The Met Breuer to Open to Public with Three-day Weekend Celebration, March 18-20
|The Met invites the public to celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, with three days of special programs and extended hours for the public to experience the Museum’s new space dedicated to modern and contemporary art at all three of its locations. The inaugural weekend begins at 10 am on Friday, March 18, when the doors of The Met Breuer open to the public, with an interactive performance by David Dorfman Dance that will continue throughout the day.
Highlights of the weekend include a series of 9-Minute Talks presented by over 30 artists, writers, performers, designers, curators, Met staff, and other creative voices from across New York City. Inspired by the inaugural exhibition Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, the presenters will respond to the idea of the “unfinished” in talks of just 9 minutes in length-the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer, and between the entrance of Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters. A special Family Day will take place on Sunday, March 20, with programs and events for visitors of all ages, noon–4 pm.
The Museum will offer extended hours at The Met Breuer—from 10 am to 10 pm—on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19.
All events are free with Museum admission.
Related programs will also take place at The Met’s other two locations—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—as indicated below.
Opening March 18 at The Met Breuer
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible—a major thematic survey of unfinished works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. March 18–September 4, 2016
Nasreen Mohamedi—the largest exhibition to date dedicated to Indian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi. March 18–June 5, 2016
Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer—live performance throughout Museum hours in the Tony and Amie James Gallery, March 18–31, 2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible is made possible by Leonard A. Lauder and The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Foundation, the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund, Howard I. Hoffen & Sandra Hoffen, Kenneth and Rosalind Landis, Ann M. Spruill and Daniel H. Cantwell, and Northern Trust. It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Nasreen Mohamedi is made possible by Nita and Mukesh Ambani and the Reliance Foundation. The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía with the collaboration of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art.
Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, with additional support from the Chester Dale Fund.
Opening Weekend Performances and Talks
David Dorfman Dancers: The Met Breuer
Friday, beginning at 10 am
Throughout the day David Dorfman Dance and musicians will perform a work that interacts with the public and harmonizes with the notions of a reveal, the unexpected, and the joyful.
9-Minute Talks; all three locations
Hear creative voices from across New York City respond to the idea of “unfinished” in talks of just 9 minutes in length—the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer, and between the entrance of Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters.
The Met Breuer
Friday, 6–9 pm
Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
The Met Fifth Avenue
Friday, 6–8 pm
The Met Cloisters
Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Names and times for presenters are subject to change; details can be found on the website.
Amani Alkhat, writer
Arthur Ashin/ “Autre Ne Veut,” artist
Andrea Bayer, Jayne Wrightsman Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Met
Kelly Baum, Curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met
Mechtild Baumeister, Conservator, Department of Objects Conservation, The Met
Omar Berrada, writer
Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum of the Arts
Gina Belafonte, actress and producer
Gonzalo Casals, Friends of The Highline
Jem Cohen, filmmaker
Andrew Dolkart, Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University
Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Met
Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator, The Met
Pablo Helguera, artist
Peter Hristoff, Artist in Residence, The Met
Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, The Met
Nina Katchadourian, visual artist
Peter Kim, Museum of Food and Drink
John LaPolla, brewer, Bitter & Esters
Caleb Leech, Managing Horticulturist, The Met Cloisters
Miguel Luciano, artist
Risham Majeed, lecturer
Hasan Minhaj, comedian and actor
Arthur Mitchell, choreographer and founder, Dance Theater of Harlem
Haroon Moghul, writer
Patricia Park, writer
Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, The Met
Eva Reifert, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, The Met
Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, The Met
Leslie Bussis Tait, Museum Educator, The Met Cloisters
Elise Thoron, playwright and director
Eugenia Tsai, Brooklyn Museum
Preeti Vasudevan, dancer and choreographer
Emmanuel von Schack, art historian (in ASL with voice interpretation)
Kay WalkingStick, visual artist
Randy Williams, artist
Nancy Wu, Museum Educator, The Met Cloisters
The Peter Hristoff Artist Residency is made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Opening Weekend Activities
Hands-on art activities that will take place at The Met Breuer throughout the weekend include Drawing Space—Friday, 6–9:30 pm, Saturday, 11 am–9:30 pm and Sunday, noon–4 pm—taking inspiration from the work of the artist Nasreen Mohamedi, the subject of one of the inaugural exhibitions.
Family Day at The Met Breuer
Sunday, March 20; noon–4 pm
At interactive stations throughout the exhibitions—on floors 2, 3, and 4—families are invited to explore the galleries and create works of art at drop-in workshops. Other activities include Drawing Sound, a program with musician and educator Seth Ginsberg on floor 5. There will also be a #MetKids Photobooth, on floor 5.
Education Programs at The Met Breuer are made possible in part by
Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Gordon
#MetKids is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’s new work, commissioned to celebrate the opening of The Met Breuer, takes its title from the time it takes to walk between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer. The two compositions, “Downtown” and “Uptown” are available for download at metmuseum.org/soundwalk and at Q2music.org.
Soundwalk 9:09 is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.
Special Hours for The Met Breuer Inaugural Weekend, March 18-20
Friday, March 18, 10 am–10 pm
Saturday, March 19, 10 am–10 pm
Sunday, March 20, 10 am–5:30 pm
Regular Hours for The Met Breuer (as of March 21)
Refreshments at The Met Breuer: Blue Bottle Coffee Bar
Open during Museum hours
Recharge with light snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Retail at The Met Breuer
Exhibition catalogues for sale will be on the lobby’s original granite “book bar,” reflecting Marcel Breuer’s intent for the design. A pop-up shop on the lobby level will offer a selection of irresistible pick-up products to help you remember your visit. On the 5th floor, to celebrate the inaugural season, the ‘Phaidon x The Met Bookstore’ features a wide range of books including The Met’s own award-winning publications. Limited Edition prints from artists exhibited in Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible will be on view and available for purchase.
The following are available upon request:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 650-2010 for more information or ask any staff member for assistance in the lobby of The Met Breuer, at the MetFridays Welcome Table in the Great Hall at The Met Fifth Avenue, or at the admissions desk at The Met Cloisters.
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About The Met Breuer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program is expanding to include a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. Open to the public beginning March 18, 2016, The Met Breuer provides additional space to explore the art of the 20th and 21st centuries through the global breadth and historical reach of the Met’s unparalleled collection.
Upcoming exhibitions include a presentation of Diane Arbus’s rarely seen early photographic works (July 12–November 27, 2016) and the first museum retrospective dedicated to Kerry James Marshall (October 25, 2016–January 29, 2017).
About The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.
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March 4, 2016
Photo by Ed Lederman