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Museum Events in New York City This Week - September 6-September 13

September 6, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Museum Events in New York City This Week
New York's museums have constantly changing exhibitions and special events; check in with City Guide's calendar for the latest goings-on in NYC, with all the great painting, photography, sculpture, video art, history, and general culture that the city's institutions are known for.

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 06, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
September 07, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour exploring our collection in depth. To find out which collection areas this tour will visit, check at the Admissions Desk when you arrive.

Democracy in Print Workshop - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 07, 2017 - Manhattan

Frank Lloyd Wright believed that life and art should be fully integrated and education should be attained through experience. At Taliesin, the school he founded with his wife Olgivanna in his Wisconsin home and studio in 1932, students lived and worked together. Their architecture training was combined with learning practical skills, and studying other artistic mediums, politics, and the humanities. One result of this interdisciplinary environment is the Taliesin Square Papers, publications that include short texts in which Wright discussed the politics of the time and his own views on fostering American democracy. In this workshop, participants will design their own pamphlets and voice their own opinions about contemporary democracy. Emphasizing the Taliesin value of working directly with one's hands, participants will learn the pamphlet-stitch, a simple bookbinding technique. Also in keeping with Wright's educational ideals, this workshop will encourage participants to use the pamphlet as a space to play and experiment with different ideas and materials. Free with admission. Not appropriate for children under 10. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served bas... (read more)

First Friday Leo Bar - Asia Society
September 08, 2017 - Upper East Side

Kick off your weekend with a night of fun and culture at Asia Society's First Friday Leo Bar! The museum stays open late with free admission, exhibition tours, music, refreshments, and more. Don't miss one of the most cultural happy hours on the Upper East Side! At this inaugural First Friday of the season, be among the first to see the exhibition After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History on its opening night for free and enjoy Southeast Asian-inspired refreshments.

Asia Society First Friday Leo Bar - Asia Society and Museum
September 08, 2017 - New York

Kick off your weekend with a night of fun and culture at Asia Society's First Friday Leo Bar! The museum stays open late with free admission, exhibition tours, music, refreshments, and more. Don't miss one of the most cultural happy hours on the Upper East Side. At this inaugural First Friday of the season, be among the first to see Asia Society Museum's new exhibition "After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History" on its opening night for free.

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 08, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt - Museum of Natural History
September 09, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Museum of Natural History! Someone, or some “thing”, has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic. Is it the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code and uncover the museum’s secrets to stop the killings. While solving the crime, you’ll get an amazing whirlwind tour of the Museum of Natural History. From the giant blue whale to the T. Rex, anything could be a clue, and everything is suspect. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Workshop for Educators - MoMA PS1
September 09, 2017 - Long Island City

Join us for a full-day workshop devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The morning begins at The Museum of Modern Art with an interactive tour of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, featuring a range of mediums, from architectural drawings and models to photographs and scrapbooks. We will also spend time in the People's Studio: Design, Experiment, Build, where we will have the opportunity to explore the design process through hands-on activities. In the afternoon we'll head to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for an in-depth look at one of Wright's most iconic buildings. This workshop considers Wright's legacy and his relevance for students today. This workshop is designed for K–12 teachers and/or administrators, librarians, and curriculum specialists. Teachers working in alternative settings are welcome. Group size is limited to 20 participants. This workshop is $50 per person and includes instruction, resources, a Teacher Pass for unlimited admission to MoMA, and a 10% discount on educational materials at the MoMA Stores. Registration is required. Lunch is on your own. MoMA offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities f... (read more)

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
September 09, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour exploring our collection in depth. To find out which collection areas this tour will visit, check at the Admissions Desk when you arrive.

JLF at New York Patriot Games: Contextualizing Nationalism – Urvashi Butalia, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce Robbins, and Eyal Weizman in conversation with Marie Brenner - The Museum of Modern Art
September 10, 2017 - New York

JLF at New York Patriot Games: Contextualizing Nationalism Urvashi Butalia, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce Robbins, and Eyal Weizman in conversation with Marie Brenner Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 6:30pm Jaipur Literature Festival announces JLF at New York, as part of its ongoing collaboration with MoMA. The event will be held at The Museum of Modern Art, The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, 11 W. 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), NYC, on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 6:30pm. This event is by invitation only. Presented through MoMA's post presents series of talks devoted to the cross-geographical consideration of modern and contemporary art, JLF at New York features prominent speakers in a session titled "Patriot Games: Contextualising Nationalism" on September 10. Patriot Games: Contextualizing Nationalism Urvashi Butalia, Bouchra Khalili, Bruce Robbins, and Eyal Weizman in conversation with Marie Brenner The accelerating changes and unrelenting disruptions of globalization have led to a severe backlash and regression into simplistic racial, tribal and national identities. A panel of distinguished speakers examines the psychology of the nation state, as well as... (read more)

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 10, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Architecture Tour with Curator Emeritus Kevin Stayton - Brooklyn Museum
September 10, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join Curator Emeritus Kevin Stayton for a one-of-a-kind tour focusing on our historic building. Learn about the architectural details and infrastructure of the Museum, its impressive history, and its role in the community over time. After the tour, spend the day exploring our galleries with your fellow architecture enthusiasts. Schedule: 11 am Meet in the Rubin Lobby 11:10 am Tour begins in the Rubin Pavilion 12:30 pm Tour ends. Complimentary access to galleries Tickets are $18 ($16 for Members) and include Museum admission. To receive the Member discount code, email us at membership@brooklynmuseum.org with your full name and Membership ID. Not a Member? Join today!

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
September 10, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour exploring our collection in depth. To find out which collection areas this tour will visit, check at the Admissions Desk when you arrive.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) occupies a lofty place in American cultural history. He spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of this country's most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as "Civil Disobedience." But his lifelong journal—more voluminous by far than his published writings—reveals a fuller, more intimate picture of a man of wide-ranging interests and a profound commitment to living responsibly and passionately. This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal brings together nearly one hundred items in the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the author. Marking the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth and organized in partnership with the Concord Museum in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, the show centers on the journal he kept throughout his life and its importance in understanding the essential Thoreau. More than twenty of Thoreau's journal notebooks are shown along with letters and manuscripts, books from his library, pressed plants from his herbarium, and important personal artifacts. Also featured are the only two photographs for which he sat during his lifetime,... (read more)

Henry James and American Painting - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

he analogy between the art of the painter and the art of the novelist is, so far as I am able to see, complete. Their inspiration is the same, their process (allowing for the different quality of the vehicle), is the same, their success is the same. They may learn from each other, they may explain and sustain each other. Their cause is the same, and the honour of one is the honour of another. Henry James and American Painting is the first exhibition to explore the author's deep and lasting interest in the visual arts and their profound impact on the literature he produced. Offering a fresh perspective on the master novelist, the show reveals the importance of James's friendships with American artists such as John La Farge (1835–1910), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), and James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). While the author decided early on that the pictorial arts were not to be the arena in which he would work, the painterly quality of his writing has enthralled readers for over a century. Co-curated by acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín and Declan Kiely, head of the Morgan's Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the exhibition includes a rich and eclectic selection ... (read more)

ICP Projected: Formless - ICP Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

With mainstream media often perpetuating one-dimensional viewpoints of African fashion and culture, these industries have developed a renaissance among young people in West Africa who want to create their own standards and representations. Formless is a fashion editorial series by Amarachi Nwosu and developed with stylist Daniel Obasi in Lagos, Nigeria for Contributor Magazine. Although traditional beliefs often reproduce gender roles and norms that force men and women into their own boxes, these images express an alternate reality where men and women are no longer divided by unrealistic expectations of gender and social constructs, but are connected by what is at their core as human beings. The project infuses "masculine" and "feminine" attributes in both the male and female subjects using pieces made exclusively by African designers, including Orange Culture, Iamisigo, and Gozel Green.

Workshop: Watoji: Japanese Bookbinding - Japan Society
September 12, 2017 - New York

Take a stab at binding your own soft-cover book with mixed media artist Amanda Hu. Watoji, or Japanese bookbinding, is a simple, elegant method for creating unique soft and hardcover books. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to stitch together a personalized notebook, journal, or scrapbook using this beautiful Japanese sewing technique. Participants of all skill levels will leave this workshop with a greater appreciation for traditional bookbinding as well as a charming memento of their experience. All materials are included.

BOOK LAUNCH – KEN FOLLET'S 'A COLUMN OF FIRE' - Museum at Eldridge Street
September 12, 2017 - New York

Bestselling author Ken Follett has captivated millions of readers with the immersive world and rich characters of his Kingsbridge novels. Join him for a discussion on A Column of Fire, the latest entry into this historical fiction series. The new novel returns us to the town of Kingsbridge, this time in 1558, as society is being torn apart by religious unrest. Ned Willard and Margery Fitzgerald, while hopelessly in love, find themselves on opposing sides of the increasingly bitter religious battle as Willard enters into the service of a young and resolute new queen, Elizabeth, who sets out to bring law and order to England. Set during one of the most turbulent times in history, A Column of Fire is Follett's most exciting and ambitious work yet. It will delight longtime fans of the Kingsbridge series and is the perfect introduction for readers new to Ken Follett.

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 13, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Mindful Connections - Rubin Museum
Through September 15, 2017 - New York

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Every month trained guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote engagement with works of art and each other. This program meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complimentary tea in Café Serai. Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences. To register, please see the online form. Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Splendors of Korean Art - The Met
Through September 17, 2017 - New York

This year-long presentation brings to The Met masterpieces from the National Museum of Korea. The exhibition offers stellar examples of Korean art in areas not often represented in American collections as well as treasured highlights from The Met collection. Organized chronologically from the Late Bronze Age to the 21st century, the exhibition conveys the broad framework of Korean art history. Among the objects reflecting key genres and themes of Korean art are strikingly modern-looking pots and glittering jewelry from ancient burial sites; exquisite gilded Buddhist sculpture from the seventh through the seventeenth century; sophisticated celadon and metalwork of the Goryeo dynasty; porcelain with delightful and distinctively Korean designs; and paintings on diverse subjects from the Joseon and early modern periods.

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 22, 2017 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program alternate Fridays through September 22, 2017 The South Street Seaport Museum announces its summer program of Free Fridays! Every other Friday between 3-7pm, the Seaport Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations at Bowne Printers, and more!    The Free Fridays program will feature special activities on selected topics; the upcoming Free Fridays program on June 16 will feature the Seaport Museum's flagship Wavertree and will offer visitors a special opportunity to step aboard, grab a halyard and raise one of the ship's sails!   The 2017 Free Fridays program is presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation andis supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.    On June 30th, the Free Fridays program will feature a special curatorial and collections walkthrough of the new exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First-Class and Thi... (read more)

Free Saturdays - The Jewish Museum
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours - Village Alliance
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village today remains a cultural melting pot. The 'Village' has been, and remains a bohemian capital, a center of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the 'Beat' and 60's counter cultures. Join a FREE Greenwich Village walking tour led by the Village Alliance, each Saturday from June through September and see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and the places where today's locals continue the Village vibe. Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village's most important landmarks, including – Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio. See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock. Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record. Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week. See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the 'Village Beat'. Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared 'Right Makes Might', gaining him the preside... (read more)

Sugar & Spice - The Rubin Museum of Art
Through September 24, 2017 - New York

Drop-in Art-making Workshop Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. September Sundays: Sugar & Spice Break the rules and play with your food! Make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi. During this early September festival, chalimidi is offered to one of the most popular Hindu deities, Ganesha, the elephant-headed "Remover of Obstacles." Try to spot him holding a bowl of sweets in the Museum's galleries.

k2 Friday Night Tour - Rubin Museum
Through September 29, 2017 - New York

There's more to the Rubin's artwork than meets the eye. Discover the ideas behind these exquisite objects on a guided tour, where close observation and dialogue with a trained educator will open your mind to new experiences. Tours last approximately forty-five minutes. Reservations are not required for groups of ten or less. About K2 Friday Nights at the Rubin Museum admission is free every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Friday Nights. During K2 Friday Nights Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special pan-Asian tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ and programs. Happy Hour runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a two-for-one special on all beer, wine, and well drinks.

Late Antique Textiles and Modern Design - The Met
Through October 01, 2017 - New York

Artists and designers often look to the past to find inspiration for their own work. This exhibition—drawn entirely from The Met collection—compares foliate patterns and roundels that are found on textiles from the Late Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic periods in Egypt to similar motifs in postcards by the Wiener Werkstätte and on garments designed by Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949). Created in Egypt between about 200 and 600, the textiles on view include a child's dress; fragments from a sleeve, tunic, and blanket or cover; and other fragments whose original use is not known. Variations of the scrolling vines and stylized motifs that adorn these textiles can be seen on works created nearly 1500 years later. The renowned Spanish-born designer Mariano Fortuny was active in Venice, where he founded a textile workshop and commercial silk printing factory. His exquisite designs fuse the ancient and the modern, the local and the exotic. Three different Fortuny-designed silk coats from the first three decades of the 20th century are shown over the course of the exhibition. In cut and ornament, these items harken back to Late Antique historical sources. Founded in 1903 in reaction... (read more)

On The Line: Intrepid & The Vietnam War - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through October 02, 2017 - New York

On October 16, 2015, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will unveil On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, a major exhibition exploring the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid's history. The exhibition, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, will offer a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history.The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition will focus on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew "on the line"—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history will serve as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home. The exhibition will include artifacts, photographs and film clips from the Museum's collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The exhibition will also draw from the Museum's Oral History Project, an initiative launched in 2013 to record and prese... (read more)

Circle of Dance - National Museum of the American Indian
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

A five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C. It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish. During the 18th century, widespread prosperity and successful military campaigns brought political stability, while also securing the trade routes that permitted the importation of gemstones over the Silk Roads and through sea trade routes from as far away as Europe. Showcasing a selection of 75 exquisite carvings drawn from The Met collection, this exhibition presents the lapidary art of China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Featuring not only jade, the most esteemed of East Asian gems, but also agate, malachite, turquoise, quartz, amber, coral, and lapis lazuli, the exhibition reveals the extensive variety of hardstones and full palette of vibrant colors that were favored at the imperial court. Exploring the diverse subjects and styles of Qing lapidary art, Colors of the Universe illustrates the extraordinary imagination and technical virtuosity behind these miniature sculptures.

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed. The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed a flowering of Chinese drama. Under the patronage of the Qing court (1644–1911), performances—including the "Peking Opera"—filled the Forbidden City in Beijing. A form of traditional Chinese theater, Peking Opera was developed fully by the mid-19th century, and because of the form's minimal stage settings and the importance of exaggerated gestures and movements, costume played an unusually significant role. This exhibition includes superb examples with interior markings indicating their use in court productions.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

This exhibition, featuring 45 magnificent examples of Chinese carved lacquer drawn entirely from The Met collection, will explore the development of this significant artistic tradition. Among the objects on view will be works created as birthday gifts bearing symbols of long life, such as peaches, cranes, the character for longevity (shou), and representations of children. One of the highlights is a unique, large, lobed tray of the 14th century, carved with a delightful scene showing two women and 33 children. Other early pieces on view include a dish with a scene of long-tailed birds and hollyhocks. A rare screen that was produced by Lu Guisheng—a famous 19th-century artist and one of the few individuals working in lacquer whose name is recorded in Chinese history—provides a spectacular finale to this tradition. Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found in southern China, hardens when exposed to oxygen and humidity and can become a natural plastic. Tinted with cinnabar (red), carbon (black), and other minerals, it has been used as an artistic medium in China since at least the sixth century B.C. Carved lacquer, which involves applying multiple layers of lacquer onto a subst... (read more)

Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs - The Met
Through October 11, 2017 - New York

Since The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, the institution's physical space and collection have grown and its curatorial departments have diversified. The first Asian works of art to enter the collection—mostly ceramics and lacquers—were acquired in 1879 and originally accommodated in what was then called the Department of Decorative Arts. Only in 1915 was a separate Department of Far Eastern Art established, and it was not until 1986 that its name was changed to the Department of Asian Art. The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of The Met's galleries of Asian art as the building's footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown. Forever a work in progress, The Met's collection of Asian art is ultimately the product of the passion and scholarship of the many collectors, curators, donors, dealers, and directors who have together shaped the Museum's holdings and legacy.

Back in Time Walking Tours - Back in Time Walking Tours
Through October 21, 2017 - NEW YORK

The Big Apple is filled with a rich and colorful history. Every cobblestone has a story, every building a lifetime of lives. Join us as we roll back the clock to explore the old days of New York’s most interesting neighborhoods and the lives of the people who walked these same steps decades and centuries ago. On one of the specially crafted Back In Time Walking Tours, guides in period costume will whisk you away to a long forgotten era. See New York City as it was while being entertained along the way by riveting stories, melodic songs and nostalgic poetry performed by professional actors and musicians.

Exhibit: The Rise of Newspapers in the 19th Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Controversial elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery! In 1820s New York, as these issues inflamed public discussion, the burgeoning newspaper industry fanned the fire and competed as forums for debate! This exhibit looks at the newspaper industry of the 1820s –and the bold entry of women and African Americans into the business of print.( Open during Museum hours, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.) Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Early Morning Bird Walks in Central Park - Walks begin across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street.
Through October 27, 2017 -

Eight Tuesdays, September 5–October 24, 7–9 am Eight Wednesdays, September 6–October 25, 7–9 am Eight Thursdays, September 7–October 26, 7–9 am Eight Fridays, September 8–October 27, 9–11 am $85 per person Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with Museum ornithologists Paul Sweet (Tuesdays, 7 am and Fridays, 9 am) and Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 am). Learn how to use field marks, habitat, and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and raptors as they pass through Central Park en route to their winter homes. Birder field cards included.

Folk Art Reflections - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 07, 2017 - New York

This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer's and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided.

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson - Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced modern design to North America. The exhibition’s story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” Featuring more than 100 objects—including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at Bauhaus to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their homes in New York City to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibition in the 1930s and beyond.

Mindful Connections - Rubin Museum
Through December 15, 2017 - New York

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Every month trained guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote engagement with works of art and each other. This program meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complimentary tea in Café Serai. Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences. To register, please see the online form. Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

k2 Friday Night Tour - Rubin Museum
Through December 29, 2017 - New York

There's more to the Rubin's artwork than meets the eye. Discover the ideas behind these exquisite objects on a guided tour, where close observation and dialogue with a trained educator will open your mind to new experiences. Tours last approximately forty-five minutes. Reservations are not required for groups of ten or less. About K2 Friday Nights at the Rubin Museum admission is free every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Friday Nights. During K2 Friday Nights Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special pan-Asian tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ and programs. Happy Hour runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a two-for-one special on all beer, wine, and well drinks.

Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Treasure bindings—book covers encrusted with gold, silver, and gemstones—were a luxury in the Middle Ages. Few survive, and some of the finest examples are in the Morgan's distinguished collection. Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings presents these masterpieces in context for the first time. The treasure bindings on view include star sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets, alongside illuminated manuscripts and printed books that depict two-dimensional representations of these precious materials. Among the exhibition highlights will be the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, one of the two finest Carolingian jeweled bindings in the world, and the thirteenth-century Berthold Sacramentary, the most luxurious German manuscript of its time. In these and other examples, we learn that the application of gemstones and precious metals served to venerate the texts inside and embellish church services, as well as reflect the status and wealth of the patrons who commissioned them. Images of "imagined" gems are also featured on the pages of manuscripts and printed books presented, including three examples of Venetian books, hand-painted by Girolamo da Cremona. The artis... (read more)

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History - Asia Society
Through January 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers how contemporary art from societies in transition may be read as an expression of the ambiguous and sometimes contentious relationship between individual artistic practices and sociopolitical context. The exhibition explores the cultural repercussions of political ruptures through sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installations by seven contemporary artists and one artist group from three Southeast Asian countries—Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam—whose lives and art practices have intersected with defining historical moments. Featured artists: FX Harsono, Htein Lin, Dinh Q. Lê, Nge Lay, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, The Propeller Group, Angki Purbandono, and Tintin Wulia.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 - The Met
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not." Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions was installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing will be on view in its complete state through January 28, 2018, when it will be painted over.

Views of Rome and Naples: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through March 18, 2018 - New York

During the second half of the eighteenth-century, a journey to Italy was considered an essential component in the education of young artists and noblemen from Northern Europe. Although Venice and Florence were requisite stops on the journey, artists tended to make their longest stay in Rome, and they generally also spent time in Naples. Both cities offered celebrated archeological sites and a taste of the unspoiled rural life of the campagna. Working outdoors, artists recorded their observations of these natural and man-made wonders in small-scale studies, mostly executed with oil paint on paper. In these oils, painters captured the grandiosity of Rome's classical ruins and the sublime natural beauty of Naples, with its famous view of Mount Vesuvius. Artists from France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and Sweden are featured in this selection. Views of Rome and Naples is the fifth exhibition in a series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare. Mr. Thaw is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The New Yorker - National September 11 Memorial Museum
Through May 24, 2018 - New York

New on View "Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker" is an exhibition of 33 covers from the weekly news and culture magazine. From the time the original World Trade Center first rose into the skyline, it began appearing on covers of The New Yorker. For years, artists treated the Twin Towers playfully. After 9/11, somber imagery emerged. While the destruction of the towers was not depicted, the anxiety and sadness engulfing the nation took form on New Yorker covers after the attacks. Over the years, the covers commemorated the loss of the towers while documenting the revitalization of the site. The exhibition runs through May 2018.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)

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