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Summer is always a delightful season at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it is especially so for Members. Parties on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, an array of exhibition previews and receptions, summer dining privileges in The Trustees Dining Room, and other benefits make this a wonderful time to be a Member.

We encourage you to visit us often this summer to enjoy all that the Museum has to offer.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

"Afghanistan" Previews,
    Reception, and Lecture

"Roxy Paine on the Roof"
    Evening Reception

Exclusive Dining

Summer Fête

For Young Members

Members Double Discount Days

"Afghanistan" Previews, Receptions, and Lecture

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
Opens to the public June 23

Celebrating the rich heritage of ancient Afghanistan, this exhibition commemorates the heroic rescue of the region’s most precious archaeological treasures, all thought to have been destroyed. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

The Trustees Dining Room will be taking lunch reservations during daytime previews and dinner reservations during all Member evening events except for Monday, June 15. Please call 212-570-3975.

Daytime Previews
Regular Museum Hours

Supporting, Met Family Circle, Apollo Circle, and Sustaining Members: June 16–21
Family/Dual and Individual Members: June 17–21

Evening Viewings and Receptions
President’s Circle, Patron Circle, and Patron Members: June 15, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Sponsor, Donor, Contributing, Met Family Circle, and Apollo Circle Members: June 17, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Sustaining Members: June 18 and June 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Members-Only Lecture
For Members beginning at the Family/Dual level
Saturday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, June 21, at 1:00 p.m.
Elisabetta Valtz, curator, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Denise Leidy, curator, Asian Art

Image: Pair of bracelets in the shape of antelopes, 1st century A.D. Tillya Tepe, Tomb II. Gold with turquoise and carnelians; each 8.5 x 6.3. cm. National Museum of Afghanistan. © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet

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"Roxy Paine on the Roof" Evening Reception

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom
Through October 25

Giving viewers the sense of being immersed in a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom is American artist Roxy 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.

Evening Viewing and Reception
Donor and Contributing Members: June 24, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

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Exclusive Dining

This summer, all Members are invited to enjoy The Trustees Dining Room‘s new light summer menu on Friday and Saturday evenings. The two-course prix fixe dinner costs $32 per person. Additional courses and à la carte menu items are also available.

In addition to our light summer menu, we are offering a "100 mile" tasting menu that showcases local farmers and indigenous agriculture within 100 miles of New York City. The four-course menu costs $59 per person.

For reservations or inquiries, please call 212-570-3975.

Wine Dinner with Michael Mondavi
Savor a sumptuous Wine Dinner on Saturday, June 13. Michael Mondavi will host the dinner, highlighting his family’s celebrated wines. The Trustees Dining Room’s chef de cuisine, Fred Sabo, will prepare a four-course tasting menu to complement the specially selected wines.

Cost for the evening is $250 per person, plus tax (gratuity included). For more information, please call 212-570-3986. Reservations are required and space is limited.

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Summer Fête

For Family/Dual, Sustaining, Met Family Circle, Apollo Circle, and Supporting Members

Join us for a festive affair on Wednesday, July 15, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The evening begins with cocktails on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (weather permitting), which boasts Roxy Paine’s stunning installation, Maelstrom, and a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. Afterward, enjoy an elegant dinner and dance in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Designed as a classical French garden, the Sculpture Court serves as a framework for the presentation of Italian and French sculpture dating from the 17th through the 19th century.

Tickets are $400 per person. You may purchase your tickets online. For more information, please call Karen Rienzi at 212-570-3887 or email

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For Young Members

Young Members Summer Party

Don your finest "summer chic" apparel and get ready to make merry among priceless works of art. On Thursday, July 9, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., we will be hosting our annual summer party for Young Members. Dance and sip cocktails in the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Relish an exclusive viewing of the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. Socialize on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden (weather permitting).

Space is limited for this fabulous event, so purchase your tickets now. The price is $75 for Members and $125 for non-Members. Not sure what to expect (or to wear)? See photos and a video from last summer’s party.

Special Offer
Join or renew as an Apollo Circle Member and receive two free tickets to the party!

Summer Fridays

Young Members from any of the 15 Membership levels and Members of The Apollo Circle may partake in a special series of "Summer Fridays" in the Petrie Court Wine Bar and Café. This intimate wine bar offers a delectable menu and excellent rotating selection of wines. The first Summer Friday, on June 26, will feature live music and a special offer for Members: a free glass of wine with dinner and 20% off your final bill.* The last seating in the Wine Bar and Café is at 8:30 p.m.

* Discount does not include alcoholic beverages.

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Members Double Discount Days

Find a unique wedding or Father’s Day gift—or just treat yourself—during Members Double Discount Days at The Met Store. From June 16 through June 21, Members enjoy a 20% discount that can be used online or in person.

If you are not yet a Member, join now to take advantage of these extra savings.

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Become a Member

Travel with the Met

Sicily by Sea (PDF)

October 16–26, 2009

Enjoy a privileged view as we circumnavigate Sicily aboard the legendary Sea Cloud. Jerrilynn Dodds, a popular lecturer in the Metropolitan’s Concerts & Lectures program who has traveled on previous Met voyages, will accompany us. Stop to view magnificent art, impressive ruins, and romantic hilltop towns.
Land/cruise rates: from $6,995

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

Met Store Featured Item

Modern Garden Shawl

Our shawl is based on a Wiener Werkstätte postcard depicting a decorative garden with vibrant red blossoms.

Member Price: $76.50
Non-Member Price: $85.00

Experience the fine art of shopping at The Met Store.

Garden Tours at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Offered Tuesday through Sunday at 1:00 p.m., these tours provide visitors with horticultural, architectural, and historical information about The Cloisters and are free with Museum admission.

The Medieval Garden Enclosed

The Medieval Garden Enclosed is a blog dedicated to the plants and gardens of The Cloisters. Learn how to find and grow medieval herbs and flowers, discuss the long histories of many familiar garden plants, and discover which roadside weeds were once valued medicinals.

The William Society Gazette

The William Society Gazette features stories about friends of the Museum who have made gifts to support the future of the Metropolitan, information about planned giving, and news about special events for William Society Members. Now published biannually, the latest issue is available here (PDF). The Gazette is named for The William Society, the Museum’s recognition group for supporters who have chosen to include the Metropolitan Museum in their will or estate plan.

If you would like information about planned giving or joining The William Society, please contact the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796, by e-mail at, or visit us online.

Met Podcast Episode

In a new podcast episode, Metropolitan Museum curators Morrison Heckscher and Amelia Peck discuss the details of an 18th-century period room furnished with the belongings of the Verplanck family.

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 The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984, Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective, and Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.


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