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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 9-Aug 16: Museums

August 9, 2008 - by CG Directory Editor

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.

French Founding Father: Lafayette's Return to Washington's America - New-York Historical Society
Through August 10, 2008 - NY

The Marquis de Lafayette first arrived in America in 1777 to assist George Washington in the cause for independence. This exhibit will explore the importance of Lafayette's remarkable and eventful tour, with more than 150 objects from the Historical Society's collections and other American and French institutions, including paintings, sculpture, books, prints, manuscripts, decorative arts and other memorabilia.

Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition dissects 36 paintings and calligraphies from the Met's permanent collection, juxtaposing actual artworks with enlarged photographic details that focus on fine points of style or content to highlight what makes each one a masterpiece. The display, which spans 1,000 years of Chinese art history, from the 8th to the 17th century, examines many of the museum's finest paintings, including figures, landscapes, flowers, birds, and religious subjects.

Illuminating the Medieval Hunt - Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This new exhibition features nearly 50 miniatures from the Morgan's celebrated hunting manuscript by Gaston Phoebus (1331-1391), Le Livre de la chasse (Paris, ca. 1407), offering the public a unique opportunity to see a large nuymber of these miniatures displayed together while the manuscript is termporarily disbound for conservation. Visitors can leaf through a copy of a newly-prepared facsimile.

Tapestry in Architecture: Creating Human Spaces - Japan Society
Through August 14, 2008 - Manhattan

First U.S. exhibition of work by Mitsuko Asakura, an artist well known for her innovative combination of Japanese traditional dyeing and weaving.

From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through August 15, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition is a succinct account of Icelandic art represented by the works of 19 artists who have been prominent in the last two decades. Their works are influenced by both the unspoiled Icelandic environment, and by the island nation's isolation.

Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs & Textiles - New-York Historical Society
Through August 17, 2008 - NY

This exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Hajji Baba Club, the nation's oldest and most prestigious rug collecting club. Featured will be approximately 75 objects belonging to current club members, including rugs, costume and other Near Eastern/Central Asian textiles. The thematic exhibition will explore how rugs were produced and used in their countries of origin, as well as how Americans initially understood these objects.

Orientalism in New York - New-York Historical Society
Through August 17, 2008 - NY

This is a multi-faceted installation examining the fashion for Orientalism in New York during the late 19th century. Through paintings, prints, photographs and books as well as silver, lighting, and metalwork, the display will explore New Yorkers' fascination with the 'Orient,' defined for this purpose as the Middle East, as well as North Africa and Moorish Spain. The installation will include paintings of Orientalist artists that hung in New York salons, as well as depictions of New Yorkers sporting traditional Middle Eastern dress.

Bellini, Titian, Holbein and El Greco - Frick Collection
Through August 28, 2008 - Manhattan

For two weeks in August six of the Frick's beloved paintings will be viewed in the Oval Room.

Philip Guston: Works on Paper - Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 31, 2008 - Manhattan

Featuring approximately 75 drawings from the mid-1940s to 1980, this exhibition - the first retrospective of Philip Guston (1913-1980) drawings in 20 years - examines the importance of drawing in Guston's art. Guston was a prolific draftsman who often turned to drawing to explore new directions in his art before transposing them to painting. Several times during the course of his career, he stopped painting altogether to concentrate on drawing.

Earl Cunningham's America - American Folk Art Museum, Eva and Morris Feld Gallery
Through August 31, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition examines the paintings of landscape artist Earl Cunningham (1893-1977), who worked in the tradition of memory painting. This retrospective presents the artist as a folk modernist who used the flat space and brilliant color to create sophisticated compositions with complex meanings about the nature of American life. The exhibition features 50 of the more than 400 canvases Cunningham painted during his life and places his work in the context of the folk art revival that brought Edward Hicks, Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses, Horace Pippin, and other folk masters to national attention.

Multiple Choice: From Sample to Product - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through September 01, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition examines sample books and other sampling formats as tools for marketing or recording designs and techniques in a wide variety of media, over many eras. Drawn from the museum's collection, exhibition objects include sample books of wallcoverings; woven and printed textiles; ribbons, lace and embroidery; sample plates; drawings and prints showing design alternatives.

Master Photographers' Work of 1840-1940 Highlighted from Rich Holdings of the Metropolitan Museum - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 01, 2008 - Manhattan

Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840-1940 tells the story of photography's first 100 years through the work of 13 key figures who helped shape the aesthetic and expressive course of the medium: Gustave Le Gray, Roger Fenton, Carleton Watkins, William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Edouard Baldus, Charles Marville, Eug�ne Atget, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Brassa�.

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 01, 2008 - NY

This exhibition explores the symbolic and metaphorical associations between fashion and the superhero. Featuring movie costumes, avant-garde haute couture, and high-performance sportswear, it will reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body. Objects will be organized thematically around particular superheroes, whose movie costumes and superpowers will be catalysts for the discussion of key concepts of superheroism and their expression in fashion.

Polaroids: Mapplethorpe - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through September 07, 2008 - Manhattan

This special exhibition traces Robert Mapplethorpe's use of instant photography from 1970 to 1975. Created in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the show brings together one hundred objects, many never exhibited before. Included are self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and portraits of lovers and friends including Patti Smith, Sam Wagstaff, and Marianne Faithfull.

Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan - International Center of Photography
Through September 07, 2008 - Manhattan

Arbus/Avedon/Model:Selections from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection - International Center of Photography
Through September 07, 2008 - NY

Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker - Bruce Museum
Through September 07, 2008 - Greenwich

A collection of rarely seen Old Master and other paintings drawn from the collection Jacques Goudstikker, who was the preeminent dealer of Old Master paintings in Amerstdam prior to World War II. Tragically, he died in an accident while escaping the Nazi invation. Only recently have his heirs been able to reclaim from the Dutch government 200 of the approximately 1,400 works of art that he was forced to leave behind at his gallery and that were subsequently looted by the Nazis. Approximately forty of the finest works have been selected for an international touring exhibition that will showcase the discerning eye of Goudstikker and emphasize the importance of both the artworks and their historic restitution to the family.

VAN GOGH'S CYPRESSES AND THE STARRY NIGHT: VISIONS OF SAINT-REMY - Yale University Art Gallery
Through September 07, 2008 - New Haven

Two of Vincent van Gogh's most renowned paintings, Cypresses (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and The Starry Night (Museum of Modern Art, New York)on view. Reserve tickets online or by calling the gallery directly or ordering online.

Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 14, 2008 - Manhattan

Asa Ames is a mysterious and tragic figure. The young sculptor died from consumption when he was 27 years, 7 months, and 7 days old. Though his own life was short, he immortalized family members and neighbors in the vicinity of Evans, Erie County, New York, in a legacy of twelve three-dimensional portraits of children and young adults carved between 1847 and his death in 1851.

New York Fast Forward - Museum of the City of New York
Through September 14, 2008 - Manhattan

Imageless: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 14, 2008 - Manhattan

IMAGELESS: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting documents a comprehensive research project in the field of conservation. In 2001 an important but irreparably damaged painting by Ad Reinhardt, Black Painting (1960–66), was donated by AXA Art Insurance to the Guggenheim Museum as part of a conservation research study and collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art. Over the next five years, conservators, scientists, curators, and artists carried out a complete physical examination and scientific analyses of the work. The exhibition invites visitors to enter the world of the conservator as forensic scientist, to uncover the mystery hidden beneath the monochromatic black painting.

Imageless: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 14, 2008 - Manhattan

IMAGELESS: The Scientific Study and Experimental Treatment of an Ad Reinhardt Black Painting documents a comprehensive research project in the field of conservation. In 2001 an important but irreparably damaged painting by Ad Reinhardt, Black Painting (1960–66), was donated by AXA Art Insurance to the Guggenheim Museum as part of a conservation research study and collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art. Over the next five years, conservators, scientists, curators, and artists carried out a complete physical examination and scientific analyses of the work. The exhibition invites visitors to enter the world of the conservator as forensic scientist, to uncover the mystery hidden beneath the monochromatic black painting.

Dali: Painting and Film - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through September 15, 2008 - Manhattan

Bringing together more than 130 paintings, drawings, scenarios, and films by Salvador Dal� (1904?1989), this exhibition explores the role that cinema played in the artist's work. Collaborations between Dal� and legendary filmmakers are displayed alongside his paintings and other works, illuminating the ways in which ideas, iconography, and pictorial strategies are shared and transformed across mediums. Among the provocative works on display are Un Chien andalou, a film made with Luis Bu�uel, which features the notorious, almost unwatchable sequence of an eye being slit by a razor; L'Age d'Or, another collaboration with Bu�uel and one of the landmarks of Surrealist film; projects undertaken in Hollywood with Alfred Hitchcock and Walt Disney; and such important paintings as The First Days of Spring and Illumined Pleasures.

After Nature - New Museum
Through September 21, 2008 -

After Nature" surveys a landscape of wilderness and ruins, darkened by uncertain catastrophe. It is a story of abandonment, regression, and rapture—an epic of humanity and nature coming apart under the pressure of obscure forces and not-so-distant environmental disasters. Bringing together an international and multigenerational group of artists, filmmakers, writers, and outsiders, the exhibition depicts a universe in which humankind is being eclipsed and new ecological systems struggle to find a precarious balance.

Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through September 28, 2008 - Manhattan

Brazilian design team Fernando and Humberto Campana mined the museum's collection departments and chose a diverse group of more than twenty objects, dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, to exhibit. The selected pieces, which range from book illustrations and jewelry, to furniture and wallpaper designs, blend unexpected media, layer varied forms, and weave intricate patterns and lines.

Three Guttenberg Bibles - Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 28, 2008 - Manhattan

For the first time in more than a decade, The Morgan Library, presents all three of its Guttenberg Bibles, the largest number of copies in a single collection.

Louise Bourgeois - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 28, 2008 - Manhattan

A full-career retrospective of one of the most important artists of our time. This exhibition, which will fill the entire Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda and one adjacent gallery, will be the most comprehensive examination to date of Bourgeois's long and distinguished career.

The New York City Waterfalls -
Through October 13, 2008 -

This temporary, monumental public art project created by Olafur Eliasson, commissioned by Public Art Fund, and presented in collaboration with the City of New York consists of four man-made waterfalls at sites within the New York Harbor along the East River. Inserting nature into the urban landscape, they will add a striking element to the city's iconic skyline. The 90- to 120-foot Waterfalls operate daily from 7am to 10pm and are illuminated after sunset. Circle Line Downtown is the only tour company providing the official Water Tours of the New York City Waterfalls, with four different in-depth ways to take in these breathtaking works of art: the 30-minute OFFICIAL Water Tour; the SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride; the one-hour ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise; and private charters aboard the one-of-a-kind yacht, ZEPHYR. Circle Line Downtown cruises depart from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport. Tickets are available at Pier 16, by calling 866-9CLINE1, or online at circlelinedowntown.com.

Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 19, 2008 - Manhattan

This installation of works from the permanent collection -- the second in the Museum's new gallery for contemporary photographs -- surveys the ways in which artists have directed the camera toward photography itself, taking aim at its claims of transparency and objectivity, its ubiquity in modern life, and its inextricable ties to advertising and consumer culture. Artists include William Anastasi, Robert Heinecken, Allen Ruppersberg, Sherrie Levine, Thomas Ruff, Christopher Williams, Roe Ethridge, Liz Deschenes, James Welling, and Kota Ezawa, among many others.

Jeff Koons on the Roof - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 26, 2008 - Manhattan

An installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955), featuring several of the artist's meticulously crafted works. The works are set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture in New York City: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which offers a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Beverage and sandwich service available from 10am until closing, including Friday and Saturday evenings.

Double Exposure: Aerial Photographs of Glaciers Then and Now - Bruce Museum
Through October 26, 2008 - Greenwich

An exhibition of large-format photographs of mountains and glaciers, recorded in the early to mid-1900s and again from 2005 to 2007, that document the story of a warming planet in these panoramas of melting ice from Alaska to Switzerland. Exhibition is held in the Bantle Lecture Gallery--call ahead for schedule as it may be closed for viewing due to progamming.

Frick's Vermeer's Reunited - Frick Collection
Through November 02, 2008 - Manhattan

Particularly beloved among the paintings at the Frick are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Office and Laughing Girl, Mistress and Maid, and Girl Interrupted at Her Music. These rare canvases will be together on the same wall for the first time in 10 years.

Focus: Picasso Sculpture - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 03, 2008 - Manhattan

Pablo Picasso is perhaps best known for his paintings, but his sculptures are among the most radical, thought-changing artworks of the modern period. While the artist's two-dimensional work was frequently exhibited during his lifetime, the first comprehensive exhibition of Picasso's sculpture was mounted in 1966, when the artist was eighty-five years old. This installation provides a broad overview of the artist's career as a creator of three-dimensional objects through selections from The Museum of Modern Art's collection.

Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 04, 2008 - Manhattan

First-Ever Showing of Selections from Monumental Collection of 1.25 Million Pieces of Campaign Advertising, Propaganda, and Memorabilia! The exhibition?covering presidential politics from the inauguration of George Washington on lower Manhattan's Wall Street, to the current volatile and unpredictable campaign?will feature selections from the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of campaign artifacts alongside objects from the Museum's collection.

Red, Black, and Gold - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the three unique types of Himalayan painting in which color is used to invoke mood and emotion. Red is for alarm, power, and resolve. Black is for caution, fear, and protection. Gold is for wonder, wealth, and opulence.

Kirchner and the Berlin Street - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition brings together German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's renowned Street Scenes series, created between 1913 and 1915. Considered by many to be the highpoint of Kirchner's career as a whole, this series of seven to nine paintings is showcased with forty to fifty related prints and drawings. This series dates from Kirchner's Berlin period, when the effect of life in the metropolis brought about a dramatic change in his work. Known as the co-founder of the early Expressionist group Br�cke, established in Dresden in 1905, Kirchner moved to Berlin in 1911. Here his sense of rebellion against the confining principles of academic painting and the stifling rules of bourgeois society took a new turn, as the charged atmosphere and energy of the city was felt in an expression of acute perspectives, jagged strokes, dense angular forms, and caustic color. The street life in Berlin, in particular the familiar presence of prostitutes, identified by their elaborate plumed hats, captured Kirchner's eye and inspired this spectacular series. Shown together for the first time in New York, these works exude the vitality, decadence, and underlying mood of imminent danger that characterized Berlin on the eve of World War I.

'Progress' - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 30, 2008 - Manhattan

"Progress" brings together works from the Whitney's permanent collection, highlighting connections between art and visions of utopia. In the early part of the twentieth century, artists and architects like Joseph Albers, Naum Gabo, and Frederick Kiesler carried the revolutionary aims of the European avant-garde to America. The utopian impulse of these artists found its parallel in America's optimism in developing new technology and the rise of consumer culture--advancements registered in the emergence of Minimalism and Pop Art in the 1950s and '60s.

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 02, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition presents some 60 powerful and graphically elaborate sculptures and 30 rare historical photographs from the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea. The sacred objects, alongside photographs that show them in context, demonstrate the deep connection between art and community life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from public and private collections, as well as the Met's own holdings, many of the works are being exhibited for the first time in the only in-depth investigation of these art traditions in 45 years.

From Staten Island to Shangri-La: The Collecting Life of Jacques Marchais - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Through December 31, 2008 - Staten Island

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art celebrates its 60th anniversary of the Museum's official opening with this installation of some of the finest examples of Himalayan art from the Museum's collection, Jacques Marchais' journals and publications, rare books, memorabilia, historical photos of the construction of the Museum, and period displays of her elegant gallery installations. The exhibition reveals the previously untold story of Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an extraordinary American woman who created a Center to share with the world the ancient artistic and cultural traditions of Tibet and the Himalayan region. Arranged chronologically, this exhibition details her early life as a child actress in the late Victorian period, her social life and spiritual quest in New York City in the 1920s, and her intense desire to build an enduring monument to Tibetan Buddhism during the Great Depression and World War II.

Catholics in New York, 1808-1946 - Museum of the City of New York
Through December 31, 2008 - NY

This exhibition explores how a suppressed outsiders' faith became the region's single largest Christian denomination by the mid-19th century, and how Catholics transformed the cultural, economic, and political life of the broader community over time. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Highlights from the Morgan's Collections - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 01, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibit presents masterworks from four of the Morgan's six collecting areas: medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary and historical manuscripts, and music manuscripts and books. This exhibition demonstrates the nature and scope of one of the world's greatest repositories of artistic, literary, musical, and historical works. Objects will change approximately every three months to accommodate the exhibition of as wide an array as possible of the Morgan's vast and eclectic holdings, as well as representative of the collections' strengths.

The Horse - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

An examination of the relationship between the horse and humans, exploring the origins of the horse family, its domestication, and how horses have changed warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life. Included are spectacular fossils and cultural objects from around the world, videos, computer interactives, hands-on activities, and touchable casts.

If Elected: The Game of American Politics - New-York Historical Society
Through January 06, 2009 - NY

A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, If Elected: The Game of American Politics, will examine the history of American presidential elections through campaign objects and artifacts and their effect in supporting candidates and influencing voter opinion.

Lizards and Snakes Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2009 - Manhattan

Creative Kids Culture and Dance Activities - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through July 02, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn about which African countries celebrate the Yam Festival as part of the museum's Festivals of Culture months.

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