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April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Christine Coulson began her career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1991 as a summer intern in the European Paintings Department. She returned in 1994 and, over the next 25 years, rose through the ranks of the Museum, working in the Development Office, the Director’s Office, and the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. She left the Met in April 2019 to write full-time.
From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than twenty-five years, an enchanting novel that shows us the Met that the public doesn’t see.
Hidden behind the Picassos and Vermeers, the Temple of Dendur and the American Wing, exists another world: the hallways and offices, conservation studios, storerooms, and cafeteria that are home to the museum’s devoted and peculiar staff of 2,200 people—along with a few ghosts.
A surreal love letter to this private side of the Met, Metropolitan Stories unfolds in a series of amusing and poignant vignettes in which we discover larger-than-life characters, the downside of survival, and the powerful voices of the art itself. The result is a novel bursting with magic, humor, and energetic detail, but also a beautiful book about introspection, an ode to lives lived for art, ultimately building a powerful collage of human experience and the world of the imagination.
Register below to reserve your space. Attendees will receive a zoom link the morning of the event. Space is limited.
Christine will be in conversation with Adrienne Ruger Conzelman, owner of ARC Fine Art LLC, a contemporary fine art gallery in Fairfield, which she founded in 2009. Since its inception, the gallery has presented over 25 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows for the nearly 30 artists it represents. Adrienne holds a BA in Art History from Hamilton College and a Masters in Art History from Williams College, with a concentration in American painting from 1770 to 1970. After working as an American Painting specialist at Christie’s in the mid-1990s, she researched and wrote a private collection catalogue titled, After the Hunt: The Art Collection of William B. Ruger, published by Stackpole Books in 2002. She has also held numerous volunteer positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Emerson Art Gallery, and the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. Adrienne recently served a Trustee of Hamilton College for which she has curated two alumni artists exhibitions in 2000 and 2010 in New York City.
Possessing a passionate interest in art history, Adrienne has developed art programs for students and led the Learning to Look program for 6 years at Greens Farms Academy. A collector of 19th and early 20th century American painting and contemporary art, Adrienne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the search for inspired works of art that reflect her own aesthetic sensibility and enthusiasm for the history of art.