Spectrum encourages post-college audiences to experience the Metropolitan Museum in new and unexpected ways. Through panel discussions, concerts, and other special programs, Spectrum events offer the chance to interact with contemporary artists; to discuss art, music, video, and new media; and to socialize with other Museum fans.

  • James Nares's Street, Featuring Thurston Moore

    Spectrum was thrilled to welcome Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth, to the Met to perform live in front of a projection of Street, a video by British-born artist James Nares that features Moore's original music.

  • Spectrum and Art21 Present: Are You Smarter than a Curator?

    Spectrum was excited to partner with Art21, a nonprofit organization that uses digital media to chronicle contemporary art and artists, to host its second annual evening of trivia inspired by art and culture.

  • Spectrum Presents CreativeMornings with George Lois

    On November 16, 2012, Spectrum teamed up with CreativeMornings—a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types—to bring designer George Lois to the Met in celebration of the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.

  • Oktoberfest at The Cloisters

    On September 29, 2012, Spectrum celebrated Oktoberfest in one of New York City's most enchanting settings: The Cloisters museum and gardens.

  • An Evening of Baseball and Music

    On April 13, 2012, Spectrum and The Baseball Project celebrated the exhibition Breaking the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball and the Museum's baseball card collection.

  • Spectrum and Art21 Present: Are You Smarter than a Curator?

    Spectrum was excited to partner with Art21, the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists, to bring an evening of trivia inspired by art and culture to the Met.

  • Laugh and Learn with Spectrum

    Spectrum invited Bobby Moynihan and the Upright Citizens Brigade TourCo to the stage to celebrate the exhibition Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine.

  • Spectrum Celebrates the New Galleries

    At this special evening event, Spectrum celebrated the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.

  • Oktoberfest at The Cloisters

    Spectrum celebrated Oktoberfest in one of New York City's most enchanting settings: The Cloisters museum and gardens.

  • St. Vincent on the Roof

    On August 25, 2011, St. Vincent took the stage in the Temple of Dendur when the concert's original location—the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden—was rained out.

  • Shen Wei Dance Arts

    Shen Wei Dance Arts performed in The Charles Engelhard Court as part of the Concerts & Lectures Department's Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Series.

  • Glen Hansard and Guitar Heroes

    Spectrum welcomed musician Glen Hansard to the Met to play a special acoustic set in celebration of the exhibition Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York.

  • An Evening with Duke Special

    Irish musical sensation Duke Special collaborated with Spectrum at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to write all new songs inspired by photographs from the exhibition Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand.

  • An Evening with Guster and Jon Sarkin

    Spectrum was thrilled to present an evening of art and music featuring Guster, an alternative rock band, and Jon Sarkin, an American folk artist.

  • An Evening with Katrin Sigurdardottir

    Katrin Sigurdardottir discussed her two sculptural installations created specifically for the Metropolitan.

  • Check In With Spectrum

    In honor of NYC's Internet Week, we celebrated the Met's newest social media endeavors during a special evening at the Museum.

  • Artists Den Presents Ringo Starr and Ben Harper

    The Metropolitan Museum was excited to host the Artists Den for a filming of an episode of their innovative hit TV series Live from the Artists Den.

  • The Moth at the Met: American Stories

    The evening of storytelling, hosted by author Jonathan Ames, was inspired by the special exhibitions American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915 and Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans.

  • An Evening With Pablo Bronstein

    Pablo Bronstein discussed his approach to the special exhibition, Pablo Bronstein at the Met, which featured two newly created works addressing the very nature of a museum.

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Friday Evening Gallery Events

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