The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Met's Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) celebrates the genesis of its permanent collection with this exhibition. It is organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of The Museum of Primitive Art, the direct precursor to AAOA. The Museum of Primitive Art was a pioneering cultural institution that featured Nelson Rockefeller's non-Western art collection. The announcement by Rockefeller of an agreement to transfer his collection to the Metropolitan was made in 1969 and in January 1982 the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing opened to the public. The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas - Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr. Rockefeller's vision for The Museum of Primitive Art, the first institution dedicated entirely to the artistic excellence of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin - 01/14/14 - 12/07/14
Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age - 09/22/14 - 01/04/15
Thomas Struth: Photographs - 09/29/14 - 02/16/15
Thomas Hart Benton's "America Today" Mural Rediscovered - 09/30/14 - 04/19/15
Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry - 10/08/14 - 01/11/15
Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection - 10/20/14 - 02/16/15
Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire - 10/21/14 - 02/01/15
Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th-20th Century - 10/25/14 - 08/16/15
Painting With Threads: Chinese Tapestry and Embroidery, 12th-19th Century - 10/25/14 - 08/16/15
Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection - 10/28/14 - 01/25/15
Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague - 11/04/14 - 02/01/15
El Greco in New York - 11/04/14 - 02/01/15
Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 2003-2014 - 11/11/14 - 12/06/15
Madame Cezanne - 11/19/14 - 03/15/15
Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - 11/25/14 - 01/06/15