Art and Music
What’s the difference between a flash mob and an impromptu installation? As anyone who happened to be at the Met this afternoon could tell you: not much. At noon, the 20-or-so members of the band Alarm Will Sound laid down their bodies and picked up their string instruments to perform “Cliffs” by Aphex Twin in the Charles Engelhard Court.
While City Opera is bankrupt and Gawker is publishing articles titled “Do Not Give a Dollar to the Opera,” Nico Muhly seems to be breathing new life into the art form. The 32-year-old composer is the youngest to have been commissioned by the Met. His current, much-hyped work, Two Boys, focuses on deception in circa 2000 chat rooms, as one boy adopts various online personas, while goading a second boy to commit murder. Last week, the Transom sat down with Mr. Muhly to ask how he’s getting a 21st-century generation excited about opera-going.
Though the Islamic Wing of the Met (or more specifically, the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia—say that three times fast) opened in October, there’s no reason for young people not to fête the new galleries five months hence.
The event, dubbed “An Oasis at Read More
Novelists are known to love reading fiction, and most visual artists make regular rounds of the galleries, but opera singers, with surprising frequency, are not opera fans.
There is an Oz-like aspect to experiencing a reading of Simon Gray’s play The Old Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—the wizard being the art dealer Joseph Duveen, whose altercation with his longtime colleague, Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson, over a painting’s attribution forms the play’s central plot line. Some 124 masterpieces in the Read More
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala is perhaps the institution’s most famous and most glamorous event, New York’s version of the Oscars. The event, a million-dollar fund-raiser for the Met, is planned out months, sometimes more than a year, in advance.
But when 40-year-old British designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide last February, the Read More