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Cécile McLorin Salvant at The Met Cloisters: Mélusine

In July 2023 MetLiveArts welcomed three-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant for a digital-exclusive performance in the Unicorn Tapestries Room at The Met Cloisters.

The Poet of the Information Desk

Robyn Schiff returns to The Met to read from her poem, Information Desk: An Epic in which she recounts what it was like to work at the Museum while establishing herself as a young writer. 

A tall pale rectangle stands vertically on a grey blue background. It is filled with squared lines and shadows etched in grey and taupe

Modern Murals for Private Walls

In 1910, Pablo Picasso embarked on the creation of a group of decorative paintings for the Brooklyn residence of artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field, but the commission was never completed. Delve into the world of private mural commissions and hear from a range of scholars about the history of this unique, yet unrealized, project.

So THAT'S How You Make Paint? Egg Tempera

What does a cake have in common with an Italian Renaissance painting? The answer may surprise you! Watch to learn about the special properties of egg yolk that make it just as perfect for painting as it is for baking.

Make Tempera Paint at Home

Did you know that you can make paint in your very own home? In this experiment, make a glorious painting using only ingredients from your kitchen cabinet and refrigerator.

How Can Art Trick Our Minds? Pointillism and Optics

Instead of mixing paint colors on a palette, what happens if we let our eyes do the mixing? Learn about Pointillism and how the artist Georges Seurat used the science of optics to create a whole new way of painting!

How To Make Your Own Optical Illusion

Trick your friends with this optical illusion! Create an entire rainbow using only the primary colors — red, yellow, and blue dots.

How Do Artworks Last for Thousands of Years?

Take a journey in The Met’s time machine and learn how some objects can last for hundreds of thousands of years!

Why Do Pennies Turn Green?

Have you ever noticed that some old pennies look almost…green? In this experiment, use vinegar and salt to get to the bottom of how and why pennies turn green.

Artist Interview—The Great Hall Commission: Jacolby Satterwhite, A Metta Prayer

Go behind the scenes with artist Jacolby Satterwhite, who discusses his artistic process and inspiration for his 2023 multi-channel video installation in The Met’s Great Hall.

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