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.
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.
Roosevelt statue to be removed from Museum of Natural History steps
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
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.