
Tuesday, May 19
regular Museum hours

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
Opens June 23
Members beginning at the Individual level can look forward to previews and receptions in conjunction with this special exhibition beginning mid-June.

Image: The Charles Engelhard Court in the process of installation in The New American Wing.

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For Young Members

Visit the Young Members section of the website for information tailored to Museum Members ages 21 through 35 from any of our 15 Membership levels.

Save the Date: Young Members Party
In case you need another reason to look forward to summer, we will be hosting our annual summer party for Young Members on Thursday, July 9! Check out photos and video from last year’s party.

The Roof Reopens April 28
At the Met, one of the sure signs of spring is the reopening of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. This year’s exhibition, Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom, features a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture. Set against Central Park and its architectural backdrop, the installation explores the interplay between the natural world and the built environment. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Members Double Discount Days

Whether you’re searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, shopping for another special occasion, or just picking up something for yourself, be sure to take advantage of Members Double Discount Days! Beginning online April 27 and in person May 5, Museum Members save 20% on purchases from The Met Store. Double Discount Days end May 10.

If you are not yet a Member, join now to enjoy these extra savings.

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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.

The Roof Garden Café Opening Soon

Enjoy cocktails and light fare from the Roof Garden Café as you take in Roxy Paine’s installation, Maelstrom, and the best view in Manhattan.

Dresden & Berlin (PDF)

September 29–October 8, 2009

Discover Dresden and Berlin on this insider’s trip with Wolfram Koeppe, distinguished curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Special events and private visits are planned throughout as we explore the artistic legacies of these two cities.
Land rate: $7,950

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

The Met Store’s Featured Item

Flowering Vine Tote

This colorful tote bag is adapted from an early-20th-century design created by the Wiener Werkstätte, a designers’ cooperative based on principles of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Member Price: $27
Non-Member Price: $30

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

IRA Opportunity Continues

Through December 2009, friends of the Museum who are 70½ and older can use funds from a traditional or a Roth IRA  to make a contribution of up to $100,000 directly to the Museum without reporting the withdrawal as taxable income. Some restrictions apply. For more information, call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796 or email us at

Audio Guides

Members always receive a discount on Audio Guides, which provide insightful commentary, developed by curators and educators, about works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions. This month, Audio Guides are available for the exhibitions Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors, The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, and Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance.

Special Offer
The Audio Guide is available to all Museum Members and visitors for $5 after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

For more information, including rental rates, see our Audio Guides page.

The Trustees Dining Room

Saturday and Sunday, enjoy brunch in The Trustees Dining Room between visits to the Museum’s galleries. For reservations, call 212-570-3975.

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.

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