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Highlights include a major presentation on the history of the kimono, a Bernd and Hilla Becher retrospective, a new Hew Locke commission for the Met facade and a radical new take on Cubism
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its exhibition program for the second half of 2022, which, in line with its mission, will present art from around the world and from all periods and cultures in the galleries of the Museum. The Met also announced a number of offers for visitors this summer, including the opening of the Cantor Roof Garden, the continuation of Date Night at The Met – with music and drink specials on Friday and Saturday nights – and a free bike valet program that will begin on May 28.
“The Met’s program of exhibitions is extraordinarily strong and varied, ranging from in-depth examinations of the work of individual artists to large-scale thematic investigations,” said Max Hollein, French director of Marina Kellen at the Met. “We are thrilled to invite the public to the Museum to connect with deeply compelling and innovative presentations of art from all eras and cultures.”
Met Highlights summer exhibitions include: Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection (opening June 7, 2022), which will trace the evolution of the kimono from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century; water memories (opening June 23), exploring the importance of water to Indigenous peoples and nations in the United States through historical, modern, and contemporary artwork; Chroma: ancient sculpture in color(opening July 5), which will showcase new surviving ancient color finds on artwork from the Met’s world-class collection with a series of full-color reconstructions of ancient sculpture presented alongside original Greek and Roman works representing similar subjects; the posthumous retrospective Bernd & Hilla Becher (opening July 15), celebrating how renowned German artists changed the course of late 20th-century photography; and, Michael Lin: pentachrome (opening August 15), which draws inspiration from the Met’s collection and the building’s architecture and will bring contemporary art to the Museum’s Great Hall escalator for the first time.
The fall season will also bring a wide range of exhibits. Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina (opening September 9) will focus on the work of African-American potters in the 19th-century Southern United States through approximately 50 ceramic objects produced in a center known for stoneware in the decades before the Civil War and the will present in dialogue with contemporary artistic responses. For The Façade Commission: Hew Locke, Golden (opening September 16), the artist will bring his singular approach – using appropriation and an aesthetic of excess – to shape sculptures that explore global histories of conquest, migration and exchange. The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England (opening October 10) will trace the transformation of the arts in Tudor England through more than 100 objects – including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculptures and armor – from The Met collection and international lenders . Cubism and Trompe l’Oeil Tradition (opening October 20) will offer a radically new look at Cubism by demonstrating its commitment to the centuries-old tradition of trompe l’oeil painting. In The Life of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art(opening November 21), rarely seen masterpieces and recent discoveries trace the life cycle of the gods.
The dishcurrent exhibition offers include In America: A Fashion Anthology (until September 5, 2022), the second in a two-part Costume Institute exhibition that examines the development of American fashion from the 19th to the mid-to-late 20th century through narratives related to the halls’ history of the American wing in which they are staged. part one, In America: a fashion lexicon (also through September 5, 2022), explores a modern vocabulary of American fashion. Fictions of emancipation: Redesign of Carpeaux (until March 5, 2023) is the first exhibition at the Met to examine Western sculpture in relation to histories of transatlantic slavery, colonialism and empire. Winslow Homer: Cross Currents (through July 31, 2022) is the greatest critical insight into the art and life of the American painter in over 25 years. In the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings by the iconic Franco-American artist, Louise Bourgeois: Paintings (until August 7, 2022) features works made early in his decades-long career. Charles Ray: Figure Ground (until June 5, 2022) is a focused presentation that brings together sculptures from all periods of the artist’s career. Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room (ongoing) is a long-term installation that disrupts the very idea of a period room by embracing the African and African Diaspora belief that past, present and future are interconnected. And in a notable first for The Met, The African origin of civilization (ongoing) showcases West and Central African masterpieces alongside ancient Egyptian art.
Additional programmatic highlights include Museum Highlights tours, now offered daily in English, Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Italian and Korean at the Met Fifth; and Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at the Met Cloisters. The beloved program of Garden tours at the Met Cloisters is back for the first time since summer 2019, with tours offered every Monday, Friday and Saturday. The Museum also offers two new series of podcasts: State of mind launched earlier this year and explores the links between art and well-being, and intangible (beginning May 25) will examine the materials of art and what they reveal about history and humanity.