Dear friends, Welcome to the 2014–15 season of Met Museum Presents. This is my third season here at the Met, and one of the nice things about having two seasons under my belt is that we’ve been able to establish a “new normal”: a solid track record for dazzling site-specific, gallery-based performances; thought-leaders who place the Met at the center of relevant contemporary issues; and, of course, world-class performers creating unique programs specific to the Met. I’m particularly excited about the unprecedented residence by the Civilians. Theater is about storytelling and meaning-making, and both are vital aspects of the Metropolitan Museum. The Civilians’ documentary approach to theatrical work is uniquely suited to teasing out the narratives that are embedded within the Met’s galleries and collections. This season, we continue our exploration of opera for the 21st century with composer JacobTV, who takes on the news media, and Opera Erratica, which creates a digital opera for the Met’s Vélez Blanco Patio, animating a 16th-century Spanish play. We also delve into the Met’s enviable intellectual and physical treasure trove: fast-paced talks with curators and thought-leaders and innovative performances will illuminate the Met’s unparalleled collections and galleries. This season also offers a plethora of free-withmuseum-admission performances: from Byzantine pop up concerts to the astonishing Indian dance troupe Nrityagram. And don’t forget to bring the kids for $1! Our Bring the Kids program (see page 17) is thriving! With gratitude, Limor Tomer General Manager Concerts & Lectures
Limor Tomer © Stephanie Berger
Artist Residency: The Civilians “They’re excellent guerrilla journalists, getting extraordinary candor from deceptively ordinary interviewees.” —NEW YORK MAGAZINE
The Civilians is a New York–based theater company that creates original work derived from investigations into the world beyond the theater. During the 2014–15 season, the group will explore the Museum and—through the alchemy of stagecraft and songs—create original works of theater inspired by the stories uncovered through its investigation into the objects, ideas, and people that inhabit the Met. This is an unprecedented creative collaboration between a forward-thinking theater company and a global museum.
Let Me Ascertain You
The Way They Live
An evening of songs and stories from The Civilians’ repertoire of topics, this work delves into love, beauty, conflict, and the human condition. Friday, September 12 at 7 pm Saturday, September 13 at 7 pm Tickets start at $25 (includes one cocktail)
A new work, commissioned by Met Museum Presents, The Way They Live is a theatrical treatment of the Met’s American Wing, embracing the immense complexity of what it means to be an American. Friday, May 15 at 7 pm Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm Tickets start at $25 (includes one cocktail)
The Petrie Court Café Unreserved seating
The End and the Beginning A magical romp through dying, death, and the afterlife, this performance is staged in the incomparable Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. Friday, March 6 at 7 pm Tickets start at $25
The Charles Engelhard Court Unreserved seating The Civilians © Sheldon Noland
The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing Unreserved seating
Opera+Music Theater The News (New York Premiere) “[A] multimedia experience that splashes political hot potatoes across the stage yet refuses to be cynical or polemical. It leaves the audience puzzled and delighted at the same time.” — PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE The News is a multimedia reality opera that transforms current events, political rhetoric, and the media into operatic hyper-drama. Crafted from news broadcasts and set to music by the brilliant composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis (JacobTV), the opera receives its New York premiere with Fulcrum Point Ensemble, featuring vocalists Nora Fischer and Loire. Friday, April 17 at 7 pm Saturday, April 18 at 7 pm Tickets start at $50 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
John Zorn’s Sacred Visions “Eerie harmonic layers were built upon the wordless syllables, an austere medieval aesthetic punctuated with colorful contemporary twists...[‘The Holy Visions’] segued from plainchant to more complex polyphony, sounding along the way, sweet, simple and crazed.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES Returning to the Metropolitan Museum after a triumphant daylong concert, the edgy and continually inventive composer and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn creates a performance specifically for the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters. The program features the world premiere of The Remedy of Fortune, composed specifically for The Cloisters; the New York premiere of Pandora’s Box, featuring acclaimed vocalist Tony Arnold with JACK Quartet; and The Holy Visions, performed by Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Abigail Fischer, and Kirsten Sollek. Saturday, May 30 at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm Tickets start at $50 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters
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JacobTV © Mark van Vugt John Zorn © Eileen Travell, The Photograph Studio, MMA The News by Marco Borggreve © Nederlandse Reisopera
Opera+Music Theater Ryoji Ikeda’s Superposition (US Premiere) “Superposition throws the historical work of Galileo, Hooke, Jenny and Chladni through a highly technical modern prism, raising philosophical questions around human existence through our modern understanding of the universe at atomic level—with what feels like a fearful outcome.” —FUTURESEQUENCE A multimedia music, visual, and theater work at the intersection of art and science, Superposition, inspired by the subatomic world, mines the notion that it is not possible to fully describe the behavior of a single particle except in terms of probabilities. The work is an immersive experience, an orchestrated journey through sound, language, physical phenomena, mathematical concepts, human behavior, and randomness, all simultaneously arranged and rearranged in a theatrical arc that obliterates the boundaries between music, visual arts, and performance. Friday, October 17 at 7 pm Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm Tickets start at $35 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This program is presented in collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2014.
The Toy Box Salzburg Marionette Theatre “Debussy may have intended ‘The Toy Box’ for children, but the score is sophisticated.... The puppetry was wonderful, from Pulcinella’s spidery extending arms to the delicacy of the doll’s on-point ballet dance....” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
A masterpiece of magic and whimsy, Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux (“The Toy Box”) is beautifully reimagined by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. The brilliant American pianist Orion Weiss performs Debussy’s score live onstage alongside four puppeteers. Saturday, November 8 at 1 pm and 3 pm (abridged version) Tickets start at $30; children’s tickets start at $20 Saturday, November 8 at 7 pm (full length) Tickets start at $45 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium Photo courtesy Salzburg Marionette Theatre
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La Celestina (US Premiere) Opera Erratica “[Opera Erratica’s] oeuvre is a mystical mash-up of contrasting eras, languages and musical genres, and — surprisingly — it works.” —EYE WEEKLY At the center of one of the great masterpieces of Spanish literature is La Celestina: a witch, a healer, a meddler, a prostitute, and, perhaps, a “conversa.” Published in 1499, the work popularly known as La Celestina catapulted Spanish literature out of the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. Commissioned for the Met’s extraordinary 16th-century Vélez Blanco Patio, La Celestina is now a site-specific video opera that tells the story of a nobleman; his beloved; his dishonest, scheming servants; and the local prostitute/witch. Using a multichannel audio and video installation, Opera Erratica transforms this unique architectural space into an immersive dramatic-musical experience in which the characters each tell their own version of the story, Rashomon-style. Full of ribald jokes, outrageous circumstances, and scathing social criticism, the story takes a very dark turn and ends in unfathomable tragedy. The music combines Spanish villancicos (polyphonic vocal music) with Judeo-Spanish as well as Arabic and Andalusian folk music. Friday, March 20– Sunday, March 29 during Museum hours Free with Museum admission Vélez Blanco Patio
La Celestina rendering courtesy Opera Erratica Background: Superposition © Kazuo Fukunaga, Kyoto Experiment in Kyoto Art Theater, Shunjuza
Il Hebreo Mantovani (The Mantuan Jew)
Profeti della Quinta
“[G]raciously sophisticated yet subtly mischievous...exquisite intonation and refinement” —THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
In the late Renaissance, at the height of Mantua’s artistic splendor, a young Jewish violinist burst through the barriers of discrimination and became one of the most renowned composers and performers at the court of the Gonzaga dukes. And in 1622, this musician revolutionized Jewish music with his Songs of Solomon, the first collection ever of originally-composed music for Hebrew psalms and prayers. Yet very little is known about the personal and creative life of Salomone Rossi Hebreo—Salomone Rossi the Jew. Enter Profeti della Quinta, a young male vocal quintet originally hailing from the Galilee, who has been championing the work of Rossi to great critical acclaim. Saturday, October 25 at 7 pm Tickets start at $50 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Clarion Society Performs Victoria’s Requiem “[A]n inspired interpretation....the choir’s voices blended beautifully, with alluring details of phrasing and dynamics.... The choir sounded radiant...singing with a hushed, intense intimacy that bloomed into a full-blooded, gorgeous sheen.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Praised by The New York Times as “alluring,” “pensive,” “mystical,” and “radiant,” the choir of New York’s first period instrument performance ensemble presents the hauntingly beautiful Requiem of Tomás Luis de Victoria, the most famous composer of 16th-century Spain, presented in the Met’s unmatched Vélez Blanco Patio. Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm Tickets start at $75 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) Vélez Blanco Patio
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CONTACT! “Contact! programs seem like must-hear adventures with provocative, enticing contemporary music.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
The New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Museum join forces once again for a new season of CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s acclaimed new-music series conceived by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The series features world premieres, US premieres, and New York Philharmonic– commissioned works. Saturday, March 7 at 7 pm Alan Gilbert and assistant conductor Courtney Lewis conduct an all-Nordic program including works by Per Nørgård, Đuro Živković, and Kalevi Aho as well as the US premiere of the string orchestra version of Kaija Saariaho’s Terra Memoria. Friday, June 5 at 7 pm Jeffrey Milarsky, one of the leading conductors of contemporary music today, conducts a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura, as well as the US premiere of Misato Mochizuki’s Si blue, si calme. Single tickets start at $25 / Series: $40 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Above: Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee Opposite: Profeti della Quinta © Susanna Drescher Background: Clarion Society © Kim Fox
Attacca Quartet Met Museum Presents is proud to welcome the Attacca Quartet as the 2014–15 Quartet in Residence for a season of inventive and unforgettable performances, including a gallery concert, a dance commission, and a music/video collaboration. Praised by The New York Times as a “fiery young ensemble” that plays “music with fierce dedication,” the group will delight audiences by drawing inspiration and influence from the treasures of the Met’s galleries and collections. “Stunning...a demonstration of a musical maturity far beyond its members’ years...” —THE STRAD
Attacca Plays Haydn Haydn: String Quartet No. 17 in F major, Op. 17, No. 2 Haydn: String Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1 Haydn: String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76, No. 1, “Fifths” Attacca is immersed in an ambitious multi-year performance project called “The 68”: a cycle of all 68 Haydn string quartets. The quartet presents Concert 16 of their ongoing series in the Met’s extraordinary Vélez Blanco Patio. Friday, October 10 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) Vélez Blanco Patio
Quartet for the Festive Time Poulenc: Christmas Carol Selections (arranged by Attacca) Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American” Mozart: String Quartet in G major, K. 387 Attacca celebrates the holidays with a program that features Christmas carols by Francis Poulenc (arranged by Attacca) and quartets by Mozart and Dvořák. Wednesday, December 17 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Obsession Leoš Janáček: Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata” Pärt: Fratres Leoš Janáček: Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” Drawing inspiration from an exhibition that examines Paul Cézanne’s lifelong—some would say obsessive—artistic dialogue with his wife, muse and model, Hortense Fiquet, Attacca mines a similar relationship: that of Czech composer Leoš Janáček and the married woman 37 years his junior, Kamila Stösslová, with whom he exchanged more than 700 letters, and who inspired his quartets. Friday, February 6 at 7 pm Tickets start at $45 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
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John Adams: “Confirmed” Dances John Adams: John’s Book of Alleged Dances Since its inception, Attacca has championed the music of John Adams (“the most vital and eloquent composer in America” —The New York Times) and now joyfully takes up John’s Book of Alleged Dances (1994), composed for the Kronos Quartet. According to Adams, the dances were “alleged” because “the steps for them had yet to be invented.” Attacca has invited the charismatic choreographer and former William Forsythe dancer Francesca Harper to set the dances for this concert. Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm Tickets start at $45 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Seven Words “Seven Words was an ambitious and thoughtful project.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Returning to the Met after a critically acclaimed premiere in 2013, Seven Words is a music-video work that enfolds Haydn’s transformative Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with a compelling and evocative video environment by Ofri Cnaani. For this performance, which takes place during Holy Week, Attacca performs the string quartet arrangement of the piece, and collaborates with Cnaani on its staging and direction. Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm Tickets start at $45 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Opposite: Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906). Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, (detail), 1891. Oil on canvas; 36 1/4 x 28 3/4 in. (92.1 x 73 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.2)
Background: Frances Harper Dance Project (pictured, Eriko Iisaku) © Breton Tyner-Bryant Attacca Quartet © Lisa Marie Mazzucco Video still courtesy Ofri Cnaani
Celtic Christmas Vespers: Apollo’s Fire “These excellent young musicians...bring across their music with an exuberant physicality, like wind through a forest.” —THE BOSTON GLOBE
Known for its “flair and drama” (The Globe and Mail, Toronto), Apollo’s Fire invites audiences to celebrate colorful Celtic artistic traditions. Friday, December 5 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Simone Dinnerstein for the Holidays The acclaimed pianist returns to the Met for a festive holiday performance with a program including Poulenc’s Suite française, Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960. Saturday, December 20 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
A Pocket Nutcracker Delighting children and adults alike, the fivepiece “rebel chamber ensemble” (Winnipeg Free Press) WindSync presents renditions of traditional holiday songs in an interactive and unforgettable performance, including an utterly unique version of The Nutcracker in costume! Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm Tickets start at $30 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Background: Christmas tree with Neapolitan crèche, 18th–19th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.1–.167)
Apollo’s Fire © Val Kozlenko Simone Dinnerstein © Lisa Marie Mazzucco WindSync © Richie Hawley
Byzantine Pop-Ups On select Fridays in December, enhance your visit to the Met with a stop in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, where you can experience a pop-up concert featuring hauntingly beautiful hymns and carols from the Byzantine Empire. Performing antiphonally, the musicians masterfully alternate parts in multiple languages, including Greek, Arabic, Armenian, and Russian. Fridays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm Free with Museum admission
Quartet for the Festive Time Attacca celebrates the holidays with a program that features Christmas carols by Francis Poulenc (arranged by Attacca) and festive quartets by Mozart and Dvořák. See page 10 for full description. Wednesday, December 17 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Medieval Sculpture Hall
Presented in collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation.
El Greco’s Toledo: Capella de Ministrers Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, this remarkable Spanish ensemble presents a unique program using music to journey through the life of the infamous painter. The intimate program includes the most iconic music from his birthplace of Crete as well as his time in Venice and Rome, and concludes with music from the Spanish city of Toledo. Friday, December 12 at 7 pm Saturday, December 13 at 7 pm Tickets start at $70 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) Vélez Blanco Patio
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition El Greco in New York, on view November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015.
Attacca Quartet © Lisa Marie Mazzucco Capella de Ministrers © Ivo Rovira Ana Ponce
Holiday Concerts All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 “[Cantus] can transport audiences to parts of the heart rarely explored...” —ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Hailed by Fanfare as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” Cantus presents the heartwarming true story of a truce held during World War I on Christmas night in 1914, exactly 100 years ago. Using actual quotes and letters from soldiers, Cantus shares one of the greatest displays of true Christmas spirit in a dramatic retelling of this special event. Tuesday, December 23 at 6 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The World Celebrates Christmas in New York Founded in 1937, the American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the world. In this concert, they present Christmas and holiday music from different cultures around the world, including Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Latin America, as well as American carols from Appalachia. Tuesday, December 16 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Little Match Girl Passion “A haunting tale, perfect for Christmas” —The New York Times
Kent Tritle leads the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir in David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Little Match Girl Passion, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s powerful story of a young girl struggling in the face of apathy on New Year’s Eve. The program also features seasonal motets. Wednesday, December 3 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Cantus © Curtis Johnson Background: Christmas tree with Neapolitan crèche, 18th–19th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.1–.167)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: Sejong with Cho-Liang Lin Bringing together talented musicians from all over the world, the conductorless string orchestra Sejong performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin as soloist. Thursday, December 18 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium Follower of Jan Joest of Kalkar (Netherlandish, active ca. 1515). The Adoration of the Christ Child (detail). Oil on wood; Overall 41 x 28 1/4 in. (104.1 x 71.8 cm); painted surface 41 x 27 5/8 in. (104.1 x 70.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 (1982.60.22) Sejong Soloists courtesy of Sejong
Songs of the Season: The Choristers of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
with Malcolm Merriweather, conductor The renowned Choristers make their Met debut with a lively and seasonal program of music by Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, and Robert Sirota. With soloists Melissa Hughes and Nadia Sirota. Friday, December 19 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
In the Galleries
The Grand Tour “Here too, the portraits seemed to stop and listen...joyous.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Hailed by The New York Times as “perhaps the most perfect realization yet of the mission of Met Museum Presents,” The Grand Tour, which sold out both performances last season, returns with music from the British Isles for solo harp in the Met’s English galleries; Dutch songs and dances played on the recorders, shawms, bagpipes, and lute seen in the paintings of Bruegel, Vermeer, and Rembrandt; music from 16thcentury Spain in the El Greco gallery; and, honoring the Met’s 17th-century Italian galleries, music composed for Concerto delle donne, the group of professional female singers who revolutionized the role of women in music during the late Renaissance under Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara. Wednesday, January 21 at 8 pm Thursday, January 22 at 8 pm Tickets start at $125 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) European Paintings Galleries
Drone Mass (World Premiere) Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, instrumental group American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the 2014 Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth join to perform Drone Mass, a new composition inspired by and created for the Met’s magnificent Temple of Dendur. Using texts based on the Coptic Gospel of the Egyptians, this contemporary oratorio fuses the diverse sounds of string quartet, electronics, and vocals to create a memorable experience. Wednesday, March 17 at 7 pm Tickets start at $40 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing Background and above: The Grand Tour © Stephanie Berger Photo courtesy Jóhann Jóhannsson
Bring the Kids Spend the evening with your children, give the babysitter a night off, and introduce your kids to the extraordinary world of live performance. With the Met’s Bring the Kids initiative, one full-price adult ticket allows you to purchase up to three kids tickets for $1 each. Available programs range from classical and contemporary music to opera and multimedia performances. Studies show that early—and repeated—exposure to classical music has a positive effect on children: they’re more likely to seek out live performance, to become passionate about classical music, and to become regular audience members. Bring the Kids can give your children the gift of a lifelong love and appreciation for the performing arts while keeping it affordable for you. And with three kids tickets per adult ticket, they can bring friends! For children ages 7–16.
Bring the Kids Programs Program title is followed by its page number Salif Keita (19) Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives (20) Attacca Plays Haydn (10) Ryoji Ikeda’s Superposition (6) Il Hebreo Mantovani (The Mantuan Jew) (8) Bassekou Kouyate (19) Prague Philharmonic Choir (20) Master of Indian Music (22) The Goldberg Variations (23) Little Match Girl Passion (14) Celtic Christmas Vespers: Apollo’s Fire (12) Capella de Ministrers (13) Christmas in New York (14) Quartet for the Festive Time (10) Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (15) Songs of the Season (15)
All is Calm: The Chirstmas Truce of 1914 (14) Simone Dinnerstein for the Holidays (12) The Grand Tour (16) Ensemble Caprice (20) The Unknown Lincoln-Douglass Debate (29) Attacca: Obsession (10) Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton (21) CONTACT! (9) Drone Mass (16) Looking East from Byzantium (21) John Adams: “Confirmed” Dances (11) Victoria’s Requiem (8) Seven Words (11) JacobTV: The News (4) John Zorn’s Sacred Visions (4)
Photo © Stephanie Berger
Masters at the Met Cécile McLorin at the Met “Ms. Salvant has it all: perfect pitch and enunciation, a playful sense of humor, a rich and varied tonal palette, a supple sense of swing, exquisite taste in songs and phrasing, and a deep connection to lyrics.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
One of the most celebrated young jazz vocalists, Cécile McLorin Salvant is the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocals Competition. She performs some of her most dynamic and theatrical songs on this unforgettable evening. Friday, October 24 at 7 pm Tickets start at $50 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
A Valentine from Rosanne Cash Following her sold-out performance in 2014, singersongwriter Rosanne Cash returns to the Met with a special program for Valentine’s Day.* Saturday, February 14 at 7 pm Tickets start at $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Judy Collins: A Birthday Celebration One of folk music’s most beloved icons, Judy Collins celebrates her 75th birthday at the Met. Friday, May 1 at 7 pm Tickets start at $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
*Wine & Dine on Valentine’s Day Ticket holders are invited to the Members Dining Room to enjoy a two-course Perfect Pairs Dinner featuring classic food and wine pairings for $75 per person. Wine flights may be added for $38 per person. The Members Dining Room has pre- and post-concert dinner seatings available. Reservations are suggested; please call 212-570-3975.
Cécile McLorin Salvant © John Abbott Rosanne Cash © Rebecca Greenfield Judy Collins © Kat Villacorta
Mali Now A look at contemporary Malian music, culture, and politics Salif Keita “[Salif Keita is the] Golden Voice of Africa” —THE GUARDIAN
Salif Keita, longtime ambassador of Malian music, performs a rare acoustic set featuring a small ensemble of master Malian musicians performing on traditional instruments. Friday, September 19 at 7 pm Tickets start at $50 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Contemporary Mali with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In this three-part series, Dr. Gates explores the issues and history of contemporary Mali, and what the future holds for the cultural, architectural, and intellectual treasures of West Africa. See page 28 for full description. 3 Thursdays at 6 pm: September 18, and October 9 and 23 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Bassekou Kouyate “Through technique, technology and open ears, Mr. Kouyate hurls the ngoni into the 21st century.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
One of Africa’s greatest instrumentalists, Bassekou Kouyate is joined by his band Ngoni Ba for an acoustic program that reveals the softer sounds of Malian music. Bassekou is a virtuoso picker and is renowned for his mastery of the ngoni, an ancient traditional “spike lute” and an ancestor of the banjo. Thursday, October 30 at 7 pm Tickets start at $35 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Salif Keita © Richard Dumas Henry Louis Gates, Jr. © Jeffrey Dunn Bassekou Kouyate photo courtesy of World Music Institute
Background: Wrapper (Bogolanfini), 20th century. Mali, Bamana peoples. Cotton; width 43 1/2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John B. Elliott through the Mercer Trust, 2000 (2000.160.60)
Exhibitions Amplified Erotic Gold These programs are in conjunction with the exhibition Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague, on view November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015.
Prague Philharmonic Choir Hailing from the artistic hotbed of Prague, this ensemble gives a rare New York performance that captures Bartholomeus Spranger’s zeitgeist in a colorful program of secular and religious music, from the artist’s native home in the Netherlands, to Paris, Rome, Vienna, and, finally, the court of Rudolf II in Prague. Saturday, November 1 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Ensemble Caprice: Turning Music into Gold “[A]n immensely thoughtful and progressive force on the musical scene.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
In this dazzling concert on period instruments, the acclaimed Ensemble Caprice spotlights the rich and fascinating culture of the court of Rudolf II in Prague— the most interesting European city of its time—where scientists, artists, musicians, and alchemists mixed and mingled to outrageous and resplendent results. Thursday, January 29 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Ensemble Caprice © Tobias Haynes Background: Prague Philharmonic Choir © Petra Hajska
Bartholomeus Spranger (Netherlandish, 1546-1611). Jupiter and Antiope, ca. 1596. Oil on canvas, 47 1/4 × 35 1/16 in. (120 × 89 cm). © Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton
with Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band
In 1930, Thomas Hart Benton was commissioned to create a mural for the boardroom of The New School on West 12th Street in New York. His ten-panel work, America Today, offers a moving narrative of early twentieth-century America—and inspires this evening of dance music from Harlem’s heyday. Jazz pianist Orrin Evans leads his Captain Black Big Band in a sizzling rendition of Harlem’s golden musical age. Friday, February 20 at 7 pm Tickets start at $35 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered, on view September 30, 2014– April 19, 2015.
Looking East from Byzantium Celebrating the Metropolitan Museum’s recent acquisition of four Byzantine icons, this performance traces the trajectory of music east from Byzantium. It also demonstrates the interconnectedness between Byzantine and Islamic chant and improvisation traditions through the remarkable playing of Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and master chanter Eleftherios Eleftheriadis. Saturday, March 14 at 7 pm Tickets start at $40 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Presented in collaboration with the Axion Estin Foundation. Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), City Activities with Dance Hall from America Today, (detail), 1930-31. Mural cycle consisting of ten panels. Egg tempera with oil glazing over Permalba on a gesso ground on linen mounted to wood panels with a honeycomb interior; Dimensions: (b) 92 x 134 1/2 in. (233.7 x 341.6 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012 (2012.478a-j2012) Icon from a Pair of Doors (Panels, possibly part of a Polyptych: Saint Nicholas), early 15th century. Byzantine. Tempera and gold on wood; overall 10 13/16 × 7 3/8 × 5/16 in. (27.4 × 18.8 × 0.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mary and Michael Jaharis Gift, 2013 (2013.980d)
Exhibitions Amplified Masters of India These programs are in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al‑Thani Collection, on view October 28, 2014–January 25, 2015.
Masters of Indian Dance: Nrityagram With its sculptural forms, sinuous movements, and emotional intensity, Odissi—one of the oldest dance traditions in the world—speaks of love and union with the divine. Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, the principal dancers of India’s world-renowned Nrityagram dance troupe, transport viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality with their grace and power. This performance is the New York debut of Samyoga (“conjunction of two heavenly bodies”), a program of solos and duets set to an original live score composed by Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi. Saturday, January 10 at 5 pm and 7 pm Free with Museum admission The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Master of Indian Music: Kaushiki Chakrabarty “[T]he next big thing in Hindustani classical music” —TEHELKA MAGAZINE
In a rare New York appearance, virtuosic Indian vocalist Kaushiki Chakrabarty brings her extraordinary displays of South and North Indian vocal traditions. Her gorgeously lyrical sounds have won international praise and recognition “among the front-ranking new-generation vocalists, with her impeccable technique and musicality” (The Hindi). Friday, November 14 at 7 pm Tickets start at $40 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Nrityagram © Rupert Lorhaldar Kaushiki Chakrabarty © Kaushiki Arts Pvt Ltd Background: Nrityagram © Nan Melville
Celebrating Musical Instruments at the Met These programs are in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Musical Instruments.
Cory Arcangel and d’Eon in Concert Canadian keyboardist and composer Chris d’Eon performs Cory Arcangel’s Dances For The Electric Piano, as well as his own suite of his compositions inspired by Baroque dance suites. Based on house and techno riffs that were prevalent in the ’80s and ’90s, Dances For The Electric Piano are written for the iconic Korg M1 synthesizer, one of the 20th century’s most influential original instruments. Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm Tickets start at $25 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Goldberg Variations: The Double Manual Experience Christopher Taylor When J. S. Bach wrote The Goldberg Variations, he specified that they were to be played on an instrument with two manuals, or keyboards. The Metropolitan Museum’s Musical Instruments collection is home to one of only 60 double manual pianos ever made. The brilliant Christopher Taylor has actively promoted the rediscovery of this unique instrument, and performs Bach’s most ambitious work in its entirety, on a 1940 Bösendorfer double manual—as Bach had intended. Friday, November 21 at 7 pm Tickets start at $50 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives with special guests Steve Miller and Laurence Juber
Country/bluegrass legend Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives join rock legend Steve Miller, and two-time Grammy Award-winning guitar virtuoso Laurence Juber of Paul McCartney and Wings fame. This performance explores country, rock, blues, jazz and instrumental fingerstyle guitar. Monday, October 6 at 7 pm Tickets start at $65 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin, on view through December 7, 2014. Chris d’Eon © Alexander Gitman Christopher Taylor © Katrin Talbot Marty Stuart © Anthony Scarlati
Daytime Lectures Gods and Goddesses Kurt Behrendt, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, MMA The multifaceted deities of the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religious faiths are at the foundation of one of the world’s great sculptural traditions. Images created in stone and bronze gave lasting form to a vast pantheon of deities, and were the focus of devotion across the Indian subcontinent since at least the third century B.C. This three‑part lecture series addresses the historic and religious history of South Asia, focusing on the great periods of artistic production. September 16 The Early Buddhist Imagery of South Asia September 23 Hindu Gods and Goddesses September 30 Jainism and Tantra 3 Tuesdays at 11 am: September 16, 23, and 30 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Rule, Britannia! British Painting from Hogarth to the Pre-Raphaelites Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator, MMA This series charts the development of British painting from William Hogarth’s scenes of mid-18th-century London to the medievalizing tendencies of the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers during the Victorian era. March 18 Hogarth à la Mode and the Taste for English Art March 25 Reynolds/Gainsborough: Portrait of a Rivalry April 1 Americans in London: History in the Making April 8 John Constable and the Rise of the English Landscape April 15 J.M.W. Turner April 22 Past Perfect: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 6 Wednesdays at 11 am: March 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, and 22 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $162 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Stories in Silver: Uncovering the Narrative in the Objects Beth Carver Wees, Curator of American Decorative Arts, MMA This two-part series explores some of the Metropolitan Museum’s most treasured 17thand 18th-century American silver, highlighting the narratives these objects tell about people, places, and social customs. Deeply personal and human, this singular art form was and remains the ideal choice for honoring personal, civic, and professional accomplishments. The objects’ individual stories simply await our investigation. 2 Mondays at 11 am: October 20 and 27 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $50 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Dancing Celestial Deity (Devata) (detail), early 12th century. India (Uttar Pradesh). Sandstone; H. 33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving (L.1993.88.2)
Life & Times Rebecca Rabinow, Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Modern Art, Curator in Charge of the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, MMA Each lecture in this ongoing series sheds special light on a different aspect of the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection, one of the foremost collections of Cubist art in the world. December 2: Cubist Confetti Confetti—those insidious little paper circles and squares—was ardently embraced in early 20th-century Paris, and figured in the Cubists’ visual vocabulary. Both Picasso and Braque were fully capable of understanding confetti showers as a phenomenon of optical mixing within three-dimensional space. This talk considers the Cubists’ colorful stippling during the prewar years as a sophisticated means of introducing formal qualities of texture and light into their art, while referencing popular culture and artistic movements such as Pointillism. December 9: Games Cubists Play In the early 1910s, both art lovers and critics repeatedly voiced concern that Cubism was a hoax, that the public was being gamed. There is no denying that Cubism, while serious art, has a playful side; puns, inside jokes, and games such as chess, cards, and dice were all enthusiastically welcomed as subject matter. This talk explores the stylistic shifts and slights of hand that are often found in prewar Cubist art. 2 Tuesdays at 11 am: December 2 and 9 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $50 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
These programs are in conjunction with the exhibition Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, on view October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015.
Above: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Student Reading a Newspaper (L’étudiant au journal), Winter 1913-14. Oil and sand on canvas; 28 3/4 × 23 1/2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust © 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Background: The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium © Anja Hitzenberger
Opposite: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), Oleanders, 1888. Oil on canvas; 23 3/4 x 29 in. (60.3 x 73.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, 1962 (62.24) John Singer Sargent, (American, 1856–1925), The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907. Oil on canvas; 28 1/8 x 22 1/4 in. (71.4 x 56.5 cm). Friends of American Art Collection, 1914.57, Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago
Van Gogh in Bloom Remco van Vliet, third generation Dutch Master Florist The Met’s Great Hall floral designer Remco van Vliet re-creates iconic Van Gogh scenes in a stunning demonstration. Wednesday, May 13 at 2:30 pm Tickets start at $30 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This demonstration is in conjunction with the exhibition Van Gogh: Roses and Irises—Reunited, on view May 11– August 6, 2015.
The Clark Brothers of Cooperstown Marlene Strauss, art historian Brothers Sterling and Stephen Clark, heirs to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, grew up in Cooperstown, New York. They amassed two of the most important collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern painting. While both brothers shared a love of great art, their individual preferences and collecting habits varied a great deal. The siblings, close in their young years, quarreled over the disposition of their inheritance—and their relationship was severed forever. Each of the brothers, however, would go on to build a great, individual art collection. Wednesday, October 8 at 2:30 pm Tickets start at $40 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Sargent’s Circle of Friends Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, The American Wing, MMA Stephanie L. Herdrich, Research Associate, The American Wing, MMA Throughout his career, John Singer Sargent created portraits of the most influential artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians of the era, many of whom were close friends. Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies, these portraits—often highly charged, intimate, witty, idiosyncratic, and experimental—are also records of relationships, influences, aspirations, and allegiances. These lectures explore the underlying friendships between Sargent and his artistic sitters, and consider their significance for his life and art. May 27 Actors and Artists June 10 Performers and Patrons 2 Wednesdays at 11 am Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $50 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends on view June 30, 2015–October 4, 2015. metmuseum.org/tickets
Evening Talks A Conversation on Willem de Kooning Judith Zilczer, author and curator emerita, Hirshorn Museum Marla Prather, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, MMA George Condo, visual artist Judith Zilczer is joined by Met curator Marla Prather and artist George Condo to discuss the lasting influence and inspiration of Willem de Kooning, one of the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. Wednesday, September 17 at 6 pm Tickets start at $30 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Contemporary Mali with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In 1999, on his PBS series Wonders of the African World, Dr. Gates brought for the first time to wide attention the Timbuktu manuscripts, a priceless trove of documents covering a wide range of human endeavor, including the teachings of Islam, law, medicine, mathematics, and astronomy. In the ensuing 15 years, these manuscripts have been imperiled by Mali’s civil upheaval. In this series, Dr. Gates explores contemporary Mali, and what the future holds for the cultural, architectural, and intellectual treasures of West Africa. September 18 Timbuktu Past and Present: Dr. Gates in conversation with Jon Lee Anderson October 9 Music, Culture and Conflict: Dr. Gates in conversation with writer and filmmaker Manthia Diawara. October 23 Defining Mali through Women’s Voices: Dr. Gates in conversation with Ousseina Alidou and others 3 Thursdays at 6 pm: September 18; October 9 and 23 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Willem de Kooning (American, born The Netherlands 1904–1997), Woman, 1950. Oil, cut and pasted paper on cardboard; 14 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (37.5 x 29.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. From the Collection of Thomas B. Hess, Gift of the heirs of Thomas B. Hess, 1984 (1984.613.6) © 2014 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Malick Sidibé (Malian, born 1936), Vues de Dos, 2001. Gelatin silver print, paint, glass, tape, cardboard, string; Overall: 8 3/8 x 6 in. (21.3 x 15.2 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, James J. Ross Gift, 2003 (2003.123).
Masterworks at the Met: Mannerism’s Perverse Beauty Jerrilynn Dodds, Dean, Sarah Lawrence College Mannerism transformed late Renaissance art with a new energy and a sense of the unexpected: jarring, dramatic transformations that could range from an exquisite, exaggerated elegance to dramatic scenarios, which some contemporaries called “terribilità” in painting. This series explores Mannerism in Italy; featured in the discussions are masterworks from the Metropolitan’s extraordinary collections, including 16th-century work by Michelangelo, Bronzino and Tintoretto. 3 Wednesdays at 6 pm: October 29; November 5 and 12 Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Orientalism and New York Barry Lewis, architectural historian In the 19th century, Europeans and Americans saw the Middle East as a veritable Shangri-La where they could find refreshingly different cultural ideals. This was the beginning of “Orientalism,” a century-long infatuation with everything Middle Eastern. In terms of architecture, the new vogue provided Westerners a way to free themselves from rigid, established formulas. Middle East–inspired designs opened up cluttered interiors and created a new “metallic style” to better suit emerging iron and glass structures. Perusing the New York area, this talk uncovers a fine collection of buildings with roots in Oriental design. Tuesday, September 30 at 6 pm Tickets start at $40 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Background: New York City Center
The Unknown “Lincoln-Douglass” Debate Harold Holzer, historian Featuring Norm Lewis Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass never publicly debated. But using words from their correspondence and commentary, illustrated by period images, historian Harold Holzer brings the two great figures face-to-face. Featuring Tony Award-Nominated actor and singer Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera, ABC’s Scandal) Friday, February 13 at 6 pm Tickets start at $40 BRING THE KIDS FOR $1 (SEE PAGE 17) The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475–1564), Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small Sketch for a Seated Figure (verso) (detail), ca. 1510-1511. Red chalk, with small accents of white chalk on the left shoulder of the figure in the main study (recto); soft black chalk, or less probably charcoal (verso); sheet: 11 3/8 x 8 7/16 in. (28.9 x 21.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924 (24.197.2)
Evening Talks The Atelier with Alina Cho Alina Cho, fashion journalist and editor-at-large, Ballantine Bantam Dell Alina Cho discusses the fashion industry—at the intersection of art and ideas—with icons Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace. Wednesday, October 22 at 6 pm Alina Cho and Anna Wintour Thursday, April 30 at 6 pm Alina Cho and Donatella Versace Tickets start at $45 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
El Greco at the Met Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman, European Paintings, MMA Walter Liedtke, Curator, European Paintings, MMA In celebration of the Met’s unprecedented display of El Greco’s works and in honor of the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death, please join us for three fascinating discussions on the life and paintings of El Greco. November 13 and 20: El Greco: Spirit and Paradox Keith Christiansen This two-part lecture explores the notion of El Greco as a precursor to Modernism, the artist’s failed attempt at success in Italy, and the anachronistically sublime painter he became in Spain. December 4: El Greco and the Met Walter Liedtke The Metropolitan Museum’s European paintings collection is rich in works by El Greco, ranging from the artist’s early years in Venice to his last projects in Toledo. This lecture considers all of the Museum’s El Grecos, including famous works such as View of Toledo and The Vision of St. John, with particular attention to new research. 3 Thursdays at 6 pm: November 13, 20; December 4 Tickets start at $30 / Series: $75 The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
These programs are in conjunction with the exhibition El Greco in New York, on view November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015.
Anna Wintour © Timothy Greenfield Sanders El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, 1540/41–1614). View of Toledo. Oil on canvas; 47 3/4 x 42 3/4 in. (121.3 x 108.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.6) Background: Miya Ando, Gold Kimono, 2013, hand-dyed anodized aluminum, 22 karat gold leaf, 52 x 40 inches. Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
SPARK: A Conversation Series This fast-paced cabaret-style series explores vital cultural issues through the lens of the Met. Each program gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising, and engaging conversation. SPARK is hosted by Julie Burstein, author and Peabody Award–winning creator of public radio’s Studio 360. Single tickets start at $30 / Series: $50
Ideas That Spread, Art That Monetizes Elizabeth A. H. Cleland, Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, MMA Seth Godin, bestselling author The glamorous tapestries of Flemish artist Pieter Coecke van Aelst were sought by the most discerning rulers in 16th-century Europe, from Henry VIII to the Hapsburgs and Medicis. As his ideas spread throughout his world through paintings and books, his creations became hot commodities. In this SPARK conversation, Julie Burstein talks with Seth Godin and Met curator Elizabeth A. H. Cleland about what it takes to be an artist and entrepreneur, in both the 16th and 21st centuries. Monday, December 1 at 6 pm The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, on view October 7, 2014–January 11, 2015.
Dressed to Kill
Arms and Armor from Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones Michele Clapton, costume designer for Game of Thrones Miya Ando, artist Pierre Terjanian, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge, Arms and Armor, MMA Over the centuries, people have tried to protect their all-too-vulnerable flesh in flashy carapaces of metal and wood. In this wide-ranging conversation about arms and armor, Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton reveals the pleasures and challenges of reimagining armor for the Starks and Lannisters; artist Miya Ando describes the influence of her sword-making ancestors on her 21st-century stainless steel kimono; and Met curator Pierre Terjanian offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Museum’s popular Arms and Armor galleries. Tuesday, December 2 at 6 pm The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Jan (Johannes) Wierix (Netherlandish, 1549–1615). Pieter Coecke van Aelst. Publisher: Theodoor Galle (Netherlandish, 1571–1633). Engraving; Plate: 8 1/8 × 4 3/4 in. (20.6 × 12 cm) Sheet: 12 3/8 × 7 7/8 in. (31.5 × 20 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. A. Hyatt Mayor Purchase Fund, Marjorie Phelps Starr Bequest, 1983 (1983.1115.5) Bronze helmet of Corinthian type, ca. 600–575 B.C. Greek. Archaic. Bronze; overall: 8 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (22.6 x 18.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Dodge Fund, 1955 (55.11.10)
Support for Leadership support for Met Museum Presents provided by: Adrienne Arsht Brodsky Family Foundation Isabel C. Iverson and Walter T. Iverson Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund Stavros Niarchos Foundation Mrs. Donald Oenslager Fund Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund The Giorgio S. Sacerdote Fund Estate of Kathryn Walter Stein Xerox Foundation Dirk and Natasha Ziff
Additional major supporters: Chester Dale Fund Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Friends of Concerts & Lectures The Arthur Gillender Fund The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation The Kaplen Foundation Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc. New York State Council on the Arts Samuel White Patterson Lecture Fund Ann G. Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Anonymous (2) Gifts of $10,000 and above, as of April 20, 2014
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin on view January 14–December 7, 2014 The exhibition is made possible by The Martin Guitar Company.
Madame Cézanne on view November 18, 2014–March 15, 2015 The exhibition is made possible by The Florence Gould Foundation.
Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered on view September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015 The exhibition is made possible by AXA.
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al‑Thani Collection on view October 28, 2014–January 25, 2015 The exhibition is made possible by Cartier.
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