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It’s an exciting time at the Met, where special exhibitions featuring dynamic works of art from the 12th through the 21st century are on view. See multimedia pieces by contemporary artists, a striking sculpture set against Central Park, masterworks of the Korean Renaissance, and much more. And after two years of renovation, The Charles Engelhard Court and period rooms of The New American Wing open tomorrow.

Stop by to enjoy an after-work visit to the galleries and watch the sun set as you sip a cocktail at the Roof Garden Café, or savor the offerings at the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar with friends. Experience the galleries when the Met is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings!

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

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

Featured Exhibition

The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984
Through August 2

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on "The Pictures Generation," a tightly knit group of New York artists who created some of the most important and influential works of the late 20th century. Born into the media culture of postwar America, their overarching subject was how pictures of all kinds not only depict but also shape reality. Highly seductive photographs by Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman reveal the ways in which images from B movies and magazine advertisements determine much of our sense of who we are. Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine examine how the myths and legends of modern art are inextricably tied to the institutions of the museum and art history. Also included are photographs by Laurie Simmons, James Casebere, James Welling, and Allan McCollum, as well as works in other media by Robert Longo, Troy Brauntuch, and David Salle, among others. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |  Free Gallery Talks  |  Free Films  |  Free Special Event  |  Audio Guide  |  Exhibition Catalogue  |  Read a Review in The New York Times

Image: Subdivision with Spotlight, 1982. James Casebere (American, b. 1953). Collection of the artist.

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Closing Soon

Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard
Through May 25

This exhibition focuses on a collection of 9,000 picture postcards amassed and classified by the American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975), now part of the Museum’s Walker Evans Archive. The picture postcard represented a powerful strain of indigenous American realism that directly influenced Evans’s artistic development. The dynamic installation of hundreds of American postcards drawn from Evans’s collection reveals the symbiotic relationship between the artist’s own art and his interest in the style of the postcard. This is also demonstrated with a selection of about a dozen of his own photographs printed in 1936 on postcard format photographic paper. See the exhibition preview for more information.

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

Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
Through May 25

Beginning in the 16th century, a tradition of bronze sculpture developed in France that was influenced by achievements of the Italian Renaissance but soon revealed its own distinct force, refinement, and panache. Even though French bronzes were among the glories of royal châteaux, including Versailles, and were always collected eagerly by connoisseurs, they have received relatively little public scrutiny. Evolving from a decadelong collaborative study among scholars, this is the first exhibition to address the subject in 40 years. 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. Germain Pilon, Barthélemy Prieur, Michel Anguier, François Girardon, Antoine Coysevox, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and Jean-Antoine Houdon are only a few of the cavalcade of masters in the exhibition who lent their prodigious talents to this prestigious medium. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Now On View

The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion
Through August 9

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, this exhibition focuses on iconic models of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras. The show, organized by historical period from 1947 to 1997, features haute couture and ready-to-wear masterworks accompanied by fashion photography and video footage of models who epitomized their epochs. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |  Members-Only Lectures  |  Exhibition Catalogue

You may also be interested in a series of videos on the Met’s YouTube channel related to this exhibition.

Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift
Through September 7

This selection of master drawings represents the distillation of the finest works assembled over two generations of collecting by Subhash Kapoor and his late father, Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor. The exhibition features a wide variety of works on paper executed principally in black ink, sometimes enhanced with watercolor, typically on fine laminated papers. It includes a number of exemplary finished drawings, which were generally retained within artist studios as reference works upon which finished paintings were based. They were also enjoyed as connoisseurs’ objects in their own right, to be viewed by the royal patrons in the privacy of their palaces. Others served as studies for miniature paintings or for murals. These drawings, principally dating from the 18th century, were produced in the royal ateliers of the courts of Rajasthan and the Pahari hills of the Punjab. This exhibition provides unfettered insight into the creative process that underlies Indian miniature painting and signals the importance of the art of drawing in the later court arts of Hindu India. See the exhibition preview for more information.

Free Gallery Talk  |  Read a Review in The New York Times

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom
Through October 25 (weather permitting)

American artist Roxy Paine (b. 1966) has created a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture, especially for the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Giving viewers the sense of being immersed in the midst of a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom (2009) is Paine’s largest and most ambitious work to date. The latest in a diverse body of work, this sculpture is one of the artist’s Dendroids based on systems such as vascular networks, tree roots, industrial piping, and fungal mycelia. Set against Central Park and its architectural backdrop, the installation explores the interplay between the natural world and the built environment amid nature’s inherently chaotic processes. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Video of the Installation on YouTube  |  Free Slide Orientation Lecture  |  Read a Review in The New York Times

Beverage and sandwich service are available from 10:00 a.m. until closing, including Friday and Saturday evenings, at the Roof Garden Café.

Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600
Through June 21

The 45 exquisite works of art on view illustrate the height of artistic production under court and elite patronage during the first 200 years of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), a time of extraordinary cultural achievements. The diverse yet cohesive group of secular and religious paintings, porcelain, sculpture, lacquer, and metalwork highlights the aesthetics, conventions, and innovations of a Neo-Confucian elite and its artistic milieu. This is the first in a series of international loan exhibitions at the Museum focusing on significant periods in Korean art history. For more information about this exhibition, including sponsorship credits, see a special online feature.

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Listen to a Met Podcast episode: Curator Soyoung Lee narrates this episode about the dynamic show in both English and Korean.

You may also be interested in a series of videos on the Met’s YouTube channel from Soyoung Lee’s talk about the 2008 exhibition, Beauty and Learning: Korean Painted Screens.

Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China’s Age of Brilliance
Through September 13

Drawn entirely from the extensive resources of the Metropolitan Museum, this exhibition presents the rich diversity of art created under China’s Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Its 70 paintings and calligraphies chronicle the parallel evolutions of the courtly and the scholar-amateur traditions. These works are complemented by a generous selection of textiles, ceramics, lacquers, cloisonné, jades, and bamboo carvings that showcase the material prosperity experienced under the Ming, whose name aptly translates as "brilliant." See the exhibition preview for more information.

See the CBS2 Feature Video

You may also be interested in a series of videos on the Met’s YouTube channel featuring Curator Maxwell Hearn discussing works from the Department of Asian Art. Or watch him give an overview of the 2008 exhibition, Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717).

Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, 1800–1850
Through August 9

The porcelain factories of Berlin, Sèvres, and Vienna achieved an extraordinary level of both artistic and technical skill in the first half of the 19th century, and the quality of painted decoration practices at these three factories at that time has never been surpassed. This exhibition brings together approximately 75 extraordinary examples from these three European porcelain manufactories and illustrates the exchange of ideas and styles between the factories that resulted in some of the most remarkable porcelain ever produced. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

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Opening Soon

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

Opens May 19

In this second phase of a major, three-phase reordering and upgrading of The American Wing, one of the Museum’s best-loved spaces—The Charles Engelhard Court, showcasing sculptures, stained-glass windows, and other treasures of American art overlooking Central Park—has been transformed to better display the works on view and to facilitate public access. Renovations to the balcony include new glass barrier walls and a rethinking of the ceramics, glass, silver, and jewelry installations. The addition of a mezzanine level adds more than 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and houses the newly announced promised gift of Robert A. Ellison Jr. of ceramics of the United States, 1876–1956. Many of the 17th- and 18th-century period rooms have been moved or replaced to improve circulation, and visitors can now access them more readily via a new glass-walled public elevator. The first phase, New Classical Galleries on the first floor of the American Wing, opened to the public in 2007; the third and final phase is scheduled for completion in 2011.

See our special feature, which includes video, audio, photos, event listings, and links to additional content.

Go to the Met’s YouTube channel to watch a video from the ribbon-cutting ceremony with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective
Opens May 20

The first major exhibition in New York in 20 years devoted to one of the most compelling painters of the 20th century, this show features some 130 works—65 paintings and as many archival items from public and private collections from around the world—that span the entirety of the artist’s full and celebrated career. Marking the centenary of the artist’s birth in Dublin in 1909, it brings together the most significant works from each period of Bacon’s career, focusing on the key subjects and themes that run through his extraordinary creative output. The presentation affords the most comprehensive examination to date of Bacon’s sources and working processes, offering a reevaluation of the artist’s work in light of a range of new interpretations and archival materials that have emerged since his death in 1992. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

View Images  |  Free Symposium  |  Free Gallery Talks  |  Free Films  |  Free Lecture

See a list of all upcoming exhibitions.

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Featured Online Content

In this behind-the-scenes video tour Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Morrison Heckscher, Chairman of the American Wing, discuss The New American Wing, which opens May 19, following two years of major renovation and reinstallation. The tour includes the dramatic, light-filled Charles Engelhard Court with views onto Central Park; which showcases iconic and monumental American sculptures. Their preview also features an overview of the Met’s unparalleled collection of decorative arts, including a newly rearranged series of period rooms that will transport visitors from colonial New England to a Frank Lloyd Wright living room from early 20th century Minnesota.

With Met Share, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is pleased to offer visitors several new ways to enhance their understanding of and appreciation for works of art in its collection, and to connect with and share their experiences with others. Learn more about Met Share.

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