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"The Met at 150" Lecture at Quick Center, March 3

Fairfield, CT - This year, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its 150th Anniversary. The Met's Associate Curator Randall Griffey will share a glimpse into the rich history – and future plans – of the venerated museum.

Fairfield University's Open VISIONS Forum (OVF) Espresso Series continues on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m., when Randall Griffey, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) presents his lecture, “The Met at 150 – Looking Back/Looking Forward”, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The Met has played an important role in the preservation and the promotion of global art and artifacts during its 150 years, sharing more than 50 centuries of works from around the word with visitors.

This year marks the Met's 150th anniversary, an occasion that will be commemorated with a wide range of activities throughout 2020. Curator Griffey will recount the museum’s rich history, and reveal how its exhibitions and events continue to celebrate both new ideas and unexpected connections across eras and cultures. This OVF Espresso event is made possible through the Quick Center’s collaboration with the Fairfield University Art Museum.

One of Griffey’s recently curated Met exhibitions was 2018’s History Refused to Die: Highlights From the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift. A New York Times Critics’ Pick, it took him two years to select the installation’s 29 pieces of African-American folk art. As the Times wrote in its review of the exhibit, “every thinking American understands the suffering these artists and their ancestors have endured .... History has indeed refused to die, and some of its greatest art is also very much alive.”

Key components of the Met’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020 include major gifts of art from around the world; exhibitions and displays that will examine art, history, and culture through spectacular objects; and dynamic programs that will engage the Met’s local and global communities. Highlights of the year include the exhibition Making the Met, 1870 – 2020, the unveiling of the newly renovated British Galleries, the display of new works of art given to the museum in honor of its anniversary, the launch of cross-cultural installations, and a robust schedule of programs and events.

Moderated by Philip Eliasoph, PhD, art history professor at Fairfield University and founding director of the Open VISIONS Forum, OVF Espresso talks are designed to generate spirited community conversation in a smaller, more intimate environment.  

This Open VISIONS Forum Espresso event with Randall Griffey on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. is generously sponsored by Cohen and Wolf P.C. Attorneys at Law and Moffly Media. Tickets are $20| $15 for Quick Members. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit www.quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010, or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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