Coronavirus cancellations: What to know about art events in New York City

Coronavirus cancellations: What to know about art events in New York City

Updated March 13, 1:00 p.m.

As information about the spread of the coronavirus continues to develop, organizations across the city have been faced with the task of determining whether or not to cancel or postpone public gatherings in the interest of health and safety.

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on all large gatherings of 500 people or more, mandating that all 41 Broadway theaters shutter as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement. “Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”

Arts organizations have also postponed or cancelled public events in an effort to stave off the spread of the virus. Earlier this week, The New York Public Library suspended all public-facing programming, and has since announced that they will be closed through March 31. The cancellations were made, according to a New York Public Library official, as a “precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus and support the City’s efforts to promote social distancing.” Those who have items checked out at local branches will have their due dates extended to April 15, and no late fees will accrue on materials that were due during the period that the library is closed.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Thursday that it would shut down all three of its locations — including the Met’s Fifth Avenue flagship, the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters — beginning March 13. A re-open date was not specified. Other major museums across New York City followed suit, with the Guggenheim announcing that they would be temporarily closed until April 30.

The Lincoln Center Campus, including the Metropolitan Opera, Film at Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, announced the cancellation of all performances, screenings and rehearsals through March 31, effective 5 p.m. Thursday.

“With health authorities urging social distancing with greater emphasis, it is simply untenable for us to continue to perform, as it puts our artists, staff and audiences at risk,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb stated. “I would like to express my deep personal regret that the situation has led us to this point.”

Additionally, events at Carnegie Hall have been cancelled through March 31. All educational programming presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has been suspended both on and off of campus.

Looking forward, the Tribeca Film Festival announced Thursday that they would be postponing the annual festival, originally slated for April 15-26, to a future yet-to-be-determined date. The organization cited Cuomo’s ban on large gatherings as a cause.

“We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences,” officials said in a statement. “We will be back to you shortly with our plans.”

As the status of gatherings across the city continues to unfold, we’ve compiled a list of programs and events that have been cancelled or postponed in response to coronavirus. This page will be updated as new developments occur. If you know of an event that has been affected or an organization that has been closed, please contact us at allartsinfo@wliw.org. Updates compiled from infectious disease doctors, medical professionals and journalists who cover coronavirus news can be found here.

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The Poetry Project readings, performances and events
Cancelled through March 24

Brooklyn Academy of Music
All live events suspended through March 29; BAM Rose cinemas to operate at 50% capacity

The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1
Closed through March 30

The Morgan Library and Museum
Closed through March 30

The Shed exhibitions and performances
Cancelled through March 30

The Metropolitan Opera performances and rehearsals
Closed through March 31

Film Society of Lincoln Center screenings and events
Cancelled through March 31

New York Public Library
Closed through March 31

Lincoln Center Campus
Closed through March 31

New-York Historical Society
Closed through March 31

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances and events
Cancelled through March 31

The Art Students League of New York classes and workshops
Cancelled through March 31

The Joyce Theater performances
Cancelled through March 31

New York Botanical Garden
Garden open; programs and events cancelled through March 31

The Rubin Museum
Closed beginning 5 p.m. March 13 through March 31

Carnegie Hall events
Cancelled through March 31

Brooklyn Public Library programs and events
Cancelled through March 31

Anthology Film Archives
Postponed through March 31

NYU Skirball events
Cancelled in accordance to New York University’s response to COVID-19
Suspended through March 31

The Apollo Theater events and concerts
Cancelled through April 4

The Guggenheim Museum
Closed through April 30

Broadway shows
Cancelled through April 12

The Public shows and events
Cancelled through April 12

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Closed; re-open date to come

The Frick Collection
Closed; re-open date to come

Brooklyn Museum
Closed; re-open date to come

Movement Research
Closed; re-open date to come

Whitney Museum of American Art
Closed; re-open date to come

Neue Galerie
Closed; re-open date to come

American Museum of Natural History
Closed; re-open date to come

The New Museum
Closed; re-open date to come

Bronx Museum
Closed; re-open date to come

South Street Seaport
Closed for a duration of at least two weeks

Irish Arts Center programming
Cancelled

Spectacle Theater film screenings
Cancelled; re-open date to be announced 

“Washington Square,” Axis (March 11-April 4)
Cancelled beginning March 14

“The Siblings Play,” Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Suspended from March 14 through March 31

“Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women,” National Museum of the American Indian (March 12)
Postponed

National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony (March 12)
Cancelled

Panel: On Reflektorische Farblichtspiele (Reflecting Color-Light-Play) by Kurt Schwerdtfeger, Microscope Gallery (March 12)
Postponed

Beyond Babel performances (March 13-April 6)
Cancelled; the production will adjust its schedule to resume April 6 and run through May 30

New York City Half Marathon (March 15)
Cancelled

Events at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Cancelled or postponed March 16-31

Postmodern Jukebox at Town Hall (March 16)
Postponed

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17)
Postponed

ELLIS Syndicated (March 21)
Cancelled

Affordable Art Fair (March 25-29)
Postponed

Paris Photo New York (April 2-5)
Postponed

New York International Auto Show (April 10-19)
Postponed until Aug. 28 to Sept. 6

MoCCA Arts Festival (April 4-5)
Postponed

Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26)
Postponed

Top Image: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will temporarily close to help ease the spread of coronavirus. Photo: Shinya Suzuki.