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With so many upcoming Member events this fall—previews, receptions, lectures, and much more—the Museum will surely inspire and impress. We hope you will have the opportunity to explore three special exhibitions, Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid; Watteau, Music, and Theater; and American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915, as you enjoy the accompanying Audio Guide tours. In the months ahead, exclusive lectures for Members—given by visiting scholars and experts from the Met—illuminate exhibitions, acquisitions, and gallery transformations at the Museum.

We’re delighted to announce the new season of Concerts & Lectures at the Met. Weekend programming has been expanded so there are more opportunities for you to attend concerts, lectures, and films.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In This Issue

"Vermeer" Previews and

"Watteau" Viewing
    and Reception

"American Stories" Previews
    and Receptions

Members-Only Lectures

For Young Members

Elegant Dining

"Vermeer" Previews and Receptions

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 Johannes Vermeer, to the Met. 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.

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

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level are invited to a lecture about the exhibition on November 7. See the "Members-Only Lectures" section below for details.

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

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"Watteau" Viewing and Reception

Watteau, Music, and Theater
Opens to the public September 22

The exhibition will demonstrate the place of music and theater in Watteau’s art, exploring the tension between an imagery of power, associated with the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and a more optimistic and mildly subversive imagery of pleasure, developed in opera-ballet and theater in the first years of the 18th century. For more information, including sponsorship credits, see the exhibition preview.

Evening Viewing and Reception
For President’s Circle, Patron Circle, and Patron Members
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

You may also be interested in a Sunday at the Met program that will be held in conjunction with "Watteau, Music, and Theater" on October 25.

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level are invited to lectures about the exhibition on November 14 and 15. See the "Members-Only Lectures" section below for details.

Image: The Surprise (La Surprise). Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721). Oil on wood; 14 x 13 1/2 in. (35.6 x 34.3 cm). Private collection.

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"American Stories" Previews and Receptions

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915
Opens to the public October 12

This loan exhibition of more than 100 masterpieces of American painting explores a major mode of artistic expression from the pre-Revolutionary era to the beginning of World War I: figural scenes of ordinary people engaged in life’s tasks and pleasures. Throughout, attention is directed to the stories that the artists tell, the means by which they tell them, and how they have been read by contemporaneous and modern observers. For more information, including sponsorship credits, see the exhibition preview.

For Supporting and Sustaining Members
Tuesday, October 6, through Sunday, October 11, during regular Museum hours

For Family/Dual and Individual Members
Wednesday, October 7, through Sunday, October 11, during regular Museum hours

Evening Viewings and Receptions
For Supporting Members
Thursday, October 8, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

For Sustaining Members
Tuesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 15, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level are invited to lectures about the exhibition on October 10 and 11. See the "Members-Only Lectures" section below for details.

Image: Interior View of The Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street (detail), 1881. Frank Waller, (American, 1842–1923). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, 1895 (95.29).

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Members-Only Lectures

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level can attend these exclusive, free lectures. Just show your Membership card at the door—registration is not required.

"Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom"
Saturday, September 26, 11:00 a.m.
Anne Strauss, Associate Curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art

Strauss will discuss Roxy Paine’s site-specific Maelstrom, a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless steel sculpture on The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.

"American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915"
Saturday, October 10, 11:00 a.m., and Sunday, October 11, 1:00 p.m.
Katie Lynn Steiner, Research Assistant, Department of American Paintings and Sculpture
Stephanie L. Herdrich, Independent Scholar

This lecture addresses the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915. To learn more about the exhibition and other related Members-only events, see the above section.

"What Makes a Vermeer a Vermeer? Searching for Clues in the Conservation Laboratory"
Saturday, November 7, 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Arthur Wheelock, Curator, National Gallery of Art

Vermeer’s paintings have a visual power that draws the viewer into a world that seems both momentary and lasting. This talk, held in conjunction with Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid, examines the way in which Vermeer carefully manipulated the effects of light, color, and perspective to enhance the physical and emotional content of his paintings. For more information about the exhibition and other Members-only related events, see the above section.

"Watteau, Music, and Theater"
Saturday, November 14, 11:00 a.m., Katharine Baetjer, Curator, European Paintings
Sunday, November 15, 1:00 p.m., Georgia Cowart, Guest Curator

On Saturday, Katharine Baetjer will shed light on the process of creating a major loan exhibition such as this. On Sunday, Dr. Cowart will discuss the extent to which an imagery of pleasure—inspired by opera-ballet and theater—is juxtaposed against the imagery of power associated with the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. To learn more about the exhibition and other related Members-only events, see the above section.

"New Acquisitions and Gallery Renovations in Medieval Art and The Cloisters"
Saturday, January 9, 11:00 a.m., and Sunday, January 10, 1:00 p.m.
Peter Barnet, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

In November 2008, the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art and the Medieval Europe Gallery reopened to the public. The Cloisters, the branch of the Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, has been undergoing renovation for several years. Mr. Barnet will discuss these projects and a number of recent medieval acquisitions.

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For Young Members

Young Members Party
This summer’s Young Members Party was a smash and we have the photos to prove it. If you’d like to upload your own photos of the Young Members Party to the Museum’s Flickr Group Pool, first join the Group and submit your pictures using the tag "ymp_2009."

Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans
Opens September 22
This exhibition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank’s influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56.

Join us for free films directed by Robert Frank on Tuesday, September 29, and Thursday, October 1.

In addition, we’ll be hosting a related Sunday at the Met program on October 4. Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator in the Department of Photographs and organizer of the exhibition, introduces the event and moderates a panel discussion on "Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac, and Avant-garde Visual Culture of the Late 1950s." Following the discussion is a screening of the award-winning biographical film Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (2005).

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Elegant Dining

Join us at The Trustees Dining Room in September as we pay tribute to the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam. To commemorate this journey, we’ve created menus based on the delectable bounty of the Hudson River Valley. Chef Fred Sabo uses late summer harvest vegetables grown here in our own "backyard," as well as local cheeses—including many organic varieties. Support local farmers and explore remarkable foods as you dine in an elegant setting at the Museum.

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Met Holiday Monday: Columbus Day

The Main Building of the Metropolitan Museum—select galleries, public restaurants, and shops—will be open on Monday, October 12, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Family programs will be held throughout the day. See the online calendar to plan your visit.

Upcoming Holiday Events

Save the date for these Members-only holiday events. For more information, please call 212-570-3887.

Holiday Reception: Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Viewing of the Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
Tuesday, December 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m. and 8:30–10:30 p.m.
For Supporting and Sustaining Members. Includes a light supper and dessert reception, Christmas-tree lighting ceremony, and holiday music. Tickets are $200.

Gala Dinner at The Cloisters

Thursday, December 17, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
Supporting and Sustaining Members can enjoy a black-tie dinner, dancing, and gallery talks at The Cloisters. Tickets are $400.

Travel with the Met

Russian Winter Arts (PDF)

December 26, 2009–January 5, 2010

Discover the artistic treasures of Russia in Moscow and St. Petersburg during its enchanting winter season. In Moscow, visit the Pushkin Museum and the Kremlin. See the Hermitage and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Welcome the New Year at a gala ball in Catherine’s Palace.
Land rate: $9,950

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

Introducing the Museum’s New Online Store

The Met Store online is now even easier to navigate and offers an enhanced shopping experience where you will be able to create an account, view your order history, and update your communication preferences, among other features. Please note that in order to receive your Member discount, you must register and sign in. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to create an account and attach your Member number today.

The Met Store’s Featured Item

Tiffany Favrile Peacock Scarf

Our elegant scarf is based on a Favrile glass vase made in 1900 and now in the Museum’s collection.

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.

Treat Yourself

Many people will celebrate the last days of summer by taking a trip to the beach, perhaps buying an ice cream while on the boardwalk or enjoying a hamburger near the ocean. Give your finances a treat by considering a charitable gift annuity with the Metropolitan Museum. With payout rates ranging from 5.3 to 9.5%, depending on your age, it may be the best gift you could give yourself or a loved one.

For more information, visit us online or contact the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796.

Met Podcast Episode

For this podcast episode, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad, speaks about the rich culture and history of Afghanistan at the inauguration of the exhibition "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul."

Free Audio Guide

The Museum is pleased to offer the Audio Guide for Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid as a free MP3 file. Download the MP3 and listen to the tour on your own portable digital media player when you see the exhibition.

Members receive a discount on Audio Guides, which provide insightful commentary about works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection and select special exhibitions. For more information, including rental rates, visit our Audio Guide page.

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