Virtual Museum Mile Festival 2021

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 9:00am
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We're bringing NYC culture to you! Join eight museums for this year's virtual Museum Mile Festival Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 am to 9 pm.

Throughout the day, each museum will host live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for families streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will now be able to join New Yorkers to enjoy the festival.

Remarks from Whitney DonhauserRonay Menschel Director & President

Visit us on Facebook to relive these events with the Museum of the City of New York:

4:30–5:30pm        Photographing City Life: Live Session with Photographer Janette Beckman
5:30–6:10pm        Curators from the Couch: Stettheimer Dollhouse Up Close
6:10–7pm   Your Hometown: A Virtual Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage
7–8pm   "When the Garden was Eden": Remembering the 1970s New York Knicks

The day’s offerings will be listed on each participating museum’s website. In addition, audiences can follow the hashtag #VirtualMuseumMile on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day.

The eight institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration are The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center. Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a diverse coalition of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens in New York that share a private-public partnership with the City and reside within City-owned property.

"The Museum Mile Festival has attracted joyful crowds of New Yorkers for more than 40 years," said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals. "This year, as our city recovers, Museum Mile will offer opportunities both to engage with live programming, and for people far and wide to participate online. Culture is at the center of New York's recovery, and we are grateful to the institutions and cultural workers who are committed to bringing us this staple of the city's cultural scene."

The Museum Mile Festival, which normally occurs on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street on the second Tuesday evening in June, was established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts. The Festival, hosted virtually this past year due to the pandemic, is presented in this convivial spirit, with the same goal of increasing public awareness of arts and culture, and bringing communities together.

Highlights of Virtual Events from Each Museum Include:

The Africa Center - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

The Africa Center presents "Home Is Where The Music Is," a special multimedia presentation and discussion celebrating the sounds of Africa and its Diaspora interspersed with photography, art, video, and music featuring broadcaster Georges Collinet and media hub for African music, Jolly Papa. The “Home Is…” series kicked off on World Africa Day on May 25th and will run through Juneteenth, the annual celebration that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the United States. The series connects World Africa Day to Juneteenth, two celebrations that are significant to both people of African descent around the world and people of African descent in the United States.

El Museo del BarrioTwitter, Instagram, Facebook

As part of ESTAMOS BIEN - LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo’s first national survey of Latinx art on view through September 26, the Museum will present recorded interviews with participating artist Candida Alvarez, and a virtual tour of the exhibition by the Curators. Additional events include the Art-Making Workshop: ¿Como Estas? Expressing Feelings through Color, Shape and Line Video. Learn how Alvarez uses color, shape and line to express her feelings and ideas, then learn how to make your own original digital drawing using the Google Draw app on your computer or follow along and draw by hand! Recommended for ages 8 years old and up. .

Museum of the City of New York - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Events include virtual events include encores of the Museum's live-streamed series, Curators from the Couch, featuring the Museum's Deputy Director and Chief Curator Sarah Henry and writer, media personality, and window dresser Simon Doonan who discuss the Museum's famed Stettheimer Dollhouse; conversations with playwright Lynn Nottage and Knicks players Bill Bradley, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, with Harvey Araton—both part of the MCNY Live series; and finally, a workshop for all ages with photographer Janette Beckman  who speaks about her creative process and how to tell stories through the camera as part of the MCNY Kids Create series. series.

The Jewish MuseumTwitter, Instagram, Facebook

Events include the kick-off of the virtual Studio Series: Quilting program with multidisciplinary artist William Daniels (free with advance registration). Participants will plan, sketch, and develop their own quilting blocks, receiving demonstration and feedback from Daniels himself. Additional pre-recorded programs include a Design at Home video and Learning Lab activity inspired by the colorful pattern designs of Suzie Zuzek, who will be the subject of a forthcoming exhibition, Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Prints That Made the Fashion Brand; the Rebellion in Design: Developing a Blueprint for the Future design talk with Virgil Abloh, James Wines and Oana Stănescu, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Willi Smith: Street Couture; and a virtual exhibition tour of Contemporary Muslim Fashions.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Events include a hands-on activity Design at Home: Potato Stamp Pattern Making Inspired by Eva Zeisel; a virtual exhibition tour of Contemporary Muslim Fashions; and the design talk Exploring A.I.: Data Portraits.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Events include Summer Solstice, a live virtual tour exploring works in the Guggenheim collection which feature the sun and light. The live program will include closed captions and images will be verbally described; an audio guide (7 tracks) for Off the Record, an exhibition that brings together the work of contemporary artists from the Guggenheim’s collection who interrogate, revise, or otherwise query dominant narratives and the transmission of culture through official “records”; “Spotlight” video series featuring Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection artists; and a pre-recorded conversation with curator Vivien Greene and scholar Maile Arvin as part of the Artwork Anthology series about In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse (1891) by Paul Gauguin. In addition, explore the Museum's series of recent videos and blogs, get to know the collection through a curator’s eyes with the One Artwork, One Question series, and experience Holography: How Artists Sculpt with Light, Space, and Time.

Neue Galerie New York - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Events include a range of virtual offerings, from online lectures and cooking lessons to crafting activities and concerts, all available at Neue Galerie New York will reopen on June 10, and visitors are now welcome to register in advance for timed tickets. We look forward to welcoming you back!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

Events include virtual silent exhibition tours of The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing Tour and The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts Tour; an artist interview with Carol Bove, discussing The séances aren't helping, a part of The Facade Commission; as well as #MetKids programming, featuring How Do You Dance in Armor? an interview of performers by kids, and How Did They Get All This Art into the Museum? an interview of Met staff by kids, and more.

Free to all, no registration required! 

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