The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially "the Met," is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The main building, on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. A much smaller second location, The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, contains an extensive collection of art, architecture, and artifacts from Medieval Europe. On March 18, 2016, the museum opened the Met Breuer museum at Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side; it extends the museum's modern and contemporary art program.

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  • Follow along with Carter, age 11, and learn how to make a navigational chart chart to show friends and family how to find your favorite things. Materials: • wood sticks • glue dots or school glue • twist ties • paper • pencil • color pencils Instructions: 1. On a piece of paper, draw your home and favorite things in each room. Color in your favorite things. 2. Use sticks to create a frame. A...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between Nina Katchadourian and Lenka Clayton, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of...

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  • Watch a video showing the conservation of a Michelangelo drawing on loan from Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, in preparation for the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer. The Met's paper conservator Marjorie Shelley takes us through the complex and delicate process of restoring this beautiful architectural drawing. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/miche...

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  • "How does a woman represent herself?" Joseph Scheier-Dolberg on Cao Zhenxiu and Gai Qi's Famous Women album Poems: Cao Zenziu (Chinese, 1762–ca. 1822), Paintings: Gai Qi (Chinese, 1773–1911). 清 改琦, 曹貞秀 列女圖 冊 (Famous Women), 1799. China. Album of 16 painted leaves with facing inscriptions, ink on paper, 9 3/4 x 6 5/8 in. (24.8 x 16.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Bequest...

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  • In the summer of 2017, MetLiveArts presented Theater of the Resist: an eight-week series of edgy, timely, and pointedly political performances at The Met Breuer that featured dance, spoken word, music, and film from communities that are outside the cultural hegemony. #MetBreuer #MetLiveArts #MetBodyPolitic https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/theater-of-the-resist Theater of ...

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  • Watch excerpts from a dialogue between William Wegman and Tony Oursler, from the exhibition Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from June 27 through December 17, 2017. #MetTalkingPictures https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2017/talking-pictures The exhibition is made possible by Adobe. © 2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  • Look inside “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer,” a new title from The Metropolitan Museum of Art that offers fresh insights into the Renaissance master’s creative process. Beautifully illustrated with more than 350 drawings, paintings, sculptures, and architectural views, this publication links Michelangelo’s compositional sketches to his major commissions. Essays by the foremost authoriti...

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  • Located on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, The Met Breuer presents modern and contemporary art in the bold architectural setting of Marcel Breuer’s landmark building. Visitors to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest location can experience groundbreaking works across all media created by artists from the 20th century through the present. After touring the galleries, browse The Met Store for an ...

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  • Two sculptures of ballplayers that are over 1,700 years old inspired #MetKids animators. The sculptures were made in Jalisco, in western Mexico. Kids imagined them playing the ballgame, in which players use their hips to hit a large rubber ball, trying to keep it in the air! Watch the action in this stop-motion animation made by kids at the 2017 Museum Mile Festival at The Met. #MetKids is a dig...

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  • A seven-foot-high sculpture of a figure with an axe inspired #MetKids animators. The sculpture shows Chahk, a Maya deity or god who is important for its ability to control rain and lightning. This sculpture is over 1,000 years old and may have been part of a palace or temple built by Maya people. Today, there are around seven million people who speak Mayan languages. Watch the lightning flash in...

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  • Look inside “The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art”. Featuring 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination, this volume sheds new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Works from The Met collection appear alongside contemporary artists' works, allowing readers to discove...

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  • Look inside “The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art”. Featuring 120 international contemporary artists discussing works from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection that spark their imagination, this volume sheds new light on art-making, museums, and the creative process. Works from The Met collection appear alongside contemporary artists' works, allowing readers to discove...

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition David Hockney, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from November 27, 2017 through February 25, 2018. Featuring Ian Alteveer, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met For nearly 60 years, David Hockney (British, born 1937) has pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. This major retrospective—the exhibit...

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from November 13, 2017 through February 12, 2018. Featuring Carmen Bambach, Curator, Drawings and Prints, The Met Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, will be the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, ...

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  • Watch the full video! https://youtu.be/8n8ZXzgLZXw?t=10s Follow along and learn how to fold an origami samurai helmet. Materials: • Large sheet of paper (try newspaper or wrapping paper) Instructions: Preparing the Paper 1. Tear a large piece of paper into a square. 2. Lay paper flat, folding one corner up against the opposite edge to form a double-layered triangle and a remaining rectangle. ...

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  • Watch the full video! https://youtu.be/8nx6Cm1DdW0?t=12s Is there more to writing than meets the eye? Luke, age 12, discovers how Islamic art uses language and the written word to create beautiful artworks. Transcript Luke: When I walk into the Islamic Art galleries, everywhere I look there's some sort of writing. I'd like to know why that is. Maryam Ekhtiar: Writing is very important in Isl...

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  • Watch the full video! https://youtu.be/uh7QKcAfvZU?t=13s Follow along with Kailey, age 10, and learn how to make a symmetrical print. Materials: • paper • paint or ink Instructions: 1. Fold a piece of paper in half, then open it up. 2. Place paint or ink on one half. 3. Fold the paper again and press it down to spread the paint or ink. 4. Open the piece of paper to reveal your symmetrical prin...

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  • Watch the full video! https://youtu.be/8jnfsldTS9o?t=17s Abby, age 10, dives into the beloved book “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E. L. Konigsburg. Join her as she follows in Claudia and Jamie’s footsteps. Transcript Abby: Do you know some places that are true and not true in the book? Alice Schwarz: Well pretty much everything that Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler talks ...

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  • "What makes an instrument an individual?" Anthony Wilson plays John Monteleone's "Four Seasons" guitars John Monteleone invited guitarist and composer Anthony Wilson to write a piece for the ensemble of "Four Seasons" guitars. In this video, Wilson discusses each of the guitars' individual voices. Featured Artworks: John Monteleone (American, b. 1947). "The Four Seasons" Guitars, 2002–2006. The ...

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  • Follow along and learn how to make a soap carving. Materials: • bar of soap  • pencil • paper • scissors • plastic butter knife  • paper clip • paintbrush Instructions: 1. First, place a bar of soap on a sheet of paper and trace its outline. 2. Within the outline on the paper, draw your design and cut it out. 3. Place the design on the bar of soap. Then, use a pencil to lightly carve the outline...

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  • Watch time-lapse video of the installation of Cristóbal de Villalpando's Moses and the Brazen Serpent and the Transfiguration of Jesus for the exhibition Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from July 25 through October 15, 2017. The installation of Villalpando's 28-foot-tall masterpiece took five days and involved the combined expertise of mo...

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  • Watch a video preview of the exhibition Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980, on view at The Met Breuer from September 13, 2017, through January 14, 2018. Featuring Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, The Met Delirious times demand delirious art, or so this exhibition will propose. The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval. Ar...

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  • A preview of the exhibition Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical, on view at The Met Breuer from July 21 through October 8, 2017. Featuring Christian Larsen, Associate Curator, Modern Decorative Arts and Design, The Met A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career t...

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  • Travel back in time with Kira, age 12, and discover how two photos of the Brooklyn Bridge connect the past to the present. Credits: #MetKids is a digital feature made for, with, and by kids! http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/ About #MetKids http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/about Production Credits http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/credi...

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  • A preview of the exhibition Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical, on view at The Met Breuer from July 21 through October 8, 2017. Featuring Christian Larsen, Associate Curator, Modern Decorative Arts and Design, The Met A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career t...

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  • Follow along and learn how to make a potato print. Materials: • potato (cut into thick slices) • paper • pencil • paperclip • acrylic paint • paint brush Instructions: Design your print 1. Ask an adult to cut a potato into thick slices. 2. On a piece of paper, sketch a design for your potato stamp. 3. Center the design on the paper over the flesh of the cut potato. 4. To transfer the desig...

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  • Explore behind the scenes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Conservation Laboratory, where objects in the collection and exhibition loans are expertly conserved. In this video, Jessica Regan, assistant curator in The Costume Institute, offers a close look at an American dress from about 1885. http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/82880 Discover the stories behind the ...

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