Posts Tagged 'Metropolitan Museum of Art'

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC

The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the city’s greatest traditions, marching for the first time on March 17, 1762 – fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Today it is the largest parade in the world. To this day, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade remains true to its roots as a traditional marchers’ parade by not allowing floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects to participate. Every year, the Parade Committee hosts 150,000- 250,000 marchers in front of approximately two million spectators lining Fifth Avenue. The Parade is also televised for four hours on New York’s WNBC Channel 4 to over half a million households and was web-streamed for the first time in 2008.

The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11 am and marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Irish Historical Society at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes around 4:30 – 5:00 pm.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art to Dedicate a Department to 20th & 21st Century Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has recently enlisted a well-known London curator to oversee a new department that will be devoted to art of the 20th & 21st centuries. Her name is Sheena Wagstaff and has been the head curator of Tate Modern, a UK museum that collects international modern & contemporary art.

Wagstaff’s new position comes forth as the Met prepares to take over the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Marcel Breuer building located at Madison Ave & 75th Street in three years when the Whitney moves to its new location in the meatpacking district. Plans are to use the Breuer location as a home for Modern and contemporary art while the Met’s current galleries are being renovated.

The decision to dedicate a department solely to Modern & contemporary art is seen as a step forward for the museum because they haven’t been able to compete with museums like the MoMa, which specializes in contemporary art. While some feel that this isn’t a smart move on behalf of the Met, Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, and Wagstaff both disagree and vow to incorporate contemporary art more prominently that it has been displayed in the past since it is an important aspect in today’s world of art.

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Guitar Heroes

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be exhibiting the work of three remarkable stringed-instrument craftsmen—John D’Angelico, James D’Aquisto, and John Monteleone, their place in the extended context of Italian and Italian American instrument making, and the inspiration of the sights and sounds of New York City. The exhibit will run through July 4th and will feature performances from Anthony Wilson, Woody Mann, Bob Grillo, Jeff Mirnov, Gene Bertoncini, Don Demarco and Carl Barry.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Sprouts a Bamboo Forest

Inhabitat.com has reported on the Met’s new bamboo structure exhibit called Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t, and You Won’t Stop, which opened on April 27.  The bamboo structure, measures 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high is costructed out out 5000 interlocking 30- and 40-foot-long fresh-cut bamboo poles. It’s a combination of art, sculpture and architecture, that the artists compare to “the arteries in your body or in the city subway system.” The exhibit will be on display at The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden until October 31, 2010.

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Christmas Trees around NYC

At a minimum of 65 feet tall and covered in over five miles of lights, it’s easy to see why Rockefeller Center‘s Christmas tree is one of New York’s most visited holiday decorations. But it isn’t the only tree worth admiring.

Bigger isn’t necessarily better: Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s blue spruce is only twenty feet tall. This indoor tree is adorned with fifty angels and surrounded by over 200 crèche figures, all of which are over 200 years old. The crèche figures depict the traditional Nativity scene, the procession of three Magi, and a large gathering of peasants, townspeople, and all kinds of animals – even an elephant!

Like a little mood music with your tree? Stop by South Street Seaport’s fifty-foot Douglas Fir. The Big Apple Chorus, an 85-member men’s a cappella group, delights visitors with two evening performances on Fridays and two afternoon performances on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas Eve.

Dubbed The Peace Tree, one thousand paper cranes trim the tree at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Bring the kids for a crane-making workshop, or learn about the pre-Christian origins of the holiday on a walking tour of the Cathedral.

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Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.