Update from The Met

First, we are expanding our hours: The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters will be open six days a week (closed only on Wednesdays), and Friday and Saturday evening hours will return. Said another way, New York’s best date night is back!
On the exhibitions front, we have an ambitious pace ahead, with a major show opening every month this fall:
  • The Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion opens on September 18 (part one of a two-part exhibition). It celebrates The Costume Institute’s 75th anniversary and explores a modern vocabulary of American fashion. (And we are greatly looking forward to The Met Gala in just over a week—it will be slightly more intimate, as we are using extensive measures for the safety of all.)
  • Surrealism Beyond Borders (opening October 11) offers a fresh appraisal of this most revolutionary and globe-spanning movement. Additionally, following on the success of last year, we will be showing films inspired by Surrealism on the Museum’s north-facing wall in Central Park on select evenings in October.
  • Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room (opening November 5) is a long-term installation that upends the idea of a period room by embracing the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected. This speculative home will be furnished with works from The Met collection, including new acquisitions and commissions—from beadwork to contemporary art and design.
  • Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts (opening December 10) examines Walt Disney’s personal fascination with European art and his team’s use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks.
The current lineup of exhibitions includes many must-sees that have just a few weeks left: The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570 (through October 11); The New Woman Behind the Camera (through October 3); and The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts (through October 31). We also recently opened two wonderful smaller shows that pack a very big punch: Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo (through November 28) and Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art (through August 14, 2022).
In other news this week, The Met Cloisters just opened Spain, 1000–1200: Art at the Frontiers of Faith, and as of yesterday, September 2, two ancient Maya stone monuments now grace our Great Hall, long-term loans from the Republic of Guatemala. Finally, on-site tours and children’s programming start up again in October. They all kick off with MetFest, on Saturday, October 2, an afternoon filled with special programs, performances, art-making activities, behind-the-scenes tours, food experiences and more, on the plaza and inside the Museum. Originally scheduled as a large public celebration for our 150th anniversary, and rescheduled twice, the third time will hopefully be the charm!
Big picture: Our approach at The Met these past 18 months has been to prioritize the safety of our visitors and staff while continuing to present a diverse, robust schedule of programming that shows the strength and relevance of our mission—which is, simply, to bring art to lives and lives to art. We are heartened by the steadily increasing pace of visitation—yet what really inspires us is the individual responses from so many New Yorkers re-visiting their Met. 
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