In case you missed it: ALL ARTS’ most popular stories from 2020

In case you missed it: ALL ARTS’ most popular stories from 2020

Now that 2020 is on its way out, we’re looking back on our most-read stories of the year. Here is a selection of pieces that highlight where we’ve been, what’s inspired us and the changes facing the art world.

Streaming Galore

Patti LuPone in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company," directed by Marianne Elliott.
Patti LuPone in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” directed by Marianne Elliott. Photo: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg.

With arts and culture institutions closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of our viewing shifted online. We began chronicling these events with an ongoing calendar of what’s streaming, resulting in our most-read piece of the year. We also highlighted several organizations — like the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre — that turned to digital platforms to stay in touch with their audiences.

Other popular streaming posts included a presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” a star-studded celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday and a magical Zoom performance of “Bolero” from the students at Juilliard.


Virtual Tours

Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Daniel Vorndran.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Daniel Vorndran.

Along similar lines, these two posts highlighting tours of iconic Frank Lloyd Wright sites and of art museums across the world resonated with readers.


Roosevelt statue to be removed from Museum of Natural History steps

The statue of former president Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History.
The statue of former president Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History.

This summer, as calls for racial justice after the killing of George Floyd rang through the country, the American Museum of Natural History announced that it would remove the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its front steps.


How do we move toward recovery in the arts? Cultural leaders weigh in

As daunting data about the impact of the health crisis on the art world became available, we approached art leaders to ask: “What does recovery look like?” The conversation was part of a series of live ALL ARTS Talks that explored the topic and more.


The Strand Book Store announces new Upper West Side location

The flagship Strand Book Store.
The flagship Strand Book Store.

Before the pandemic delayed plans, we reported on news that the Strand Book Store would be making an Upper West Side debut in the spring. (The branch opened in the summer.)

Top Image: The Metropolitan Opera.