Exhibition Dates: May 27-September 2, 2013
Exhibition Location: Robert Lehman Wing, court level and first floor
Press Preview: Monday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - Because the American Civil War threatened both the founding principles and the viability of the republic, the nation’s entire population was deeply affected by the fact of the conflict and its outcome. The major loan exhibition The Civil War and American Art, which will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning May 27, will consider how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Landscapes and genre scenes-more than traditional history paintings-captured the war’s impact on the American psyche. The exhibition traces the trajectory of the conflict: unease as war became inevitable, optimism that a single battle might end the struggle, growing realization that fighting would be prolonged, enthusiasm and worries alike surrounding emancipation, and concerns about how to reunify the nation after a period of grievous division. The exhibition proposes significant new readings of many familiar masterworks-some 60 paintings and 18 photographs created between 1852 and 1877-including landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church and Sanford Robinson Gifford, paintings of life on the battlefront and the home front by Winslow Homer and Eastman Johnson, and photographs by Timothy H. O’Sullivan and George N. Barnard. Read more »
Dates: May 14-November 3, 2013 (weather permitting)
Location: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
Press Preview: Monday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - A large-scale site-specific work of art by Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan)-an artist known for his unique style of combining the motifs, symbolism, and ornamental techniques of Islamic art with modern conceptual approaches-is the 2013 installation on The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opening May 14. Entitled The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi, the project represents the artist’s emotional response to violence occurring across the globe in recent decades and his earnest hope for regeneration and lasting peace in the aftermath of man-made disasters. Read more »
Tourism Summit Generates New Ideas to Bring More Visitors to New York State
Governor: NYS Tourism Equals Business
Albany, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.
The Governor’s announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related. The more than 202 million international and domestic visitors to the Empire State last year resulted in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and generated $7 billion in state and local taxes.
“New York State has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the beaches of Long Island, no matter what you’re looking for you can find it here,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want the world to know about these assets, too, and am committed to making the State a ‘must see’ global destination and creating new jobs and investments in New York.” Read more »
New York, N.Y. - “Haitian Heroes” is the title of a large-scale photo exhibition showing in New York from 30 May to 02 June 2013. The focal point of the exhibition is the future of Haiti - Haiti’s children. Through a series of keen photographs and touching life stories collected during a field trip to Haiti, 12 of Haiti’s children exhibit their hopes, dreams, and goals - displaying the strength and zest for life that lies within them.
At the heart of the Haitian Heroes Project lies the “Power of Potential”. Potential that rests deep within those who can ultimately change the future of an entire country: the children of Haiti. Children that are nothing short of being Heroes. Not typical Heroes. Not the glorious ones we know. Not the ones in shining armor. But children that have turned into everyday Heroes, because they fight against all odds imaginable to follow a dream - or to just make it through the day. Read more »
Neighborhood x Neighborhood Features Hotels, Restaurants, Cultural Organizations, Attractions and More Along the Lower Manhattan Waterfront
New York, N.Y. - NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced Lower Manhattan as the third destination to be featured in Neighborhood x Neighborhood, a program designed to increase visitation, support local businesses and encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations across the five boroughs. Lower Manhattan is home to the financial center of the United States and includes the neighborhoods south of Chambers Street such as the Financial District and Battery Park City. According to the Downtown Alliance more than 9 million tourists already visit Lower Manhattan to see the New York Stock Exchange, walk down Wall Street and visit the 9/11 Memorial, but the neighborhood is also a great place to shop, dine, stay and explore. Lower Manhattan is easily reachable by over 12 subway lines and the PATH trains, making it one of the City’s most accessible neighborhoods for both visitors and locals to enjoy. Read more »
Event Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan
New York, N.Y. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host Senses of Springtime-a free family festival celebrating the spring season and the Museum’s collections of works of art from the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia and the Ancient Near East-on Sunday, April 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The festival is part of a growing roster of multigenerational programs presented by the Museum’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative and the Museum’s Education Department to connect families with different cultural traditions from across the world. Activities will include music and dance performances, storytelling, art-making activities, and a unique multi-sensory tour of the Museum’s galleries. Read more »
New York, N.Y. - Beginning May 1, in celebration of the 75th-anniversary year of The Cloisters museum and gardens, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer same-week admission to The Cloisters for members of the public who visit the Metropolitan Museum’s main building first. Same-week combined admission is an enhancement and expansion of the same-day admission policy that has been in effect between the buildings for decades. A visitor with an admissions receipt from the Metropolitan Museum’s main building will be entitled to one additional admissions button to The Cloisters for up to seven days. The Cloisters-the Metropolitan’s branch museum dedicated to the art and architecture of the Middle Ages-is located in Fort Tryon Park, in northern Manhattan. Read more »