A misdirected solicitation turned into a windfall for the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He sent the 11-year-old museum a $1,000 check, kindling a long-term commitment that included a transformative 1929 bequest by his widow, Louisine W. Havemeyer.
“Making the Met” was originally scheduled for March, before Covid-19 hit New York City and the museum closed to the public.
The audio guide, narrated by Steve Martin, has been abridged so visitors don’t congregate and linger at some works.
Instead, organizers seized on 10 moments that changed the “DNA of the museum or pushed it in different directions,” she said.