82nd & Fifth: One work. One curator. Two minutes at a time.

Posted in museums, resources by Editor on May 30, 2013

As art historians come around to moving pictures and expanding notions of audience, experiments from the Met (smartly packaged under the label 82nd & Fifth) are particularly interesting. -CH

Morning Catch

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As introduced by Thomas Campbell:

[Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art] launched 82nd & Fifth, a new Web feature that asks one hundred curators from across the Museum to each talk about a work of art from the Met’s collection that changed the way they see the world. One work. One curator. Two minutes at a time.

82nd & Fifth speaks directly to my interest in linking historical art and culture to a broader conversation. The Met is located at 82nd & Fifth but its relevance is global, allowing people to better understand both themselves and the world around them in the broadest sense.

We live in a sea of constant information, and these two-minute, authoritative commentaries are a welcome way to get powerful and compelling content in quick doses. We hope they will intrigue audiences who love the Met and those who are new to art.

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In “Morning Catch” (episode #38), Jeff Munger addresses a broth bowl from Vincennes, ca. 1740-56.

In “Family” (episode #40), Perrin Stein discusses Jacques-Louis David’s Study for The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of his Sons, 1787.


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