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.
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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.
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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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