Daily Show Correspondent Explains ‘Unfinished’ Art at the Met Breuer

Hasan Minhaj is here to help with the Breuer's inaugural weekend.

Hasan Minhaj.Photo: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan
Hasan Minhaj.
Photo: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan

Fans of Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj will have an opportunity to see the comedian at the Met Breuer this Friday, March 18.

To inaugurate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s hotly-anticipated new space, the museum will be hosting a number of “9-Minute Talks” this upcoming weekend at all three of their locations: Met Fifth Avenue, Met Breuer, and Met Cloisters. The series, which the museum describes as literal nine-minute talks is inspired by “the time it takes to travel between The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Breuer, and between the entrance of Fort Tryon Park and The Met Cloisters.”

According to a statement from the museum, 9-Minute Talks will be held at different times throughout Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and will host over 30 artists, writers, performers, and other creatives from New York City to discuss the idea of the “unfinished.” The conversation takes its inspiration from the inaugural exhibition of “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” a thematic survey featuring over 190 works that examines the question of when a work is complete.

The Met Breuer.Photo: Courtesy of the Met.

The Met Breuer.
Photo: Courtesy of the Met.

Minhaj, who joined the Daily Show in 2014, has been with the program since John Stewart’s run and continues to work alongside new host Trevor Noah. As a comedian, he sticks out on the list of 9-Minute Talk guests, which otherwise includes mainly art-world figures such as Pablo Helguera and artist Kay WalkingStick, as well as a variety of Met curators and conservators, and John LaPolla, an owner of Prospect Heights brewery Bitter and Esters.

You have two chances to see Minhaj tomorrow. In this first talk at 8:00 p.m., Minhaj will be joined by Beatrice Galilee, associate curator of architecture and design for the Met, and Peter Kim, executive director of the Museum of Food and Drink. At 8:30 p.m., Minhaj will be joined by Galilee and Antonio Sergio Bessa, director of curatorial and education programs for the Bronx Museum of the Arts.


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