In the Egyptian wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Artists Den hosted a once-in-a-lifetime concert pairing music legend Ringo Starr with modern folk-funk master Ben Harper, performing with his band Relentless 7. As an added surprise, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne sang backing vocals on selected songs, including “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
Since beginning his career with The Beatles in the 1960s, Ringo Starr has been one of the world’s brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter, drummer, and active musical collaborator. Ben Harper is one of music’s most innovative modern bluesmen and an internationally recognized concert draw. Bolstered by his new band, Relentless 7, he is now considered among his generation’s essential voices.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 for the purpose of educating the American people on art. It opened on February 20, 1872, and was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue (eventually changing to 1000 Fifth Ave). Commonly called “the Met”, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. It was visited by seven million people in 2016, making it the third most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind. Its permanent collection contains over two million works, divided among seventeen curatorial departments. The museum is constructed of several different architectural styles as the building has slowly accrued mass over the decades, showing its history in style.