human resources

Met Hires Sandra Jackson-Dumont as Education Chair

Jackson-Dumont. (Courtesy Paul G. Allen Family Foundation)

Sandra Jackson-Dumont has been tapped by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to be its new chairman of education. She’ll be coming to New York from the Seattle Art Museum, where she serves as deputy director for education and public programs and adjunct curator for modern and contemporary art. It’s a homecoming of sorts, since she previously worked at the Studio Museum and the Whitney. Read More

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‘Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Rue de Constantine (Fourth Arrondissement),'
1866. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Walking around Greenwich Village, Williamsburg or even Crown Heights, you would be forgiven for feeling that the vertiginous pace of urban transformation in New York is unprecedented. But Paris during the era of Napoleon III was even more dramatically transformed through the vast eminent domain project known as Haussmannization, and Charles Marville, an enigmatic photographer, was charged with documenting those changes. A long-awaited show at the Met, curated by the National Gallery’s Sarah Kennel, is devoted to the legacy of one of the least-studied of 19th-century French photographers. The results are stunning. Read More

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Julia Margaret Cameron at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Christabel,' 1866. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Thirty-eight blurry, beautiful photographs star in the  Met’s tiny, jewel-like Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition. Born before photography was invented, Cameron was a latecomer to a new art form—her daughter and son-in-law gave her a camera when she was 48. “It may amuse you, Mother, to try to photograph,” they wrote. She knew nothing about art or photography and erased her first photograph accidentally by rubbing her hand on the glass plate that held the image. But she quickly grew to love the medium. She turned her hen house into a photography studio. Surrounded by her six children, as well as nieces, nephews, neighbors and grandchildren, she produced some of the best portraits in the history of photography. Read More

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Met Announces New Curators

(Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art today announced new curators for its American Wing, its department of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, and its Egyptian art department, where Diana Craig Patch will serve as the new curator in charge. Read More

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Ken Price at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Drawing Center

'L. Red,' 1963. (© Ken Price, photo © Fredrik Nilsen/Met)

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.” Oscar Wilde’s words come to mind in the presence of sculptures by the late West Coast ceramicist Ken Price, who died in February 2012, while this major retrospective was being planned. Price made modestly scaled sculptures that, for all their meticulous construction, have a pleasurably ludic sensibility. Over the course of a 50-year career, he wove into his clever pieces references to landscape, architecture and the human body; his art is at once familiar and strange. Read More

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‘Photography and the American Civil War’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

'Captain Charles A. and Sergeant John M. Hawkins, Company E, “Tom Cobb Infantry,” Thirty-eighth Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry,' 1861–62, by an unknown artist. (Photo by Jack Melton/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Civil War happened to coincide with the early days of photography—its epic story can be told in photographs. In the first room of this fascinating exhibition, curated by Met photography curator Jeff L. Rosenheim, an 1860 salted-paper print of a young Abraham Lincoln sets the stage. Lincoln’s face reappears on a pin for his 1860 presidential campaign, framed by faded red, white and blue silk on a tiny tintype set in brass; its scale and subject presage nothing so much as the ubiquitous modern penny. Read More

Museums

Met’s Renovated, Reinstalled European Art Galleries Bewitch

Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant, 'The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment,' ca. 1430. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The treasures have returned.

Today the Met officially reopened its European art galleries, the 45 rooms that sit atop its grand staircase, after three years of planning and nine months of rolling renovations and reinstallation. Twelve galleries once used for special exhibitions have been commandeered for the permanent collection, enlarging the galleries by a full third. You should pay them a visit.

Filling the immaculate spaces are some 750 paintings—”all off the wall, all looked at, all dusted,” an ebullient Keith Christiansen told a crowd of journalists in one of the opening galleries this morning. Read More