This November at The Met Breuer, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed opens with a Member Preview Day; MetLiveArts hosts performance artist Eiko Otake; Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs and Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980 continue their runs; and Flora Bar is recognized as a best new restaurant in America.
Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863–1944) attained fame early in his career for his depictions of human anxiety. Throughout his career, Munch regularly revisited subjects from his earlier years, exploring them with renewed inspiration and intensity over time. Self-Portrait: Between the Clock and the Bed (1940–43) was one of his final such works and it serves as a lens to reassess Munch's oeuvre.
Opening November 15, Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed features 43 of the artist's landmark compositions created over a span of six decades, including 16 self-portraits and works that have never before been seen in the United States. More than half of the works on view were part of Munch's personal collection and remained with him throughout his life.
Members with Early Views, Members with Evening Hours, Members with Opening Nights, and Patrons are invited to preview the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed before it opens to the public.
Raghubir Singh (1942–99) was a pioneer of color street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999. On view through January 2, 2018, this retrospective situates Singh's photographic work at the intersection of Western modernism and traditional South Asian modes of picturing the world. It features 85 photographs by Singh in counterpoint with works by his contemporaries, as well as examples of Indian court painting.
Explore the full trajectory of Singh's career from his early work as a photojournalist through his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s.
Sunday, November 12, 10:30 am–4:45 pm
The Met Breuer
Free with Museum admission
Presented by MetLiveArts, The Met has commissioned the intense Japanese-American activist and movement artist Eiko Otake to create three new editions of her time-bending ongoing work, A Body in Places, designed specifically for the Museum's iconic spaces. Performances will be held at The Met Cloisters on Sunday, November 5, and at The Met Fifth Avenue on Sunday, November 19.
Delirious, an exhibition that explores the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists, continues at The Met Breuer through January 14, 2018.
To learn more about the pervasive nature of delirium in postwar art and the relevance of this topic in the art world today, read "The World Is Never Sane," a Now at The Met interview with exhibition curator and catalogue author Kelly Baum.
Kelly Baum: I think there are definitely parallels to what's happening now in terms of social and political unrest and the pervasive experience of violence, but I also think it is unclear how artists should respond—or how artists will respond. . . . In the exhibition openings in the city and around the world this fall, I think we'll see the results of that effort to grapple with the present.
Conversation on Delirious Art and Times
Artists Dara Birnbaum, Mel Bochner, Nancy Grossman, and Howardena Pindell discuss their work, the exhibition, and the relevance of delirium today with Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. A performance scripted by noted critic Brian O'Doherty will follow.
This October, Flora Bar at The Met Breuer was named one of "the best new restaurants in America" by Esquire. Critic Jeff Gordinier writes, "I know people who, while visiting New York from elsewhere, have dined at Flora Bar. After dessert, they have made reservations to dine there again the following night. The place gets under your skin." See the other top picks at Esquire.
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