Saturday, December 4, 2021





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December 2021


Snow crystals on a blue background

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Met

Enjoy jubilant performances, festive displays, holiday shopping, and more.
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Detail of an ornately decorated ceramic building model with a pink roof.


Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts

Watch a preview of the exhibition Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue from December 10, 2021, through March 6, 2022. Watch now →



Interior gallery shot of the Afrofuturist Period Room.


Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room

Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, like any of The Met's period rooms, is a fabrication of a domestic space that assembles furnishings and objects to create a fiction of authenticity. Rather than affirm a fixed moment in time, however, this structure reimagines the immersive experience of the period room by embracing the African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected. Watch now →



Joe Baker poses in front of a painting

Committing to the Beauty of Lenape Art

How Joe Baker reclaimed a historic artform in order to assert his Lenape identity. Read more →



Paolo Bordignon Plays The Met's Appleton Organ

Paolo Bordignon Plays The Met's Appleton Organ

Watch a performance in the Musical Instruments galleries on The Met's Appleton Organ. Built in 1830, this organ is the oldest and finest extant product of the renowned Boston craftsman Thomas Appleton (1785-1872). Watch now →



Angélique Kidjo


Angélique Kidjo at The Met

December 27 and 28, 2021, 6 and 8:30 pm
The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing

Extolled as "Africa's premier diva" (Time), four-time Grammy Award–winner Angélique Kidjo comes to The Met in an intimate, site-specific program set in the Museum’s deinstalled galleries devoted to the arts of Africa. Kidjo's unique performance anticipates the reimagining and reinstallation of the space, underscoring the aesthetic qualities, authorship, provenance, and cultural context of the art to be displayed.

Tickets start at $65 (includes Museum admission).

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Cruel Radiance: Photography, 1940s–1960s

Cruel Radiance: Photography, 1940s–1960s


Through May 1, 2022
The Met Fifth Avenue

A photograph of two people framed from the torso up. One is dressed in sunglasses and a sweater over a collared blouse. The other is wearing a blouse and pearl necklace. Both have similarly styled curly hair.

Alter Egos | Projected Selves


Through May 1, 2022
The Met Fifth Avenue

An intricately decorated lacquer box

Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer


December 13, 2021–July 5, 2022
The Met Fifth Avenue

Image of a marble statue next to an iron one

The African Origin of Civilization


December 14, 2021–Ongoing
The Met Fifth Avenue

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For more information about the exhibitions, including sponsorship credits, see Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, Cruel Radiance: Photography, 1940s–1960s, Alter Egos | Projected Selves, Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer, and The African Origin of Civilization.

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Images: Wilson Alwyn Bentley (American, 1865–1931). [Snow Crystal] (multiple), 1890s–1920s. Gelatin silver prints. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Josh Rosenthal Fund, 2005 (2005.55.3) and Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2015. (2015.157; 2015.194; 2015.179; 2015.165; 2015.154; 2015.155; 2015.152; 2015.164; 2015.153; 2015.161; 2015.187; 2015.185; and 2015.193) | Sèvres Manufactory. Covered vase in the form of a tower (vase en tour; detail), ca. 1762.  Soft-paste porcelain. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA, The Arabella D. Huntington Memorial Art Collection. Image courtesy of the Huntington Art Museum, San Marino, California | Marquee image of Joe Baker courtesy Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. | Angélique Kidjo. Photo by Fabrice Mabillo. | Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Corner of State and Randolph Streets, Chicago (detail), 1946. Gelatin silver print, 6 1/4 x 5 3/16 in. (15.9 x 13.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1045). © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. | Mike Kelley (American, 1954–2012). Ahh… Youth! (detail), 1991. Silver dye bleach prints, sheet: 23 5/8 x 16 1/8 in. (60 x 41 cm), each, framed: 26 1/8 in. x 18 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. (66.4 x 47.6 x 1.9 cm), each. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Helena and Per Skarstedt, in celebration of the Museum’s 150th Anniversary, 2019 (2019.584a–h). © 2021 Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY | Trefoil-shaped covered box with decoration of chrysanthemums (detail), ca. 12th century.  Lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tortoise shell over pigment, brass wire,  1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm), L. 4 in (10.2 cm), D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1925 (25.215.41a, b) | The Royal Acquaintances Memi and Sabu, ca. 2575–2465 B.C. Egyptian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1948 (48.111) Seated Couple, 18th–early 19th century. Dogon artist: Mali. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Lester Wunderman, 1977 (1977.394.15)