Met Museum Announces Return of Two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

The museum, which has some 160 items from Benin City, becomes the latest institution to announce the restitution of some of the priceless artifacts.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #edo-museum-of-west-african-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria

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Lines Never Felt So Good: Crowds Herald New York’s Reopening

Museums broke attendance records, movie theaters sold out and jazz fans packed clubs on a rainy Memorial Day weekend that felt far removed from the prior year’s pandemic traumas.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cobble-hill-brooklyn-ny, #comedy-cellar, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cruella-movie, #culture-arts, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smalls-manhattan-ny-music-venue, #wilner-spike

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The Met Changes Course

A remarkably intimate documentary intended to chronicle the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary ends up filming one of the most challenging years of its history, from the inside.

#art, #denyer-ian, #documentary-films-and-programs, #inside-the-met-movie, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #public-broadcasting-service, #television

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The Mayor Promises a Summer to Remember in New York. Can He Deliver?

A pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio that New York City would fully reopen on July 1 brought hope. But his vision of a city reborn faces significant obstacles.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

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De Blasio Promises a Summer to Remember in NY. Can He Deliver?

A pledge from Mayor Bill de Blasio that New York City would fully reopen on July 1 brought hope. But his vision of a city reborn faces significant obstacles.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations

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Allon Schoener, 95, Dies; Curator Caught in Furor Over ‘Harlem’ Show

His “Harlem on My Mind” exhibit at the Met museum in 1969 drew protests for not including works by Black artists. But since then it’s been reconsidered.

#art, #black-people, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #harlem-on-my-mind-exhibit, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #schoener-allon

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On the Met’s Roof, a Wistful Fantasy We’ve Been Waiting For

“As Long as the Sun Lasts” is a winsome crowd-pleaser that turns gentle circles without ever getting anywhere.

#art, #big-bird, #calvino-italo, #da-corte-alex, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #sesame-street-tv-program

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Why Closing a Nuclear Plant Could Hurt N.Y.’s Environment

The nuclear power plant at Indian Point will close at the end of the month, but the shutdown could cause a spike in greenhouse gases.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #indian-point-nuclear-power-plant-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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When Is the Met Gala in 2021?

This year’s Met Gala will be in September. The Costume Institute has announced its next big show. The subject: American style. Politics are involved.

#bolton-andrew, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costume-institute, #fashion-and-apparel, #met-gala, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-fashion-week, #parties-social, #your-feed-fashion

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Two Brothers Posed for a Portrait. One Lived to See It in the Met.

Alice Neel painted two neighborhood boys in her studio in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the mystery of what happened to the picture has been solved.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #neel-alice

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Up on the Met Roof, an Artist Is Taking Big Bird to New Heights

Alex Da Corte, known for provocative, brightly colored installations, will showcase the beloved “Sesame Street’” character at the top of the Met this spring — but with a twist.

#art, #big-bird, #content-type-personal-profile, #da-corte-alex, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #philadelphia-pa, #sculpture, #sesame-street-tv-program

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It’s Time to Put Alice Neel in Her Rightful Place in the Pantheon

A large retrospective feels at home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s grandest galleries and should silence any doubt about the artist’s originality or her importance.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #neel-alice, #women-and-girls

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Experiencing Museums as They Should Be: Gloriously Empty

A critic discovers the joy of visiting Covid-restricted art collections, which lets him commune with van Gogh and the gang.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #picasso-pablo, #van-gogh-vincent

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Selling Art to Pay the Bills Divides the Nation’s Museum Directors

Bitter debate has ensued as museum leaders around the country discuss whether to permanently embrace a pandemic-spurred policy that allows the sale of art to cover some operating costs.

#baltimore-museum-of-art, #brooklyn-museum, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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Metro Pictures, Champion of the Pictures Generation, Is Closing

The gallery, which represented artists like Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, cited “the anticipated arrival of a very different art world.”

#art, #longo-robert, #metro-pictures, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #paglen-trevor, #photography, #sherman-cindy

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Carol Bove’s Light-Touch Heavy Metal Faces Down the Met

The American sculptor is the second artist invited to occupy the sculptural niches on Fifth Avenue.

#art, #bove-carol, #content-type-personal-profile, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #sculpture

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How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan

Many of the country’s finest antiquities were stolen under cover of war, ending up in elite museums all over the globe. Should they be returned?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #brooklyn-museum, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #looting-crime, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-museum-of-afghanistan, #restoration-and-renovation

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A Year After New York’s First Covid-19 Case, Cuomo Lies Low

After drawing praise for his leadership early in the pandemic, the governor is embroiled in several scandals.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #sexual-harassment

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Lightning Strikes Twice: Another Lost Jacob Lawrence Surfaces

Its owner, a nurse living on the Upper West Side, flagged a worker at the Metropolitan Museum’s information desk. “Listen, nobody calls me back. I have this painting. Who do I need to talk to?”

#art, #black-people, #lawrence-jacob, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #peabody-essex-museum, #randall-griffey, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-art-museum, #sylvia-yount

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in March

Mitsuko Uchida, the Louisiana Philharmonic and a performance organized by Teju Cole are among the highlights.

#abrams-teddy, #bryan-courtney-composer, #cal-performances, #catalyst-quartet, #classical-music, #cole-teju, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #komische-oper-berlin, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #lindsey-kate-1980, #louisiana-philharmonic-orchestra, #louisville-orchestra, #mcgill-anthony, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #orchestra-of-st-lukes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uchida-mitsuko, #young-concert-artists

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in March

Mitsuko Uchida, the Louisiana Philharmonic and a performance organized by Teju Cole are among the highlights.

#abrams-teddy, #bryan-courtney-composer, #cal-performances, #catalyst-quartet, #classical-music, #cole-teju, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #komische-oper-berlin, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #lindsey-kate-1980, #louisiana-philharmonic-orchestra, #louisville-orchestra, #mcgill-anthony, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #orchestra-of-st-lukes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uchida-mitsuko, #young-concert-artists

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Goya: The Dreams, the Visions, the Nightmares

In more than 100 drawings and prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the brilliant Spanish artist navigates the turbulence of politics and looks deep within the chambers of his heart.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #goya-francisco-de, #metropolitan-museum-of-art

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Facing Deficit, Met Considers Selling Art to Help Pay the Bills

Like many museums, the Met is looking to take advantage of a relaxation of the rules governing art sales to care for collections.

#art, #auctions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #hollein-max, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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Is Seeing That Renoir Essential? In the Pandemic, Cities Differ

Arizona has allowed its museums to remain open despite a deadly outbreak, while in cities and states with far fewer cases, the doors have been closed.

#about-time-fashion-and-duration-exhibit, #american-alliance-of-museums, #art, #art-institute-of-chicago, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costume-institute, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #lott-laura-l, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museums, #philadelphia-museum-of-art, #phoenix-art-museum, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rodgers-timothy-r, #rub-timothy, #smithsonian-institution, #weiss-daniel-h

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With New Urgency, Arts Groups Hire Diversity Officers

Cultural institutions are recruiting people of color to lead their transformation efforts. But hiring one leader doesn’t mean the work is done.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art-institute-of-chicago, #chicago-museum-of-contemporary-art, #edward-e-greene, #hammer-museum, #hiring-and-promotion, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #makeba-clay, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #minorities, #museums, #phillips-collection, #rosa-rodriguez-williams, #turner-lavita-mcmath, #university-of-california-los-angeles, #weiss-daniel-h

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Design Works Prints From Tillett Textiles are Back

In the late 1960s, Tillett Textiles teamed up with designers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for a historically significant collaboration. Now the prints are being reissued.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #berkshires-mass, #design, #mcbride-patrick-1972, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #onassis-jacqueline-kennedy, #textiles, #tillett-textiles

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The Met Casts New Light on its Greatest Hits and History

Goya, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez and more are in skylit splendor in the European galleries. And the museum is acknowledging the shaping force on art of colonialism, slavery, the disenfranchisement of women.

#art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation

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What Will Become of a Tycoon’s Art Gems?

It’s the art world’s new guessing game: Will Sheldon Solow’s paintings and sculptures, conservatively valued at $500 million, be heading to a private museum or to auction?

#acquavella-galleries, #art, #arttactic-ltd, #auctions, #botticelli-sandro, #christies, #collectors-and-collections, #finances, #fonssagrives-solow-mia, #giacometti-alberto, #heller-leila-gallery-manhattan-ny, #income-tax, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #picasso-pablo, #solow-sheldon-h

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Museums Are Still Open in New York. Here’s What’s on View (for Now).

Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself are some of the exhibitions that remain open to the public.

#art, #bronx-museum-of-the-arts, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-museum-of-contemporary-art, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #queens-museum, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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Ronald Lauder Gives Major Arms and Armor Gift to the Met

The group of galleries will be named for the collector, whose 91-object gift is the museum’s most significant since 1942.

#armor, #art, #lauder-ronald-s, #metropolitan-museum-of-art

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Will Art Lovers Open Their Wallets for Online Tours?

Two London museums have started charging to experience their shows on the internet.

#art, #design-museum-london-england, #gentileschi-artemisia, #london-england, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #national-gallery-london

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Why This Billionaire Will Never Leave New York

For the cosmetics mogul and philanthropist Leonard Lauder, the city, with its museums, public transit and parks, is an explorer’s delight.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endowments, #harrison-rex, #lauder-judy-glickman, #leonard-a-lauder, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #schraffts, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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How Long Can N.Y.C. Museums Survive at 25 Percent Capacity?

Visiting during the pandemic can feel a bit lonely. Museum directors worry that will persist far into 2021.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #art, #brooklyn-museum, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #international-union-of-operating-engineers, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-historical-society, #poots-alex, #queens-museum, #shed-manhattan-ny, #tallant-sally, #weiss-daniel-h, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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New York Lockdown Rules: What to Know

Schools and nonessential business can reopen in some zones that were deemed virus hot spots, but restrictions remain or tighten elsewhere.

#art, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #new-york-city, #queens-nyc

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Museums Are Back, but Different: A Visitor’s Guide

The visitors may be masked, but the art is gradually coming into full view.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dallas-museum-of-art, #gardner-isabella-stewart-museum, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-fine-arts-boston, #museum-of-fine-arts-houston, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #national-gallery-of-art, #perez-jorge-m-art-museum-of-miami-dade-county, #sirmans-franklin, #tinterow-gary, #weinberg-adam-d, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #zumthor-peter

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Jacob Lawrence Painting, Missing for Decades, Is Found by Met Visitor

The panel by the renowned Black artist, part of his “American Struggle” series, was last seen in 1960. But someone had a hunch where it was.

#art, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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The Incredible Whiteness of the Museum Fashion Collection

In the small group of high-culture institutions that venerate the art of fashion, Black designers have been largely overlooked.

#art, #black-people, #discrimination, #fashion-and-apparel, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #musee-des-arts-decoratifs, #musee-galliera, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #textiles, #victoria-and-albert-museum, #your-feed-fashion

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Things to Do This Week

This week, meet the singer Tashera Robertson, hit a photo show and try your hand at making snow fluff.

#art, #bennett-brit, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-book-festival, #cleveland-museum-of-art, #content-type-service, #copeland-misty, #culture-arts, #dancing, #exercise, #gutierrez-martine-photographer, #hall-moran-alicia, #jones-bill-t, #jones-tayari, #mcqueen-steve, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #music, #national-museum-of-women-in-the-arts, #new-school, #new-york-city-ballet, #new-york-film-festival, #parsons-the-new-school-for-design, #photography, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roy-arundhati, #sherman-cindy, #whitehead-colson

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Jacob Lawrence, Peering Through History’s Cracks

“American Struggle” at the Met shows an artist searching out bits of the nation’s history that have been edged out, and making visible the fight for racial equality.

#art, #black-people, #caravaggio, #lawrence-jacob, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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New York City Museums Offer Back to School Discounts

Many museums and zoos are offering free and discounted admission for students and caregivers in the next few weeks.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #bronx-zoo-wildlife-conservation-park, #coronavirus-reopenings, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #morgan-librarymuseum, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #national-september-11-memorial-and-museum, #new-york-city, #nycco, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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Dancing With Rice: A Meditative Pas de Deux at the Met

The Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei’s “Our Labyrinth” comes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a New York touch from the choreographer Bill T. Jones.

#art, #dancing, #jones-bill-t, #jones-bill-t-arnie-zane-dance-co, #lee-mingwei, #mearns-sara, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #our-labyrinth-dance-non-ballet, #thomson-david-dancer, #wong-janet

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New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See

What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

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What’s That on the Met’s Roof Garden? A Big, Beautiful Wall

The artist Héctor Zamora’s “Lattice Detour” is a monument to openness over enclosure, lightness over heaviness, transience over permanence. It’s also fraught with political meanings.

#candela-iria, #lattice-detour-exhibit, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-museum-of-art-roof-garden, #sculpture, #zamora-hector-artist

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The Met Is Reopening, and the ‘Hot Dog King’ Is Back

The rebound of the longtime vendor could be a bellwether for small-business owners in the city who rely on tourists and workers for sales.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #hot-dogs-and-frankfurters, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #veterans

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How the Met Was Made

The Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens, commemorating its 150-year anniversary with an exhibition that asks: How does this museum give an account of itself today?

#anatsui-el, #art, #avedon-richard, #hollein-max, #making-the-met-1870-2020-exhibit, #manet-edouard, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #monet-claude, #monroe-marilyn, #mukherjee-mrinalini, #museums, #rodin-auguste, #van-dyck-anthony, #van-gogh-vincent

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In His Own Words: Jacob Lawrence at the Met and MoMA

In 1996, the activist artist found inspiration at two of his favorite museums. The discussion that followed, with a Times critic, revealed a man of his generation, whose art is as timely as ever.

#art, #gwendolyn-knight, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums

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The Met Is Reopening: Grab Your Timed Ticket and View Jacob Lawrence

With fewer people and more protocols, the country’s largest museum is ready to welcome visitors again.

#art, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hollein-max, #lawrence-jacob, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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Museum Boss Salaries: Reduced but Still an Issue Amid Wider Cutbacks

The compensation packages of museum directors are drawing scrutiny as their institutions try to fill budget holes with cutbacks that have included layoffs and furloughs of lesser-paid staffers.

#asia-society, #executive-compensation, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-museum-of-contemporary-art, #wages-and-salaries, #whitney-museum-of-american-art

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Museums and Other New York Cultural Institutions Can Open Aug. 24

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that museums would be allowed to open at 25 percent capacity and with timed ticketing in place.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums

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9 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.

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