The Guyanese-British artist’s commission for the museum was created in a tense dialogue with collection objects that are connected to conquest.
And no, Cambodia doesn’t need the Metropolitan Museum’s help in preserving its cultural heritage.
This summer, the museum relinquished 21 Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts to the Manhattan DA.
Hollein will enter the position when current Met president and CEO Daniel H. Weiss steps down in July of 2023.
The works had previously been offered to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, but the institution turned them down on the basis that it could not establish “clear and secure” provenance for over half of the collection.
Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color reminds us, once again, that our view of the ancient world is whitewashed.
The museum’s “pay-what-you-wish” policy will remain in place for New York State residents and tri-state students, but out-of-state adults will pay $5 extra.
Daniel Weiss, who joined the museum in 2015, led the institution through the turmoil of the pandemic and oversaw milestones like the implementation of paid internships.
More than 450 workers at the museum contributed works to the beloved exhibition, from security guards and technicians to librarians, registrars, and volunteers.
The five ancient Egyptian works, worth over $3M, may be tied to an international trafficking ring.
In this moment of racial reckoning, we cannot continue viewing Homer’s masterpiece as an apolitical seascape painting.
“Wearing historic clothing damages it. Full stop,” said the former head of conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Sarah Scaturro.