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Monday, November 7, 2016

The Met Premieres First Episodes of Podcast by Artist in Residence Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace Our Coverage Sponsored by Table D’Hote

Randolph Rogers (American, New York 1825-1892). Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (detail), 1853-54; carved 1859. 54 x 25 1/4 x 37 in. (137.2 x 64.1 x 94 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of James Douglas, 1899 (99.7.2). Photo by Wilson Santiago

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has premiered the first two podcast episodes in a series of 10 created by the MetLiveArts 2016–17 Artist in Residence, writer and sound artist Nate DiMeo. DiMeo is the creator of the critically acclaimed podcast The Memory Palace, which was a finalist for the 2016 Peabody Awards, and these episodes are inspired by The Met's American Wing. The two episodes were released on October 27. 

During the course of his residency, DiMeo will release 10 original episodes, which will delve deeply into The Met's American art collection. Each episode features a newly commissioned musical soundscape.

Episode one, titled Recent Acquisition, reflects on Jules Tavernier's Dance in a Subterranean Longhouse at Clearlake, California and includes music by Lullatone and Ben Sollee. Episode two, One Bottle, Any Bottle, contemplates several works in The American Wing—Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) by John Singer Sargent; Tomb Effigy of Elizabeth Boott Duveneck by Frank Duveneck; and Pocket bottle. The score is comprised of compositions by Jeff Eden Fair and Starr Parodi, and Max Richter. In both episodes, Labradford's "Wien" plays beneath the credits.

These first two episodes explore the culture of making, observing, comprehending, and collecting. Listeners and Museum visitors instantly become active participants, experiencing a more intimate connection with the artworks and galleries. 

"Nate's extremely thoughtful and evocative podcasts bring key aspects of the American Wing's collection to life in an entirely fresh, accessible, and relevant way for our diverse audiences," said Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A Fleischman Curator In Charge, American Wing. "We are thrilled with what he has produced so far, and eagerly await what's to come."

All episodes will be available for download and streaming on The Met website, at, as well as on The Memory Palace podcast. They will be released monthly and will focus on different works of art and hidden narratives. Each includes exhaustively researched stories that are masterfully woven into pieces of performance art.

Over the past four years, each MetLiveArts season has featured an artist in residence from such disciplines as music, theater, and multimedia. The current residency is a departure from the world of the performing arts. DiMeo will develop a new level of interaction between the podcast medium and the Museum, as well as its visitors (both physically in the galleries as well as other remote locations). The Met's curators, conservators, and scientists are collaborating closely with DiMeo on the research throughout this residency.

"I've had such moving, magical, and memorable times at The Met, experiencing works of art in that space and in that building," said Nate DiMeo. "My personal goal is to make a series of beautiful things that will move the visitor and simply change their day. Change their experience of the Museum. Make them fall more deeply in love with a piece of art."

In January 2016, prior to the residency, The Met commissioned DiMeo to create a podcast episode about the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room, Gallery 742, which won a 2016 MUSE Award (the Media and Technology Award). The "Gallery 742" podcast can also be found on

Nate DiMeo is the writer and creator of The Memory Palace podcast. He has also written episodes for the TV series Parks and Recreation, and The Astronaut Wives Club, and is the co-author of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. He was a finalist for the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has also worked in public radio on programs such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace. 

These episodes are written and produced by Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace 

Executive Producer: Limor Tomer, General Manager of MetLiveArts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This residency is made possible by The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Chester Dale Fund.

The Memory Palace is a member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

About MetLiveArts
The critically acclaimed performance series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art commissions and presents contemporary performance through the lens of the Museum's exhibitions and gallery spaces. MetLiveArts invites artists, performers, curators, and thought-leaders to create groundbreaking new work, including live and digital performances, as well as site-specific durational performances that have been named some of the most "memorable" and "best of" performances in New York City by the New York Times, New Yorker, and Broadway World.

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