Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Puppeteers Jennifer Barnhart and Pam Arciero Perform at The Met’s Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 5

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting its annual Lunar New Year festival on Sunday, February 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster will feature dozens of programs—for visitors of all ages—that reflect traditions from across Asia. Dance and music performances, artist-led workshops, and interactive gallery activities will take place throughout The Met Fifth Avenue as part of the festival celebration. All Lunar New Year Festival programming is free with Museum admission. The Met Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in New York.

Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances
Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Puppeteers Jennifer Barnhart and Pam Arciero
11–11:30 am
Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Chinese Opera Performance by Qian Yi
11:30 am–12 pm, 12:30–1 pm, 1:30–2 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 217, The Astor Court

Lunar New Year Parade   
12–12:30 pm
Floor 1, Great Hall

Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero. Photo by Lia Chang

Photo Op with Sesame Street Puppeteers 
12–1 pm
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Balinese Music with Gamelan Dharma Swara 
12:30–1 pm, 1:30 pm–2 pm, 2:30–3 pm
Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 354

Music from China Youth Orchestra, Conducted by Wang Guowei 
12:30–1 pm
Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Lunar New Year Performances 
2–3 pm, 4–5 pm
Floor 1, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

Traditional Chinese Music with Mingmei Yip 
2:30–3 pm, 3:30–4 pm, 4:30–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 217, The Astor Court

Art Activities and Gallery Demonstrations: Drop in anytime

Collaborative Rooster 
11 am–5 pm
Ground floor, Carson Family Hall, Uris Center for Education

Year of the Rooster: Drawing Station 
11 am–5 pm
Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 352, The Benenson Gallery

Year of the Rooster: Paper-Folding Station 
11 am–5 pm
Floor 1, Arms and Armor, Gallery 371, Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Arms and Armor Court

Year of the Rooster: Button-Making Station 
11 am–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 208

How Did They Do That? Vietnamese Drums 
11 am–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 241, Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries

Celebration Postcards 
11 am–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 233, Arts of Korea Gallery

Four Seasons Tea Gatherings (Best for ages 6 and up) 
12–4 pm
Ground floor, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

Chinese Opera Masks with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan 
12–5 pm
Ground floor, Carroll Classroom, Uris Center for Education

Golden Silla Crowns with The Korea Society 
12–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Comics Workshop with SIUNIVERSE MEDIA 
12–5 pm
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 209, The Astor Forecourt

Hand-Pulled Noodle Demonstration with Chef Zhang 
1:30–2 pm, 2:30–3 pm, 3:30–4 pm
Ground floor, Studio, Uris Center for Education

Storytime and More!

Quiet Spaces
11:30 am–4:30 pm
Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 353
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 229, Arts of Japan, The Sackler Wing Galleries

Tot Spot (Best for ages 1–8)
12–5 pm
Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

Bilingual Storytelling (Best for ages 3 and up)
1–1:30 pm, 2–2:30 pm
Ground floor, Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

ASL Storytelling Performance (Best for ages 3 and up) 
3–3:30 pm, 4–4:30 pm (in ASL with voice interpretation)
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 227, Arts of Japan, The Sackler Wing Galleries

For Adults

Collection Chat: A Chinese Painting  
1–3 pm, new chat every 30 minutes
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 213, Frances Young Tang Gallery

Collection Chat: A Cambodian Sculpture 
1–3 pm, new chat every 30 minutes
Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 249, Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries

Collection Chat: A Chinese Opera Robe 
1–3 pm, new chat every 30 minutes
Floor 3, Asian Art, Gallery 220, Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for Chinese Decorative Arts

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster is made possible by the Great Circle Foundation and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, The Met will present Celebration of the Year of the Rooster in the Charlotte C. Weber Galleries for the Arts of Ancient China from January 25 through July 4, 2017. Drawn exclusively from the Museum’s permanent collection, the installation features eight works depicting roosters in sculpture, porcelain, and inlaid and enameled metalwork. Highlights are an 18th-century cloisonné incense burner in the shape of a rooster and a rare 15th-century porcelain cup with over-glazed enamel colors from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) imperial kiln. Both works express the wish for happiness and prosperity as visual symbols.
General Event Information

More about the event and directions to programming throughout the Museum will be available at the information desk inside the main entrance at Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street and in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, located near the ground-floor entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st Street. All Lunar New Year Festival programs are free with Museum admission. Recommended Museum admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and over), and $12 for students. Children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free.

A full list of festival programming, along with further details and a schedule of events, is available on The Met website.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster will also be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #MetFest.

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