Tom Campbell is Director and CEO of the Met. Since assuming the post in 2009, Campbell has focused on scholarship and accessibility. These priorities maintain the Museum's excellence in its exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and permanent collections while encouraging new thinking about the visitor experience.
Campbell has been at the Met since 1995, when he came to the Museum as a curator of tapestries. Before becoming Director, he conceived and organized the major exhibitions Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magniﬁcence (2002) and Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor (New York, 2007; Madrid, spring 2008), both of which received widespread acclaim.
TEDxMet came about after Campbell gave his own TED talk, "Weaving Narratives in Museum Galleries" in 2012.
Alice Attie is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in New York City. Her photographs and works on paper are in many collections around the country, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Attie is currently working on several drawing projects; among them is Class Notes, a series of drawings (versions of her class notes) she made during graduate philosophy and physics seminars at Columbia University. Today, she will be continuing in the spirit of that series by making drawings as she sits in the audience.
Bill T. Jones is artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which he formed in 1982 with his late partner Arnie Zane. He has choreographed and performed worldwide and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors, several Tony Awards, and a MacArthur "Genius" Award. In 2000, the Dance Heritage Coalition named him "An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure."
In 2011, Jones was named executive artistic director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation's dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to production, presentation, and education.
Luke Syson joined the Met in 2012 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. This year, he co-curated the small but innovative exhibition Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts. Before coming to the Met, Syson was Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London. While at the National Gallery, he was curator of the exhibition Renaissance Siena: Art for a City (2007), and in 2011 organized the groundbreaking Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.
Syson was also one of the curators who organized the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at The Britsh Museum and was part of the team that planned the new galleries for Medieval and Renaissance art at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
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"Hocket," from Facing North (1990)
Composed by Meredith Monk
Performed by Theo Bleckmann and Emily Eagen
Bleckmann and Eagen, longtime performers of the work of composer Meredith Monk, come together today to perform "Hocket" from Monk's music-theater piece Facing North. A synthesis of music, gesture, ritual, and sound, Facing North conjures a barren wilderness and the fortitude and tenderness of two people surviving within it. A virtuoso feat, "Hocket" is a composition wherein two singers share a single melody, relying entirely on each other to bring it to completion.
Meredith Monk is an American composer, singer, director, choreographer, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, ﬁlms, and installations. A pioneer in extended vocal technique and interdisciplinary performance, Monk's work thrives at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, able to express an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words.
Eric R. Kandel, MD, is a professor at Columbia University, the Fred Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, and a senior investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Medicine, Kandel trained in neurobiology at the National Institutes of Health and in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In 2000, he won the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine.
Kandel's research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia (sea slugs) and mice. More recently, he has studied animal models in mice of memory disorders and mental illness. In 2012, Kandel wrote The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, which won the Bruno-Kreisky Award in Literature, Austria's highest literary award.
Maira Kalman is an author and illustrator for adults and children. Her work tells of her travels and personal observations.
She is a contributor to the New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. Kalman's children's books include Next Stop, Grand Central; What Pete Ate; and Looking at Lincoln. She has also created an illustrated edition of Strunk and White's Elements of Style and Michael Pollan's Food Rules.
Kalman teaches a graduate seminar at the School of Visual Arts and is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in New York. She considers the Met her second home.
Elizabeth Streb, action architect, is a recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Award (1997) and a member of the New York City Mayor's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. In 2003, she established the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero (2010, Feminist Press).
In 2011, the STREB company performed sold-out shows at New York's Park Avenue Armory, the Whitney Museum of American Art's downtown groundbreaking ceremony, and the River to River Festival. In addition, STREB was commissioned to participate in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, where on One Extraordinary Day (July 15, 2012), from dawn to midnight, STREB dancers performed seven action events across major London landmarks, including the Millennium Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and ending with The Human Eye, a spoke-dance performed on the towering, iconic landmark, the London Eye.
Andrew Bolton joined The Met's Costume Institute in 2002 as associate curator and was named curator in 2006. He has organized and worked on some of the Met's most memorable exhibitions, including Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (2004); Chanel (2005); AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (2006); Poiret: King of Fashion (2007); Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008); American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (2010); Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012); and Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013).
Bolton's extraordinary 2011 exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty redeﬁned what a costume exhibition could be and became the most visited Costume Institute exhibition in the Met's history, with an attendance of more than 660,000 people during its three-month run. The Alexander McQueen exhibition catalogue is now in its ninth printing.
Making her parents' plea for immigration all the easier, Negin Farsad was born in the United States, growing up in the desert of Southern California. She obtained a bachelor's degree in theater arts and government from Cornell University. Her dual interest in the arts and politics continued when she moved to New York City, studying for a master's degree in race relations at Columbia University by day but writing and performing comedy by night. She followed that degree with a second master's from Columbia at the School of International & Public Affairs.
Farsad was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Hufﬁngton Post and a 2013 TED Fellow. She has been an active comedian and producer for over ten years, earning a nomination for the Emerging Comics of New York Awards and her own off-Broadway run for the comedy show The Dirty Immigrant Collective. Her solo show, Bootleg Islam, which she wrote and performed, has appeared in the D.C., Dallas, and Chicago Comedy Festivals, among others.
Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned a video from Farsad as part of a web series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes; the series later won the ﬁrst-ever YouTube Visionary Award. Farsad recently won the Lifetime Women Filmmaker Award for her short ﬁlm Hot Bread Kitchen. Her new ﬁlm, The Muslims are Coming!, opened in September. And those graduate degrees . . . well, they now collect dust . . .
J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) was one of the greatest benefactors in the Metropolitan Museum's history. A dominating ﬁgure in the world of American ﬁnance for more than ﬁfty years, Morgan pursued a second career as a collector of art with equal vigor. His appetite for collecting was legendary, and his association with the Met spanned four decades. It began when he became a patron in 1871, then a trustee in 1888, continued with gifts of works of art (the ﬁrst in 1897), and reached its high point when he became president in 1904, an ofﬁce he held until his death in 1913. The ﬁnal chapter in this association was written in 1917, when his son, J.P. Morgan Jr., gave the Met much of his father's collection, including works that had been on loan to almost every department at the time of his death. The 1917 gift of some seven thousand objects was among the largest and most varied ever accepted by this institution.
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Hilary Sargent is the founder of ChartGirl.com, where she makes charts to describe complicated news stories. Her site was recently called one of the 50 Best Websites of 2013 by Time magazine and her charts have been featured by Reuters, The Atlantic, Boing Boing, Business Insider, and others. Sargent has worked for law ﬁrms, political campaigns, news organizations, and nonproﬁts.
Nicolai Ouroussoff is a writer and critic living in New York. His work has appeared in Artforum, The New York Observer, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar, among others. From 2004 to 2011, Ouroussoff was the architecture critic for The New York Times and wrote widely on architecture and urbanism in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. From 1996 to 2004, he was the architecture critic for The Los Angeles Times. In 2004 he was a ﬁnalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a series on the cultural decline of Baghdad.
Ouroussoff is currently writing a book on architecture, culture, and politics in the twentieth century, which will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Melanie Holcomb, a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1999, is a specialist in the luxury arts of the middle ages, from treasure hoards to illuminated manuscripts. An alumna of Smith College and the University of Michigan, she organized the exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages in 2009 and is currently co-curator of the exhibition series Medieval Jewish Art in Context.
Holcomb has a particular interest in travel, trade, and other means of cultural exchange among medieval patrons and artists. Her current research is focused on the art and history of the Holy Land; she and her colleague Barbara Boehm are preparing an exhibition devoted to Jerusalem in the middle ages, scheduled for 2016 at the Met.
Dancer Kyle Abraham is a 2012 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient and 2012 USA Ford Fellow. He received a prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show and a Princess Grace Award for Choreography in 2010. The previous year, he was selected as one of Dance Magazine's 25 To Watch for 2009.
In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama." Abraham is currently the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012–2014.
A ﬁlmmaker, painter, performance artist, and musician, James Nares has followed a creative trajectory that is at once wide ranging and narrowly focused. His work in various media explores concepts of movement, repetition, rhythm, chance, and improvisation. His video Street was shown at the Met in spring 2013, along with an accompanying exhibition of objects from the Museum's collections, chosen by the artist.
His work is featured in a number of public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In spring 2014, Rizzoli will publish a monograph dedicated to James Nares's work in all media over the last four decades.
Jeff Rosenheim has worked at the Met for twenty-ﬁve years, and is Curator in Charge of the department of photographs. He is a specialist in American photography and was the curator of the Met's lauded 2013 traveling exhibition Photography and the American Civil War.
Rosenheim is the author or co-author of some twenty books on Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, Robert Polidori, and Paul Graham, among others. A frequent lecturer in the United States and abroad, he has taught the history of photography and studio art at Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Cooper Union, and Bard College. Rosenheim is currently at work on an exhibition and publication of the early photographs (1956–1962) of Diane Arbus.
Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture, and psychology. His latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonﬁction and eleven other national awards. Far From the Tree tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children, but also ﬁnd profound meaning in doing so. Solomon's previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (2001), won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonﬁction and was a ﬁnalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.
Solomon is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. An activist and philanthropist in LGBT rights, mental health, education, and the arts, he lives with his husband and son in New York and London.
Navina Najat Haidar has been a curator in the Met's department of Islamic art since 1999. She helped lead the planning of the Museum's Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, which have welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors since they opened in November 2011.
Haidar is co-author of Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sultans of the South: Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323–1687 (both 2011). She is currently working on an exhibition about the art of India's Deccan sultans.
Lorna Simpson ﬁrst became well known in the mid-1980s for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history, and memory. With the African-American woman as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the ﬁgure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships, and experiences of our lives in contemporary multiracial America. Most recently, she began a project involving an archive of photographs from the 1950s, which she has been adding to by creating her own replicas of these images, posing herself to mimic the originals.
Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Miami Art Museum; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She had a solo exhibition at Salon94, New York, in 2008 and a solo exhibition at Obadia Galerie, Paris, in 2009. In 2010, she was the recipient of the International Center of Photography's Inﬁnity Award in Art.
For more than a decade, So Percussion has redeﬁned the modern percussion ensemble as a ﬂexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Praised by the New Yorker for its "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam," the group's activities range from commissioning new works by notable composers (Steve Reich, David Lang, Steve Mackey), to writing its own music and collaborating creatively with a wide variety of artists.
So Percussion has been featured at many major venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a group, its educational programs include a new percussion department at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, as well as the annual So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University.
The group has released thirteen albums, many on the Cantaloupe Music label. So Percussion would like to thank Pearl/Adams Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, Black Swamp Accessories, and Estey Organ for their sponsorship.