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Met Opera: Damrau and Camarena Turn 'La Sonnambula' Into a Dream

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The action then mirrors the original. There is a love triangle that becomes more complicated as the story unfolds. Amina and Elvino are about to be married, but Lisa, who was once engaged to Elvino herself, still carries the flame.

About Motivation

Limor Tomer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

Fear is a great motivator. It gets us out of bed in the morning, it bathes us in adrenaline, and helps keep us on task and grounded. In moderation, fear can be our friend. But fear-based motivation gets toxic and counter-productive.

First Nighter: The Met's New 'Wozzeck' with Matthias Goerne Confidently Stepping In

David Finkle | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The first performance of the new Wozzeck production at the Metropolitan Opera House turned into one of those show-must-go-on episodes that turn up not...

82nd & Fifth: AWKWARD by Cora Michael

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this drawing, Degas captures the movement of a young dancer in training with the Paris Opera Ballet. "So much about dance vocabulary has to do with...

82nd & Fifth: SHELLSHOCKED by Yassana Croizat-Glazer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Decorated with ceramic whelks, cockles, and moon snails, this mid-sixteenth century vessel reflects the period's fascination with exploring the natura...

82nd & Fifth: PREDATOR by Fiona Kidd

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This clasp was presumably worn by someone in a position of power who belonged to a mobile society in the Eurasian Steppes. "So rarely do we get a real...

82nd & Fifth: FACE by Joanne Pillsbury

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The eyes and mouth of this mask were likely inlaid with shells, which would have given the piece a more lifelike appearance in antiquity. "Being able ...

82nd & Fifth: CELESTIAL by Clare Vincent

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A three-dimensional map of the stars, this celestial globe features a mechanical device. "As a piece of purely decorative art, it holds its own with t...

On Teaching Performance at Harvard

Kalup Linzy | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Kalup Linzy

photo taken at NYU Grey Gallery It is an honor to be the first to teach performance in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard. ...

82nd & Fifth: READING MATISSE by Rebecca Rabinow (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Rebecca Rabinow was awestruck when she discovered Matisse's illustrated book Jazz, which depicts subjects ranging from funerals to swords to k...

82nd & Fifth: ARRIVAL by Morrison Heckscher (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met was originally a self-contained structure in Central Park. The addition of the Great Hall reoriented the building to Fifth Avenue. "It serves ...

82nd & Fifth: BOY GENIUSES by Timothy B. Husband (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

It took three brothers ranging in age from about fourteen to twenty some four years to illuminate this exquisite work. "In the center of the book, the...

82nd & Fifth: NOSING AROUND by Julie Jones (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nose ornaments, which fit over the mouth, were fashionable with high-level men in the ancient Americas for hundreds of years. "It's a form of mask, a ...

82nd & Fifth: ACCIDENT by Samantha Rippner (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert Rauschenberg used discarded printing plates from The New York Times to create this work, which he began in 1962. "It's just the start of what w...

82nd & Fifth: DREAM LOGIC with Joseph Scheier-Dolberg (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shitao was a monk for some forty years; he then went on to seek fame and fortune as a painter in Beijing. "This is a guy who's asking the question, 'W...

82nd & Fifth: BE PREPARED by Constance McPhee (VIDEO)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A highly trained engraver as well as a poet and a visionary, William Blake worked out of the mainstream. "He believed he saw angels and his art was su...

It Is Decided, The Met Can Officially Take Your Money

Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts

The Metropolitan Museum must have breathed a giant sigh of relief this Wednesday, when Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich definitively ruled in favor of t...

82nd & Fifth: HEAD OF CLASS by Stuart Pyhrr

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.28.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This helmet's design features a siren whose tail splits into two and curls up on each side into a thick acanthus scroll. "You have a sense of an indep...

In Case You Were Wondering, The Met Can Charge For Admission

Posted 10.24.2013 | Arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art released a statement today, announcing a formal amendment to its 1878 lease with the City of New York. And yes, it revo...

82nd & Fifth: THE DARK LORD by Kurt Behrendt

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This work depicts the Buddhist deity Mahakala, which means the "great dark one" or "blackness," standing on a corpse and holding a knife and a skull. ...

82nd & Fifth: CENTERPIECE by Carlos A. Picón

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This statue of the god Dionysus is a Roman copy of a Greek original. The Greek work would have been a religious cult figure in a temple; the Roman obj...

82nd & Fifth: SHE by Jason Sun

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.24.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This statuette was made in China during the Golden Age of the Tang Dynasty, when a woman sat on the throne. "It also tells us a lot about human nature...

82nd & Fifth: IDENTITY by Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.23.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This mechanical table's hidden buttons and wind-up mechanism almost magically revealed secret compartments. "This furniture allowed you to move in cer...

82nd & Fifth: BREAKTHROUGH by Thomas P. Campbell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Faded as it is, damaged as it is, it still almost moves me to tears that it survives." --Director Thomas P. Campbell on this rare Netherlandish tapes...

82nd & Fifth: EXPOSURE by Freyda Spira

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 12.03.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Albrecht Dürer employed merchants to sell this print across Europe; the work even made its way to India. "Prints interest me because they circulate i...