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Some of the world's most impressive museums and exhibits are in New York?including the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and (of course) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the great things to do in NYC is to visit these spectacular collections. Whether you're a native New Yorker or here on vacation, NYC's museums have something new and interesting to offer everybody! Here is a list of what's going on this week at museums throughout New York City.

Multi-Cultural Peace Prayer Flags in the Wind - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
August 08, 2010 -

Traditionally prayer flags promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. They are hung outside the home or at sites of spiritual significance. Artists Joseph Vasile and Phagyab Rinpoche will teach participants the history of Prayer Flags and lead a hands-on workshop where each person will create their own. The flags will join together with flags created by Vasile's students and eventually travel the world, growing as more people participate; and offering people's visions for peace. The program will end with a Prayer Flag Ceremony.

Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 15, 2010 -

This intriguing exhibition brings to life one of the greatest trading routes in human history, showcasing the goods, cultures, and technologies from four representative cities: Xi'an, China's Tang Dynasty capital; Turfan, a verdant oasis and trading outpost; Samarkand, home of prosperous merchants who thrived on the caravan trade; and Baghdad, a fertile hub of commerce and scholarship that became the intellectual center of the era.

An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection, Correggio to Tiepolo - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Over the past twenty years, Julie and David Tobey have assembled one of the preeminent collections of Italian Old Master drawings in private hands. Ranging across the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, this exhibition, consisting of approximately seventy drawings, will cover all the principal centers of Italian art -- Florence, Rome, Naples, Bologna, Parma, Venice, Genoa, Milan -- and feature masterpieces by a distinguished roster of great draftsmen, among them Correggio, Bernini, Guercino, Guido Reni, Canaletto, and Tiepolo. Impressive in its variety, the gamut of subject matter includes figures studies, historical and mythological narratives, landscapes, vedute, botanical drawings, motifs copied from or inspired by classical antiquity, and designs for painted compositions.

American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

The first Costume Institute exhibition drawn from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. It will explore developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have affected the way American women are seen today. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition will reveal how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. "Gibson Girls," "Bohemians," and "Screen Sirens," among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman.

Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through August 16, 2010 -

This exhibition of works by three generations of women artists explores issues ranging from the body and sexuality to architecture, incorporating a vocabulary of abstract forms. International in scope, this installation highlights work in both two and three dimensions, in drawings, prints, books, and sculpture. Among the artists featured are Louise Bourgeois, Gego, Mona Hatoum, Yayoi Kusama, and Anna Maria Maiolino, all of whom the Museum has collected in depth. New acquisitions on view for the first time at MoMA include Louise Bourgeois's drawing Femme Maison (1947), sculpture, prints, and drawings by Alina Szapocznikow, and drawings and prints by Atsuko Tanaka.

Hilla Rebay: Art Educator - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through August 22, 2010 -

Hilla Rebay: Art Educator features some of the artist's remarkably progressive efforts to provide a variety of audiences -- from youth and teachers to artists and museum visitors -- with opportunities to learn about nonobjective art, or art without representational links to the material world.

Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at the Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 29, 2010 -

Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States, serving as an invaluable educational resource for aspiring art scholars and artists. While the museum is closed in 2010 for renovations, twenty of their masterpieces -- nineteen paintings and one sculpture -- will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for five months. These will include the great Ter Brugghen painting Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene (one of the most important Northern Baroque paintings in the United States), Cezanne's Viaduct at L'Estaque, Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier, and a striking Kirchner sculpture. Each of these works will be integrated into the Metropolitan Museum's great collection, creating new, provocative juxtapositions.

Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design - Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 29, 2010 -

Scenic vistas, winding paths, bucolic meadows, and rustic retreats suitable for solitary contemplation are just a few of the alluring naturalistic features of gardens created in the Romantic spirit. Landscape designers of the Romantic era sought to express the inherent beauty of nature in opposition to the strictly symmetrical, formal gardens favored by aristocrats of the old regime.The Romantics looked to nature as a liberating force, a source of sensual pleasure, moral instruction, religious insight, and artistic inspiration. Eloquent exponents of these ideals, they extolled the mystical powers of nature and argued for more sympathetic styles of garden design in books, manuscripts, and drawings, now regarded as core documents of the Romantic Movement. Their cult of inner beauty and their view of the outside world dominated European thought during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The exhibition features approximately ninety highly influential texts and outstanding works of art, providing a compelling overview of ideas championed by the Romantics and also implemented by them in private estates and public parks in Europe and the United States, notably New York's Central Park.

Shape Lab - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through August 30, 2010 -

Make discoveries about shape and art in MoMA's newest interactive space. In Shape Lab, families can experiment, build, draw, read, and create with a variety of kid-friendly materials and activities. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:30am-5pm; Friday, 10:30am-6:30pm.

Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through August 30, 2010 -

Featuring three sculptures and more than a dozen works on paper by American artist Lee Bontecou (b. 1931), this intimate installation spans four decades of the artist's career, from 1958 to 1998. Known for richly evocative forms that conjure biological, geological, and technological motifs, Bontecou has described "the natural world and its wonders and horrors" as a central preoccupation of her career. Among the earliest works presented are large drawings made of velvety soot and wall-mounted sculptures composed of salvaged canvas stitched to elaborate welded steel armatures. The centerpiece of the installation -- on view in this building for the first time -- is a recently acquired suspended sculpture that was one of the highlights of the artist's 2004 retrospective at MoMA QNS. This large untitled mobile is composed of sections of translucent wire mesh and small porcelain orbs attached to an intricate network of wire that radiate from a central blue porcelain sphere. Made over an eighteen-year period from 1980 to 1998, it presents a galaxy of forms and represents a fulfillment of Bontecou's longstanding desire to create art that encompasses "as much of life as possible -- no barriers -- no boundaries -- all freedom in every sense."

Otto Dix - Neue Galerie
Through August 30, 2010 -

The first one-man museum exhibition of works by the major German artist (1891-1969) ever held in North America, including more than 100 masterpieces addressing his experiences in WWI, portraiture, sexuality, and religious and allegorical painting. Closed Tues. & Wed. $15.

Lizards & Snakes: Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 02, 2010 -

Featuring more than 60 live lizards and snakes from five continents in exquisitely prepared habitats. In addition to the live animals, the exhibit uses interactive stations, significant fossils, and an award-winning video to acquaint visitors with the world of the Squamata, the group that includes lizards and snakes. Open daily. $16; children 2-12, $9.

Open Portfolio New York - Chelsea Art Museum
Through September 02, 2010 -

Curator: Elga Wimmer. Organized by Frère Independent. Salon: July 22 - 24, 2010. Exhibition: July 27 - Sept 2, 2010. Opening Reception: July 22, 5 - 8pm. DJ Party at Hudson Hotel Rooftop: July 22, 7-11pm $15. Elga Wimmer & Frère Independent are proud to present the second edition of Open Portfolio at the Chelsea Art Museum. A pool of thirty to forty selected emerging artists from around the globe will share directly with the public their most recent art works. All works will be unique, original, and challenging. Curator Elga Wimmer will lead a selection committee of contemporary art specialists. For three days artists will use a computer and their portfolio to present their work at the museum. At the end of the three days the artists will leave a selection of their works at the museum beginning a month long exhibition resulting from the three day salon and interaction with the public. Producers Elga Wimmer and Thierry Alet introduce here a new and dynamic way of promoting art. Open Portfolio is not just a show, an art fair or a biennial. It is a new format allowing for more proximity between the artists and the public at large.

Perfect View - Chelsea Art Museum
Through September 02, 2010 -

The Project Room for New Media at Chelsea Art Museum, Home of the Miotte Foundation, is pleased to announce an exhibition of experimental geography created by Jack Toolin/C5. Perfect View is part of the C5 Landscape Initiative, a suite of four projects that address the perception of landscape in light of GPS technology. The exhibition will feature six large-scale triptychs, video documentation, expedition artifacts, and the interactive C5 GPS Media Player.

Perfect View exposes sublime landscapes across the United States creating connections between diverse geographical regions and cultures through the use of new media technology, known as ‘geocaching’.

Jack Toolin is an artist whose work spans multiple forms of new media. He has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002 Whitney Biennial); San Francisco Camerawork; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Foxy Production, New York City. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute at NYU.

Public Programs: Presented at The Project Room for New Media

August 12, 6–8pm: LISA (Leaders in Software and Art) August 24, 6–8pm: Jack Toolin: Artist Talk

Venerations (Applause 1) - Chelsea Art Museum
Through September 05, 2010 -

Culled from hundreds of hours of talk shows, late shows, reality shows, celebrity shows, award shows, life-style shows, game shows, and shows about shows, this installation takes TV applause to its logical end: no object or context, just the pure build up and downswing of collective clapping and hooting, an on-going show made up only of the audience. The New Media Project Room is filled with applause, reflected, refracted, repeated, in sound and video. The audience is the performer.

Inciting applause has long been part of the manipulation, or perhaps the making, of an audience. Today's American TV culture presents applause at its most ritualized, culturally-prevalent and prescriptive mode. 'Live studio audience' is an American cultural category, with personnel and staff dedicated to their guidance, to tell them what to do, when to clap, to wave frantically in the front and stir them up over something or other.

The object of applause doesn't matter as much as the ritual itself, as the self-satisfying burst of euphoria, the self-referential appeal to fame, melting the obsessions of celebration and celebrity into one form, regimented, quasi-pavlovian waves of approval after approval reinforcing the image of participation and unity, confirming beyond words the validity and vitality of a group to itself.

A good newspaper, Arthur Miller once said, is the nation talking to itself. We might say that today’s television shows have the nation clapping for itself -- all day, every day. Applause is a collective act, infectious, feeding on itself, an audience performing for itself, performing itself.

caraballo-farman is a two person team currently based in NY. Working in a wide range of settings, from stadiums to hotel rooms, their work explores the relationship between individuals and groups, unit and structure, and how one enables or dissolves the other, setting up a tension between being in particular and social being.

They have exhibited nationally and internationally, in such venues and events as the Havana Biennial, the Tate Modern, PS1, LAXART's billboard project, Artists Space and the Chelsea Art Museum’s current show Iran Inside Out.

The Project Room for New Media and Performing Arts (www.theprojectroom.org), was initiated in 2003 by Nina Colosi at Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. It is an incubator of new ideas, showcasing groundbreaking concepts in all art mediums, and the intersection of the arts through technology. Over 350 international emerging and established artists have been presented in exhibitions, performing arts, symposiums, meet-the-artist programs, workshops, and resident new music ensembles. Innovative public art projects and funding models for the arts are being developed.

From Mansion to Museum: The Frick Collection Celebrates Seventy-Five Years - Frick Collection
Through September 05, 2010 -

It was the desire of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) that his extraordinary art collection and magnificent home at 1 East 70 Street be opened as a museum following his family's period of residence. After the death of his wife, Adelaide, in 1931, the mansion, built in 1913-14 by Thomas Hastings (1860-1929) of Carrère and Hastings, underwent further construction in order to transform it into a space suitable as a public institution. Significantly and sensitively expanded by architect John Russell Pope (1873-1937), the resulting building opened to a fascinated public on December 16, 1935 as The Frick Collection. To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of that occasion, a selection of elegant elevations, executed for Pope by artist Angelo Magnanti (1879-1969), will be on display in the Cabinet.

Approaching Abstraction - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 06, 2010 -

It is commonly assumed that contemporary self-taught artists work solely in a representational style, eager to engage in storytelling and personal memory. But while the narrative tradition often is a primary impulse, a significant number exhibit a tendency to be seduced by material, technique, color, form, line, and texture, creating artwork that omits or obscures representation. "Approaching Abstraction" highlights the work of more than forty of these artists and includes European art brut masters, such as Aloise Corbaz, Rafael Lonne, and Adolf Wolfli; self-taught artists from the American South, such as Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, J.B. Murry, and Purvis Young; and lesser-known artists, such as Johnny Culver, Hiroyuki Doi, and Melvin Way. This first exploration into nonobjective expression within this field is selected entirely from the museum's permanent collection.

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 06, 2010 -

This exhibition examines myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media while documenting a widespread contemporary obsession, both collective and individual, with accessing the past.

The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 06, 2010 -

Throughout history, mythologies have provided explanations for humankind's existential surroundings through collective beliefs and shared verbal and visual narratives. Representational visual artists have long looked to ancient mythologies as a thematic repertoire, a tradition both preserved and evolved by modern and contemporary artists who continue to address and reinterpret mythological references in their works. This exhibition addresses the artistic traces of these motifs in modern art, as well as the practice of modern myth-making, through a nonlinear, thematic representation of works, following a rough chronology from 1797 to 2008. Among the artists represented are Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, Paul Cézanne, Enrique Chagoya, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Juan Downey, Marlene Dumas, Max Ernst, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, Wifredo Lam, Matta, Ana Mendieta, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Jackson Pollock, Odilon Redon, Mark Rothko, Jim Shaw, and Andy Warhol.

Tutankhamun's Funeral - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 06, 2010 -

Buried near his tomb in around 1327 B.C., remains from the mummification and funeral of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun were unearthed in 1907 by the American businessman and excavator Theodore M. Davis, who in 1909 donated the objects to the Metropolitan Museum. This exhibition will consist of the most important pieces from the Davis find. On display will be pottery vessels from the funeral meal, linen sheets and bandages, bags of natron and sawdust from the embalming process, and some fine linen head covers worn by the embalmers. Highlights will be the miraculously well-preserved collars of real flowers that must have been intended to adorn the mummy, but were not used. A sculpted head of the youthful Tutankhamun, facsimile paintings representing contemporary funerary rituals, and photographs by Harry Burton will round out this intimate glimpse into what went on at the king's funeral.

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 06, 2010 -

An examination of the myriad ways photographic imagery is incorporated into recent practice and in the process underscores the unique power of reproductive media while documenting a widespread contemporary obsession, both collective and individual, with accessing the past.

Picasso: Themes and Variations - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 06, 2010 -

Featuring approximately one hundred works, this exhibition explores Picasso's creative process through the medium of printmaking, tracing his development from the early years of the twentieth century, with depictions of itinerant circus performers in the Blue and Rose periods, to his discovery of Cubism. It follows his evolving artistic vision through decades of experimentation in etching, lithography, and linoleum cut, demonstrating how each technique inspired new directions in his work. The exhibition focuses on specific themes, showing how Picasso's imagery went through a constant process of metamorphosis. Printmaking, in particular, allows this fundamental aspect of his art to become vividly clear, since various stages in building a composition can be documented. One series of lithographs shows Picasso progressing, step-by-step, from a realistic depiction of a bull to one that is completely abstracted into schematic lines. Other series reveal changing interpretations of the women in Picasso's life, as they become the subject of his art and a catalytic force behind his creativity.

Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 07, 2010 -

This exhibition -- the first in an art museum to be devoted exclusively to Oceanic musical instruments -- explores the rich diversity of musical instruments created and used in the Pacific Islands. Drawn primarily from the Met's collections, the exhibition features more than 60 instruments from small personal types such as panpipes and courting whistles to larger forms played at performances heard by the entire community, such as the exquisitely carved temple drums of the Austral Islands or the imposing sacred slit gongs of New Guinea.

The Geometry of Kandinsky and Malevich - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 07, 2010 -

This exhibition examines Russian artists Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and their distinctive approach to abstraction through a focused presentation of eight paintings. Closed Thurs. $18.

Contemporary Art from the Collection - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 12, 2010 -

The works selected for this installation highlight the debates around economics, politics, gender, and ethnicity that have permeated artistic practices since the late 1960s. Including approximately 130 works drawn from all of the Museum's curatorial departments, the installation features a variety of approaches to art-making and follows a chronological path. The exhibition begins with works such as a haunting "body print" by David Hammons (1969), which depicts the artist in an act of prayer, and Pino Pascali's Machine Gun (1966), a sculpture he made out of parts from a Fiat 500 during a period of intense social unrest in Italy. Concluding the show are two projects that explore larger themes of humanity and loss through current events: Huma Bhabha's expansive print series Reconstructions (2007), in which the artist memorializes lost civilizations in her native Pakistan, and Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot (2007), a project based on the artist's restaging of Samuel Beckett's play in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Up Close: Henry Darger and the Coloring Book - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 13, 2010 -

Henry Darger (1892-1973) adopted countless images from popular-media sources, such as newspapers, magazines, comics, and cartoons, but no single source influenced him as steadily as the coloring book. This intimate exhibition features nine examples culled from the museum's extensive Henry Darger Study Archive, illustrating the primary role the coloring book played for this important twentieth-century artist.

Museum as Hub: The Bidoun Library Project - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through September 26, 2010 -

A highly partial account of five decades of printed matter in, near, about, and around the Middle East. Arrayed along these shelves are pulp fictions and propaganda, monographs and guidebooks, and pamphlets and periodicals, on subjects ranging from the oil boom to the Dubai bust, the Cold War to the hot pant, Pan-Arabs to Black Muslims, revolutionaries to royals, and Orientalism to its opposites.

Epic India: Scenes from the Ramayana - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 27, 2010 -

The story of Rama -- the Ramayana -- ne of the great epics of South Asia literature, has captured the imagination of Indian artists for centuries. Scenes from the Ramayana first appear at Deogarh, in north India, in the mid-fifth century. These temple sculptures are the earliest depictions of the avatars, or divine appearances, of Vishnu, among whom the most popular proved to be Rama.

Body Parts: Ancient Egyptian Fragments and Amulets - Brooklyn Museum
Through October 02, 2010 -

Body Parts features thirty-five objects that represent individual body parts in ancient Egyptian art from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, many of which will be displayed for the first time. While traditional exhibitions of ancient art focus on reconstructing damaged works, this exhibition uses fragmentary objects to illuminate the very realistic depiction of individual body parts in canonical Egyptian sculpture. The ancient Egyptians carefully depicted each part of the human body, respecting the significance of every detail. When viewed individually these sculptures and fragments reveal ancient notions of the body, as well as details of workmanship, frequently unnoticed in more complete sculptures.

Julie Mehretu: Grey Area - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through October 06, 2010 -

The paintings in this exhibition were produced as the 15th commission of Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Inspired in part by Berlin, the city in which Mehretu created the works, the paintings evoke the psychogeography of a place and the effects of the built environment on individuals, while at the same time contemplating the past and the surviving traces of lived history.

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 11, 2010 -

In the time between Henri Matisse's (1869-1954) return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice in 1917, the artist produced some of the most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic works of his career -- paintings that are abstracted and rigorously purged of descriptive detail, geometric and sharply composed, and dominated by shades of black and gray. Works from this period have typically been treated as unrelated to one another, as an aberration within the artist's development, or as a response to Cubism or World War I. Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 moves beyond the surface of these paintings to examine their physical production and the essential context of Matisse's studio practice. Through this shift of focus, the exhibition reveals deep connections among these works and demonstrates their critical role in the artist's development at this time. Matisse himself acknowledged near the end of his life the significance of this period when he identified two works -- Bathers by a River (1909-10, 1913, 1916-17) and The Moroccans (1915-16) -- as among his most "pivotal." The importance of this moment resides not only in the formal qualities of the paintings but also in the physical nature of the pictures, each bearing the history of its manufacture. The exhibition includes approximately 120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, primarily from the years of 1913-17, in the first sustained examination devoted to the work of this important period. Timed tickets are required and guarantee entrance to the exhibition at the time designated on the ticket, and carry no extra charge.

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 17, 2010 -

Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Metropolitan's collection, will feature some forty photographs that reflect the artist's fearless approach to the medium. Levinstein's graphic virtuosity -- seen in raw, expressive gestures and seemingly monumental bodies -- is balanced by his unusual compassion for his offbeat subjects from the demimonde.

Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambu - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2010 -

Invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn (born in New Jersey in 1961) will present their new work, Big Bambu: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop. The monumental bamboo structure, ultimately measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high, will take the form of a cresting wave that bridges realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance. Visitors will witness the continuing creation and evolving incarnations of Big Bambú as it is constructed throughout the spring, summer, and fall by the artists and a team of rock climbers. Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Big Bambú will suggest the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism. It will be the thirteenth-consecutive single-artist installation on the Roof Garden.

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 01, 2010 -

Since its birth in the first half of the nineteenth century, photography has offered an unprecedented way to analyze works of art for further study. Through crop, focus, angle of view, degree of close-up, and lighting, as well as through ex post facto techniques of darkroom manipulation, collage, montage, and assemblage, photographers not only interpret the works they record but create stunning reinventions. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today presents a critical examination of the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has become implicated in the understanding of the other. Through a selection of nearly three hundred outstanding pictures by more than one hundred artists from the dawn of modernism to the present, the exhibition looks at the ways in which photography at once informs and challenges our understanding of sculpture. Addressing how and why sculpture became a photographic subject, the exhibition examines pictures that range in subject from inanimate objects to performing bodies. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today features major works by Eugène Atget, Hans Bellmer, Herbert Bayer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Cyprien Gaillard, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Gillian Wearing, Hannah Wilke, and Iwao Yamawaki, among others.

Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 07, 2010 -

Following the acquisition in 2002 of a pair of wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, the core of the surviving parts was discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware, totaling over 350 items, represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822) and his consort, Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (1742-1798), daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth. The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese Neoclassicism, will be shown in the context of contemporary silver from other countries.

27 Seconds - The Apollo I Tragedy - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through November 21, 2010 -

This special exhibit tells the story of the 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy when, during routine tests, fire engulfed the command capsule and took the lives of astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. Through rare photographs, artifacts and narrative, the exhibit explores this pivotal event, which riveted the attention of a heartbroken nation, set new standards of heroism and service to our country and changed the course of space exploration in America.

Collecting Biennials - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 28, 2010 -

As a prelude, counterpoint, and coda to the Biennial, the Museum's fifth floor is devoted to artists in the Whitney's collection whose works were shown in Biennials over the past eight decades. Collecting Biennials is installed as a kind of historical survey within the Biennial, underscoring the importance of previous Biennial exhibitions in the Museum's history and the formation of its collection.

Long Island Skies - Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Centerport

This live presentation uses the Planetarium's star projector to its fullest capabilities. Learn about the nighttime sky as seen from your own backyard! We'll explore the current night sky, including the seasonal constellations, stars, planets, deep sky objects, and much more...

Great for the entire family, this show is a wonderful introduction to the brilliant night sky that can be seen on Long Island.

Following the program, and weather permitting, the Planetarium staff will open the 16" Meade telescope located in the Vanderbilt's sky observatory to look at all the objects discussed during the show, making this a unique and powerful experience for all. Intended for ages 8 to adult.

King Tut - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Through January 02, 2011 -

After more than 30 years, the record-breaking exhibition, King Tut, returns to NYC for its final stop before these ancient treasures return to Egypt forever. Revel in the splendor of the ancient Egyptian world as you view a dazzling array of possessions unearthed from his tomb, along with antiquities representing his family and contemporaries. The exhibition is open 7 days a week: Sun.-Wed., 10am-8pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9:30pm. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.

Race to the End of the Earth - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 -

Race to the End of the Earth recounts one of the most stirring tales in the annals of Antarctic exploration: The contest to reach the South Pole. This exhibition focuses on the challenges that the two leaders - Roald Amundsen on the Norwegian side and Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the British - faced as they undertook their separate 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.

Broken Forms: European Modernism from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2011 -

The masterpieces in this exhibition include examples of Cubism, Cubo-Futurism, Expressionism, and other avant-garde movements that are central to the Guggenheim's collection.

Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 13, 2011 -

Themes of dislocation and displacement in contemporary photography are explored in this exhibition of works from the collection. Perambulations and digressions in photographic works from the 1960s and 1970s by Vito Acconci, Ed Ruscha, Richard Long, and On Kawara, and a 1968 video by Bruce Nauman, show how a work of art -- cut loose from any specific medium or physical requirements -- could take the form of a walk, a 20–foot–long book, or a rigorously nonsensical pattern of movements.

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 21, 2011 -

For much of photography's 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium's history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from the collection by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

A Song for the Horse Nation - National Museum of the American Indian
Through July 07, 2011 -

A Song for the Horse Nation presents the epic story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present. Drawing upon a treasure-trove of stunning historical objects -- including ledger drawings, hoof ornaments, beaded bags, hide robes, paintings, and other objects -- and new pieces by contemporary Native artists, the exhibition reveals how horses shaped the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual foundations of American Indian life, particularly on the Great Plains.


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