What’s the newest thing going on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art? TEDx, natch.
This Saturday, Met curators will join folks like Nobel laureate/neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel; master illustrator Maira Kalman (whose TED talk is just lovely); journalist Andrew Solomon; and newly-named 2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham at TEDxMet, a day of talks, performances, and other snazzy things at the venerable art museum.
To prepare for the event, the TEDxMet curators asked their speakers and performers,"What’s your favorite work of art at the Met?" They chose some classic pieces and some hidden gems. Below, a few of the TEDxMet speakers’ favorite pieces in the Met collection:
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Netherlandish, ca. 1525–1569) | The Harvesters | 1565
Museum Director Tom Campbell chose Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Harvesters, “for its timeless and vivid portrait of humanity.”
Bovine (Boli) | 19th–20th century | Bamana peoples, Mali
Choreographer: Bill T. Jones chose The Bamana ‘Boli’ mud bull because, he says, “[it] is always moving for the primal power it emits and, though the Modern collection has deepened, it remains an island of contrast in the Met’s collections, which I love to move through as a sort of ‘refresher’ for my eyes, and the apparatus that reads concept before aesthetics.”
Goya (Francisco de Goya y Lucientes) (Spanish, 1746–1828) | Giant | 1818
And TEDMed talker and writer Andrew Solomon chose Goya’s Giant, at which we cannot stop staring.
(Above — Met curator Andrew Bolton’s favorite: Alexander McQueen’s Ensemble; choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham’s favorite, El Anatsui’s Dusasa II (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY); and composer Meredith Monk’s favorite: The Temple of Dendur)