The 26th Annual Museum Mile Festiva

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THE 26TH ANNUAL MUSEUM MILE FESTIVA

 

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONS; OUTDOOR ART ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN


New York City—Now celebrating its 26th anniversary year, the annual Museum Mile Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Well over one million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile from 82nd Street to 105th Street and visit nine of New York City's finest cultural institutions open free that evening to the public. Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes a strollers' haven. In addition, several of the participating museums will offer outdoor art activities for children.


The Museum Mile Festival's opening ceremony will take place at 5:45 pm in front of The Jewish Museum (Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street), which is celebrating its centennial this year and presenting Modigliani: Beyond the Myth, New York City's first major exhibition of the artist's work since the 1951 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art. Traditionally, the Mayor of New York City, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, and other dignitaries have opened the Festival.


El Museo del Barrio; Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are the nine institutions that participate in this highly successful collaboration.


Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections will be on view inside the museums' galleries and live music from jazz to Broadway tunes to string quartets will be featured in front of each museum. Additional street entertainers will perform along Fifth Avenue all evening. Exhibitions on view will include New York's Moynihan at the Museum of the City of New York, documenting the career and towering intellect of one of the twentieth-century's greatest statesmen, Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, a landmark collaboration presenting over 150 significant works from MoMA's collection at El Museo del Barrio. On view at the Neue Galerie will be Arcadia and Metropolis: Masterworks of German Expressionism from the Nationalgalerie Berlin, a selection of important paintings from one of Germany's great collections of twentieth-century art. In celebration of the Museum Mile Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will offer visitors a special preview of Childe Hassam, American Impressionist prior to its public opening on June 10.


Established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts, the festival has served as a model for similar events across the country. For further information, the public may call 212-606-2296 or visit the Museum Mile Festival Web site at www.museummilefestival.org.


Musical entertainers will perform in front of these participating institutions:


104th Street El Museo del Barrio—Salseros del Barrio (from the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts)
103rd Street Museum of the City of New York—Violinist Lisa Gutkin (of the Klezmatics), with a special emphasis music of the Irish
92nd Street The Jewish Museum—Metropolitan Klezmer
89th Street National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts—Intercity School Orchestra
88th Street The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—The Danny Petrow Band at SRGM
86th Street Neue Galerie of New York—to be determined
83rd Street Goethe-Institut New York /German Cultural Center—The Haas-Vaz Duo, playing jazz and show tunes


A wide variety of additional entertainers will be available along "Museum Mile" that evening, including:


Magic by Neil Alexander (84th Street); Sammie and Trudie's Imagination Playhouse (85th Street); Richard West, Susan Mitchell, Jiggers Turner & Justy Tentler (86th Street); Juggling by Josh Weiner (87th Street); Comedy Juggler Fred Anderson ( 88th Street); Delilah, International Dancing, and Daisy Doodle (89th Street); Silly Billy the Very Funny Clown (90th Street); Traditional and Patriotic Songs by William Minifie (91st Street); and Rockbeat with Paul S. Labarbera (100th Street).


Art activities:
There will also be an array of outdoor art activities for Museum Mile Festival participants: At the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, the museum's education team will assist children and adults as they create their own designs using chalk along Fifth Avenue. Goethe-Institut New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will also offer chalk art for children. A live model drawing class, for children ages 8 to 12, will take place outside the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts. El Museo del Barrio will offer a variety of activities, including a mask-making workshop with Puerto Rican artist Dorimar Morales inspired by the works of Wilfredo Lam's painting The Jungle; the creation of a traditional Guatemalan sawdust carpet mural of the Americas, with Museo Artist Educator Jose Luis Cortes; and chalk mural drawing on Fifth Avenue.


Exhibitions On View:
El Museo del Barrio: MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art


Museum of the City of New York: New York's Moynihan, Radicals in the Bronx, ongoing exhibitions


The Jewish Museum: Modigliani: Beyond the Myth; My America: Art from The Jewish Museum Collection, 1900–1955; Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey,; and for children, Camels and Caravans: Daily Life in Ancient Israel


Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum: Shock of the Old: Christopher Dresser; Solos: Futureshack; Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848


National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts: The 179th Annual Exhibition: An Invitational of Contemporary American Art


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Speaking with Hands: Photographs from The Buhl Collection; The Thannhauser Collection; A Year with Children 2004: Selected Works from Learning Through Art


Neue Galerie New York: Arcadia and Metropolis: Masterworks of German Expressionism from the Nationalgalerie Berlin


Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center: Watchword: Gender & Sexuality—Femmes Fatales by Erro


The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Byzantium: Faith and Power (126–1557); Childe Hassam, American Impressionist; Andy Goldsworthy on the Roof (weather permitting)


The Museum Mile Festival is sponsored by Con Edison. Festival media sponsors are NY1 News and The New York Times Community Affairs Department in association NYC & Company. Additional advertising support is provided by A.D. Lubow, LLC.


5/19/04

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