Date - August 1, 2015
1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10028
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Please join me for a group visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to take in their highly popular exhibitions China: Through the Looking Glass and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends as well as the special exhibition Van Gogh: Irises and Roses.
PETRIE COURT CAFE
Cultural Pursuit members are invited to join me for lunch in Petrie Court Cafe at the Museum at 12:00pm.
Museum admission cost: No cost to Museum members, Adults $25, Seniors $17 (suggested donation, payable at admissions desk)
From the website: metmuseum.org
CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Through August 16, 2015
This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.
The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.
SARGENT: PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND FRIENDS
June 30 – October 4, 2015
Throughout his career, the celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) created exceptional portraits of artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians, many of whom were his close friends. As a group, these portraits—many of which were not commissioned—are often highly charged, intimate, witty, idiosyncratic, and more experimental than his formal portraiture. Brilliant works of art and penetrating character studies, they are also records of relationships, influences, aspirations, and allegiances.
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends brings together about ninety of the artist’s paintings and drawings of members of his impressive artistic circle. The individuals seen through Sargent’s eyes represent a range of leading figures in the creative arts of the time such as artists Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin, writers Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, and the actor Ellen Terry, among others.
VAN GOGH: IRISES AND ROSES
Through August 16, 2015
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) brought his work in Provence to a close with exuberant bouquets of spring flowers—two of irises and two of roses, in contrasting formats and color schemes—in which he sought to impart a “calm, unremitting ardor” to his “last touch of the brush.”
This exhibition will reunite the four paintings for the first time since the artist’s death and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the flowers that captured his attention. It will open 125 years to the week that Van Gogh announced to his brother Theo, on May 11 and 13, 1890, that he was working on these “large bouquets,” and will provide a singular opportunity to reconsider Van Gogh’s artistic aims and the impact of dispersal and color fading on his intended results.
To learn more about these and other exhibitions on view, please visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY