Metropolitan Museum of Art Background

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Metropolitan Museum of Art History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's traces its earliest roots to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans came together to create a national institution and gallery of art to bring art and art education to the Americans. Subsequently, it was formed and incorporated in April 1870 and opened to the public in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue where it presented its first exhibition.

Background/History of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art was established by a group of Americans in the year 1866 in Paris, France. The central idea to build the museum was to bring art and art education to Americans.
  • Lawyer John Jay, who came up with the idea, proceeded with the project upon his return to the United States from France. He formed and became the president of the Union League Club in New York rallying civic leaders, businessmen, artists, art collectors, and philanthropists to the cause under his presidency.
  • On April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated and opened to the public in Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue where it presented its first exhibition.
  • On November 20, 1870, the museum gained its first object, a Roman sarcophagus. In 1871, 174 European paintings, including works by Anthony van Dyck, Nicolas Poussin, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo joined the collection.
  • On March 30, 1880, the museum briefly relocated to the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street, after which it opened to the public at its current site on Fifth Avenue, 82nd Street.
  • The inceptive Ruskinian Gothic structure was designed by architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, with the west facade of which can be seen in the Robert Lehman Wing.
  • Since then, the building has been enlarged to a great extent and the different additions—built as early as 1888—now completely encompass the original structure.
  • The various collections of the museum progressively grew throughout the rest of 19th century whereby between 1874–76 they purchased the Cesnola Collection of Cypriot artworks which dates back from the Bronze Age to the end of the Roman period. This helped the museum to enhance its reputation as the primary treasure house of classical antiquities.
  • In 1872, after American painter John Kensett died, 38 of his canvases were brought to the museum. In 1889, the museum was able to acquire two works by Édouard Manet.
  • In December 1902, the museum's Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue facade and Great Hall, that was put together by the architect and founding museum trustee Richard Morris Hunt was opened to the public.
  • In 1907, the museum acquired a work by Auguste Renoir and in 1910, The Met became the first public institution in the world to obtain a work of art by Henri Matisse.
  • The ancient Egyptian hippopotamus statuette which is presently the museum's unofficial mascot, "William," came into the collection in 1917 thus establishing itself in the 20th century as one of the world's great art centers museum.
  • By 1979, the museum owned five of the fewer than 35 known paintings by Johannes Vermeer and now The Met's 2,500 European paintings comprises one of the greatest such collections globally.
  • The American Wing now has the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
  • A detailed and robust architectural plan for the museum by 'Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates' was approved in 1971 and completed in 1991.
  • As part of the museum's master plan, other additions include the Robert Lehman Wing which was developed in 1975, houses a stunning collection of Old Masters, as well as Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.
  • The Sackler Wing, which was developed in 1978 holds the Temple of Dendur. The American Wing's (1980) manifold collection includes 25 recently renovated period rooms.
  • The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing (1982) displays the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The Lila Acheson Wallace Wing (1987) presents modern and contemporary art. The Henry R. Kravis Wing (1991) is dedicated to European sculpture and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century.
  • In 1998, the Arts of Korea gallery was opened to the public, completing a major suite of galleries exclusively dedicated to the arts of Asia.
  • The Ancient Near Eastern Art galleries were reopened to the public in 1999 after a renovation. In 2007, several major projects at the south end of the building were finalized. Among them, the 15-year renovation and reinstallation of the entire suite of Greek and Roman Art galleries were included.
  • In 2007, the galleries for Oceanic and Native North American Art, the new galleries for 19th and early 20th century paintings and sculptures, and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education was opened.
  • On November 1, 2011, the museum's new galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and later South Asia was opened to the public.
  • On the north side of the museum, The Met's new American Wing galleries for paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts reopened on January 16, 2012, which marked the completion of the renovation of the third and final phase of the American Wing.
  • On March 18, 2016, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened The Met Breuer, which is a new space that is set apart for modern and contemporary art.
  • It is located in the building designed originally by Bauhaus, an architect. The Met Breuer gives visitors an opportunity to engage with the art of 20th and 21st centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of The Met's striking collection and resources through a range of exhibitions, commissions, performances, and artist residencies.
  • In 1938, The Met Cloisters was opened to the public, it is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Executive Leadership

The members of the executive leadership at the Metropolitan Museum of Art include Daniel H. Weiss, Max Hollein, Andrea Bayer, Inka Drögemüller, Quincy Houghton, Laurel Britton, Sharon Cott, Tom Javits, Clyde B. Jones III, Jamie Kelleher, Lauren A. Meserve, Allison Rutledge-Parisi, and Kenneth Weine.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM LEADERSHIP

1. Daniel H. Weiss
  • Title: President and Chief Executive Officer
  • LinkedIn: Weiss does not have a LinkedIn profile available. However, a short biography is available on the Met's website.

2. Max Hollein

3. Andrea Bayer
  • Title: Deputy Director for Collections and Administration
  • LinkedIn

4. Inka Drögemüller
  • Title: Deputy Director for Digital, Education, Publications, Imaging, and Libraries
  • LinkedIn: Drögemüller does not have a LinkedIn profile available. However, a short biography is available on the Met's website.

5. Quincy Houghton

6. Laurel Britton
  • Title: Vice President, Revenue and Operations
  • LinkedIn: Britton does not have a LinkedIn profile available. However, a short biography is available on the Met's website.

7. Sharon Cott
  • Title: Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel
  • LinkedIn

8. Tom Javits
  • Title: Vice President for Construction and Facilities
  • LinkedIn

9. Clyde B. Jones III
  • Title: Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • LinkedIn

10. Jamie Kelleher
  • Title: Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer
  • LinkedIn

11. Lauren A. Meserve
  • Title: Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • LinkedIn

12. Allison Rutledge-Parisi
  • Title: Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • LinkedIn

13. Kenneth Weine
  • Title: Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
  • LinkedIn
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Consumer Products

The consumer goods sold by the Metropolitan Museum of Art are segmented in different product categories. These categories include Jewelry & Watches, Prints & Posters, Books, Sculpture, Stationery & Art Supplies, Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, and Kids. Below are the product types and the best-selling art-inspired items under Jewelry & Watches and Apparel & Accessories, two of the top selling categories.


List of Product Types

Below are the product types sold by the Metropolitan Museum of Art without categorization.
  • Among the list of product types under the tab SHOP include art sets, art supplies, books, bookmarks, bow ties, boxes, bracelets, coasters, correspondence cards, costumes, clutches & wristlets, cuff links, desk accessories, earrings, flasks, games, holiday cards, jackets, journals, keychains, kids' tees, magnets, men's watches, money clips, mugs, napkins, neckerchiefs, necklaces, notebooks, notecards, ornaments, passport cases, patches, pencils, pendants, pillow covers, pins, plates, and portfolios.
  • Other product types include postcards, posters, prints, rings, scarves, sculpture, serving, shawls, sketchbooks, snapsuits, socks, tea towels, throws, ties, tops, totes, toys, tees, tunics, umbrellas, unisex watches, vases, wallets, wall hangings, and zip cases.

Different Best-Selling Brands of Jewelries and Watches

  • Some of the best-selling art-inspired items under the category Jewelry & Watches include the following brands: Russian Imperial Magnifier Pendant, Braided Pearl Necklace, Russian Dragonfly Pin, Rosemary Necklace, Late Hellenistic Carnelian Necklace, Russian Imperial Bee Pin, Greek Palmette Bracelet, Monet Sunflowers Watch, Arts and Crafts Lapis Pendant Necklace, Hellenistic Gilded Mesh Lapis Necklace, Rosemary Earrings, Middle Kingdom Cylindrical Bead Necklace, and Hellenistic Gilded Lapis Earrings (Large) among others.
  • Other best-selling items under this category include Egyptian Rosette Openwork Station Necklace with Onyx Beads, Van Gogh Irises Hug Hoop Earrings, Lily-of-the-Valley Pin, Egyptian Rosette Station Necklace, Roman Carnelian Drop Earrings, Mondrian Composition Watch, Bee Earrings, Middle Kingdom Cylindrical Bead Earrings, Tropical Bird Pin, Egyptian Rosette Openwork Station Necklace with Turquoise Beads, Middle Kingdom Cylindrical Bead Bangles, Sage Leaf Cuff, Egyptian Rosette Openwork Drop Earrings, Jeweled Peacock Feather Brooch, and Monet Water Lilies Watch.

Different Best-Selling Brands of Apparel and Accessories

  • Some of the best-selling art-inspired items under the category Apparel & Accessories include the following brands: William Morris Compton Scarf, Louis C. Tiffany White Magnolia Scarf, Embellished Dragon Clutch, Botanical Blossoms Scarf, Louis C. Tiffany Peacock Feather Shawl, Dragon and Butterfly Collage Tote, William Morris Pink and Rose Sheer Poncho, Louis C. Tiffany Irises Scarf, Versailles Bouquet Scarf, William Morris Pink and Rose Jewelry Roll, American Botanicals Scarf, and Met Campus Champion® Sweatshirt among others.
  • Other best-selling items under this category include Monet Garden at Argenteuil Scarf, Louis C. Tiffany Dragonfly Embroidered Jewelry Roll, Wildflowers Scarf, Dehn Spring in Central Park Tote, Dragon Men's Socks, Qing Leopard Square Scarf, Japanese Chrysanthemums Sheer Poncho, and Louis C. Tiffany Clematis Scarf.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Partnerships

Some of the partnerships that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has engaged in within the past five years are with Pat McGrath Labs, TikTok, Bruker, JF Restaurants, the Jameel Arts Centre, the International Rescue Committee, and the Civic Practice Partnership.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART PARTNERSHIPS

BRUKER
  • Overview: The partnership was announced in 2017 and will last ten years. The goal of the partnership is to adapt the use of advanced analytical methods and technologies in the cultural heritage science field. Based on the agreement, Bruker will provide the Metropolitan Museum's Network Initiative for Conservation Science (NICS) with both technical and instrumentation expertise.
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
  • Overview: The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness about the plight of refugees and their contribution to the art world and the society as a whole. During the campaign, arts by refugees will be exhibited at the Met Fifth Avenue and the Met Breuer.
PAT McGRATH LABS
  • Overview: The objective of the partnership was to market a new range of cosmetics that show the blend of fashion, art and beauty. During the partnership, the store featured some cosmetics that have artwork from the Met collection on their packaging.
THE CIVIC PRACTICE PARTNERSHIP
  • Overview: This partnership included the Metropolitan Museum and the artists living and residing in New York. All the artists selected were committed to social change. The aim of the program is to intensely engage with artists who think critically and creatively beyond the scope of their artistic practice.
JF RESTAURANTS
  • Overview: The goal of the partnership was to present to the public cocktails and seasonally changing dishes that draw their inspiration from the Met Museum.
ART JAMEEL
  • Overview: The aim of the partnership is to raise awareness about Middle Eastern art whereby the Metropolitan Museum will acquire art by Middle Eastern artists.
TIKTOK
  • Overview: The objective of the partnership was to create awareness on the creation of the Met's TikTok account. This led to the launch of a challenge on the platform to encourage creativity that draws inspiration from works of art in the museum.

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

Information for this research was obtained from news reports on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The research team started by searching for official news published by the museum's official website from the last five years. We looked for articles discussing partnerships the museum has engaged in with other companies either to raise awareness about the museum or products by the partner company. We then expanded our search to other credible news platforms to find any other partnerships by the museum that might have not been featured in the official website, such as the Gulf News article that contained details on the partnership between the museum and Art Jameel. Media reports also provided details of other partnerships and, in this case, we looked at the press releases of these companies to ensure that these partnerships were indeed undertaken, such as the partnership between the museum and TikTok.
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From Part 01
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art's earliest roots date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a "national institution and gallery of art" to bring art and art education to the American people"
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  • "On the 13th of April 1870, The Legislature of the state of New York granted an act of incorporation to this body by the name of "the Metropolitan Museum of Art" to be located in the city of New York "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said City a Museum and Library of Art, of encouraging and developing the Study of the Fine Arts, and the application of Art to manufacture and natural life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and to that end of furnishing popular instruction and recreations"
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870 and opened in 1872, is an art museum located on the eastern edge of Central Park, along what is known as Museum Mile in New York City, USA."
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  • "Chronology Key Dates: 1870: The museum is incorporated. 1872: The first exhibition is presented in temporary quarters. 1880: The Central Park facility opens. 1904: J.P. Morgan becomes president of corporation. 1938: The Cloisters, a branch of the museum, opens. 1950: Annual attendance at the main museum reaches 2 million. 1970: A master plan for a major rebuilding project is announced. 1975: The Lehman Wing becomes first part of master plan to be completed. 1994: The major part of the master plan is completed, doubling the museum in size. "
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  • " The museum was incorporated in 1870 and opened two years later. "
  • "The complex of buildings at its present location in Central Park opened in 1880."
From Part 02
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  • "Daniel H. Weiss, The Met's President and Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the overall leadership of the Museum, including establishing its key institutional, capital, and infrastructure priorities. He was appointed to the position in June 2017, after serving two years as the Museum's President."
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From Part 04
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and Bruker Corporation are pleased to announce a 10-year partnership to advance novel analytical technologies and methods in the field of cultural heritage science even further. "
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  • "In honor of World Refugee Day, June 20, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has joined the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in its global campaign to highlight works of art created by refugees, in an effort to show what would be lost without their contributions."
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  • "In this first collaboration of its kind for the Museum, the store will offer exclusive PAT McGRATH LABS x The Met color cosmetics with the unveiling of the new LUST: Gloss Aliengelic along with a special edition of the best-selling MOTHERSHIP IV: Decadence Eyeshadow Palette."
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today an initiative that provides support and partnerships for artists working and living in communities across New York City's five boroughs."
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  • "JF Restaurants is the first restaurant group to partner with the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, featuring seasonally-changing dishes and cocktails inspired by the Museum in The Dining Room at The Met, now open to the public."
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  • "Art Jameel has also forged a long-term partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will enable the Museum to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East."
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has collaborated with TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, to launch an official account."
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  • "The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has collaborated with TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, to launch an official account."