“May I give you a song?” This question is at the heart of artist Lee Mingwei’s interactive performance work. Starting Oct. 30 through Nov. 8, in the Met’s Modern and Contemporary as well as Asian Art Galleries, singers will approach visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at random with the query. If the visitor’s answer is “yes,” the vocalist will perform a Schubert lied. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to “the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom.’” This exhibition is being presented in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Department of Asian Art at the Met.
Sonic Blossom will be performed in The Blanche A.L. Levine Court, Gallery 915 (October 30-31; November 6-8) and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Gallery 206 (November 1-5) during Museum hours.
Sonic Blossom is co-presented by the Met and Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) and are made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.