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Museum Mile Festival The Dance Begins | © Larryse Brown
Museum Mile Festival The Dance Begins | © Larryse Brown

The Museum Mile Festival Returns To New York City For Its 38th Year

Picture of Larryse Brown
Updated: 18 June 2016
On June 14th, 2016, New Yorkers flocked from all corners of the city to attend the 38th annual Museum Mile Festival, hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After a brief opening statement by Mayor de Blasio, eight of the city’s museums, including The Guggenheim, the Cooper Hewitt, the Neue Galerie, The Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and of course the Met, were open to the public free of charge. In case you missed it, we recap this year’s highlights.

 

This year’s Museum Mile Festival began with a dance; at the entrance to the Met, a small group of men and women performed a piece that walked a fine line between intrigue and eccentricity. The street’s pristine open space, alongside the crowds of curios onlookers was juxtaposed against the silent performance and the intimate movements of the dancers.

Red Movements | © Larryse Brown

Red Movements | © Larryse Brown

The festival was a complimentary mix of cultural activities and performances from beginning to end. The buzz of conversation that echoed down Fifth Avenue was broken by kids’ art shows, vendors and stands, vocal performances, and more.

Mariachi Band | © Larryse Brown

Mariachi Band | © Larryse Brown

 

In front of the Guggenheim Museum, a performer in a leopard print one-piece suit hula-hooped to the bass of a nearby stereo. Nearby, a magician captivated an audience of onlookers as a volunteer wrapped him in 40 feet of heavy chain, anxiously awaiting his exit strategy. Child-friendly clown acts, singers, and comedians lined the streets to entertain guests, while a Jazz-Age cabaret act performed in front of the Neue Galerie.

Brush Collection | © Larryse Brown

Brush Collection | © Larryse Brown

Part street fair, part first-class New York City museum experience, the Museum Mile Festival has come a long way in its 38 years. When it first emerged in the 1970s, New Yorkers were far less concerned with museum culture, despite the city’s lively art scene at the time. Today, the Festival remains contained by some of the city’s most visually-stunning architecture and hosted by its world-class institutions, but it’s the crowd that truly captivates.

We Are All Orlando | © Larryse Brown

We Are All Orlando | © Larryse Brown

It’s only fitting that the Museum Miles Festival is a celebration of people, art, and the city’s rich culture. At the height of the festivities, a dynamic mix of language, color, and costume meshed together down Fifth Avenue, exhibiting the spirit of New York City and making a standard museum visit a completely celebratory experience.

 

By Larryse Brown