For the first time in its history, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has dedicated the spaces traditionally reserved for facade banners to now display art.
To take the step to a new level, The Met has also collaborated with Yoko Ono for the new project who, in turn, has responded to the current coronavirus health crisis with the two banners.
Created entirely of black letters on a white background, the banner on the south reads, “DREAM,” and the north, “TOGETHER.”
“When we dream together, we create a new reality,” Ono said of the work. “The world is suffering terribly, but we are together, even if it can be hard to see at times, and our only way through this crisis will be together. Each one of us has the power to change the world. Remember love. DREAM TOGETHER.”
Ono’s work joins Wangechi Mutu’s The New Ones, will free Us project, an installation of four bronze sculptures that occupy the niches of the Museum’s Beaux-Arts facade.
Speaking about the work in a statement, Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president and CEO, said: “As the Museum now looks to our reopening, this display is a signal of the life returning to New York City and The Met, both of which thrive on community and a sense of shared optimism for the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to bring comfort, inspire resilience, and help us understand our turbulent times.”
“This display is a signal of the life returning to New York City and the Met, both of which thrive on community and a sense of shared optimism for the strength of the human spirit and the power of art to bring comfort, inspire resilience, and help us understand our turbulent times,” Weiss added.
Max Hollein, director of The Met, explained how Ono is the perfect artist for this move because she is “on the one hand, very connected to New York, but also someone who is an immigrant, who has travelled the world and has a global perspective, and brings that to her work.”