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Interview: Inside The New American Wing
Re-creating The American Wing
"It’s Time We Met" Winners
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
20th-Century American Photography
Friday Nights at the Met

We are delighted to announce the May 19 reopening of The Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms in The American Wing. Rediscover these beloved spaces, which have been reordered and upgraded to better showcase the Met’s treasures of American art and architecture.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Come celebrate at the Met with a variety of free programs and four special exhibitions. May also marks the beginning of garden tours at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. Offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:00 p.m., these free tours provide horticultural, architectural, and historical information.

Banner image: Kaoru Watanabe. Photo by Akiko Nishimura.

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Met Holiday Monday—Memorial Day

The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open on Monday, May 25, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Family programs will be held throughout the day. See the online calendar to plan your visit.

Met Holiday Mondays sponsored by CIT

The Metropolitan Museum Book Sale

Through Sunday, May 10, The Met Store Bookshop is holding its first warehouse book sale. Find special bargain tables with prices as low as $5 and $10, and with discounts up to 90% off the publisher’s original list price for selected titles. More than 150 titles, all Museum classics, are included in the sale. These savings are available in the bookshop, located on the second floor of the Main Building, and online.

Open Late Fridays and Saturdays

Did you know that the Main Building of the Museum is open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings? Stop by for an after-work visit to the galleries and enjoy a drink at the Great Hall Balcony Bar with live classical music and candlelight dining in an intimate setting.

Audio Guides: $5 after 5:00 p.m.

Take advantage of a special reduced rate for Audio Guides on Friday and Saturday evenings after 5:00 p.m., when Audio Guides are only $5. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

See Plan Your Visit for more information about Museum hours and admissions.

Give the Gift of Art

Looking for the perfect graduation present? A gift Membership will delight throughout the year. Member benefits vary by category.

Met Podcast

The dynamic works featured in the exhibition Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600 provide a glimpse into the extraordinary artistic and cultural renaissance that took place in Korea during the early Joseon dynasty. Soyoung Lee, the exhibition’s curator, narrates this podcast episode.

Exhibition-Related Audio Guides

Developed by the Museum’s curators and educators, Audio Guides provide insightful commentary about works of art in the Met’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions, including The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 and Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance.

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

Become a Member

As a Member, you receive free admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, special dining privileges, and discounts in The Met Store.

Associate: $50

Met Net: $60

Individual: $95

Family/Dual: $190

Exact benefits vary by category.

Connect with Met Share

Visit Met Share to connect with the Museum and fellow art lovers. It’s easy to contribute to our blog, share photos, comment on our videos, listen to a growing number of Met Podcast episodes, and do so much more. See you online!

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The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Readers may explore the role of plants and gardens in medieval life and art, learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

Buy Museum Admission Tickets in Advance

Purchase admission tickets and Audio Guides in advance through TicketWeb.

Pick up tickets at the Information Desk in the Great Hall upon arrival.

Interview: Inside The New American Wing

On Tuesday, May 19, The Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms will reopen to the public after a period of intense restructuring. Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing, discusses the transformation of these spaces with Met News Editor Jennette Mullaney.

Please explain how the restructuring of the period rooms and The Charles Engelhard Court will create a better experience for the visitor.
The reordering of the period rooms and courtyard are both part of an overall rethinking of The American Wing, which will only be completed in 2011. What the visitor will experience when entering The Charles Engelhard Court on May 19 and thereafter is a space that many will remember as a wonderful garden refuge, but which has been transformed into a dramatic sculpture court wherein the collections of American monumental sculpture are the richest in any museum. These sculptures will now take pride of place as fully accessible works of art to be looked at from all sides. In addition, the architecture of the courtyard has been transformed in many often small and subtle ways so that there is a great sense of light, a sense of transparency, and a sense of opportunity to explore the heretofore hidden treasures of The American Wing. The balconies, behind which there are now 53 cases filled with American silver, glass, and ceramics, now have glass railings so that one can see from below what there is above. In addition, the great collection of stained-glass windows has been reinstalled. … Many of them now are mounted against the glass curtain wall facing Central Park so that one can see through the windows to nature as was originally intended.

Continue reading the interview.

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

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Re-creating The American Wing

Go behind the scenes of the stunning American Wing renovations with these lecture events and a new video on the Met’s YouTube channel featuring Director Thomas P. Campbell and Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of The American Wing.

Subscription Lecture
Rethinking The American Wing for the 21st Century
Tuesday, May 26, 11:00 a.m.

Morrison H. Heckscher will address the thinking behind the renovation of The American Wing. This is the first lecture in the series American Wing Renewed.

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

May 30, beginning 1:00 p.m.

Free afternoon talks by Museum curators and research associates will highlight the architecture, silver, ceramics, and furniture now on view. Learn about the aesthetic, scientific, and historical considerations that influenced the re-presentation and acquisition of these remarkable works of art and architecture.

Sunday at the Met
An Old World Art Form for the New World: Issues in the History of Conservation, Collecting, and American Designs for Stained-Glass Windows
May 31, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

From the Gothic cathedral of Chartres in France to the National Arts Club in New York City, stained-glass windows can define a building’s very aesthetic. Yet they are also vulnerable to changing tastes, religious fervor, vandalism, and the ravages of time and nature. These free talks focus on the fascinating subject of stained-glass windows, particularly on the history of collecting stained glass, its place in New York architecture, and its care and conservation.

Image: Cleaning the bank facade (a closer look) by The Metropolitan Museum of Art via Flickr.

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"It’s Time We Met" Winners

We received nearly 1,000 amazing submissions to our "It’s Time We Met" photo contest. It was a very difficult process, but we’ve picked two winners and five runners-up. See our dedicated page for more information about the contest and to view the photos.

Winners

Photo by davidabroad via Flickr.

Photo by geertgen_vander via Flickr.

Runners-Up

Photo by aleverone via Flickr.

Photo by paulrosenberg1962 via Flickr.

Photo by Nick393 via Flickr.

Photo by lushing via Flickr.

Photo by clifflandesman via Flickr.

In the left-hand column of our dedicated page, you may play a slide show of the public photos submitted to the contest. Whether whimsical, poignant, or simply hilarious, all of these images capture the dynamic relationship between visitor and museum. You may also play a slide show of photos selected for our marketing campaign.

It’s Time We Met: Education Open House
Free with Museum admission

Attend the Education Department’s open house on Saturday, May 30, and receive an Audio Guide discount card in addition to a wealth of information about planning your visit. From 10:00 a.m. to noon, meet Metropolitan Museum educators and learn about the many events and resources available to visitors.

Image: Photo by davidabroad via Flickr.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Museum is honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an assortment of programs, including musical performances, gallery talks, films, and a unique Sunday at the Met, as well as related special exhibitions. All programs are free with Museum admission.

Further your knowledge of the myriad artistic styles and movements found among Asian and Pacific Island cultures with essays on Asian and Oceanic and Pacific art in our Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

An Afternoon of Music and Dance
Join us for an exciting free event featuring performances of the music and dance of China, Korea, India, and Japan. Enjoy Beijing opera, ancient dances, contemporary taiko drum music, and other wonderful selections that showcase the performing arts of Asia. Before each performance, educators will speak briefly about the arts of the region, highlighting pertinent special exhibitions and works from the permanent collection. The program is organized by the Museum’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative. Reservations are not required; the event will be held in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on Saturday, May 16, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This program has been made possible by Aetna.

Sunday at the Met
On May 17, come for a Sunday at the Met program presented in conjunction with the remarkable exhibition Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600. Enjoy a lecture and a screening of the film Untold Scandal (Joseon namnyeo sangyeoljisa) (2003), a luscious Korean interpretation of the sensational French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Please note that this film contains adult content.

In addition to "Art of the Korean Renaissance," visitors may appreciate three other current special exhibitions that showcase the arts of Asia. Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift, Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance, and Tibetan Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection highlight masterpieces from different regions, time periods, and mediums.

Image: Bala Devi Chandrashekar. Photo by Chandru Balaraman.

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20th-Century American Photography

From the iconic images of Walker Evans to seminal works of "The Pictures Generation," American photographers of the 20th century exerted a profound influence on the medium that continues to resonate today.

Walker Evans
"Even more than in lone bedrooms (where there are mirrors), people’s faces are in naked repose down in the subway," said the great documentarian Walker Evans. Many of his portraits of New York City subway passengers, photographs of small-town Americans, and transcendent images of Depression-era tenant farmers in Alabama can be found in the Walker Evans Archive. In addition to the artist’s life’s work—40,000 negatives and transparencies dating from the late 1920s to the early 1970s—the archive contains Evans’s personal and professional correspondence, papers, diaries, family photo albums, and his collection of books, picture postcards, clippings, roadside signs, and works by other artists. Be sure to see the special exhibition Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard, a dynamic installation of postcards drawn from Evans’s collection, before it closes on Monday, May 25.

Sunday at the Met
The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984
May 10, 2:00 p.m.

Comedy and humor were vital to the group of artists featured in the special exhibition, The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984. This free event will bring together two of the great artist-performers of the period, Michael Smith and Paul McMahon. Smith reprises an early piece from the 1970s entitled "Minimal Message Movement" and stages a birthday party for Baby Ikki, the perpetually 18-month-old character (played by Smith) who is an archetype with an unclear mission. McMahon performs a selection of his acerbic songs lampooning the 1980s art world and also appears as the "Rock-n-Roll Psychiatrist," providing on-the-spot musical responses to personal problems posed by the audience. Please note that these performances contain adult content.

Image: [Subway Passengers], 1938. Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971 (1971.646.18).

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Friday Nights at the Met

A Friday evening at the Museum can include an intimate sojourn among masterpieces, a relaxing dinner with friends, an exhilarating tour of our special exhibitions, and an enlightening gallery talk or lecture. The Met doesn’t close its doors until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and Friday evenings offer free guided tours of the Museum’s highlights.

Opportunities for Reflection
The galleries are generally quieter on Friday nights. Contemplate favorite works or discover new ones from eras or regions you may have overlooked. Pick up a floor plan and create an artistic and cultural journey for yourself.

Drinking and Dining
Head up to the Roof Garden Café (weather permitting) for specialty cocktails and light fare while taking in Roxy Paine’s unforgettable installation, Maelstrom (2009), and a breathtaking view of the city. Or stop by the Balcony Bar for a wider food selection and live classical music. For a sumptuous dinner amid masterpieces of European sculpture, the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar is the perfect spot. See Dining at the Met for more information.

Art Classes for Adults
Drawing from History—Exploring the Collection through Sketching

Starting Friday, May 29, the Museum will be holding classes for adults that emphasize one-on-one attention. Each of the five sessions is divided between classroom instruction and drawing time in the galleries. Classes will be held on Friday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at a cost of $375 for the series. If you are interested in the lessons but cannot attend in the evening, daytime sessions are also being offered on Fridays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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