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Metropolitan Museum Lectures in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium May and June 2011


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For tickets, call the Concerts & Lectures Department visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, where updated schedules and programs (including additional lectures that are free with Museum admission) are available.

Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday–Saturday 10–5:00, and Sunday noon–5:00.
Student discount tickets are available for some events.

Wednesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. – Art History 201: Masterpieces of World Art, The 20th and Early 21st Centuries, presented by Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University. The final season of this three-year overview examines the period 1900-2010. This season’s six-part series, which began on April 13, continues with Modern Forms of Art: Pop and Op, Political and Feminist; Later African Sculpture; Punjab University in India; Opera House in Sydney; Geodesic Dome in Montreal; and Fernando Botero in Colombia.
Single tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 4, at 2:30 p.m. – Floral Design at the Met. Master florists and event designers Remco van Vliet and Cas Trap, who have worked in the flower industry for more than 20 years, will provide an insider’s look at the floral arrangements created in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and will present a hands-on demonstration of the art of floral design.
Tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. – New York Houses: Baedeker of Historic Styles, presented by Barry Lewis, an architectural historian known for his video work on WNET. This two-part series, which began on April 27, examines the 17th-century Dutch Wyckoff House in Brooklyn and ends with the sophisticated Beaux-Arts designs of the early 20th century, looking in between at Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, neo-Gothic, and Arts & Crafts architectural styles. The subjects of this concluding talk will be Beaux-Arts-Era Houses, the Stanford White, the Henry Villard, and the Otto Kahn Houses.
Single tickets: $25

Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. – Strategies of Contemporary Art: Past and Present, East and West, a conversation with artists Frank Stella and Huang Yong Ping, moderated by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Chairman of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, and Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator of Asian Art.
Tickets: $25

Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m. – A Chat with Deborah Voigt. Nimet Habachy, a lecturer and writer on music, and Deborah Voigt, one of the world’s leading dramatic sopranos, engage in candid conversation about the distinguished artist’s career and the roles she will essay in the 2012 season—ranging from Wagner’s Brünhilde to two Wild West heroines, Puccini’s pistol-packing Minnie in the centenary Metropolitan Opera production of Fanciulla del West, and Irving Berlin’s Annie Oakley in the Glimmerglass Opera production of Annie Get Your Gun.
Tickets: $25

Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m. – My Favorite Things: Selections from our Curators. This two-part series, which began on April 26, concludes with the lecture Italian Portraits: Pictures that Tell a Story, presented by Andrea Bayer, Curator in the Department of European Paintings.
Single tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. – Art History 201: Masterpieces of World Art, The 20th and Early 21st Centuries, presented by Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University. The final season of this three-year overview examines the period 1900-2010. The six-part series, which began on April 13, continues with Globalization in the Late 20th Century: I.M. Pei and the Louvre, Paris; Gehry and the Guggenheim, Bilbao; Yaama Mosque in Niger; Beer Hall in Tokyo; and University of the Environment in Brazil.
Single tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m. – A Conversation with Richard Serra. Magdalena Dabrowski, Special Consultant, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, and Lynne Cooke, Curator-at-Large, Dia Art Foundation and Chief Curator, the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, converse with Serra on different aspects of his drawing— particularly as an activity both independent of and related to his sculptural practice. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective, on view at the Metropolitan Museum through August 28, 2011. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund. It was organized by the Menil Collection, Houston.
Tickets: $25

Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. – Creating Family Stories, presented by Emma Walton Hamilton, a children’s book author, editor, arts educator, and theater professional. Daughter of and frequent co-author with actress Julie Andrews, Hamilton creates illuminating children’s stories that engage the imagination, and she entertains audiences with her warm and accessible reading style. She will read from the duo’s latest book, The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage, and will share her insights on creating stories together as a family.
Tickets: $15

Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m. – Art History 201: Masterpieces of World Art, The 20th and Early 21st Centuries, presented by Janetta Rebold Benton, Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University. The final season of this three-year overview examines the period 1900-2010. The six-part series, which began on April 13, concludes with A New Millennium: Innovation and Extreme in the Early 21st Century; Christo; Graffiti Art; “Bird’s Nest” and “Egg” in Beijing; Taipei 101 in Taiwan; Ceramics in Japan; and Predictions for the Future.
Single tickets: $25

Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. – The Old Masters, a staged reading of Simon Gray’s compelling play featuring Rufus Collins, Shirley Knight, Brian Murray, Heidi Schreck, and Sam Waterston. The scene is art historian Bernard Berenson’s famous villa, I Tatti, just outside Florence. The year is 1937 and Italy is under the menacing shadow of Mussolini. The play explores the turbulent relationship between Berenson and famed art dealer Lord Joseph Duveen, as they edge toward an explosive final encounter over the attribution of a painting, friendship, ethics, and death. The play, which had its world premiere in London in 2004, was performed by the current cast in its American premiere in January 2011 at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven. This performance will be repeated on Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m. – The Old Masters, a staged reading of Simon Gray’s compelling play featuring Rufus Collins, Shirley Knight, Brian Murray, Heidi Schreck, and Sam Waterston. The scene is art historian Bernard Berenson’s famous villa, I Tatti, just outside Florence. The year is 1937 and Italy is under the menacing shadow of Mussolini. The play explores the turbulent relationship between Berenson and famed art dealer Lord Joseph Duveen, as they edge toward an explosive final encounter over the attribution of a painting, friendship, ethics, and death. The play, which had its world premiere in London in 2004, was performed by the current cast in its American premiere in January 2011 at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven.
Tickets: $20

Note: All ticketed lectures include entrance to the Metropolitan Museum’s galleries, including The Cloisters museum and gardens, on the day of the event.



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