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Met Museum Presents – May 2013

* JUST ANNOUNCED:
o Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
o Kaizers Orchestra
* DJ Spooky’s Civil War-Inspired Music-Video Piece Complementing the Exhibition Photography and the American Civil War
* DJ Spooky in Talks on Climate Change and Documenting War
* Liars at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
* Camille Paglia on Her New Book About Art, Glittering Images
* Tulips Beyond Holland: Dutch Master Florist Remco Van Vliet Creates Arrangements


Performances

Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
The Sau-Wing Lam Collection in Action: The Virtuosic Violin
In four concerts during the 2012-13 season, New York’s dynamic young Salomé Chamber Orchestra presents programs featuring members and guest artists performing on instruments from The Sau-Wing Lam Collection of Rare Italian Stringed Instruments, a selection of which will be on view in the Metropolitan Museum’s André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments through June 30, 2013.
These concerts are made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
In this fourth and final program of the series, works by Paganini, Saint-Saëns, Kreisler, Maurer, and Sarasate will be performed by guest violinists So-Ock Kim, Philippe Quint, and Chee-Yun and guest cellist Evan Drachman, with David Aaron Carpenter, viola. Sean Carpenter, So-Ock Kim, Philippe Quint, and Chee-Yun will perform Maurer’s Sinfonia Concertante in A Minor for Four Violins, Op. 55.
This is the first time that musical instruments from the renowned collection assembled by Sau-Wing Lam (1923-1988) are on public display in the United States. The instruments on view—nine violins and one viola—include such masterpieces as the Baltic violin by Giuseppe Guarneri “del Gesù” (1698-1744) and the Scotland University and Bavarian violins by Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737). The opening date of the installation, December 18, coincided with the 275th anniversary of the death of Antonio Stradivari.
The Salomé Chamber Orchestra, New York City’s electrifying new conductor-less string ensemble, was formed in September 2009. Founded by the Carpenter siblings (violinists Sean and Lauren and violist David), Salomé is dedicated to advancing the works of both underappreciated and well-recognized chamber composers, and to performing a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary. Salomé’s intelligent, artistic, and interdisciplinary approach to music-making produces refreshing and vibrant performances that attest to the wealth of talent that can be found in this great city and in this generation of musicians. www.salomechamber.org
This event is in conjunction with the exhibition The Sau-Wing Lam Collection of Rare Italian Stringed Instruments, on view through June 30, 2013. The exhibition is made possible by The Amati, Friends of the Department of Musical Instruments.
Tickets: $35
Bring the Kids! $1 tickets available, see www.metmuseum.org/tickets

Friday, May 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
This event will be live streamed on www.metmuseum.org/livestream
DJ Spooky – Civil War Piece - World Premiere, MMA Commission
DJ Spooky creates a music-video piece for string ensemble with live-mixed electronic music and video using images from the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, working in tandem with Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs. A related talk, Documenting War, takes place on May 21.
This event is part of The Met Reframed: DJ Spooky in Residence, a Metropolitan Museum artist residency that in the 2012-13 season features Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky.
The Met Reframed is made possible by Marianna Sackler.
This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, on view April 2–September 2, 2013. The exhibition is made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Tickets: $30

Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Kaizers Orchestra
Kaizers Orchestra is a six piece, theatrical alternative rock band and the one of the most groundbreaking bands to come out of the current Norwegian music scene. The band draws inspiration from a broad range of musical genres, and their live performances have gained them a reputation for being both thrilling and unpredictable. Their music flows through ever-changing moods, smooth grooves, disharmonic noise, gypsy songs, catchy rock songs and beautiful tunes. This concert will be performed in Norwegian. www.kaizers.no
Tickets: $100, $85, $75

Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Liars at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing
Breaking into the New York dance-punk scene in 2000, Liars has been hailed for music that retains a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture even as its style shifts dramatically between albums. Their embrace of interdisciplinary multimedia makes them more than just a mere rock band—Liars’ music can’t be separated from the visuals that typically accompany each album. Their work consistently eludes expectations and sabotages casual interpretation, an approach that continues to produce works that defy categorization. In a review for BBC Music, John Doran called WIXIW, their sixth studio album, an “unqualified success.” For their Met Museum debut, Liars presents a multimedia site-specific performance at The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.
This event is presented in collaboration with Wordless Music.
This event is made possible in part by Isabel C. Iverson and Walter T. Iverson.
This event is in conjunction with PUNK: Chaos to Couture, on view May 9–August 14, 2013.
The exhibition is made possible by Moda Operandi.
Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
Tickets: $25 Unreserved seating

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto
A Co-Presentation by The Red Bull Music Academy and Met Museum Presents

Long-time collaborators Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicolai, bring their acclaimed collaboration, “s”, to New York for the first time ever. “s” is short for “summvs” and refers to the Latin words “summa” (sum) and “versus” (toward). The term serves as a metaphor for the idea of electronic music as inspiration for a new collaborative whole. Sparse percussions, throbbing bass, and crystalline piano solos are embedded in sine waves or reworked live on stage, to establish a new concept of minimal, yet emotionally charged, electronic music.
Carsten Nicolai is internationally renowned for his installations and performances, which combine notions of minimal sound, visuals, architecture, science and technology. In addition to his solo releases he has worked with Pan Sonic’s Mika Vainio and the Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, and is one of the founders of the acclaimed Raster-Noton label. www.alvanoto.com
Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the most influential music makers of our time, from pioneering early electronics with his first group Yellow Magic Orchestra, to globally inspired rock albums, classical compositions, and more than 20 film scores. He received an Academy Award for Music (Original Score) for The Last Emperor. Recent releases include collaborations with leading electronic artists Alva Noto (Summvs, raster-noton), Christian Fennesz (Flumina, Touch), and Christopher Willits (Ancient Future, Ghostly International). www.sitesakamoto.com
Tickets: $20

Talks

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Hall
Georgia O’Keeffe: New Mexico/New Subjects
Lisa Messinger, Associate Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art
This event is part of the Met Salon Series, which offers opportunities to engage with Met curators, artists, and guests in an informal setting, over coffee and light refreshments.

See the American Southwest through the eyes of painter Georgia O’Keeffe as she first encounters it in 1929 and then immortalizes the relics and landscapes around her New Mexico homes into iconic American works of art in the 1930s and ’40s.
This lecture is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
Tickets: $27

Tuesday, May 9, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
DJ Spooky and Bill McKibben in Conversation: Climate Change
Following up on DJ Spooky’s multimedia work Of Water and Ice, presented on March 23, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky will be joining author, educator, and environmentalist Bill McKibben in a conversation about climate change and its effect on our planet, our environment and our culture. The panelists share a deep concern for the environment, and both of them direct their creativity and energy toward effecting positive and sustainable change.
This event is part of The Met Reframed: DJ Spooky in Residence, a Metropolitan Museum artist residency that in the 2012-13 season features Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky.
The Met Reframed is made possible by Marianna Sackler.
Tickets: $25

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Tulips Beyond Holland: Inspirations from Flowers in Islamic Art
A Lecture Demonstration
Remco Van Vliet, third generation Dutch Master Florist
Navina Najat Haidar, Curator, Department of Islamic Art

Floral forms, whether appearing on scrolling arabesques or enclosed in cusped arches, are among the most enchanting aspects of the art of the Islamic world. The Islamic ideal of paradise, conceived of as a garden, lies at the root of much of the floral imagery. Historical engagement with medicinal plants; the development of scents and other related products; the response to the natural environment; and exchanges with other cultures are also reflected in the development of styles of floral decoration or motifs in Islamic art and architecture. Remco Van Vliet, third-generation Dutch Master Florist will create arrangements with fresh flowers inspired by plants and compositions in the art of the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, and India.
This lecture is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
Tickets: $25, $30, $45

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Plain or Fancy, Restraint and Exuberance: A Conversation about Taste
Wayne Koestenbaum, author, The Queen’s Throat, Humiliation
Luke Syson, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts culls highlights from the Met’s permanent collections to contrast restrained—plain—works of art with richly ornamented—fancy—ones, focusing on those moments in history when pendulum shifts made sharp swings in one direction or another. Wayne Koestenbaum, one of today’s most influential and controversial cultural critics, joins Luke Syson for a conversation exploring the ways in which stylistic choices may also be moral ones—and how our aesthetic responses are shaped by shame and judgment. Do you like your art “plain” or “fancy”? And what does taste mean, really?
This lecture is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts, on view February 26–August 18, 2013.
Tickets: $25

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall
Documenting War
Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs
DJ Spooky, Artist in Residence
Susan Meiselas, photographer
This event is part of the Met Salon Series, which offers opportunities to engage with Met curators, artists, and guests in an informal setting, over coffee and light refreshments.

Jeff Rosenheim leads a conversation with DJ Spooky and acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Susan Meiselas, who gained international acclaim through her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Reflecting on the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, the panel will explore issues of documentation, creation of history, narrative, and the role of the artist at the intersection between art and war.
This event complements DJ Spooky’s latest commission for the Met Museum, a new music/video work (see May 10) inspired by the exhibition.
This event is part of The Met Reframed: DJ Spooky in Residence, a Metropolitan Museum artist residency that in the 2012-13 season features Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky.
The Met Reframed is made possible by Marianna Sackler.
This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Photography and the American Civil War, on view April 2–September 2, 2013. The exhibition is made possible by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Tickets: $27

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
Glittering Images: An Evening with Camille Paglia
In conversation with Carrie Rebora Barratt, Associate Director for Collections and Administration
Camille Paglia, the renowned cultural critic whose audacious and ground-breaking Sexual Personae is one of the most highly praised and controversial works of recent art history, comes to the Met to discuss her newest book, Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, and to examine the role museums—essential guardians of the centrality of art to contemporary life—play in an America where awareness of the fine arts may be receding, as she puts it, “drastically and tragically in ways that people who live in cities with great museums don’t realize.”
This lecture is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
Tickets: $30

* For tickets, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets or call 212-570-3949.
* Tickets are also available at the Great Hall Box Office, which is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-4:30 and Sunday noon-4:30.
* Tickets include admission to the Museum on day of performance.
* 30 & Under Rush: $15 tickets for ticket buyers 30 years and younger, with proof of age, the day of the event on select performances (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.
* Bring the Kids!: $1 tickets for children (ages 7-16) for select performances when accompanied by an adult with a full-price ticket (subject to availability). For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets call 212-570-3949, or visit the box office.


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March 26, 2013

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