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 The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas - Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr.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.
Thomas Struth: Photographs - 09/29/14 - 02/16/15
Thomas Hart Benton's "America Today" Mural Rediscovered - 09/30/14 - 04/19/15
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
El Greco in New York - 11/04/14 - 02/01/15
Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague - 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
Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art - 12/09/14 - 09/07/15