Making The Met, 1870-2020


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Edited by Andrea Bayer with Laura D. Corey

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 150 years by presenting its evolution into one of the world’s greatest museums and its vision for the future

“'Making the Met'” is all about the ambitions and blind spots of an institution—and the changing schemes of meaning, value and interpretation that form an invisible frame around all the world’s beauty."--Jason Farago, The New York Times (exhibition review)

Published to celebrate the Museum’s 150th anniversary, Making The Met examines the institution’s evolution from an idea—that art can elevate anyone who has access to it—to one of the most beloved encyclopedic collections in the world. Focusing on key transformational moments, this richly illustrated book provides insight into events that led The Met in new directions, broadened its audience, and expanded its collection. Eleven chapters illuminate topics such as the impact of momentous acquisitions, the global cooperation that resulted from international excavations, the Museum’s association with the “Monuments Men” and its role in preserving cultural heritage during and after the Second World War, and The Met’s interaction with modern and contemporary art and artists. Illustrations include rarely seen archival and behind-the-scenes images, in addition to more than 200 key works that changed the way we look at art. The final chapter considers contemporary philosophies for collecting art from around the globe, strategies for reaching new and diverse audiences, and the role of museums today.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Exhibition Schedule:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(March 30–August 2, 2020)

Andrea Bayer is deputy director for collections and administration, and Laura D. Corey is senior research associate in the Director’s Office, both at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(March 30–August 2, 2020)

"Well researched and succinct, this stunning catalogue is a critical resource for those interested in the Met or in museum history, collection building, philanthropy, and cultural history."—Choice

“The beautifully executed, richly illustrated catalogue . . . is of the high standard that one has come to expect of The Met’s exhibition publications.”—American Journal of Archaeology
ISBN: 9781588397096
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
288 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
280 color illus.
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