Sunday, July 16, 2023

Last Call: Karl Lagerfeld and Juan de Pareja at the Met

Karl Lagerfeld, for House of Chanel, 2016-17, inspired by Aubrey Beardsley
Photographed by Beth Gersh-Nesic

Dear friends,

Today is July 16th - National Ice Cream Day - and just about midpoint for our Summer 2023 Art Season. Which exhibitions have you visited so far?  

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, 
closes July 16h

Have you visited the Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty exhibition at the Met? I hope so.  It closes today at 9 pm, thanks to the special Sunday evening hours added for just this show. Please note that the "virtual line" closes at 7:30 pm. This is a new system that requires scanning a QR square, filling in the form on your cellphone, and then receiving a time slot that allows you to go into the exhibition.  The Admissions Desk will explain this to you as you receive your admission ticket and sticker.  

Just in case you haven't seen the show (or want to relive it), here are the links on the Met's website and with video tour:
Exhibition - Photographs of the clothes
Video Tour (scroll down to see these videos)
Atelier interviews (scroll down to see these videos)

Additional features on the Met's website for the Lagerfeld show:
Wendy A. Grossman's essay on Congolese hats donated by Lilly Daché to the Met and Man Ray's photos of his muse Adrienne Fidelin for Harper's Bazaar, 1937.
(And here is my interview with Wendy A. Grossman about Adrienne Fidelin in Bonjour Paris.)

For a bit of fun, Lagerfeld merch in the Met's shop. The doll in a leather jacket is hilarious.  

Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter, 
closing July 16th

Diego Velázquez, Portrait of Juan de Pareja, 1649-50
Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

Also closing today, the excellent exhibition of works by and works of the Baroque artist Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter, which will close at 5 pm. The catalogue is $50 or $45 for members. Juan de Pareja's relation to Velázquez has always been a bit murky. The curators make an effort to follow the dots and explain it coherently to you.

Juan de Pareja, The Calling of St. Matthew, 1661
Museo National del Prado, Madrid

To learn more about this exceptional artist and his unusual journey from slave to freedom as an artist, please listen to the podcasts located on the Met's webpage for this exhibition (located here - scroll down).

Van Gogh's Cypresses
closes August 27th

Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889
Museum of Modern Art, NYC

By the way, Van Gogh's Cypresses closes at the end of August, so please make a note to visit this exhibition soon. The QR  "virtual waitline" also applies. Ask the Met Admission staff for help in order to reserve your place asap when you receive your admission sticker. The "virtual queue" reservations end at 3:30 pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.