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07.25.14 Marina Galperina

New York City Identity Cards (which will be available to all New York residents starting January 2015) may also come with some unexpected cultural benefits. The city is currently considering offering free memberships and discounted admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center and other well-known institutions. How much would this cost to the […]

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05.07.13 Marina Galperina

Ah, the Met Ball. It’s like, um, various celebrities getting garlanded and vaguely commenting on whatever the Metropolitan Museum of Art happens to be high-profile-hyping at the time. This year they resurrected punk just so they could kill it again. Ok, I’m not really old enough to say that with any validity. I am, however, old enough to […]

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11.16.12 Marina Galperina

Two members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art are suing because “they — and untold millions of others — were duped into paying for admission or memberships because the institution has done such a good job of hiding the fact that it’s supposed to be free six days a week.” That’s silly, isn’t? Sure, the “recommended” […]

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09.14.12 Marina Galperina

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has picked its next theme for its fashion exhibition and complimentary Met Ball for May 2013: Punk: Chaos to Couture will feature 100 men’s and women’s design from Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel, “juxtaposing original punk looks with designer creations that were inspired by or incorporated punk elements,” so presumably swank threads […]

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05.16.12 Marina Galperina

This is a new installation on in the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you want to climb in there and loose all sense of gravity. “It’s multi-reality, it’s like a walk in the sky,” explains Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, inspired by bubbles, bacteria and, on some level, pretty much every organic structure. […]

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05.04.12 Marina Galperina

On his first visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Connecticut school kid Benjamin Lerman Coady has allegedly become “the youngest person to point out an inaccuracy at the museum.” He noticed that a reprint of a 6th century map of the Byzantine Empire was missing Spain and parts of Africa, meanwhile, no one at the Met has. His […]

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03.22.12 Marina Galperina

Why, yes, there are thousands of nipples at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it’s about time someone Tumbled them. Behold: “All the nipples on view in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art” — Nipples at the Met. Also, nipples! Nipples. Yes, I know, this is horribly immature, regressive, etc, and the Guerilla […]

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12.15.10 Marina Galperina

Earlier this month, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan sheepishly and wrongly censored the video art A Fire in My Belly because it was “misunderstood” by GOP bullies John Boehner and Eric Cantor, who turned 11 seconds of a AIDS-metaphor-infused ant-covered crucifix into How the Gays Stole Christmas. This Sunday Dec. 19 at 1pm, […]

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12.09.10 Marina Galperina

The great-grandson of Russian aristocrat entrepreneur Ivan Morozov sued the Metropolitan Museum of Art over a Paul Cezanne painting yesterday. He says Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory was “wrongfully acquired” and calls dibs. Last year, Mr. Konowaloff also tried to “take back” a Van Gogh from Yale. Well, great-grand-daddy was an art collector. Are these cultural institutions plundering […]

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10.25.10 Marina Galperina

If you ever see a drove of visibly armed people in suits strolling the Met observing the precious work, don’t worry too much, chances are you just happened upon an art field trip for law enforcement. CIA agents, NYPD detectives and other boxy officer types go to museums as a class to “refresh their sense […]

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