Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I am far from the first person to notice a more leisurely atmosphere at the Met on Friday and Saturday nights. Many find it less crowded, with the usual flurry of activity waning by 5:00 p.m. (the Museum remains open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). The evening hours at the Museum attract a different crowd—those more willing to lose themselves in the galleries, shedding the visitor maps for a more exploratory approach to museum going.
Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
This season, Met Museum Presents offers a rare and comprehensive look at postmillennial Mali and contemporary Malian music, culture, and politics. Mali Now features performances and talks that either introduce New York audiences to Malian artists, scholars, and thought provokers, or gives already-devoted fans an opportunity to experience these figures live on stage through a roster of thrilling events.
Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Say hello to the Met Museum Presents blog—a new platform that will connect you with Met Museum Presents, the Met's performance and conversation series. This blog will hopefully be many things: a think tank, an archive, a gossip column, and a conversation generator. There's nothing New Yorkers love more than to discuss, and argue about, culture; so, in this blog we'll overshare, discuss, and argue about contemporary culture and performance within the Museum's galleries, as well as New York City and around the world. In many ways this blog will be a reflection of our own ongoing exploration and experimentation, as we craft a live-arts identity for the Museum.
Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014
Met Museum Presents begins its third season in September, which will bring an array of dazzling site-specific, gallery-based performances to the Museum. Filling the Met's spaces with music, dance, opera, and theater, world-class performers will continue our mission of creating exciting programs for the Museum and its collection, allowing audiences an unparalleled experience.
Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014
For arts institutions, engaging the younger demographic seems to be on everyone's mind. All eyes are on the twenty-somethings, and while those capricious millennials are important, it's the kids—the seven- to sixteen-year-olds seated next to their parents, still curious and open-minded—who are truly the ones with the potential to become loyal and life-long art fans.
Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
There's a corner you turn in the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum where the labyrinth of galleries suddenly opens up into a staggering vista of The Temple of Dendur. Though I now always know what I'm about to see, turning that corner is still a powerful experience. Walking into Alarm Will Sound's first rehearsal for I Was Here I Was I at the Temple, I was struck by what an incredible thing it is to be creating art at the Met. We created I Was Here I Was I expressly for The Temple of Dendur, using it not only as venue, but as subject.
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014
When Kate Soper's adventurous score for I Was Here I Was I fills The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing on June 20, the gallery itself will be at the center of the performance. The Temple of Dendur has long been an unrivaled venue for concerts, but for this dramatic and unprecedented finale to Alarm Will Sound's yearlong residency, the Temple will be the principal character in a story that spans two millennia and three different storylines.
Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014
"Feel the World Stand Still"
This phrase is currently emblazoned on subway ads across New York City promoting the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Seminary, which will bring the Estonian composer to New York for the first time since 1984. While this kind of dramatic hyperbole often surrounds any discourse regarding Pärt's music—"mystical," "heavenly," "timeless" are frequently used—the overwhelming acceptance of his work is a rare occurrence in the landscape of contemporary concert performance. His is a music that seamlessly bridges the gap between the modern and the ancient, minimalism and Gregorian chant, making the comparisons often cited between Pärt's music and that of both Phillip Glass and Josquin dez Prez the equivalent of an artist being equally heralded alongside Rothko and Caravaggio.
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
The opera Gloria—A Pig Tale, which will run for three performances at the Met between May 29 and June 1, is a wicked twist on the classic fairy tale—featuring a heroine pig, an unlikely (and wild) knight in shining armor, and a prince with an ulterior motive.
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium stage will be inventively converted into a farm where the story can unfold in true operatic style, with rich, multilayered sets, a vaudevillian and dynamic score composed by HK Gruber, and unforgettable costumes. Designed by Doug Fitch of Giants Are Small and presented as part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Gloria will be brought to life with incredible detail in an unprecedented transformation of the Met's main stage.
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014
The upcoming Met Museum Presents talk Journeys to Divinity, along with the current exhibition Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations, touch on how imagery functions to convey complex social and religious meanings—a concept occurring today in a myriad of contexts, as the Internet penetrates deeper into our communal experience. Gonkar Gyatso considers just such media in his construction Dissected Buddha, which draws from fragments of pop culture, mass media, and advertising in a way that appeals to a broad audience and breaks down both language and geographic boundaries.