Exploring themes of identity, tradition, culture, sexuality and more through the lens of The Met collection.

collage of a harlem block with two buildings. A jazz band plays and children also play on the street.

The Sounds of The Block

How does the rediscovery of an audio component for Romare Bearden’s monumental collage transform our understanding of it?
Harlem Is Everywhere podcast artwork featuring William Henry Johnsons's "Street Life, Harlem

Harlem Is Everywhere, A New Podcast from The Met

How music, fashion, literature, and art shaped a modern Black identity during the Harlem Renaissance and beyond

Meet Mei Lum, Artist-in-Residence

Meet Civic Practice Partnership artist-in-residence Mei Lum, founder of the W.O.W. Project and the fifth-generation owner of her family's century-old porcelain business, the oldest operating store in Chinatown.

Artists on Artworks—Africa & Byzantium

Join artists as they reflect on works in the exhibition Africa and Byzantium and make connections to their own artistic practices.

Five black men playing poker at a table with chips and cards. There is a window in the background.

Two Artists of the Great Depression

Learn more about the influential work of Dox Thrash and Charles Henry Alston during the unprecedented financial crisis.

Artist Alethea Pace's Listening with: Drake Park

During her residency at The Met, Alethea Pace is taking a process-centered approach and discovering what the work will be alongside her community.

Ballet Hispánico: Buscando a Juan

For this MetLiveArts commission, Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro reacts to the ideas presented in the exhibit Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter with Buscando a Juan (“Looking for Juan”) and explores the “sancocho”—literally, mixed soup—of cultures and diasporas.

Close-up of the marble statue of Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, made by Randolph Rogers, from her above her shoulders showing a young girl with closed eyes and a hand cupped around her right ear in a gesture suggesting it aids her hearing. Nydia’s face is directly facing the camera. The sculpture is in the American Wing Engelhard Sculpture Court at The Met, a skylit space with direct, dramatic natural light.

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

"No place for a blind girl in a city of ash."

Lo Tatou Seiana: Our Flowering, Our Time

Dan Taulapapa McMullin muses on colonialism, queer mythologies, and activism in the Pacific Islands.

Jon Gray

Civic Practice Partnership artist-in-residence Jon Gray is the cofounder of the Bronx-based collective Ghetto Gastro. The collective is committed to feeding, inspiring, and growing young entrepreneurs in the Bronx while establishing the locale as a culinary destination.

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