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April 2010


"Victorian Photocollage" Lectures

"Picasso" Member Events

"American Woman" Preview

An Evening with the Director

Member Dining

Children’s Art Classes

As excitement builds for Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, we’re delighted to offer our Members many preview days before this landmark exhibition opens on April 27. Join at the Individual ($95) level or above to skip the lines, avoid the crowds, and appreciate an extraordinary selection of 250 objects by this great artist. While here, enjoy a meal at the Members-only Trustees Dining Room or visit The Met Store and save 20% during Members Double Discount Days, running from April 20 through May 2.

Read on for information about a wonderful array of other upcoming Member programs.

With warm best wishes,

Barbara Dougherty
Managing Chief Membership Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Image: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). At the Lapin Agile, 1905. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1992, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1992.391). © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

"Victorian Photocollage" Lectures

For Members beginning at the Family/Dual level

Membership Lecture—Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage

Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. or Sunday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m.

Sixty years before the embrace of collage techniques by avant-garde artists of the early 20th century, aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. Jordan Bear, a lecturer in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, will discuss the whimsical and fantastical compositions they made with photographs and watercolors.

Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage is on view through May 9, 2010; see the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

Image: Elizabeth Pleydell-Bouverie (English, d. 1889) and Jane Pleydell-Bouverie (English, d. 1903) or Ellen Pleydell-Bouverie (English, 1849–?) and Janet Pleydell-Bouverie (English, 1850–1906). Untitled page from the Bouverie Album, 1872/77. Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film.

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"Picasso" Member Events

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Member previews begin April 20
Opens to the public April 27

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on works by Pablo Picasso in the Metropolitan’s collection. It features the Museum’s complete holdings of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics by the artist—never before seen in their entirety—as well as a selection of his prints. See the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

President’s Circle and Patron Circle Members
Previews Monday, April 19, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., by appointment only

Supporting and Sustaining Members
Previews Tuesday, April 20, through Sunday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

Supporting Members
Reception Tuesday, April 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Sustaining Members
Receptions Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Family/Dual and Individual Members
Previews Wednesday, April 21, though Sunday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

An Audio Guide is available for this exhibition.

Join today to attend these and other exciting Members-only programs.

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Planned Giving: Time to Plan Ahead

With the tax-filing deadline rapidly approaching, it might be time to consider supporting the future of the Metropolitan Museum and creating a stream of payments for yourself or someone you care about with a charitable gift annuity. 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. Payments can also be deferred until a later date, which increases the payments and deduction.

For information on how this might work for you, please call the Planned Giving Program at 212-570-3796 or email us at Learn more at Planned Giving.


"American Woman" Preview

For Supporting, Sustaining, Family/Dual, and Individual Members

Daytime Member’s Preview—American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity
Tuesday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a preview of American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity, the first Costume Institute exhibition drawn from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition will reveal how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. See the online preview for more information, including sponsorship credits.

A related exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (May 7–August 1), will highlight masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

An Audio Guide is available for American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.

Image: Martin Munkacsi (American, born Hungary, 1896–1963). Lucile Brokaw, Piping Rock Beach, Long Island, 1933. © Martin Munkacsi Estate/Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

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A Special Evening with the Director

For President’s Circle, Patron Circle, and Patron Members

A Special Evening with the Director
Discovering History: The Met and the Ancient World
Wednesday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Museum has been involved in archaeological research since the early years of the 20th century. In this lecture, Director Thomas P. Campbell will discuss the excavations, scholarship, and international partnerships that have informed the Museum’s study of antiquity for generations, and which still continue today.

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Member Dining

The Trustees Dining Room invites you to experience "An American in Paris," a four-course tasting menu by Chef de Cuisine Fred Sabo, on Friday and Saturday evenings. Inspired by the chef’s recent travels through Paris, the menu features dishes such as roast suckling pig with morels, fava beans, and prosciutto.

Throughout April, arrive prior to your dinner reservation for a complimentary wine sampling with our sommelier in the foyer of The Trustees Dining Room.

Special Offer for Non-Members
Though The Trustees Dining Room is usually reserved for Members, non-Members who are attending a subscription concert or lecture are invited to dine in this elegant space on the Friday or Saturday evening of ticketed event.

For reservations, please call 212-570-3975.

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Children’s Art Classes

Registration for the summer semester of Children’s Art Classes has begun. These programs allow our youngest guests to draw inspiration from the Met’s unparalleled collection for their own works of art. Usually reserved for Members beginning at the Family/Dual level, the summer semester is open to all.

We are pleased to offer the following classes:

Parent-Child Workshops
Ages three through six

Art Mornings
Ages five through twelve

A Book, Then Look
Ages three through five

Drawing in the Galleries
Ages eight through fourteen

Classes begin in mid-June. For more information, please call 212-650-2819 or email

A Special Voyage for Families
Families are invited on an unforgettable journey through the Waterways of the Tsars (PDF). See the wonders of Moscow on this spectacular trip designed with children in mind.

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Audio Guide Image: Kano Sansetsu (Japanese, 1589–1651). The Old Plum (detail), Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), ca. 1645. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975 (1975.268.48a–d).



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