Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Artists often come to the Museum to look at art and get ideas for their own work, and sometimes they have an opportunity to do much more; Peter Hristoff is one of those artists.
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
For the 2015–16 season of live arts, musician Vijay Iyer was named the resident artist—yet another daring performer in a series of resident artists that have pushed the boundaries and reveled in the unexpected here at the Met. As General Manager of Concerts and Lectures Limor Tomer commented, "He is enormously creative and collaborative, and is therefore much greater than any genre definition applied to his musical output." Featuring a number of programs that are extremely collaborative, Iyer's upcoming performances at the Met this season will be no easier to categorize.
Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015
The planning phase of my residency at the Met has given me the opportunity to explore the works on view in greater depth, with a focus on both study and documentation. Since January, I have selected one gallery, curatorial department, or exhibition per visit, with the goal of completing drawings of the objects that interest me. Later, while at work in my studio, I then choose the drawings that I would like to paint. I paint each object on an individual panel, which I then hang, salon-style, on the wall. I am attempting to create My Metropolitan—a monumental work that will be determined ultimately by the length of this residency, to be completed by the end of my tenure here at the Museum.
Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015
As an artist in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was recently asked what the Met means to me and about my relationship to the Museum. My professional relationship with the Met began in 1978, during my junior year at the School of Visual Arts. I say "professional" because that was when I, a young art student, first used the Museum as a resource for images to create new work.
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015
Last winter, the Education Department and the Department of Islamic Art began to research and plan an extended fifteen-month residency with visual artist Peter Hristoff. Over this time Peter has worked with staff in both departments to co-plan programs that engage a wide variety of Met visitors—from those interested in hearing an artist's views on works in the collection to events that invite participants to create art themselves. Born in Istanbul to a family of Bulgarian artists and strongly influenced by Turkish art, Hristoff is now drawing from his own research of the Met's collection to develop a variety of programs that will connect many different audiences with works of art across the Museum, including those to be featured in the upcoming exhibition The Great Age of the Seljuqs, opening in April 2016.
Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015
I hate jazz. Or, to be more precise, I hate the word "jazz." It's one of those words that is imprecise at best, and grossly misused at worst. Jazz stretches in every direction, from Duke Ellington to Sunday brunch, incorporating everything from some of the most precise and moving music ever made, to intentionally neutered aural wallpaper. This is why Met Museum Presents doesn't have a designated jazz series, even though we do, in fact, present many artists whose work is classified under the "jazz" rubric.
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Even during a casual stroll through The American Wing, the volume of stories, history, and historical context of the artworks found in this department's collection is staggering. Encompassing art from the seventeenth century through to the 1930s, and across the mediums of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and period rooms, there are thousands of potential plays that could come from these galleries.
As a theater company, The Civilians creates work from a central investigation, often through conducting interviews. For the final performance of our Met residency, The Way They Live, premiering May 15 and 16 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, we were invited to explore The American Wing. This meant we could turn those casual strolls through the Met's American Wing into interviews held with both the staff and the public, which would then be brought together to create a broader conversation between present-day America and the artworks. There were many compelling questions that could guide this conversation between the people who fill the Museum and the art itself, but the most obvious question was also the strongest—we wanted to talk about what it means to be American.
Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This morning Met Museum Presents announced our new season of performance and talks at the Met. Because we call the Met home, we get to reinvent what performance means at the Museum each season, and we are continuing to lead with curiosity and innovation through powerful performances, new commissions, and fearless artists, all taking the many spaces across the Metropolitan Museum as inspiration for a vibrant season. Next season we continue to present "only at the Met" experiences—singular performances and events that entice you to take in the "where" as well as the "what." The upcoming season pretty much proves that there is no normal, no static model, and no predetermined series.
I'm excited to share a few highlights of our upcoming programs, and I hope that you will join us for an incredible 2015–16 season.
Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Last spring when Met Museum Presents announced it had chosen, for the first time ever, a theater company as the Artist in Residence during the 2014–15 season, there was a lot of buzz about how the Museum's collection would translate into theater—and especially how an edgy, Brooklyn-based theater company like The Civilians would fit in at an institution like the Met.
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This morning, Director Thomas P. Campbell announced the 2014–15 season of performances and talks at the Met programmed by Concerts and Lectures General Manager, Limor Tomer. The third year of Met Museum Presents programming by Tomer, this new season will include groundbreaking commissions, New York premieres, and adventurous performances in iconic galleries—something our audiences have come to expect at the Met. A thrilling "new normal."