For Thomas P. Campbell, director of New York’s , weighing in on 5,000 years of culture is all in a day’s work. “I’ll go from looking at ancient Egyptian artifacts to avant-garde contemporary art,” he says. Campbell is the ninth director in the museum’s 142-year history. Raised in Cambridge, England, he is one of the world’s leading experts on European tapestries. Since taking over as director from Philippe de Montebello in 2009, he has presided over the opening of the museum’s new American Wing and Islamic galleries. Up next: a renovation of both the Costume Institute and the Met’s front plaza, and a major exhibition of Matisse paintings that opens December 4. “It’s a constant changing of mental gears,” says Campbell, “but it’s exhilarating.”
Bright, woven-silk ones. I’m just not a black suit, white shirt, black tie sort of person
Not fussy, just plain. Tetley British tea bags are perfect.
Visiting excavations in Egypt or cutting-edge art in Brazil, I’m constantly amazed by mankind’s inventiveness.
I get an adrenaline rush whenever I return to this vibrant, international city.
Timeless and upbeat. The perfect escape.
First bought a pair I couldn’t afford when I was 20, and I have been wearing this brand ever since.
For me, he is the Shakespeare of our time.
Spontaneous dinners at my New York apartment with friends and family.
when in New York, and the when abroad.
The jewel in the crown of this romantic branch of the Metropolitan Museum.
Low lights, strong drinks—an ideal place to unwind.
Early-morning runs around the Central Park reservoir are essential for my health — mental and physical.