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The Met’s Department of Live Arts commissions and presents new works of performance: music, movement, sound, and related hybrids. This singular body of work furthers The Met’s commitment to living artists, deepens connections between audiences and works of art, and introduces untested modes of performance. Live Arts has commissioned and presented programs by Julia Bullock, Bill T. Jones and Lee Mingwei, Patti Smith, Faustin Linyekula, Oliver Beer, Leila Josefowicz, Anthony McGill, Rhiannon Giddens, Sting, Yotam Ottolenghi, Bijayini Satpathy, and many others.

Live Arts offers its programs through digital platforms and has garnered millions of views worldwide via YouTube, Facebook, and The Met’s website.

See the events calendar below for program dates and times.


MetLiveArts programs are made possible by the generous support of our MetLiveArts donors.

Ten years of Live Arts at The Met

A headshot of a bald man in a zip-up collared shirt, a grey tweed jacket, and a pendant around his neck. One hand is rested against his head. The other is on his stomach.

MetLiveArts 2023 - 2024 Season

MetLiveArts presents works new and old that highlight the Museum’s spaces, objects, pasts, and futures.

Bijayini Doha fills the frame with dancing with the right arm outstretched and the left arm bent toward the chest.

MetLiveArts 2022 - 2023 Season

MetLiveArts presents a season of groundbreaking performances that explore the Museum’s galleries, collections, and histories.

The four members of the Catalyst Quartet face the camera at various angles, against a silvery metallic background.

Quartet in Residence

Catalyst Quartet collaborates with several prominent NYC artists to redefine, reimagine, and recontextualize the classical music experience, leading their audiences on journeys that augment music with elements of visual and performance art.