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NYC: Metropolitan Museum Celebration for Women's History Month
written by Natasha, 1/18/13 7:20am
edited by Natasha, 2/27/14 3:14pm

RSVP to the Met by Saturday March 1: (or via phone to 212-650-2525) to attend this special, free event. Please copy on your e-mail.

Enjoy a special invitation from the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to join Yale GALA & Natasha to attend this special Celebration for Women's History Month.

The Met is normally closed on Wednesday nights, but on March 5, 2014 it will open for the coveted MADI event for Women's History Month, with special viewings of

The Nelson A. Rockefeller vision: in Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas - A Special exhibit of the holdings of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands and the Americas 


Jewels by JAR - closing March 9th -- over 400 works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the 20th century. First retrospective of JAR's work in America.  JAR is a Harvard alum

And Honoring

Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President)

Susan Taylor - Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement

Bonnie Wong, President, Asian Women in Business 

Hosts Thomas P. Campbell (Director, Met Museum), Emily K Rafferty (President, Metropolitan Museum of Art), Donna Williams and the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative's Advisory Committee (MADI)

Note this is an event celebrating Women's History Month.  All women (LBT and straight) are invited, as are men interested in celebraing Women's History Month.

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue @ 82nd Street (main entrance), NYC

Cost: Free entry but Tickets are Limited

RSVP: MANDATORY by Saturday March 1 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art: (copy if you wish). Maximum 2 people per RSVP. RSVP at once; please cancel if your plans change.

Note: If you RSVP to the Met Museum, you give them permission to add you to their Events list.

Dress: Business attire or festive or dressy, please

Event information:

Enjoy a private viewing of the 2 exhibits:

The Nelson A. Rockefeller vision: in Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 

The Metropolitan's holdings of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas are today regarded as canonical. They constitute such an integral part of the institution that few realize their inclusion is the result of the vision and sustained efforts of a uniquely influential figure in both American political life and the New York art scene: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–1979). The scion of one of the nation's most significant philanthropic families, Rockefeller served as vice president from 1974 to 1977 under Gerald R. Ford and was elected to four consecutive terms as governor of the State of New York between 1959 and 1973. 

Over the course of two decades, the collection of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Museum of Primitive Art became the most important ever assembled. It was shaped by Rockefeller's quest for aesthetic excellence across a vast spectrum of traditions. The museum's co-founder and vice president, René d'Harnoncourt, recruited the art historian Robert Goldwater as director, and together they assisted Rockefeller in realizing his goal of establishing these traditions as fine arts in the West. Toward this end, Goldwater oversaw an extensive program of landmark exhibitions. Before his death in 1968, d'Harnoncourt served as an emissary on behalf of Rockefeller in brokering an agreement with Thomas Hoving, the director f the Metropolitan, to create a department encompassing the holdings of the Museum of Primitive Art and Rockefeller's personal collection. When the Museum of Primitive Art closed in December 1974, its library, its staff, and 3,500 works were transferred to the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing at the Metropolitan. Nelson Rockefeller died before the wing, dedicated to the memory of his son, opened to the public in 1982.

Sixty years after the founding of the Museum of Primitive Art, the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas occupy a place of prominence at the Metropolitan, fulfilling Rockefeller's vision. 


Jewels by JAR.  View 400 works by JAR: JAR is one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the 20th century, who works in Paris. 

This exhibition features more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the twentieth century, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. 

Born in New York and educated at Harvard, Rosenthal moved to Paris soon after his graduation in 1966 and began to experiment with jewelry making. JAR opened in 1978 on the Place Vendôme—the same space he occupies today. Very early in his career, Rosenthal revealed his superb sense of color, whether in the hue of an exotic violet sapphire, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. His works quickly became known for their unique design, the quality of their stones, and their remarkable craftsmanship, but above all for their fearless beauty. He is known for his pavé technique—the setting of small stones so close together that they appear as a continuous surface of jewels—and uses subtle gradations of color to create a painterly effect.

The exhibition is the first devoted to a contemporary artist of gems at the Metropolitan Museum and features a selection of JAR's finest pieces—from jewels in classical flower forms and organic shapes to witty objets d'art—all executed with the most exquisite gem stones including diamonds, sapphires, garnets, topazes, tourmalines, and citrines in an original combination of colors. Rosenthal's one-of-a-kind creations place him among the ranks of history's greatest jewelers.

The exhibition is the first retrospective of his work in America; the only other major exhibition of Rosenthal's work was held in 2002 at Somerset House in London.

Mingle with others and ejoy refreshments at this elegant event. Event is similar to the Post-Pride Met Event, but with a Women's Focus. Note this is an event for Women's History Month, and all women (LBT and straight) are invited, as are men who want to celebrate Women's History Month.


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