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Dear Membership News Subscriber,

Escape the mundane this month at the Met, where free admission grants Museum Members access to great masterpieces that serve as inspiration for creativity and intimate gallery spaces that provide quiet spots for reflection. As temperatures rise outside, you may also choose to escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing drink and light meal in one of our dining spaces.

We hope you will consider becoming a Member of the Museum. Members not only enjoy special benefits, they provide vital support to the Met as well.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

Lecture Series

Preview and Reception
    for "Vermeer’s Masterpiece"

Members-Only Dining

For Young Members

Children’s Art Classes:
    Fall Semester

Also of Interest

Lecture Series

Members beginning at the Sustaining level are invited to two engaging lecture series—Monday at the Met and Saturday Seminar.

Ingres, Napoleon, and the First Empire
Elinor Richter, PhD, will lead participants through a fascinating time in European history. For her eight-lecture series—entitled Ingres, Napoleon and the First Empire—Dr. Richter will focus on Europe from the late-18th through the mid-19th centuries. Using the Met’s collection and special exhibitions as sources of material, she will guide attendees through this period of dramatic change.

Lecture topics include "Madame de Pompadour: The ‘Queen of the Rococo’ and François," "The Revolution and the Terror: The Art of Jacques-Louis David," and "Waterloo and the End of the Empire: Gericault and Delacroix," among others. Dr. Richter will discuss Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Versailles, women artists, and many other intriguing subjects.

Saturday Seminar
10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21

Enjoy coffee, gallery studies, and a slide lecture. The fee for the semester is $700. Please note that this is an intimate seminar and attendance is limited.

Monday at the Met
10:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
September 21; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23

Monday at the Met participants will explore the galleries when the Museum is closed to the public and attend exclusive luncheon discussions in The Trustees Dining Room. The fee for the semester is $1,600 and attendance is limited.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 212-650-2819 or emailing

Image: Jacques-Louis Leblanc (1774–1846). Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1918 (19.77.1).

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Preview and Reception for "Vermeer’s Masterpiece"

Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid
Opens to the public September 10

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, that city’s Rijksmuseum will send The Milkmaid, perhaps the most admired painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, to the Metropolitan Museum. To celebrate this extraordinary loan, the Museum will present a special exhibition that will bring together all five paintings by Vermeer from its collection, along with a select group of works by other Delft artists, placing Vermeer’s superb picture in its historical context. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Daytime Preview
For Supporting and Sustaining Members
Wednesday, September 9; 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Evening Reception
For Supporting Members
Wednesday, September 16; 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Image: The Milkmaid, ca. 1657–1658. Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675)
. Oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Members-Only Dining

The Trustees Dining Room
This August, join us in The Trustees Dining Room for our delectable New England Clam Bake menu. Enjoy a steamed lobster, crab cakes, clams, and mussels, along with potatoes, corn, and chowder. The four-course dinner menu will be served Fridays and Saturdays at a price of $59 per person. A wine tasting flight is also available for $39 per person. Reservations are suggested.

All Members are invited to treat themselves to weekend brunch in The Trustees Dining Room. Join us Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The prix fixe brunch menu is $43 per person and reservations are suggested.

Please call 212-570-3975 for more information about The Trustees Dining Room.

Private Celebrations
During the summer, Associate, Individual, and Family/Dual Members have the opportunity to rent reception rooms at the Museum for special occasions. Among the four elegant venues—the Terrace Room, the Rose Room, the Bass Room, and the Patrons Lounge—you are certain to find the perfect space for your event. For more information, please call the Membership Department at 212-650-2819. Please note that Members beginning at the Friend level have rental privileges throughout the year.

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For Young Members

Summer Fridays

Don’t miss our final "Summer Friday" on August 28. Young Members and Apollo Circle Members are invited to enjoy live music and a special offer: a free glass of wine with dinner and 20 percent off the final bill* in the Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar. This sophisticated restaurant offers excellent international cuisine and a rotating selection of fine wines. The last seating is at 8:30 p.m.; please call 212-570-3964 to make reservations.

* Discount does not include alcoholic beverages.

Young Members Party
Those of you who attended this summer’s Young Members Party already know what a fabulous time it was. To relive those marvelous moments, or to see what you missed, look at photos from the event. If you’d like to upload your own photos of the Young Members Party to the Museum’s Flickr Group Pool, simply use the tag "ymp_2009." You must join the Group to submit photos; see our guide for more information.

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Children’s Art Classes: Fall Semester

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level may register for the fall semester of Children’s Art Classes. Through these unique classes, children are given the opportunity to learn about and create art in an ideal setting—the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We are pleased to offer the following programs:

NEW! Sight & Sound: Ages 5–7

Students are invited to a musical adventure through the Met’s collection and special exhibitions, and will learn how music relates to works of art and art history.

Parent-Child Workshops: Ages 3–6

Parents and children will create works of art in a studio setting and then visit the galleries to learn about visual art concepts and create their own works from the Museum’s collection.

Art Afternoons: Ages 5–12

Students will explore their own creativity and discover art in a studio setting and the galleries. They will paint, draw, create collages and sculptures, and much more.

Drawing in the Galleries: Ages 8–14

After visiting a different gallery during each class, students will discover drawing techniques and materials as they create works based on what they see.

Pause for Pegasus: Ages 9–15
Young people will enjoy epic tales by classical authors and then trace the themes through artworks in the Museum’s galleries.

Classes begin in September. For more information or to register, please visit Children’s Art Classes or call the Membership Department at 212-650-2819.

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Also of Interest

Two celebrated special exhibitions will be closing later this month, but there is still time to see them and attend related events. We are also excited to introduce our new season of Concerts & Lectures.

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective

Through August 16

This landmark exhibition 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. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

See screenings of Francis Bacon and the Brutality of Fact (1985) on Tuesday, August 11, and Bacon’s Arena: An Art of Pain and Beauty (2005) on Thursday, August 13. There will also be a related gallery talk on August 13.

Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages
Through August 23

With strokes of genius, artists in the Middle Ages explored the medium of drawing, creating a rich array of works ranging from spontaneous sketches to powerful evocations of spirituality to intriguing images of science and the natural world. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Peruse the accompanying blog to learn more about the exhibition’s themes and to read the curator’s analyses of artists, works of art, and genres of medieval drawings. Join the discussion or simply take in the beautiful images. You may also wish to attend a related gallery talk on Tuesday, August 18.

Concerts & Lectures
We have expanded our weekend Concerts & Lectures programming this year—offering you the opportunity to hear a concert, attend a lecture, or see a film when you visit the Met on Friday and Saturday evenings. Enjoy two lectures in September, Afghanistan Today and Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid: Discreet Object of Desire. Then, in October, join us for an unforgettable opening concert, Itzhak Perlman Plays Chamber Music with Members of the Perlman Music Program. Check back often to see what we’ve planned for the rest of this season.

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Travel with the Met

Undiscovered Mexico (PDF)

December 26, 2009–January 3, 2010

Celebrate the New Year in colonial Mexico, jewel in the crown of imperial Spain. View architectural gems in Guadalajara, Querétaro, and Morelia.

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

The Met Store’s Featured Item

Tiffany Dragonflies Correspondence Cards

The design on our correspondence cards is taken from a hair ornament (ca. 1904) by Louis Comfort Tiffany, now in the Museum’s collection.

Member Price: $20.66
Non-Member Price: $22.95

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.

Planned Giving

If you would like to learn more about creating a life income gift to support the future of the Metropolitan Museum while receiving payments for the rest of your life, you may wish to visit our Planned Giving Calculator. You will be able to learn more about the different types of planned gifts and receive an illustration of the income and tax benefits to which you may be entitled if you make such a gift. If you would prefer to speak with someone in person about your options, please call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796.

Met Podcast Episode

In this podcast episode, Keith Christiansen, the Jayne Wrightsman Curator of European Paintings, and Michael Gallagher, the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, discuss their research and conservation of the first known painting by Michelangelo Buonarroti, believed to have been created when he was 12 or 13 years old.

Audio Guides

Members 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 Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul and The New American Wing.

Special Offer
The Audio Guide is available to all Museum Members and visitors for $5 after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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

Recommended same-day admission to the Main Building of the Museum and The Cloisters is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students; free to Members and children under 12 years of age accompanied by an adult. See Admissions to purchase advance admission from TicketWeb.

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