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Museum Events in New York City This Weekend - May 31-June 2

May 27, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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The Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Natural History ? these are just a sampling of the many great museums open to the city. If you're wanting to spend some time exploring these cultural gems, then City Guide's guide to museum events in New York City this weekend will be your best companion.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Continues New Free Fridays Series on May 31 - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
May 31, 2019 - New York

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum continues its inaugural Free Fridays series on May 31st at the Intrepid Museum located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue). Events begin at 5:00pm, with free general admission for all visitors through 9:00pm. This month, Free Friday attendees can enjoy views of the Hudson River and city skyline while they watch Dunkirk from Intrepid’s flight deck. The movie begins at sunset, weather permitting. Get ready for some sizzlin' excitement at Mad Science: Fire & Ice. Learn about the properties of fire and combustion in this live, interactive (and safe!) experience on the ship's hangar deck. Immerse yourself in history on the ship's flight deck. Meet an Intrepid Aviator or take in our Tales from the Flight Deck talk by one of our Museum educators. Join us for intergalactic yoga—led by Guerilla Science—in the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Stretch like an astronaut and uncover what happens when your mind and body leave the soothing gravity of Earth. Mats will be provided. All events are first-come, first-served and for all ages. On select Friday nights through October, the Intrepid Museum will open its doors select for FREE! Visito... (read more)

Meet the Scientist: Dagmawit Getahun - American Museum of Natural History
June 01, 2019 - New York

Gelada monkeys, also known as the "bleeding heart" monkeys because of the bright red patches of skin on their chest, are found only in the highlands of Ethiopia. They are the world's only grass eating monkeys and spend most of their time on the ground rather than in the trees. While their range is currently very restricted, fossils show us that their ancestors lived all over the world. Join Dagmawit "Dag" Getahun, a biological anthropology PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for an exploration of the evolutionary history of monkeys from Africa and Asia and how the study of these terrestrial primates might lead to insights about our own evolution.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 01, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Metropolitan Museum! A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out whodunit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Culture Pass Programs: Civickids at Includenyc Outdoors for Autism - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

Children's Museum of the Arts in New York City is making art making outposts available all throughout New York City through Culture Pass as part of the CIVICKIDS campaign. Register for free and join us for hands-on art making with our talented Teaching Artists! CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make A Difference is a year-long series of exhibitions, community events, and digital art calls hosted by CMA. Rooted in the belief that art builds empathy, understanding, and respect for others, CIVICKIDS aims to foster civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. Each month, CMA will issue a digital art making challenge based on themes of civic engagement including environmentalism, identity, equity, leadership, sustainability and kindness.

Culture Pass Programs: CIVICKIDS at Leslie-Lohman Summer Block Party - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

Children's Museum of the Arts in New York City is making art making outposts available all throughout New York City through Culture Pass as part of the CIVICKIDS campaign. Register for free and join us for hands-on art making with our talented Teaching Artists! CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make A Difference is a year-long series of exhibitions, community events, and digital art calls hosted by CMA. Rooted in the belief that art builds empathy, understanding, and respect for others, CIVICKIDS aims to foster civic engagement and shared community pride through art making. Each month, CMA will issue a digital art making challenge based on themes of civic engagement including environmentalism, identity, equity, leadership, sustainability and kindness.

Watson Adventures’ Cloisters Capers Scavenger Hunt - The Cloisters
June 02, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults in one of upper Manhattan’s most unusual treasures! Explore the Cloisters and solve mysteries like a latter-day Brother Baskerville. You’ll tackle tricky clues among the breathtaking architecture that dates from the 12th through the 15th century and the nearly 3,000 works of art. Discover gruesome faces hidden in demons, take a ladder to Heaven or fall into the mouth of Hell, and learn why dead princes sleep with dogs. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight! - Rockaway Artist Alliance’s T-7 Gallery at Fort Tilden
Through June 02, 2019 - Rockaway Point

Join NYC Council Member Eric Ulrich, the Queens Historical Society, and the Rockaway Artists Alliance as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the flight of the NC-4, the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The US Navy Seaplane NC-4 was assembled and took off from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on May 8, 1919. An exhibition on the flight will be hosted at the RAA’s T-7 Gallery in Fort Tilden. Opening Ceremony on May 6th, 2019 at 7pm. Days open: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm.

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)

Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas - Brooklyn Museum
Through June 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this yearlong activation, Brooklyn artists Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas present their work in our public spaces—the plaza green, steps, and promenade outside and the lobby within—emphasizing the Museum as a civic space for conversation and learning. Through their text-based works, these artists use language, questions, and humor to engage topics ranging from national debates to local community issues, sparking dialogue around some of the most pressing questions of our time and inspiring us to listen, share with one another, and connect through art.

Backyard Wilderness - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are in our own neighborhoods and communities, arming explorers of all ages with the tools and inspiration to discover the wonders of nature at their fingertips. The film reveals animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. Screening through June 30, 2019, Backyard Wilderness will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 10:30 am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply.

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 15, 2019 - New York

Experience Tibetan Buddhism like never before at The Rubin Museum. With 60 objects on display, explore 8th to 19th century Tibet in a new way that show little-known aspects of life through power and legitimate rule of political power as a global phenomenon through art. This exhibit, opening in February is curated by Karl Debrczeny.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 - Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Through July 20, 2019 - New York

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 is a long-awaited and groundbreaking survey that features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture. Presented in two parts—at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art—the exhibition features artworks by openly LGBTQ artists such as Vaginal Davis, Louise Fishman, Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Barbara Hammer, Holly Hughes, Greer Lankton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Joan Snyder, and Andy Warhol. On view at the Grey Art Gallery from April 24 through July 20, 2019 and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum from April 24 through July 21, 2019, the exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art.

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art - American Folk Art Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

The exhibition Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from March 19 through July 28, 2019. Around 100 works by 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century self-taught artists highlight the history of of New York City as a financial and financial and commercial capital. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, independent curator and author of Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball, and Young America: A Folk Art History, among other books. The coordinating curator is Stacy C. Hollander, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator of the American Folk Art Museum. Made in New York City will tell its story from two perspectives simultaneously: "The Art of Business" focuses on the people and places that were part of the city's thrumming commercial life. "The Business of Art" highlights the products of the artists, artisans, and manufacturers – the commercial signs, store figures, and early advertising images that they made. The exhibition will draw on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Histori... (read more)

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art - American Folk Art Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

The exhibition Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from March 19 through July 28, 2019. Around 100 works by 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century self-taught artists highlight the history of of New York City as a financial and financial and commercial capital. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, independent curator and author of Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball, and Young America: A Folk Art History, among other books. The coordinating curator is Stacy C. Hollander, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator of the American Folk Art Museum. Made in New York City will tell its story from two perspectives simultaneously: "The Art of Business" focuses on the people and places that were part of the city's thrumming commercial life. "The Business of Art" highlights the products of the artists, artisans, and manufacturers – the commercial signs, store figures, and early advertising images that they made. The exhibition will draw on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Histori... (read more)

Matt Keegan: what was & what is - Court Square Park
Through August 18, 2019 - Long Island City

For over a decade, Matt Keegan has worked to synthesize his interest in language, whether rooted in pedagogy and cognition or the vernacular and social. He works in sculpture, photography, and video, and for his SculptureCenter commission he integrates these various ways of working. Installed in Long Island City’s Court Square Park, what was & what is distills real estate development’s rhetorical and visual devices in an object that speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City.

Among Others: Photography and the Group - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 18, 2019 - Manhattan

Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan's collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery. In arranged sittings, form is content: when commissioned to photograph the royals of Germany and England at a wedding in 1894, James Russell and Son's Studio instinctively centered its composition around the family's matriarch, Queen Victoria. Camera artists sometimes insert themselves into the action, as Susan Meiselas did when mingling with carnival strippers, first to portray them behind the scenes and then to photograph those in the audience from a performer's perspective. Action can also be a pose: in 1970, when asked to create a positive poster image for the Gay Liberation Front, Peter Hujar asked the group's members to run toward him on the street, enacting their slogan, "Come Out!!" Ingenuity may be called for when one's subjects are all too well-known: a press photographer, Jean-Pierre Ducatez, appealed to the primal desires of Beatles fans by zeroing in on the lips of each band member, creating a captivating game of who's-who. Bringing together works from the 1860s to the present, Among... (read more)

Salvation by the Sea - Coney Island History Project
Through September 02, 2019 - Brooklyn

The exhibit Salvation by the Sea explores an era when the Coney Island beachfront saved lives and provided a livelihood for waves of immigrants who arrived from the 1870s-1920s. The Coney Island History Project is open weekends and holidays, 1-7PM, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Free admission.to one and all!

Simone Fattal solo show - MoMA PS1
Through September 02, 2019 - Long Island City

From March 31 to September 2, 2019, MoMA PS1 presents Works and Days the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal (Lebanese and American, b. 1942). Curated by Ruba Katrib, this retrospective brings together a selection of over 100 abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings and collages created over the last 40 years. Drawing from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry, these works explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 08, 2019 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 May 25 - September 8, 2019 The South Street Seaport Museum announces Pioneer Sailing Season 2019: Sail New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer from May - September 2019 departing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport Museum. Advance tickets for the 2019 season are now available and can be purchased at http://seaportmuseum.org/sailnewyorkharbor. Tickets are $32 Adults, $28 Seniors and Children ages 0-12. Use code EarlyBird19 and receive a $3 discount on tickets booked before the start of the season. Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's exhibitions, so bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! (Please be sure to arrive with ample time if you wish to visit the museum before.) In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built... (read more)

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America - National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 16, 2019 - New York

One of the most influential, innovative, and talented Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Cannon’s work—as an artist, poet, and aspiring musician—is deeply personal yet undeniably political, reflecting his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political period during which he worked. Cannon preferred bold color combinations, mash-ups between Native and non-Native elements and never shied away from the complexity and nuance of identity politics. Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens, and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary. T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America celebrates Cannon’s creative range and artistic legacy through numerous paintings and works on paper, as well as his poetry and music.

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Ancestral Connections - National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 30, 2019 - New York

Ancestral Connections explores how ten contemporary artists draw on aspects of their heritage—sometimes combined with personal experiences or tribal history—to create new and compelling works of art. Some have been shaped by their traditional homelands and landscapes, while others draw on traditional worldviews, lifeways, and artistic traditions or remembered ancestors. As a whole, the works illustrate how connections to Native culture, tradition, and history serve as a catalyst for contemporary Native artistic expression.

E. v. Day: Breaking the Glass Ceiling - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through October 27, 2019 - New York

Known for her gravity-defying suspension sculptures that explore themes of science fiction, space, gender, and humor, E. V. Day illuminates contradictions in gender roles and stretches the confines of social stereotypes. In her new site-specific installation in the central Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery, E. V. Day will use turnbuckles, monofilament, and angle iron to build multiple suspended trajectories in the ceiling, using the columns and walls as mounting points. Day will employ chains, brass rods, elastic cords, and hardware to build tension, highlight resistance, and imply velocity. The ceiling installation will be complemented by shattered glass images displayed around the perimeter of the gallery referencing cosmic aspirations — the strong desire to achieve something that might feel just outside of one's reach.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Oceans: Our Blue Planet - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2020 - New York

Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on Earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed humans to go farther into the unknown than ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, this film reveals the untold stories of the ocean's most astonishing animals.

Fear & Force: New York City's Sons of Liberty - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through August 22, 2020 - New York

Opening August 22 // Mesick Gallery We may not like paying taxes but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance. Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor. Opening reception on August 21 by invitation only. Become a Museum Member today and receive an exclusive invitation!

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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