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 eight of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening, with outdoor events along the way.
Participating museums and their exhibits, 2018:
El Museo del Barrio:
- Music by DJ NEB
- Art-making workshops
- An appearance by the Harbor Performing Arts Academy
- Musical workshops with The Little Orchestra Society
- A special performance by Los Pleneros de la 21, who are celebrating 35 years of bringing bomba y plena to the community!
Museum of the City of New York:
- Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs explores a formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most renowned motion picture directors.
- Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela tells the story of the renowned architect who played a major role in defining luxury living in early 20th century Manhattan.
The Jewish Museum:
- Chaim Soutine: Flesh highlights the unique visual conceptions and painterly energy that the artist brought to still life and features Soutine’s remarkable paintings of hanging fowl, beef carcasses, and rayfish.
- Art activity for families
- In conjunction with Bang on a Can, a performance by Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, an eclectic mix of brass, clarinets, bass, and percussion led by London, known for his far-reaching influence on klezmer music as well as his significant contributions to the preservation of Hungarian-Jewish music and culture.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum:
- The Senses: Design Beyond Vision examines how multisensory design amplifies everyone’s ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs, and experience joy and wonder.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:
- Giacometti, the first major museum exhibition in the United States in more than 15 years dedicated to the Swiss-born artist, Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), includes the artist’s sculptures, paintings, archival photographs, and drawings, some of which have never before been shown in this country the United States.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
- Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace - a site-specific installation overlooking Central Park - features haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy (weather permitting).