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The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host the kick-off of the Festival in collaboration with the Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and the Africa Center
Eight New York City museums are coming together again to present the 44th annual Museum Mile Festival, which will return to Fifth Avenue with in-person programming on Tuesday, June 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. The celebration of art and culture will feature live programs, musical performances, exhibitions and artistic activities for all ages, as well as additional virtual events. Beloved by culture vultures who have missed the in-person festival for the past two years, this one-of-a-kind celebration will once again take place all along the Museum Mile. The event is free.
The eight museums participating in this long-standing collaboration are the Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Gallery New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and the Africa Center. The Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a diverse coalition of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos and botanical gardens. gardens in New York who share a public-private partnership with the city and reside on city-owned property. The Church of Heavenly Rest and the New York Academy of Medicine will also participate in the Festival.
“When we say ‘NYC is back,’ that’s what we mean: connecting with each other again at cultural events, celebrating our diversity and creativity, and providing a space for joy , fun and reflection,” said the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. Laurie Cumbo. “We’ve missed occasions like the incredible Museum Mile Festival over the past couple of years, and we couldn’t be happier to have it back. From puppet shows to salsa concerts and visits to exhibitions: I encourage all New Yorkers to put on their sneakers and witness the triumphant return of the Festival!
The Museum Mile Festival, held on Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 110th Streets, was established in 1978 to raise awareness of its member institutions, promote public support for the arts, and bring communities together. For the past two years, the Festival has been hosted virtually due to the pandemic but will return in person to Fifth Avenue this year. Virtual audiences can follow the hashtag #MuseumMileFestival on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook throughout the evening.
Highlights of in-person and virtual events by cultural partners:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met will host the festival kickoff with the sounds of Slavic Soul Party at 6 p.m. To party. There will be art making and drawing, including puppet making with IBEX Puppetry and lantern making. A special “Ask the Artists” with the young artists of PS Art 2022 will mark the opening of the annual exhibition featuring works by talented New York City public school students. There will be a bilingual story hour with Drag Queen Story Hour.
New York Gallery
The Neue Galerie Austrian Masterpieces exhibition will be open to visitors. The Neue Galerie celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding this year, and this presentation features highlights from the museum’s extensive collection of Austrian art from the period 1890-1940, including major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin and Egon Schiele.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Join “Sketch with Jeff” outside the museum with illustrator Jeff Hopkins, who will draw inspiration from the iconic building. The exhibitions Cecilia Vicuña: Spin Spin Triangulene, Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle and The Thannhauser Collection will be open to visitors, along with poetic interventions through the architecture of the Guggenheim in a project designed by the museum’s first Poetin residency, Taylor Johnson . The Guggenheim will also offer zero-waste recycling stations outside the museum.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Cooper Hewitt will present his latest exhibition, Designing Peace, which explores the unique role design can play in the pursuit of peace. Visitors will encounter a wide range of design responses to the underlying reasons for conflict and division and will be encouraged to consider their own agency in designing peace. Also on view is Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics, which examines the role of design in times of crisis. The exhibit showcases architectural case studies and historical narratives alongside creative design responses to COVID-19.
The Jewish Museum
La Rumba de La MUSA, a diasporic collective of artists who gather around the voice of the Caribbean drum, will play three sets outside the museum at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Families will be able to see the Coney Island installation and get inspired to sculpt their own. animal in action using self-hardening clay and markers. Printed family guides will also be available for the works in this installation as well as other works of art on display. The exhibition Scenes from the Collection will also be open to visitors.
Museum of the City of New York
Explore exhibits that delve into New York’s history, culture, and spirit. Travel to a pre-digital New York in the latest Analog City exhibition. Experience the sights and sounds of the 1980s in the new blockbuster New York New Music: 1980–1986. Visit the beloved Stettheimer Dolls House and enjoy the museum’s new family guide, fun for all ages.
New York Academy of Medicine
The New York Academy of Medicine Library will be giving away crayons and coloring sheets from its annual #ColorOurCollections campaign, featuring colorable images from more than 100 cultural institutions around the world.
The Barrio Museum
El Museo celebrates the spring opening of Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective, the largest exhibition to date dedicated to the artist, activist, educator and founder of El Museo del Barrio, with tours of the exhibition and interactive art-making workshops led by museum educators. The evening will also include a live musical performance by Jose Trombone & Conjunto Rumbon bringing the iconic sound of salsa gorda that emerged in New York during the golden age of salsa, and DJ Taina Enikeyi spinning the afro-sazón Caribbean Boricua with an unmistakable New York flavor. that makes you groove and move.
The Africa Center
African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, presented by The Museum of Food and Drink in partnership with The Africa Center, will be open to visitors. The events will also include a musical performance by Nkumu Katalay.
Church of Heaven’s Rest
The Church of Heavenly Rest (a welcoming Episcopal Church) will once again host the lesbian and gay Big Apple Corps marching band. There will also be balloon figures and activities for children and families. Steven Gifford’s Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire exhibit will be open to visitors, as well as the church itself, which opened on its current site in 1929 with architecture inspired by art deco and superb stained glass windows.
The Museum Mile Festival is part of Festival New York, a citywide celebration featuring over 200 diverse organizations with events ranging from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2022.