Museum Mile Festival at Upper East Side

06/10/14 6-9pm Fifth Ave. btw. 82nd & 105th Sts. Map

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Now celebrating its 36th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival will take place, rain or shine, on New York City’s Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception.  Festival attendees can walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting nine of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening.  The Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at The Museum of the City of New York (Fifth Avenue and 104th Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival. 

Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes a strollers’ haven. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries and live music from jazz to Broadway tunes to string quartets is featured in front of several of the museums. El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are the eight institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration. 

Exhibition highlights include: Charles James: Beyond Fashion, the inaugural exhibition of The Costume Institute's new Anna Wintour Costume Center, examining the career and design process of the influential Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906-1978), at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, featuring over 300 works from between 1909 and 1994, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937, "devoted to "Entartete Kunst," the infamous display of modern art organized by the Nazis as a part of the Third Reich's campaign to denounce various genres of art along racial lines, at Neue Galerie; and Other Primary Structures, featuring large-scale sculptures by artists working in the 1960s in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa and reexamining the historic Jewish Museum exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors (1966) from a global perspective, at The Jewish Museum.

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