The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses one of the most significant and comprehensive art collections in the world, spanning more than 5000 years of art history and containing more than 2.5 million objects. As with the Louvre in Paris, this massive museum of art can prove daunting to the first time visitor. With this in mind we’ve designed this “crash course” Met tour that is led by an art historian and provides a thorough overview of the museum’s most important collections.
Introduction to the Met Museum
Born in England but raised in Amherst, MA, John is a specialist in modern and contemporary art history and is always especially excited to share his knowledge of these fields. He received a PhD from Emory University in 2015. His dissertation analyzes new art forms that emerged in the 1960s. From 2015-2017, he was a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at the National Gallery of Art. He has taught at Harvard University, the Pratt Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology, George Washington University, and UMass. Whether offering introductory surveys or specialized graduate courses, he always leads classes on visits to area art galleries and museums. John is the author of articles in various peer-reviewed journals and has delivered papers and lectures at a range of institutions, including the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University, and Harvard. Additionally, he was the recipient of major fellowships from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation. Prior to graduate school, John taught English in Salamanca, Spain. He offers tours in Spanish and is accustomed to interactions with non-native speakers of English.
Berfu has a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College and has studied abroad in Rome, Paris,and London. She specializes in medieval art and has been lecturing at the Met Cloisters for the past thirteen years. She has been an adjunct professor of art history for the past decade at CUNY Kingsborough, St. John’s University, and most recently, at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Besides her love for all things medieval, Berfu also has an interest in nineteenth-century NYC history. She’s worked as a preservation and restoration volunteer of nineteen century mausoleums and tomb sculpture at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, and recently curated an exhibition about the art of mourning in nineteenth-century America.
Trained as an art historian and archaeologist, Elizabeth has made New York City’s museums her home for over 5 years. In fact, it was visits to the Met, and a few others, that inspired her career choice. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East and Art History at Lycoming College, a master’s degree at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she specialized in the Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, brought her to the city full-time. Since graduating in 2015, Elizabeth has cultivated a passion for education, and the visitor experience, as well as the history of art.
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