Gallery Met is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s initiative to broaden their core demographic, and introduce opera to a younger, more diverse audience. The enterprise was conceived of in 2006 by General Manager Peter Gelb and gallery founding director and curator Dodie Kazanjian to reaffirm the Metropolitan Opera’s history of relationships with major visual artists, and to draw a broader audience by fostering new artworld collaboration. Gallery Met shows work curated in parallel with each season’s opera program.
The Metropolitan Opera House southern-most bay, accessed directly from Lincoln Center plaza, was transformed into a gallery. By day reflective film protects the interior from harsh west sunlight and creates an illusion of an extended loggia by mirroring the plaza. At night, the galley storefront becomes transparent blending into the activities of the plaza.
New York, USA
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The Metropolitan Opera
Lindy Roy with Jason Lee, Amir Sharohki, Heidi Werner
The Kitchen, Deitch Projects: The Garden Party, Gibbs Farm: Gimblett Pavilion, Deste Foundation: Monument to Now, Mobile Graceland