“An Anniversary Year Transformed: The Making of Making The Met, 1870–2020”


an Art History Lecture
with Laura D. Corey (T’ 08)
Senior Research Associate
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Online event. Open to public.
Zoom: https://duke.zoom.us/j/97948832111?pwd=dGprZzVyZUVYTU5QblE1bjR0TDlLQT09

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 will
discuss the “making of” Making The Met, from conception through the pivotal events of 2020.

Laura D. Corey is Senior Research Associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-curator
of Making The Met with Deputy Director Andrea Bayer. Corey graduated from Duke with an AB
in Art History and French in 2008 and earned her MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts,
New York University, where she specialized in 19 th -century French art and the history of
collecting. She began her Met career as an intern in 2010 and has since contributed to
exhibitions including Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2013), Seurat’s Circus
(2017), and Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence (2018), as well as a
variety of publications and exhibitions at institutions around the United States and abroad.

Image: Visitors viewing Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851), 1910 and
2019. Photo by Roderick Aichinger (right) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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