Last Saturday, we ventured over to the Mesoamerican Galleries to check out some sweet Peruvian earflares. Gallery 358 houses the Precolumbian Gold Treasury, which has the highest gold:work ratio in the Met! (We kindly refer to the area as the bling room.)
Featured above is a Pair of Earflares, Winged Messengers, ca. 3rd to 7th Centuries.
Our favorite tall guy, Alan, is moving on to his next great adventure, but we weren’t about to let him go without a small send off. So, on Sunday, the whole Small Girls team got together at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a #HackTheMet escapade.
Hands down, there is no better way to see a museum. Together, with our awesome tour guide, Nick, and a few secret code words, we learned all the hot gossip behind the world’s most famous works of art.
We are so sad to see Alan go, but pretty pumped that we sent him off Gossip Girl style.
That was a super fun afternoon.
Favorite Curators from 82nd & Fifth at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Here are some of our favorite curators from the 82nd & Fifth party held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last week. These people were engaging, friendly, and good speakers:
- Kurt Behrendt
- John Carpenter
- Jayson Dobney
- Sean Hemingway
- Mike Hearn
- Ken Moore
- Nick Reeves
- Jason Sun
- Luke Syson
- Paul Zanker
Super awesome event (not boring). Lots of access to the museum “after hours,” curators available to chat about anything you want, at least a dozen open bars between the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing courtyard, musicians in the galleries, Thomas Campbell hanging out, etc. Highly recommend that you attend if they do it again in 2014. Not cheap ($125 each) but email us and maybe we’ll subsidize some tickets next year.
More info about this marketing campaign from the Met, including lots of videos — http://82nd-and-fifth.metmuseum.org/
Mission Statement of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
On this day in the year 2000, the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art updated the mission statement. It reads as follows:
The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards.
Great Questions From a Prospective Visitor
Looking through our application stack and came across this awesome visitor’s note.
I’m a Met member, a fan, a connoisseur of culture, and lover of adventure. I have burning questions about the Metropolitan Museum of Art that I need to know the answers to. Like,
- Has anyone ever been married on the main stairs?
- Do the curators still like the Duccio was worth it?
- What were the logistics of installing the Temple of Dendur?
- How large is the annual floral budget for the lobby?
- Were there protests when the tin buttons were removed?
- How does the museum secure against theft?
I would love the answer to any of these questions or questions that I don’t even know that I have yet!
We don’t have the answers to those questions (yet) but DAMN do we love a good challenge!
To join a Hack the Met tour, visit www.HackTheMet.com and fill out the application.