The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens a new branch called the Met Breuer to highlight contemporary works. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced its latest project on Tuesday (March 1), The Met Breuer, where it will showcase Modern and contemporary art. The building designed by Marcel Breuer was formerly the home of the Whitney Museum. At a press preview Thomas Campbell, the CEO and director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, said that the Met Breuer is a natural extension of what the Met originally set out to do, which was collect everything from antique to contemporary art. "In the early 20th century the art that was coming out of Europe, Cubism, Fauvism, was considered to be too radical and we pulled back from collecting it with the well known result that MoMa, The Guggenheim and The Whitney were created in the 1920s and 1930s. We started collecting modern and contemporary again in the second half of the 20th century and we've begun to build up a significant collection. But it's clear our audience is really interested in seeing more modern and contemporary art at The Met. So we're reclaiming our original mission and we're responding to audience interest." Curators have included a performance art space, which will rotate artists in residence. This month, musician Vijay Iyer is performing in the first floor gallery. The new Met Breuer will open its doors to the public on March 18th.