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Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week - June 16-June 23

June 16, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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You'll find the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue, Central Park Zoo, and Seredipity 3 in the Upper East Side, along with a plethora of other activities, eateries, and landmarks. City Guide's list of things to do on the Upper East Side this week will keep you occupied and thoroughly entertained during your visit to this beloved NYC borough.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Demarchelier - Demarchelier Restaurant
June 16, 2019 - New York

Authentic Family French Bistro Demarchelier, owned by artist Eric Demarchelier (brother of famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier), is sure to deliver this Father’s Day. Demarchelier brings a little piece of France to New York City. Every meal that leaves its kitchen aims to capture the essence of authentic French bistro fair. The family owned and run Upper East Side restaurant radiates a comfortable, colorful, warm and familial spirit that has made it a neighborhood fixture for over a quarter-century. Ideal for a quick bite to eat, a romantic rendezvous, or a simple family meal. The traditional French menu is paired perfectly with a wide range of predominantly French wines. This Father’s Day, Demarchelier will be serving its regular Sunday Brunch with dishes such as their Organic Omelettes and the Smoked Salmon Platter. Demarchelier’s traditional a la carte menu will be served throughout the day with signature menu items including the Moules Mariniere au Vin Blanc; Coq Au Vin with fingerling potatoes; and Rainbow Trout Meuniere. For reservations and more information, visit www.demarchelierrestaurant.com 212-249-6300

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
June 16, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for families in Central Park! Kids and adults work together to explore the park below 72nd Street. To score points, you’ll have to find Stuart Little, stick your tongue out at a rude animal, learn the motto of a hidden eagle, decipher a secret code by the pond seen in Home Alone 2, spot Cupid at the Carousel, unscramble a message in the sky, and find a witch turned to stone. For ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase required.

Celebrate Father’s Day at T-Bar Steak & Lounge - T-Bar Steak & Lounge
June 16, 2019 - New York

This Father’s Day, under the watchful eye of Restaurateur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer their a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. A long list of perfectly-prepared side dishes, including the Sautéed Haricot Verts with garlic, or the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with bacon, complement each entrée on the menu. Swoon over the decadent dessert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the irresistible Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce. Pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails or a glass of wine from T-Bar’s carefully selected wine list. Lunch: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM; Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM T-Bar Steak & Lounge 1278 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 212-772-0404 • www.tbarnyc.com

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

The exhibition in the Portico Gallery presents a promised gift to the Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form. A feat of great technical achievement, French faience was introduced to Lyon in the second half of the sixteenth century by skilled Italian immigrants — the French word "faience" derives from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Over the next two centuries, production spread throughout the provinces of metropolitan France. The fine decoration of French faience draws inspiration from multiple sources, including Italian maiolica, Asian porcelain, and contemporary engravings. The forms of its platters, bowls, plates, and ewers derive mostly from European ceramics and silver. These influences come together in works of great originality.

Summer Garden Concert: Cello & Violin - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 18, 2019 - New York

Listen to music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included. Award winning cellist Christopher James and violinist Jon Block perform classical solos and duets from the Baroque to Romantic periods. $15 Adults, $5 Children Under 12, Members Free and babies under 1 free For more information and tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4242498

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts - Summer Series: The Knights - The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
June 18, 2019 - New York

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts - Summer Series: The Knights

The Knights Premiere Lisa Bielawa's Fictional Migrations - Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
June 18, 2019 - New York

The world premiere of composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa's Fictional Migrations (for string orchestra, flute and horn) is featured on the opening concert of the 2019 Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series. The Knights commissioned the string orchestra version of Fictional Migrations and will present it with soloists Alex Sopp (flute/piccolo) and Michael P. Atkinson (horn), both founding members of The Knights. The performance is at Temple Emanu-El, as the Naumburg Bandshell is currently closed for repairs. Of The Knights' premiere, Bielawa says, "These two soloists have, through the work I've done with The Knights over the years, been partnering and inspiring my work for over a decade." Free with reservation. Presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts http://emanuelstreickernyc.org/events/naumberg-orchestral-concert-summer-series-the-knights/

Lunchtime Lecture-Behind the Scenes Look at Portraiture in the 19th-Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 18, 2019 - New York

Lunchtime Lecture: Behind the Scenes: 19th-Century Portraiture Get an inside view of our current exhibition as educator Natalia Sokolva shares insights into “Portraiture Then and Now” illustrated by the Museum’s collection of 19th Century portraiture as well as modern portraits on view throughout the Museum. June 14, 12:30. Bring your lunch, and share an informal discussion.

Summer Garden Concert-Violin and Cello - The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 18, 2019 - NY

Summer Garden Concert- Cello and Violin Listen to music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included. June 18, 6 pm. Award winning Cellist Christopher James and violinist Jon Block perform classical solos and duets from the Baroque to romantic periods. $15 Adults, $5 Children Under 12, Members Free and babies under 1 free. For tickets, click here.

The Knights Premiere Lisa Bielawa's Fictional Migrations - Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
June 18, 2019 - New York NY

The world premiere of composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa's Fictional Migrations (for string orchestra, flute and horn) is featured on the opening concert of the 2019 Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series. The Knights commissioned the string orchestra version of Fictional Migrations and will present it with soloists Alex Sopp (flute/piccolo) and Michael P. Atkinson (horn), both founding members of The Knights. The performance is at Temple Emanu-El, as the Naumburg Bandshell is currently closed for repairs. Of The Knights' premiere, Bielawa says, "These two soloists have, through the work I've done with The Knights over the years, been partnering and inspiring my work for over a decade."

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: The Knights - Temple Emanu-El
June 18, 2019 - New York

Celebrating 114 years of Free Classical Music Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts have filled Central Park's Concert Ground with extraordinary music by promising new talent. Now, the oldest concert series of its type in the world is moving to the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center during the renovation of its iconic Naumburg Bandshell.

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: A Far Cry - Temple Emanu-El
June 18, 2019 - New York

Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts have filled Central Park's Concert Ground with extraordinary music by promising new talent. Now, the oldest concert series of its type in the world is moving to the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center during the renovation of its iconic Naumburg Bandshell.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
June 19, 2019 - New York

Come when you can! Registration not required. Bring your baby and join Sally Tannen, director of 92Y's Parenting Center, for a weekly get-together where parents share, get tips, and make new friends. You'll have the opportunity to get feedback on all your parenting questions from one of New York City's leading experts in parenting and early childhood. Gatherings focus on topics relevant to you and your family—sleep and your new baby, traveling with an infant, managing finances, and much more. See individual sessions for upcoming topics.

Israeli Folk Dance: Open Session - 92nd Street Y
June 19, 2019 - New York

Open Session: Dancing for everyone! Open dancing with instruction of more advanced repertoire.

Fete De La Musique - The Rosé Terrace at Perrine The Pierre, A Taj Hotel
June 19, 2019 - New York City

Fête de la Musique returns at Perrine! Join us for our third annual Parisian-style street festival on the Upper East Side. Wednesday June 19th, Perrine at The Pierre Hotel and Château Miraval will host an evening of rosé and festive street food selections created by The Pierre's Executive Chef Ashfer Biju. Savor the sounds of a live band and DJ music. And enjoy endless Côtes de Provence Rosé by Miraval on Perrine's Rosé Terrace overlooking Central Park. Fête de la Musique (Worldwide Music Day) originated in Paris 37 years ago. Today, the annual event attracts music lovers in 540 cities around the globe. Experience the vibrant sounds and beats of this wildly popular event.

Les Ballets Trockadero DE Monte Carlo - SummerStage, Central Park
June 19, 2019 - Manhattan

As part of SummerStage's Pride celebrations, and aligning with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots-the all-male comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, perform classic works (such as "The Dying Swan" ) from a modern and unique perspective. Subverting ballet's strict gender roles, the troupe performs both male and female roles, imbuing contemporary and classic ballets with humor and provocation. The performance will mark the company's first time gracing SummerStage, as well as the 45th anniversary of its formation in 1974. It follows two free screenings of a documentary in which they're featured, Rebels on Pointe— Washington Square Park on June 13th, followed by another at the Greenwich House Music School on June 18th.

Revolutionaries en Pointe: The Trocks Celebrate Stonewall 50 - SummerStage, Central Park
June 19, 2019 - Manhattan

Members of the all-male troupe, a beacon of LGBT culture, talk about their history and legacy with Stonewall 50 Consortium founder, Eric Marcus. RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

Young Patrons Night: Coco and Breezy with Special Guest Zak Leever - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
June 20, 2019 - New York,

Returning to Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt by popular demand! Style icons, former dancers for Prince, and DJs Coco and Breezy produce unexpected, energizing sound. The evening will feature special guest performance by singer, songwriter, and producer Zak Leever.

Local Woman, A Comedy Show - Ryan's Daughter
June 21, 2019 - New York

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Fantastic Gymnastics Holiday Training / Ages 4-10 - 92nd Street Y
Through June 21, 2019 - New York

Join our professional 92Y USA Gymnastics instructors for a fun-filled day of gymnastics, dance, sports, art, and more in our state-of-the-art training studios. The day includes a dynamic gymnastics warm-up, at least two hours of gymnastics training on all four women's gymnastics events, dance, take-home art projects, and lots of fun games! Beginners through intermediate/advanced athletes are welcome! No experience required. Children are split into age-appropriate groups for all activities. All children should bring a bagged lunch to the program. Please email with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Artist's Perspective - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 22, 2019 - New York

An Artist’s Perspective: Craftsmanship in 19th Century through Today View and touch artisan made furniture and artifacts of the 19th century as artist Eliana Perez leads you on a tour of our period rooms to uncover the connections between artisanship, historical production, and traditional workmanship with methods visual artists employ today. FREE. Reservations required.

Artist's Perspective - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 22, 2019 - New York

An Artist’s Perspective: Craftsmanship in 19th Century through Today View and touch artisan made furniture and artifacts of the 19th century as artist Eliana Perez leads you on a tour of our period rooms to uncover the connections between artisanship, historical production, and traditional workmanship with methods visual artists employ today. FREE. Reservations required.

Solstice Saturday - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
June 22, 2019 - New York,

Ages: 5 years old and up Celebrate Solstice Saturday with drop-in design activities in our Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. These beginner activities are appropriate for ages 5 and over; no previous design experience is required. Held rain or shine.

Andachtsbild - Petzel Gallery
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

Petzel Gallery is pleased to present Andachtsbild, a group show opening May 3rd and on view through June 22nd at the gallery's Upper East Side location. The exhibition, curated by Karel Schampers, formerly Director of the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands, explores various visual modes and expressions of humanity, rooting itself in the idea of devotion. Andachtsbild presents artworks that delve into our emotional values and testify to the true experiences of human beings. It is Schampers' belief that artists are innately able to give special meaning to this subject matter as they have the ability to broach it with a broader sense of intimacy than most. Presenting the viewer with works of art that highlight eclectic interpretations of devotion and human expression will lead to a broader awareness of and engagement with what is being represented. "Andachtsbild is about love, dedication, concern, involvement, vulnerability, friendship, sincerity, consolation, and humility," Schampers says. "The show is meant to inspire and the works selected invite the viewer to further contemplate these sentiments."

Sutton Foster - Cafe Carlyle
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

The New York Times praised her previous residency: "The radiance of Julia Roberts and the zany spunk of Holly Golightly: that only begins to describe the seductive charms of Sutton Foster in her irresistible cabaret show." At Café Carlyle, she'll perform Broadway favorites and original recordings, focusing on selections from her new album, Take Me to the World, and stories of how being a mother of a two-year-old has informed her work and changed her life.

Picasso's Women: Fernande to Jacqueline - Gagosian
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

Gagosian, in partnership with members of the Picasso family, is pleased to present Picasso's Women: Fernande to Jacqueline, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that attests to the central role and influence of the many women in Picasso's life. It has been organized in honor of the gallery's late friend and colleague, Sir John Richardson. In the early 1960s, Richardson was planning to write a study of Picasso's portraits and spent hours with the artist, poring over reproductions of his works. As Picasso spoke about the complexities of his pictorial thinking—pointing out, for example, that a portrait of Dora Maar might also contain elements referring to her romantic predecessor Marie-Thérèse Walter, and her successor Françoise Gilot—Richardson began to believe that a detailed biographical treatment of Picasso's portraiture would close a notable gap in Picasso scholarship. Decades later he would sit down to write what would become the monumental multivolume biography, A Life of Picasso.

Brunch: Every Sunday! - Zavo
June 23, 2019 - New York

One-of-a-kind elegant fine dining, drinks, and extravagant live entertainment at one of NYC’s very best restaurants. All in a stunning, opulent interior with Italian marble, leather seats, and crystal chandeliers. Every Sunday enjoy brunch, with sounds from a special guest DJ!

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 23, 2019 - New York

The exhibition in the Portico Gallery presents a promised gift to the Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form. A feat of great technical achievement, French faience was introduced to Lyon in the second half of the sixteenth century by skilled Italian immigrants — the French word "faience" derives from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Over the next two centuries, production spread throughout the provinces of metropolitan France. The fine decoration of French faience draws inspiration from multiple sources, including Italian maiolica, Asian porcelain, and contemporary engravings. The forms of its platters, bowls, plates, and ewers derive mostly from European ceramics and silver. These influences come together in works of great originality.

Di Donna - Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Through June 28, 2019 - New York

Di Donna Galleries announces Surrealism in Mexico, an exhibition that explores the robust creative moment that emerged between 1940 and 1955 as an international community of artists fled World War II in Europe and settled in Mexico. There, many principles that had defined the Surrealist movement were broadened and transformed in response to a new topography, new cultures, and the experience of exile, toward the creation of radically innovative new styles. This vibrant art-historical episode was made possible through liberal ideas about collaboration, immigration, and gender roles. It is particularly relevant in the context of today's cultural and political climate, where such issues remain under intense scrutiny and debate. Surrealism in Mexico is unprecedented in the United States for its subject and its scope. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and collages by artists including Lola Álvarez Bravo, Leonora Carrington, Esteban Francés, Gunther Gerzso, Kati Horna, Frida Kahlo, Agustín Lazo, Matta, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, Bridget Bate Tichenor, and Remedios Varo, with loans from distinguished private collections, corpo... (read more)

Ewan Gibbs: New York / Chicago - Richard Gray Gallery
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present New York / Chicago, a solo exhibition of drawings by British artist Ewan Gibbs at the gallery’s New York location from April 25 to June 29, 2019. New York / Chicago will open with a reception for the artist on April 25, 6-8 PM. Renowned British artist Ewan Gibbs creates intimately scaled portraits of the built environment. Working from photographs taken during his travels, Gibbs carefully renders images of urban landmarks using his methodical drawing technique. The resulting images infuse the iconic manufactured exteriors of the city with an inner nostalgia and demand close observation. New York / Chicago presents a recent body of work comprising parallel but distinct series of drawings that are based on the artist’s personal encounters in the two cities. Each drawing contains thousands of minuscule pen and pencil marks and pinpricks—a system developed by Gibbs over twenty-five years ago after seeing knitting patterns containing various graphic symbols within a large, organized grid.

Ewan Gibbs: New York / Chicago - Richard Gray Gallery
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present New York / Chicago, a solo exhibition of drawings by British artist Ewan Gibbs at the gallery’s New York location from April 25 to June 29, 2019. New York / Chicago will open with a reception for the artist on April 25, 6-8 PM. Renowned British artist Ewan Gibbs creates intimately scaled portraits of the built environment. Working from photographs taken during his travels, Gibbs carefully renders images of urban landmarks using his methodical drawing technique. The resulting images infuse the iconic manufactured exteriors of the city with an inner nostalgia and demand close observation. New York / Chicago presents a recent body of work comprising parallel but distinct series of drawings that are based on the artist’s personal encounters in the two cities. Each drawing contains thousands of minuscule pen and pencil marks and pinpricks—a system developed by Gibbs over twenty-five years ago after seeing knitting patterns containing various graphic symbols within a large, organized grid.

Warhol Women - Lévy Gorvy
Through July 05, 2019 - New York

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce Warhol Women, an exhibition devoted exclusively to Andy Warhol’s portraits of women from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On view from April 25 through June 15 at Lévy Gorvy’s landmark building on Madison Avenue, the selection of paintings, covering the full scope of Warhol’s career, invites the viewer to ponder the artist’s complex and often contradictory relationship to myths and ideals of femininity, beauty, and power. Over the course of his career, Warhol depicted an astonishing range of women, from heiresses and Hollywood stars to drag queens and denizens of New York’s underground art scene. Through paintings riotous and defiant, vulnerable and demure, Warhol Women sheds fresh light on both the artist’s oeuvre and our present moment, wherein questions of female empowerment and the construction of identity through images are as urgent as ever.

Exhibition opening: Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling - Bohemian National Hall
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

[2nd Floor] An opening for the exhibition "Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling" featuring photographs by Czech documentary photographer Dana Kyndrova who examines the many facets of women's lives. The presented photographs - shot primarily in the former Czechoslovakia and later in the Czech Republic, but also in some Western countries - show the precious moments of daily life, child birth, the tensions of school exams, falling in love. The project called "Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling" includes photographs from the 1970s - 1990s, and its aim is to capture the life of a woman in its full variety, from birth to death. The project is divided into seven parts – adolescence, maternity and family, fun, work, eroticism, faith, and old age. Apart from the objective chronology of life's pilgrimage of a human being, or more precisely, of a woman, the photographs perceive the principal life values, which accompany and influence us during our entire existence. The theme is more or less general; thus the question is not to portray a particular environment or a characteristics of a certain country. One could say the woman portrayed is a „European" woman. A substantial part of the photograp... (read more)

The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americas and Europe - Heather James Fine Art
Through July 31, 2019 - New York

Piercing through the male gaze, works by leading American, British, Latin American, and Polish female Surrealistartists will be on view at Heather James Fine Art, New York, from May 8 – July 31, 2019. The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americas and Europe reframes the history of the movement by focusing exclusively on the pivotal role played by female artists as independent from—rather than in relationship to—their male counterparts. Featuring paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and collages spanning from 1938 to 2008, the exhibition also seeks to reveal the underlying political, social, and cultural attitudes that influenced ideas of gender. An opening reception will be held on May 8, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue including essays by Gloria Orenstein, Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, University of Southern California, and Patryk Tomaszewski, an art historian at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Orenstein noted, "I have been fortunate to know women Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, and their work speaks to me on so many levels both spiritually and viscerally. I am thrilled that He... (read more)

Freedmanart - Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Through August 31, 2019 - New York

Walls and Occupied Spaces: paintings by artist Kit White, in a timely conversation with artist and writer Jason Stopa.

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)

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs - The Vilcek Foundation
Through November 13, 2019 - New York

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs brings together drawings, paintings, and photography by the American Modernist artist, while examining the confluence of two seemingly disparate series completed later in his life, Torn Signs and Semana Santa. Though their subject matter is drastically different—one is inspired by tattered advertisements on the streets of New York, while the other depicts observers of Holy Week in Seville, Spain—Crawford connects them through his extraordinary visual memory, working method, and sense of spatial organization. The convergence of these two incredible series culminates in Torn Signs, 1974-76, the powerful, large-scale painting that sits at the thematic center of the exhibition.

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs - Vilcek Foundation
Through November 13, 2019 - New York

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue examine the confluence of Ralston Crawford's Torn Signs and Semana Santa series, two seemingly disparate themes connected by Crawford’s extraordinary visual memory, working method, and inventiveness. Over the course of four decades, Crawford recorded, transformed, and often merged his experiences and memories in photographs, drawings, etchings, paintings, and film. In 1938, Crawford first photographed a ripped and pasted over sign on the street in Philadelphia. Crawford returned to the theme frequently in the last thirty years of his life, capturing the layered and weathered advertisements plastered around New York City. During this time, he also traveled frequently to Seville, Spain and in 1972, documented the experience of Holy Week. Crawford drew inspiration from a constellation of memory and invention that flowed in multiple directions at once. For him, the rhythmic images of hooded penitents processing through the streets for Holy Week recalled formal elements of his Torn Signs imagery. The convergence of these two incredible series culminated in the powerful, large-scale painting Torn Signs, 1974-76 (Vilcek Foundation Collection).... (read more)


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