Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey, CA



A Taste For Art

The Monterey Museum of Art presents A Taste For Art, the annual Fall Gala, an occasion not to be missed. This prestigious event will be held Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at the Beach and Tennis Club in Pebble Beach. A Taste For Art offers a wonderful evening rich with exceptional entertainment and sensational cuisine.

The highlight of the evening is guest speaker, Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1978. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of art and the museum world, Mr. de Montebello's talk will compliment those given the past two years by his predecessor, former Director of the Metropolitan, Thomas Hoving.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a hosted bar. Dinner will be sewed at 7:30 p.m. Individual reservations are $175 per person, with tables for eight available for U,400. $100 of each ticket is tax deductible.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve places early as seating for this event is limited. For further information, call the Museum at 372-5477.

About the guest speaker...

For more than nineteen years, Philippe de Montebello has served as the eighth Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan is matched by no other in the Western Hemisphere in the range and quality of its holdings and is approached in size only by the Louvre and the Hermitage. Its growing audience now numbers close to 5 million visitors a year. (right: Philippe de Montebello. Image courtesy of Monterey Museum of Art)

During his tenure, the Metropolitan has focused much of its resources on the permanent collections, re-installing, conserving, and publishing much of its collections, and pursuing an active acquisitions program through purchase - most recently Nikolaus Gerhart von Leiden's masterpiece boxwood sculpture of the Virgin and Child; through gift - most recently, Klaus Perl's collection of Benin sculpture and early 20th century art; and by bequest - most recently, The Annenberg Collection. At the same time the Metropolitan has vastly expanded its international loan exhibition and educational programs.

Among Mr. de Montebello's recent initiatives are the reinstallation of its 19th century European paintings and sculpture in new Beaux Arts style galleries, the expansion of the galleries for English furniture and decorative arts, and the conservation and installation of the Gubbio studiolo. Of recent date also are the creation of galleries for Indian and Southeast Asian art and of a vast textile storage and conservation center.

Mindful that the presentation of the collections is a primordial responsibility, such marked improvements as the newly designed Tiepolo gallery, or the gradual reinstallation of much of the Egyptian collection, though not dramatic changes per se, do represent a policy of amelioration rather than growth that is likely to prevail for the Metropolitan in the future.

To the millions of people who visit the museum each year, Mr. de MontebelIo is also the familiar voice of the Metropolitan, guiding visitors through special exhibitions and installations through the use of audio tours that he has narrated for most of his tenure.

Born in Paris, Mr. de Montebello attended French schools through the Baccalaureat. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1958, and after serving as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, received an advanced degree from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Mr. de Montebello became an American citizen in 1955. With the exception of the four 1/2 years he spent as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1969 to 1974, Mr. de Montebello's career has evolved at the Metropolitan Museum. He joined the Met as a curatorial assistant in 1963, rising to Associate Curator, in the department of European Paintings. In 1974, Mr. de Montebello was appointed Vice Director for Curatorial and Educational Affairs, a post he held until he became Acting Director in July 1977. A year later he became the Met's Director and has served in that role ever since.

Mr. de Montebello has been awarded several honors including, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1991; the Order de Isabel la Catolica, Encomienda de Numero; the Spanish Institute Gold Medal Award; Knight Commander, the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great; and a number of honorary degrees and fellowships from New York University, Lafayette College, Bard College, and !ona College. Among his professional affiliations are membership on the Board of Trustees of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts; and membership on the Columbia university Advisory Council of the Departments of Art and Archaeology. He is also a Trustee of the American Federation of the Arts, and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship.

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This page was originally published 10/8/98 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 11/28/11

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