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Museum Mile FestivalNew York, NY - Now celebrating its 35th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival ( takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting nine of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening. Several participating museums will also offer outdoor art activities for children.

The opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at The Jewish Museum (Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.

El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are the nine institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration. The Museum for African Art has joined the Museum Mile Festival as its newest member.

Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes a strollers’ haven. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries and live music is featured in front of several of the museums. Additional street entertainers perform along Fifth Avenue all evening. Festival attendees will be among the first to see El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP, the seventh edition of El Museo del Barrio’s biennial exhibition showcasing the most cutting-edge art produced by emerging Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean artists living and working in New York, opening that evening. Other exhibitions on view include: Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, which explores New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising, demographics, and will feature a full-sized, flexibly furnished micro-studio apartment of just 325 square feet – a size prohibited in most areas of the city, at The Museum of the City of New York; Jack Goldstein × 10,000, the first American retrospective of the influential Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein, a central figure in the Pictures Generation of the 1970s and 80s, at The Jewish Museum; Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel at the National Academy Museum & School, exploring notions of identity and modernism within a contemporary context; A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion, which pays homage to the work of the renowned architect, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Neue Galerie’s monographic exhibition Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897-1907, devoted to the Austrian artist, designer, and co-founder of Wiener Werksättte, surveying the entirety of Moser’s career and including important interior design commissions, examples of graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, glass, and earthenware; and PUNK: Chaos to Couture at the Metropolitan Museum will examine punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today.

Established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts, the Museum Mile Festival serves as a model for similar events across the country. For further information, the public may call 212-606-2296 or visit the festival Web site at

MUSICAL ENTERTAINERS will perform in front of these participating institutions:

104th Street El Museo del Barrio – Batala NYC (6:30 -7:30 pm) and a preview of Antonio Ramos' new work, premiering in El Teatro on June 26 (6:30-7 pm)
92nd Street The Jewish Museum – Isle of Klezbos
86th Street Neue Galerie New York – Cabaret performer Kim Smith

A wide variety of additional entertainers will be featured along "Museum Mile" that evening, including Daisy Doodle's Parties, Magic, Face Painting & Balloons; and Sammie and Tudie's Imaginary Playhouse


There will also be an array of outdoor family activities for Museum Mile Festival attendees: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will offer chalk drawing projects with museum educators. Visitors to The Jewish Museum can create patterned designs using the silhouette of their hands and special papers that scratch away to reveal bright colors. The Museum of the City of New York invites children to help fill in a giant chalk outline of Manhattan’s street grid. El Museo del Barrio will offer art-making and a DJ spinning live dance music on the street.


El Museo del Barrio: El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP, and Presencia, the most recent exhibition of work from El Museo's permanent collection

Museum of the City of New York: Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers; Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced; A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery; and Activist New York

The Jewish Museum: Jack Goldstein × 10,000; As it were ... So to speak: A Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom; Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh; R. B. Kitaj: Personal Library; Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey; and for children, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: The exhibition galleries and Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden will be closed due to Cooper-Hewitt’s RE:DESIGN, the most ambitious renovation project in the Museum’s history which will provide enlarged and enhanced facilities for exhibitions, collections display, education programming and the National Design Library, and an increased endowment. During the renovation, Cooper-Hewitt’s usual schedule of exhibitions, education programs and events will be staged at various off-site locations including the Cooper-Hewitt Design Center in Harlem. Visit for additional information.

National Academy Museum: Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel; An Astonishing Eye: Visions of Land and Sea by William Trost Richards; Visualizing Time: Narrative Prints from the National Academy Museum, Selected by Andrew Raftery, NA; Windows on Fifth: Jennifer Steinkamp; and Pat Steir: Blue River

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919-1939; A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion; the Thannhauser Collection; and A Year with Children 2013

Neue Galerie New York: Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897-1907

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: PUNK: Chaos to Couture and The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi (weather permitting)

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