The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Bringing the Past into the Present and Future
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Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a universal survey, "encyclopedic" museum displaying and interpreting works of art from all time periods and from all over the world for the public. Now in the 21st century, as modern and contemporary art is dominating the art world, the Met, along with other encyclopedic museums, is tasked with staying relevant in a changing world. I visited the museum and its modern branch, the Met Breuer, attended events, and spoke to museum staff to evaluate the initiatives the Met is taking to accomplish this imperative goal of staying relevant. I found that while its special exhibitions are tremendously successful, especially at the Costume Institute, it struggles in attendance at the Breuer and faces challenges in organization and engagement in current events, when compared with similar institutions. This project was made possible by funding from F&M's John Marshall Fellows Program.
Poster presented at the 2017 Autumn Research Fair at Franklin and Marshall College