Met News: December 2018

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December at The Met
Holidays at The Met
Make The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its three locations—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Cloisters, and The Met Breuer—a part of your holiday traditions. Join us for jubilant performances and festive displays, the warmth of our galleries, holiday shopping, and more. It’s a soul-stirring season that shouldn’t be missed.
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Inside The Met
Honoring a Legacy: The Conservation of Margareta Haverman’s A Vase of Flowers
Go behind the scenes and learn more about the recent treatment of a rare Margareta Haverman work in The Met collection now on view in the exhibition In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met.
Lions and Flowers and Hanukkah Candles, Oh My! A Silver Menorah Visits The Met
Celebrate the holiday season at The Met with a visit to a spectacular silver Hanukkah lamp.
Celebrating the Holidays at The Met: Five Things to Know
To mark the holidays, The Met has installed its annual Christmas tree and other festive presentations at the Museum. Here are five facts about the decorations to prepare you for your visit.
YoungArts at The Met: Activating The Met’s 1993 D’Aquisto Guitar
YoungArts Gold Award Winner Gabe Schnider recounts his recent experience playing The Met’s 1993 D’Aquisto Guitar.
Raise the Roof! Work Begins on the European Paintings Skylights
Curator Keith Christiansen gives readers an update on the European Paintings Skylights Project and offers behind-the-scenes photos of the galleries under construction.
Masterworks Across Time and Place: Native American Art and a Delacroix Drawing on MetCollects
Read about the latest episodes of MetCollects, a monthly online feature that highlights works of art new to the Museum’s collection through the fresh eyes of photographers and the enthusiastic voices of leading scholars and artists.
Girault de Prangey’s Multiple-Exposure Daguerreotypes
Watch a video demonstrating Girault de Prangey’s innovative multiple exposure daguerreotype technique.
Rediscovered Images Provide New Insights in Arms and Armor
Thirteen albums rediscovered in The Met collection contain rare images of arms and armor, but first they had to be restored.
Exhibition Highlights
Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera
Opening December 17, 2018
The Met Fifth Avenue
Member Preview Days December 12–16
Julio Le Parc 1959
Julio Le Parc 1959
Through February 24, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
Through January 6, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy
Through January 6, 2019
The Met Breuer
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche
Through January 6, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art
Through January 6, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
Through January 13, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
Jewelry: The Body Transformed
Through February 24, 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue
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EmptyMet: Holidays
Wednesday, December 26 and Sunday, December 30, 8:30–10 am
The Met Fifth Avenue

Escape the holiday crowds to enjoy New York’s favorite art museum before public hours. Each ticket also includes access to The Met Store and The Petrie Court Café, and your choice of one of three best-selling posters ($30 value).

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Events and Programs
Handel and Lang
Saturday, December 15, 7 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street—”blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times, London)— returns to The Met with a stunning double bill.

Tickets starting at $65; includes same-day Museum admission.
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Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration
Sunday, December 6, 2 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue

Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists, led by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell.

Tickets starting at $65; includes same-day Museum admission.
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ASEFA: Delacroix’s Moroccan Nights: Judeo-Islamic Soundscapes from City to Village
Friday, December 21, 5 pm
Saturday, December 22, 5 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue

Samuel Torjman Thomas brings to life Delacroix’s paintings in a two-part journey through Moroccan musical cultures. Friday evening highlights sounds of city life, while Saturday highlights sounds of village life.

Free with Museum admission.
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Holiday Caroling by the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School Vocal Ensemble
Wednesday, December 19
The Met Cloisters and The Met Fifth Avenue

The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School’s Vocal Ensemble performs a cappella versions of holiday songs sacred and secular.

Free with Museum admission.
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January 6: Sunday at The Met—Jewelry: The Body Transformed
2 pm; Free with Museum admission.
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January 19: In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day
10:30 am; Free with Museum admission, advance registration is required.
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Dining at The Met
Winter in Amsterdam
Visitors can delight in an enchanting winter holiday scene sculpted in sugar and fondant near the entrance to the Public Cafeteria. Handcrafted by The Met’s James Beard Award–winning Pastry Chef Randy Eastman, the display will be on view through January 6, 2019.
The Balcony Lounge, the Dining Room, and the Great Hall Balcony Bar
Enjoy a warming cup of Pastry Chef Randy Eastman’s hot chocolate or handcrafted mulled wine and spiked apple cider through December 31.
From The Met Store
A Heritage of Holiday Joy
The Met’s Neopolitan Baroque Crèche and Christmas tree have raised holiday spirits for six decades and counting.
Met Store Gift Guide
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