Interview: Inside The New American Wing
The transformation of The Charles Engelhard Court in The New American Wing has allowed the Museum to better showcase its unparalleled collection of American decorative arts and sculpture. Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, spoke with Met News editor Jennette Mullaney about the reordering of the court and the stunning works of art on display.
Stained Glass: Opaque to Opalescent
What few people realize is that the Met has the most comprehensive collection of American stained glass anywhere, and this is showcased in major and monumental windows. The collection ranges from Gothic Revival windows of the 1840s all the way up to Frank Lloyd Wright. Though some have been on view in the courtyard previously, they’re going now displayed in a much better way, better lit. It not only enhances the visitor experience but also allows the visitors to see them more closely to the way they were originally intended to be seen.
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Image: The Charles Engelhard Court in the process of installation in The New American Wing.
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Photos of The American Wing
Use your camera to capture the transformed Charles Engelhard Court and period rooms of The New American Wing. First, if you haven’t already, join the Museum’s Flickr Group. Add your photos to our pool with the tag "american_wing." We will pick one photo to be featured in the August issue of Met News.
For inspiration, see photos submitted to our "It’s Time We Met" contest. Play a slide show of all of the public entries and view the two winning photographs and five runners-up.
This set of behind-the-scenes photos of The New American Wing at various stages during its renovation may light your creative spark. These images offer only a glimpse of the incredible workmanship and creativity that went into this project.
Subscription Lecture Series: American Wing Renewed
These lectures will address the thinking behind the renovation of The American Wing. Though the series began in May, there are still three more lectures to enjoy—A New Look at Old Rooms: The Renovation of The American Wing’s 18th-century Period Rooms on Tuesday, June 2, Thinking Big: American Sculpture in The Charles Engelhard Court on Tuesday, June 9, and Picture Windows: A Panoply of American Stained Glass on Tuesday, June 16.
Image: American art pottery cases in The New American Wing. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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Springtime at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
During spring and summer, gardens at The Cloisters bloom with colorful flowers and fragrant herbs. This June, a variety of free programs celebrates the history and artistry of the plants and gardens at The Cloisters. While visiting the gardens, set aside time to see the majestic medieval art and architecture of this unique branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
On Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, delight in springtime at the gardens. Special tours, gallery talks, and a family workshop offered in English and Spanish make up this weekend’s festivities. See a beekeeping demonstration; listen to talks about vegetables, herbs, and spices in the medieval diet; or simply bask in the lovely surroundings.
Offered Tuesdays through Sundays at 1:00 p.m., these tours provide horticultural, architectural, and historical information.
To learn more about the gardens and the fascinating histories of the plants growing there, read The Medieval Garden Enclosed. Written by horticulturists of The Cloisters, this illuminating blog examines the plants of the Middle Ages in their cultural contexts.
Guided Tours and Gallery Talks
The Cloisters has an incomparable collection of medieval art and architecture, a sampling of which can be viewed in our online Collection Database. Take a guided tour and discover the collection’s highlights with a lecturer leading the way. Or rent an Audio Guide, including a special version for families, and tour at your own pace. Gallery talks, given by staff members or medievalists from the tristate area, concentrate on specific aspects of the collection. This month’s subjects include Gothic sculpture and the medieval cult of the saints.
Image: Corn Poppy [Papaver rhoeas]. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, New York.
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Enlightening Weekend Afternoons
Two Sunday at the Met programs and one Saturday at the Met provide insight into medieval art and intellectual life, recent archaeological findings in Egypt, and the role of Islam in Renaissance Europe. These events are held in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium and are free with Museum admission.
Sunday at the Met
Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages
June 7, 3:00 p.m.
A lecture given by Jonathan Alexander, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, explores drawing as an art form in medieval manuscripts. He examines the range of techniques, aesthetics, and place of graphic images—drawings, early maps, artists’ sketchbooks, and masterfully decorated manuscripts—in the creative and intellectual life of the Middle Ages. This event is held in conjunction with the special exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages.
Saturday at the Met
Archaeological Discoveries in Egypt
June 20, 3:00 p.m.
This program highlights the most recent findings in the pyramid complex of the pharaoh Pepy I, an important ruler of the later Old Kingdom. Audran Labrousse, research director, French National Centre for Scientific Research, and director, French Archaeological Mission at Saqqara, Egypt, discusses the latest discoveries in the necropolis of King Pepy I at Saqqara.
Sunday at the Met
Islamic Art and Culture in the Renaissance
June 28, 3:00 p.m.
"The True Moor of Venice: Giorgione and the Mystery of the Three Philosophers" is the title of the talk given by Michael Barry, the Patti Cadby Birch Consultative Chairman of the Department of Islamic Art. This lecture focuses on the riddle of the central figure of a mysterious turbaned Moor in one of the most enigmatic paintings of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgione’s Three Philosophers (Venice, 1504), now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Resolving the riddle helps illuminate the entire image of Islamic philosophy and the very role of Islam in late medieval and early Renaissance European perceptions.
Image: Initial T from the Corbie Psalter. Corbie, France, early 9th century.
Bibliothèques d’Amiens Métropole, MS 18C
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The Art of Film
In addition to the free film screenings the Museum offers throughout the month, a special subscription film series curated by contemporary artists featured in the special exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984.
Free Films in the Afternoon
The Museum presents free films most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. These documentaries, feature films, and videos are related to special exhibitions or works of art in the permanent collection. This month’s selections explore the work of a pioneering female artist, tour both ancient and modern cities, reveal the heroic acts that preserve culture in the face of war, and discuss the influence of a groundbreaking sculptor, respectively. See the online calendar for more information.
Artists Select Films Series
This exciting series is curated by artists featured in the exhibition The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 who mined the mass medium of film in their own work. All films will be shown in 35mm. Robert Longo introduces Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist (1970). Barbara Bloom shows Jacques Tati’s Playtime, as well as her own The Diamond Lane (1981), a work in the form of a trailer for a nonexistent film. David Salle introduces a new print of Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa vie (My Life to Live) and discusses the influence of Godard on his art.
Image: Director Bernardo Bertolucci at the camera.
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The World Science Festival
The World Science Festival is an annual celebration in New York City that brings together great minds in science, business, government, and the arts. The Met is one of eleven cultural partners collaborating in this five-day celebration of science through discourse and debate, dance and theater, film and visual arts.
Explore the relationship between art and science in fascinating programs presented at the Museum, including gallery talks, a film, and a unique evening program.
Da Vinci Detective
Friday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.
The Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education
Maurizio Seracini, director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3), California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California, San Diego
Marco Leona, David H. Koch Scientist in Charge, Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
One of the great mysteries in the art world is the disappearance of Leonardo’s The Battle of Anghiari, a celebrated fresco painted for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Maurizio Seracini describes the use of advanced technology to investigate whether the lost masterpiece lies beneath a Vasari painting in the Palazzo Vecchio. Marco Leona introduces the program.