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See Dozens of Art Exhibits for Free at the Museum Mile Festival

By Shaye Weaver | May 17, 2016 3:58pm
 Several museums are participating with free admission, live music and activities for kids.
Several museums are participating with free admission, live music and activities for kids.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — Dozens of art exhibitions will be on view for free during this year's Museum Mile Festival next month.

For one day on June 14, visitors will be able to enjoy live performances, street entertainers and exhibits along Fifth Avenue, from East 82nd to 105th streets.

The event, also known as "New York City's biggest block party," will kick off 5:45 p.m. at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 82nd Street and run through 9 p.m.

READ MORE: See where to eat while you're on touring Museum Mile.

Nearly 40 exhibitions will be open for free, including the following:

► The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" features 170 haute couture and avant-garde ensembles that reconcile the handmade with the machine-made on the museum's first floor and ground level.

"The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn)" shows a large-scale sculpture that imitates the classic red barn and the Bates family's mansion from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." (Weather permitting.)

Activity There will also be free chalk drawing for the children.

► El Museo del Barrio at 104th Street:

"Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion" will display works by Lopez, a Puerto Rican-born New Yorker who illustrated fashion for top fashion publications, including Vogue.

"Sarah Zapata: Siempre X" is on display on El Cafe's large wall and uses a mix of natural and fabricated materials to make what looks like pop art.

Live music: "It's Showtime NYC" by DJ Mickey Perez, spinning Afro Latin disco.

Activity: There will also be art-making workshops for the entire family.

► The Jewish Museum:

"Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History" puts 42 ensembles on display, including hats, jewelry, shoes, costumes and the designer's original drawings.

"Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist" is an installation showing Burle Marx's gardens inspired by modern art.

"Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional Portrait" takes visitors on a journey to find the truth behind two portraits of what was thought to be a Jewish merchant of Colonial New York and his wife.

"The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends" examines anti-Semitism through the lens of television and pop culture through TV clips, works of art and ephemera.

Live music: Mariachi Flor de Toloache with Bang on a Can

Activity: Visitors can also create their own abstract fabric design using stamps and drawing techniques inspired by Roberto Burle Marx and Isaac Mizrahi.

► Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum:

"But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa" includes installations, photos, sculptures and video, using contemporary practices in the Middle East and North Africa.

"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present" features more than 300 collages, drawings, ephemera, films, paintings, photos and sculptures by László Moholy-Nagy, who experimented with technology to create his art. Some of the works have never been shown publicly in the U.S. before.

Live music: Alsarah and the Nubatones, performing Nubian/Sudeanese inspired African Retro-pop

Activity for kids: There will be chalk drawing for kids.

► Museum of the City of New York

"Chris 'Daze' Ellis: The City Is My Muse" is an exhibit featuring a former graffiti artist's work that captures life in New York.

"Scenes from the South Bronx, 1976-82" displays photographs by Mel Rosenthal, who captured life during a period of decline in the South Bronx.

"Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs" displays the work of Roz Chast, a cartoonist who has had her work published in many magazines and papers including the New Yorker. Her cartoons depict her musings and the awkwardness and oddities of life, especially living in New York City.

► Neue Galerie New York: 

Visitors are invited to see Gustav Klimt's iconic painting "Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907)," a selection of landscape and portrait paintings by Klimt, and a display of Austrian decorative arts from the early twentieth century.

Live music: Caberet singer Kim David Smith

 To view the full schedule visit the festival's website.