The Met’s new season of live performances, renamed MetLiveArts, has become a vital part of New York City’s contemporary live arts scene. Leading with elaborately staged productions, both ticketed and free with museum admission, MetLiveArts continues to push boundaries and set trends for performance in a museum context.
For the 2016–17 season, through the visionary programming of General Manager of Concerts & Lectures Limor Tomer, the focus on commissions and world premieres deepens. The collaboration between living artists and The Met’s collection and curators also thrives.
Throughout the past four seasons, the commitment to presenting site–specific works has yielded some of the most powerful live art presentations in New York and beyond. MetLiveArts prioritizes commissioning and premiering new works, allowing audiences to connect with the content, creativity and ideas that inhabit The Met.
Each season has featured an artist in residence from different disciplines, including music, theater and multimedia. The 2016–17 Artist in Residence makes a departure from the world of the performing arts, with writer and sound artist Nate DiMeo, the creator of the singular podcast The Memory Palace. DiMeo will embark on a year–long exploration of The Met’s American Wing and will create 10 podcasts—each a work of art itself, focusing on a different aspect of the Wing or exploring the hidden narrative of a specific object in the collection.
The podcasts will be developed through deep interaction with the museum’s curators, conservators and scientists. All are exhaustively researched, and the stories are masterfully woven into pieces of performance art. They will be available as a podcast series on both The Met’s website, as well as on The Memory Palace podcast.
This year’s Quartet in Residence is PUBLIQuartet, the New York–based ensemble. The group has been reinventing the quartet format, consistently confounding expectations and gaining new audiences
Additionally, MetLiveArts will present a new work by choreographer Monica Bill Barnes & Company and artist Maira Kalman. They will seize this moment of expansion and experimentation at The Met for an eccentric, evocative and participatory piece called The Museum Workout. Composer Mohammed Fairouz creates an epic oratorio in response to The Met’s upcoming exhibition on Jerusalem. The Tony Award–winner Alan Cumming creates an evening–length musical work inspired by the artist Max Beckmann.