New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the reopening of museums and other cultural buildings after months of COVID-19 shutdowns. Beginning next week, admiring the artistry and artifacts within the corridors of New York City museums will become a long-awaited reality. One of the most notable institutions in the big city, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has announced it will unlock its doors on August 29. While the reopening of public spaces such as this brings about some hesitation, visitors will be met with messages of peace, optimism, and strength as they saunter up the steps of the iconic museum.
The Met’s previously bare facade is now covered by a series of hanging banners from artist and activist Yoko Ono. The project, titled “Dream Together (2020),” is situated on opposite sides of the museum’s entrance. Two 24-by-26-foot banners make up the installation, combining the words “Dream” and “Together” to provide an uplifting and impactful call-to-action.
Met President Daniel Weiss expressed the meaning behind the project, saying “this display is a signal of the life returning to New York City and the Met, both of which thrive on community and a sense of shared optimism for the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to bring comfort, inspire resilience, and help us understand our turbulent times.” The simple but striking text-focused installation aims to draw in museum-goers and resonate with passersby through an uncomplicated call of resiliency and hope.
According to the museum’s director, Max Hollein, Ono was the perfect artist for the job because she is “on the one hand, very connected to New York, but also someone who is an immigrant, who has traveled the world and has a global perspective, and brings that to her work.”
Yoko Ono’s “Dream Together” will be on view at the Met now through September 13.
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