An Anniversary Year Transformed: The Making of “Making The Met, 1870–2020”
The exhibition “Making The Met, 1870-2020” was planned as the centerpiece of The Metropolitan Museum’s 150th-anniversary celebrations and scheduled to open in March until the Museum had to shut down in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
After an unprecedented closure of over five months, The Met and the exhibition opened on August 29, but the world had changed. Making The Met features more than 250 works of art of nearly every type, from visitor favorites to fragile treasures that can only be placed on view from time to time. Organized around transformational moments in the evolution of the Museum’s collection, buildings, and ambitions, the exhibition reveals the visionary figures and cultural forces that propelled The Met in new directions.
Exhibition co-curator Laura D. Corey ‘08 discusses the making of “Making The Met,” from conception through the pivotal events of 2020.
- Laura D. Corey ‘08, Senior Research Associate, The Metropolitan Museum of Art