November 2009


Give the Gift of Membership

Members Double Discount Days

American Wing Reception and Viewing

Holiday Events

"Watteau" Lectures

Also of Interest

Dear Subscriber,

Finding meaning in a work of art, new or familiar, is one of the great joys of visiting the Metropolitan Museum, and Member events—exhibition previews, exclusive lectures, and evening receptions—provide ample opportunities for discovery. All of our exclusive programs bring Members even closer to the Met’s unparalleled collection and to masterpieces from museums around the world. Throughout the year, Members can participate in these programs and take advantage of the benefit of unlimited, free admission to experience all the joys of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you are looking for a gift that will enrich the lives of those who receive it, consider purchasing a gift Membership for a loved one. You can also treat yourself by joining the Museum today.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Give the Gift of Membership

Share the wonders of The Metropolitan Museum of Art with family, friends, and business associates by giving them the gift of Membership. Your gift will delight throughout the year and provide the Museum with important financial support. There are many levels of Membership, each of which offers unique benefits, including:

•  Free admission to the Metropolitan Museum and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens, our branch in northern Manhattan
•  Access to the Members-only
Trustees Dining Room overlooking Central Park
•  A discount on
Audio Guide programs, which provide insightful commentary on the Museum’s special exhibitions and works of art in the permanent collection
•  A year-round 10% discount at
The Met Store and special double discount opportunities

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Members Double Discount Days and Private Holiday Shopping Event

Members save 20% on purchases at all Met Store retail locations and online from November 10 through November 23*.

Though the Met will be closed to the public on Monday, November 23, gift shops within the Museum will be open exclusively for Members and their guests.

*Please note that the Museum will be closed on Monday, November 16.

Image: Art © Laura Graham.

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American Wing Reception and Viewing

For Donor and Contributing Members, by Invitation Only

Enjoy refreshments as you listen to a jazz trio in The Charles Engelhard Court on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Take part in an evening viewing of the recently renovated second- and third-floor period rooms.

If you’d like to learn more about The Charles Engelhard Court and American Wing period rooms, please visit us online. Browse through images, including behind-the-scenes photographs of the two-year renovation project, a video, podcasts, and more.

Image: Alexandria Ballroom, 1793 (Alexandria, Virginia). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Holiday Events

Ring in the holidays with festive receptions and a gala dinner.

Holiday Reception: Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Viewing of the Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
For Supporting and Sustaining Members
Tuesday, December 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m. or 8:30–10:30 p.m.
Each session will include a light supper and dessert reception, the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and holiday music.

Gala Dinner at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
For Supporting and Sustaining Members
Thursday, December 17, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
This evening program will feature gallery talks about works of art in the Museum’s collection, including the renowned
Unicorn Tapestries, followed by an elegant dinner and dancing in the beautiful Cuxa Cloister.

Image: Card from a Set of Fifty-Two Playing Cards, ca. 1470–1480. South Netherlandish. The Cloisters Collection, 1983 (1983.515.1–.52).

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"Watteau" Lectures

Members beginning at the Family/Dual level may attend these free, exclusive lectures.

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, Professor, Department of Music, Case Western Reserve University

The exhibition Watteau, Music, and Theater closes on November 29. See the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits. Visit our Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History to view a selection of Watteau’s works of art and to read essays about this great early-18th-century French painter.

We are pleased to offer a unique Audio Guide for "Watteau, Music, and Theater" that features music from 18th-century France specially chosen for the exhibition. You may listen to a free preview of the Guide.

The exhibition catalogue is available at The Met Store.

Image: Love in the Italian Theater (L’Amour au théâtre italien) (detail). Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721). Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin (470).

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Also of Interest

Panel Discussion
Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars—Collectors and Collections
Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m.
Focusing on works displayed in the exhibition
Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars, this panel will highlight the role of the collector. Sinéad Kehoe, assistant curator in the Department of Asian Art, will moderate a question-and-answer session with collectors Sylvan Barnet and William Burto.

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915
The Museum has created a special
online feature in conjunction with the exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915. Here you will find images of works on view and additional information about the four sections of the exhibition. Visit the exhibition blog for behind-the-scenes stories, insightful commentary, and interesting facts about these remarkable paintings. See the exhibition preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Tour "American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915" with a host of experts. The exhibition’s Audio Guide includes commentary from artists Kara Walker and Eric Fischl, Museum Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello, historians James McPherson and Joyce Mendelsohn, and many others. For our youngest guests, we will be offering a Story Time Audio Guide and podcast.

Rediscovery of a Masterpiece
Portrait of a Man is an arresting painting that was long thought to be a self-portrait of Velázquez. However, scholarship has not always had a favorable view of the work. In 1979 the Museum attributed it to the workshop of Velázquez; unnecessarily heavy retouching and a thick, discolored varnish obfuscated its qualities, making a proper evaluation impossible.

Michael Gallagher, the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, recently cleaned the picture to reveal a work of astonishing freshness, with all of the hallmarks of Velázquez’s sure touch of the brush. You may see the restored, reattributed Portrait of a Man alongside other paintings by the great European artist in the special exhibition Velázquez Rediscovered, which will open on November 17.

Image: Portrait of a Man, ca. 1630. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.42).

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Free Audio Guide

We are pleased to offer the Audio Guide for Vermeer’s Masterpiece The Milkmaid, closing November 29, as a free MP3 file. Download the MP3 and listen to the Guide on your own portable digital media player as you tour the exhibition.

Members always receive a discount on Audio Guides.

Your gift supports the Museum’s day-to-day operations. Thank you for your generosity.

Travel with the Met

The Magic of Morocco (PDF)
April 9–20, 2010

Appreciate the art, culture, cuisine, and crafts of this sophisticated North African country. Begin with two nights in the capital of Rabat before continuing to imperial Fés. Following three nights in Marrakesh, conclude in Casablanca.
Land rate: $8,650

For a list of upcoming trips or more information, please visit Travel with the Met.

Planned Giving: A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A charitable gift annuity supports the Metropolitan Museum and creates a stream of payments for you or someone you care about. With a gift of $10,000 or more, a charitable gift annuity offers fixed payments for life, a current tax deduction for a portion of the gift, and protection from stock market volatility.
For more information, please call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796 or email You may also visit us online.


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 Admission to purchase advance admission from TicketWeb.

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