Here’s more about the Museum Mile Festival from DNAInfo:
► El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street
Exhibits: “NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón,” is a retrospective of the work of this Cuban artist who produced large works of art that were viewed as powerful visual iconography.
“UPTOWN: nasty women/bad hombres,” features artwork delving into sexism, racism, homophobia, violence and the power of the media.
Activities: Kids can create music instruments with the Little Orchestra Society.
Exhibit: “Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York” is all about how salsa erupted from the 1960s social scene. Catch it before it officially opens on June 14.
Performance: Carlos Mateu will put on a salsa performance and dance lesson
Activities: Salsa dance lessons and various street art activities.
► The Jewish Museum at 92nd Street
Exhibit: “Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry,” shows more than 50 paintings and drawings, costumes, theater designs, photographs and ephemera by this American painter.
Activities: Take part in theatrical scenes inspired by Stettheimer’s paintings.
Exhibit: “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim” explores six collections the Guggenheim’s early patrons, who made significant artists of their day more well known, including Picasso, Kandinsky, Pollock, Mondrian, and Brancusi.
Performance: Sarah King and the Smoke Rings
Exhibit: “Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie New York” gives a glimpse into the artistry of Gustave Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, and Egon Schiele.
► Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 91st Street
Exhibit: “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s,” explores American taste during the 1920s, including interior and industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, architecture, music and film.
Activities: Children can create and play on the Imagination Playground.
Exhibits: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” shows a designer’s experimentation through 120 examples of womenswear from 1981 through the present. Also open to the public are “Age of Empires: Chinese Arts of the Qin and Han Dynasties,” “Irving Penn: Centennial,” “The Roof Garden Commission: Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance,” (weather permitting) and “P.S. Art 2017: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.”
Performance: Dancers from Sidra Bell Dance New York.
Activities: Drawing with a live model.
Museum Mile Festival History
- Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. The first festival, in June of 1978, was an instant success, exposing both New Yorkers and visitors to an incredible collection of New York’s artistic riches. Over the years, Museum Mile Festival heas promoted public awareness through increased visibility, accessibility and attendance at all the museums, and brought many New Yorkers to upper Fifth Avenue for the first time.