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Here's Your Guide to The Met's New Breuer Space Opening Friday

By Shaye Weaver | February 19, 2016 2:09pm | Updated on March 18, 2016 9:42am
 A retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi's work will be on display at the Met Breuer starting March 18.
A retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi's work will be on display at the Met Breuer starting March 18.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new branch opened in the former Whitney Museum building at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Met Breuer opened at Madison Avenue and East 75th Street on March 18 with a slew of exhibits including the works of renowned photographer Diane Arbus, minimalist Nasreen Mohamedi and live music by pianist Vijay Iyer.

The new gallery's restaurant and garden will open in the building's lower level later this summer.

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Met Breuer is closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Suggested admission is $25 for adults and free for members and children. Visit the museum's website for more information.

Here's a closer look at what exhibits to expect on Friday, and later this year:

► "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible"

Runs: March 18 - Sept. 4

Nearly 200 unfinished artworks, from the Renaissance to the present, will be featured as one of Met Breuer's first major exhibitions and raises the question: "When is a work of art finished?"

Incomplete work can provide insight into the artist's creative process, and some works are intended to be unfinished, according to museum officials.

Roughly 40 percent of the featured artwork will come from the museum's own collection, while the rest will be on loan from major national and international museums.

One example that will be on display is Leonardo da Vinci's "Head and Shoulders of a Woman."


► Nasreen Mohamedi

Runs: March 18 - June 5

The Met is the first to display a retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi's work in the U.S., according to museum officials.

Mohamedi, who produced her work after India won its independence, specialized in simple, minimalist art, from pencil and ink drawings to paint and photographs.

More than 130 pieces of her work will be featured at the Breuer.

Untitled by Nasreen Mohamedi

► "Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer"

Runs: March 18-31

Pianist Vijay Iyer, Met Breuer's resident artist through 2016, will play his full body of work continuously during museum hours. Iyer will play solo and with other musicians and performers, including instrumentalist Wadada Leo Smith, drummer Marcus Gilmore, cellist Okkyung Lee and more.

Iyer was also commissioned by the Met to compose a new piece called "A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke," dedicated to the work of Nasreen Mohamedi's exhibition. It will be debuted on March 30.

► "Diane Arbus: In the Beginning"

Runs: July 12 - Nov. 27

Never-before-seen work of renowned photographer Diane Arbus will debut at the Met Breuer, showing Arbus's first seven years taking photos on New York City streets in the 1950s and 60s, according to museum officials.

More than half of the photographs have never been shown.

Lady on a Bus by Diane Arbus

► "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry"

October 25, 2016 - January 29, 2017

This retrospective spans Kerry James Marshall's 35-year painting career, including portraits and some of his more massive depictions portraying moments in American history and glimpses into African American life.

His work can be found online.

Recommended Admission for Met Breuer is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for students and free for members of The Met and children under 12. For more information, visit the Met's website.