SPARK: It's About Time

Hosted by Julie Burstein, author and Peabody Award–winning creator of public radio's Studio 360

Laurie Anderson, performance artist

Rebecca Stead, author

Melanie Holcomb, Curator, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, MMA

SeungJung Kim, art historian and professor, University of Toronto

We think we can measure time only in minutes and seconds, but artists and musicians can also play with, stretch, and compress it. Our awareness of the expanse of human time is shattered by our understanding of geologic time and the age of the stars. In this program, our sense of time is expanded and upended as Met Curator Melanie Holcomb describes how a whole day is compressed into a few square feet in a medieval frieze; astrophysicist-turned–art historian SeungJung Kim explores the double Greek notions of chronos and kairos; writer Rebecca Stead bends time in her novel When You Reach Me (2009); and performance artist Laurie Anderson meditates on time and space.

The Spark series explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collection. Each cabaret-style program gathers artists, thought leaders, and performers from theater, film, politics, literature, science, and pop culture to engage in wide-ranging, fresh conversations and performances.

Recorded April 30, 2014

This program was made possible by the Samuel White Patterson Lecture Fund.

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