Making The Met, 1870-2020

“The show must go on”, Queen front man Freddy Mercury sang. “Making the Met 1870–2020” is the signature exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the museum, the. intimate jewel box presentation of over 250 works of art span the illustrious history. The Metropolitan Museum of Art began in 1870 with no building or art but a mission to become the cultural institution in New York.

Feast your eyes on the collection which starts at the beginning with a chronological timeline through each century. The great masters of painting and drawing Degas, Manet, Cezanne, and Van Gogh followed by modern masters Ellsworth Kelley, Max Beckmann and Andy Warhol are illuminated through stories. Wall texts tell the story of pivotal movements as the museum developed into one of the largest and important institutions. Brief behind the scenes stories of the. curators. trustees, benefactors and collectors are fascinating.

As technology evolved photography was added to the museum and the works of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Gary Winograd and digital video from Ann Hamilton. The collections treasures span the millennia of archival antiquities, sculpture, musical instruments and decorative arts acquired from around the world.

The Costume Institute began by Diana Vreeland showcases haute couture from fashion designers Cristobal Balanciega, Yves St. Laurent inspired by Mondrian and a 3D design made from a computer from Dutch designer. Iris Van Herpen.

Championed by visionary curators along the way acquistions of Mary Cassatt, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Georgia O’Keeffe and recently Carmen Herrera to the collection reflect the Museum’s diversity and an environment of equity, inclusion and dialogue. The role of the museum in society requires a journey of transformation that will continue on pass 2020.

The curators Andrea Bayer, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration and Laura D. Corey, Senior Research Associate and the Met staff. have organized a superb time capsule collection. from 5,000 years of art. “Making the Met” was made with the support of Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and Bank of America.

Max Hollein, Director of the Museum, said, “As the signature exhibition for our 150th anniversary, this will be a show like no other at The Met. It is about the development of an idea into one of the largest and most important art institutions in the world, about the rise of New York City as a cultural destination, and about the evolution of a museum’s role in the community. By reflecting on The Met’s history, from 1870 up to the extraordinary developments that have defined the year 2020, the exhibition provides the opportunity to learn from our past and inform our future. Above all, in ways both planned and unanticipated, this anniversary year has highlighted how it is people — artists, staff, and visitors — who truly make The Met, and we look forward to welcoming all to this exhibition.”

The COVID-19. pandemic caused the museum to close for the first time since 1880. The March 20th debut was postponed till the reopening. The staff prepared before reopening with healthcare professionals on the safest protocol to welcome back visitors. Temperature guns, sanitizing stations, social distancing floor markers and helpful staff are utilized for everyone’s safety.

The exhibition “Making the Met” runs till January 3,2021 in the Tisch Galleries at The Met Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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Yvonna Russell

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