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05.18.15 Prachi Gupta

The activists that run the Illuminator Collective, who protest injustice and corruption with guerrilla light projections in New York City and beyond, are suing the NYPD’s Central Park Precinct. Members Kyle DePew, Grayson Earle and Yates McKee are alleging false arrest and improper seizure of property, according to a press release. DePew, Earle and McKee […]

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07.11.14 Sophie Weiner

The beloved 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk behind the Metropolitan Museum is undergoing a laser cleaning. Since its arrival in New York in 1880, the 69-foot-statue has collected quite a bit of dirt. It’s become difficult to see the many intricate hieroglyphs the statue is carved with. The Central Park Conservancy gave $500,000 to the cleaning project. In case you […]

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07.03.14 Marina Galperina

The Met has announced its first fall fashion show since 2007, and it’s very special. “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” focuses on the Victorian & Edwardian fashions of the bereaved between 1815 and 1915. The exhibition will explore the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. […]

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06.26.14 Marina Galperina

Several paintings and sculptures inside the Metropolitan Opera house at Lincoln Center have been spray-painted with obscenities, the NYPD says, suspecting an inside job motivated by labor disputes. “There was little or no permanent damage,” said a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Opera stated. “The New York City Police department is investigating.” Cops have also stated that the vandalism doesn’t […]

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05.07.13 Julia Dawidowicz

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is pretty much the last place you’d expect to find a festering, piss-ridden, poster-and-grafitti-covered bathroom. But those who attended yesterday’s press preview for PUNK: Chaos to Couture found just that: In fact, the Costume Institute exhibit has dedicated an entire room to recreating the late CBGB’s legendary bathroom. Basically, the microcosm of […]

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09.14.12 Lily Streeter

Since the conception of the photograph, there has existed a certain desire to modify and tweak the mediums’s rendition of reality, to enhance the skyline, to lift the thigh, to add in a magical miniature fairy or whatnot. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest photography exhibition entitled “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” traces photo-doctoring through […]

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06.06.12 Marina Galperina

Over the weekend, New York-based artist Lambros installed six pieces at the MET and the MoMA without permission. Well, clap. Clap. Clap. Kudos for your swiftness, fearlessness and dexterity, but as far as hacking museums goes, this one’s a meh. The pieces, some as large as 2 x 4 feet were inscribed with names like […]

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04.23.12 Marina Galperina

A Met guard was taking his .38-caliber Colt out of the holster to clean it in the basement, when the gun accidentally discharged. The man, in his early 50s, was taken into the hospital and is doing “ok” for someone who shot himself in the leg. “It was an accident and accidents happen,” a maintenance worker who […]

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04.12.10 Marina Galperina

“Erotic Scene,” “La Douler,” “The Pain” or, as Gawker commenters call it, PaBLOW Picasso’s BLEW Period painting will be displayed at the Met along with all the rest of their 300+ Picassos. Apparently, the controversy wasn’t about the work’s authenticity or “think of the children!” getting an eyeful of fellatio, but, according to Met curator […]

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03.18.10 Marina Galperina

The New York Times is drooling over the Met’s innovative 3D imagining practices. It’s not the future any more, not for a while now. I’m worried. The 3D imagining pioneers headed by the Met’s “resident futurist” Ron Street, are busy replicating the museum’s ancient treasures, translating microscopic details into digital bits. […]

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