The MET Announces Upcoming Exhibitions – New York

Highlights include a new commission by Hew Locke for The Met’s facade, and a radical new view of Cubism

(New York, May 19, 2022)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today its lineup of exhibitions for the second half of 2022, which, in keeping with its mission, will present art from around the world and across all times and cultures in the Museum’s galleries.

“The Met’s exhibition program is extraordinarily strong and varied, with everything from close examinations of the work of individual artists to large-scale thematic surveys,” said Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met. “We are thrilled to invite audiences to the Museum to connect with deeply compelling and innovative presentations of art from the full breadth of times and cultures.” 

The fall season will also bring a wide array of exhibitions. 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 American South through approximately 50 ceramic objects produced at a center known for stoneware in the decades before the Civil War and present them in dialogue with contemporary artistic responses. For The Facade Commission: Hew Locke, Gilt (opening September 16), the artist will bring his singular approach—using appropriation and an aesthetic of excess—to fashion sculptures that explore the 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, sculpture, and armor—from both The Met collection and international lenders. Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil Tradition (opening October 20) will offer a radically new view of Cubism by demonstrating its engagement with the age-old tradition of trompe l’oeil painting. In Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art (opening November 21), rarely seen masterpieces and recent discoveries trace the life cycle of the gods.

The Met’scurrent exhibition offerings includeFictions of Emancipation: Carpeaux Recast (through March 5, 2023) the first exhibition at The Met to examine Western sculpture in relation to the histories of transatlantic slavery, colonialism, and empire.Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room (ongoing) is a long-term installation that unsettles the very idea of a period room by embracing the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected. And in a notable first for The Met, The African Origin of Civilization (ongoing) presents masterpieces from west and central Africa alongside art from ancient Egypt.

Additional programmatic highlights include Museum Highlights tours, which are now offered daily in English, Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, and Korean at The Met Fifth; and on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at The Met Cloisters. The beloved program of Garden Tours at The Met Cloisters has returned for the first time since the summer of 2019, with tours offered every Monday, Friday, and Saturday. The Museum is also featuring two new podcast series: Frame of Mind launched earlier this year and explores connections between art and wellness, and Immaterial (debuting May 25) will examine the materials of art and what they reveal about history and humanity.

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