The Metropolitan Museum of Art received its TED license earlier this year, making it the first art museum to hold TED Talks, ever. It will take place on October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and its theme will be Icons.

Here are the speakers and performers:

Kyle Abraham: Award-winning dancer and choreographer, currently the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist for 2012-14
- Alice Attie: A visual artist who will create drawings based on the TEDxMet Talks
- Andrew Bolton: Met Costume Institute curator who organized the popular 2011 exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
- Thomas P. Campbell: Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum and former TED speaker
- Negin Farsad: Iranian-American comedian, recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, whose film The Muslims are Coming! opens internationally later this month
- Navina Najat Haidar: Curator in the Met’s Islamic Art Department, who recently helped complete the department’s stunning new galleries
- Melanie Holcomb: Met Curator of medieval art, also the co-curator of a 2016 exhibition on Jerusalem in the Middle Ages
- Bill T. Jones: Legendary dancer/choreographer
- Maira Kalman: Author and illustrator
- Eric R. Kandel: Neuroscientist and Nobel laureate;
- James Nares: Artist who will present the first wordless TED Talk
- Nicolai Ouroussoff: New York architecture critic and writer
- Jeff L. Rosenheim: Curator in Charge of the Met’s Department of Photographs and curator of the acclaimed 2013 traveling exhibition Photography and the American Civil War
- Lorna Simpson: Artist whose work examines experiences in contemporary multi-racial America
- Andrew Solomon: Writer and lecturer, whose latest book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2012), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Elizabeth Streb: Action architect, a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient and author of STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero 
- Luke Syson: the Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts since 2012, who organized the landmark 2011 exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at the National Gallery, London.
- J. Pierpont Morgan: Financier, banker, art collector, and Met trustee/donor in conversation with Hilary Sargent, founder of, recently called one of the 50 Best Websites of 2013 by Time magazine.

Buy $100 tickets for the unprecedented event and stay updated on the livestream here.