Metropolitan Museum of Art Alters Performance Series, Renames It ‘Met Museum Presents’

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

If over the years you had developed a vague idea of what types of public talks and concerts the Metropolitan Museum of Art would be hosting over any given week, you’ll need to run out and get a new calendar. Yesterday, the Met announced that its annual performance and talk series will be renamed “Met Museum Presents” and would be varying fairly substantially from years prior, all due to last summer’s hiring of new Concerts & Lectures General Manager, Limor Tomer. While you’ll still see plenty of classical pieces being performed, Tomer has said that she’s interested in tying those performances together with current exhibitions, so there will be programs like composer Tan Dun performing a Chinese opera to go along with an exhibition devoted to Chinese garden imagery. In the business world, we think they call that “synergy.” The new “Met Museum Presents” will also introduce for the first time, a performing artist residency, kicking things off with DJ Spooky, the celebrated musician, artist, and writer, who will perform five times at the Met, as well as hosting “a number of panel discussions, conversations, workshops, and gallery tours for audiences.” He is set to begin the residency this October, which will run through to next June.