Things to do this week in NYC Feb 21-Feb 28: Museums

February 21, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Astronomy Day Family Day - Bruce Museum
February 22, 2009 - Greenwich

Co-sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Greenwich. Activities and crafts for everyone focusing on the stars and planets. STARLAB Planetarium will run continuous shows throughout the day featuring local night skies. Members of the Astronomical Society will be on hand to show off telescopes and share information about the Bowman Observatory. All activities are inclusive, suitable for children five years and up, and are free with Museum admission.

Carnival Trio - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 21, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn about Trinidadian culture and how steel drums are made while swinging and swaying to the rhythmic music.

Storytelling Saturdays - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 21, 2009 - Norwalk

Enjoy folktale and fairytale adventures in the Performance Gallery.

African-American Heritage Day - American Museum of Natural History
February 21, 2009 -

Celebrate African-American Heritage Month with a special passport to revisit Harlem's rich musical legacy through dance, poetry, and selected film clips. Experience the dynamic sounds of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's All-Star Orchestra; witness a special performance by some of the original Cotton Club Dancers; hear the words of the legendary poet Langston Hughes; and prepare to be dazzled by the moving feet of young dancers, continuing Harlem's legacy as the Cultural Capital of Black America. 1-5pm.

Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 - Museum of the City of New York
Through February 22, 2009 - Manhattan

An exploration of not only architecture and design, but also film, fashion, and the performing arts. Styles from Art Deco to neo-romanticism will be examined along with the work of such legendary figures as Helena Rubinstein, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali­­, and Josephine Baker, and lesser-known figures such as costume and set designer Pavel Tchelitchew. The exhibition and its accompanying publication (Monacelli Press, forthcoming in September 2008) will bring together never-before-exhibited drawings, furnishings, decorative objects, costumes, photographs, posters, and films.

Through February 22, 2009 - Ridgefield

Museum visitors can extend their visit and learn more about the work and the ideas in the exhibitions when they visit on a drop-in weekend. The Education Center is open and offers self-guided, hands-on projects for all age levels. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Putnam's Historic Ride - Putnam Cottage
February 22, 2009 - Greenwich

The famous ride of General Israel Putnam is recreated each February in commeration of his heroic leadership defending the Fairfield County area during the American Revolutionary War. Famous words attributed to Putnam, "Don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes," have gone down in history. Soldiers in full regalia will skirmish on the Putnam Cottage grounds and visitors can also tour the cottage. Date is tentative, please see website for details.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through February 25, 2009 - Norwalk

Young children enjoy a story, songs, movement and art activity. Program repeats at 10:15am and then in Spanish at 10:45am.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 25, 2009 - Norwalk

Young children enjoy a story, songs, movement and art activity. Program repeats at 10:15am and then in Spanish at 10:45am.

Get Into It! Free - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 26, 2009 - Norwalk

Free admission to the museum all evening. Come and review child and infant CPR skills with the American Heart Association's CPR Anytime program.

Resource Center Reads! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through February 26, 2009 - Norwalk

Listen and play along during this special story time. Children of all ages will enjoy hearing stories accompanied with the use of the many manipulatives offered in the museum's Resource Center.

Resource Center Reads! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 26, 2009 - Norwalk

Listen and play along during this special story time. Children of all ages will enjoy hearing stories accompanied with the use of the many manipulatives offered in the museum's Resource Center.

Balancing Fun - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Lean stilt walking, use balance boards and other interactive activities with Southern Connecticut State University.

Winter Wonderland Children's Ball - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Come to the museum in your fanciest clothes and enjoy games, activities, food, music and dancing.

Storytelling Saturdays - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through February 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Enjoy folktale and fairytale adventures in the Performance Gallery.

Storytelling Saturdays - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
February 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Enjoy folktale and fairytale adventures in the Performance Gallery.

Gallery Explorations: Trinidad and Carnivale - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through February 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Daily activities offered between 11am-12pm and 3-4 pm. allery Explorations are only available from 3–4 pm on Tuesdays.

The Friendly Stars Planetarium Show - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through February 28, 2009 - Bridgeport

Planetarium show. Tuesdays through Fridays at 1pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm for 7 and under.

The Skies Tonight Planetarium Show - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through February 28, 2009 - Bridgeport

Planetarium show for ages 8 and up Tuesday through Friday at 3:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm.

Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008 - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through March 01, 2009 - Manhattan

International in scope and possessing one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, the Museum's rich holdings range from the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present day and total more than 200,000 objects. This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions to all four of the museum's collecting departments: Product Design and Decorative Arts; Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design; Textiles; and Wallcoverings.

Calder Jewelry - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 01, 2009 - NY

American-born artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is celebrated for his mobiles, stabiles, paintings, and objets d'art. This landmark exhibition will be the first museum presentation dedicated solely to his extensive output of inventive jewelry. During his lifetime Calder produced approximately 1,800 pieces of brass, silver, and gold body ornaments, often embellished with found objects such as beach glass, ceramic shards, and wood. Calder Jewelry will feature approximately 90 works—bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, and tiaras—many of which were made as personal gifts for the artist's family and friends. While Calder's more diminutive avant-garde creations converged closely with the aesthetics of the modern age, they always remained personal and unmistakably Calder.

Through March 02, 2009 - Manhattan

The early works of the artist Guercino, a suite of 28 monumental richly illuminated paintings will be exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York from Tuesday, February 3 – Monday, March 2, 2009. The exhibit of never before presented in America works by Italian Baroque era painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, was curated for the Italian Cultural Institute of New York by Dr. Renato Miracco, Director.

Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 15, 2009 - NY

Some 900 outstanding examples of medieval art created between the fourth and 14th centuries return to view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's newly expanded Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art and new Gallery for Western European Art from 1050 to 1300. The new galleries incorporate the recently acquired "Jaharis Byzantine Lectionary"—an important, rare, and beautifully ornamented liturgical manuscript from about 1100—in an apse-like space, while the former Medieval Tapestry Hall has been transformed into a grand space for the presentation of western European art from the Middle Ages.

Paintings by Gay Dearborn - Westport Historical Society
Through March 15, 2009 - Westport

Showcase of watercolors, sketches and oils by Gay Dearborn, a Westport resident for 46 years, who, at age 92, is still a working artist.

The Seduction of Light: Ammi Phillips | Mark Rothko Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 29, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibition includes large-scale canvases from Rothko's classic period of the 1950s and 1960s, when the paintings had already transcended representation and reached a purity of meaning held solely in color, texture, depth, and proportion. Phillips's greatest achievements are surveyed through masterpieces from 1815 through the 1830s.

Grant and Lee in War and Peace - New-York Historical Society
Through March 29, 2009 - NY

Organized by the New-York Historical Society in collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society, the exhibition explores the most critical decades in American history through the lives of two towering men. By telling the stories of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), commander of the Union armies and later 18th President of the United States, and of Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate forces, the exhibition brings to life not only these two compelling figures but the forces that have shaped America, in their time and our own.

Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror on Modern Emotion - Grey Art Gallery
Through April 04, 2009 - Manhattan

A number of contemporary artists have revitalized the tenants of Romanticism, but with a twist. They make art that preserves many of the characteristics of their predecessors, but dispenses with their naiveté, absolutism, and egomania. Damaged Romanticism features fifteen (15) international artists who work in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media installations.

Batiste Madalena: Hand-Painted Film Posters for the Eastman Theatre, 1924–1928 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 06, 2009 - Manhattan

Batiste Madalena (American, b. Italy, 1902–1988) was hired by George Eastman during the late period of silent cinema to design and hand-paint film posters for his theater in Rochester, NY -- at the time the third-largest cinema in the U.S. Working alone over a four-year period and against deadlines that required as many as eight new posters a week for each change of bill, Madalena created over 1,400 unique works before the end of his tenure, when the theater changed management. Approximately 250 of these posters survived when the artist himself rescued them from the trash behind the theater. Madalena's rediscovery in the 1980s brought his brilliantly colored, singular designs, done in tempera paint on illustration board, to the attention of critics and collectors, and soon made him one of the most celebrated advertising artists for moving pictures. This exhibition consists of fifty-three posters drawn from institutional and private collections and from the Museum's collection.

GROWING AND GREENING NEW YORK - Museum of the City of New York
Through April 12, 2009 - Manhattan

Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City, on view at the Museum of the City of New York December 11, 2008, through April 12, 2009, will make the complexities of greater environmental sustainability in New York City vivid, compelling, and understandable by bringing environmental concerns to life on an individual, human scale. Organized in terms of a typical day in the life of a New Yorker, the exhibition will explore six essential areas addressed by the Bloomberg Administration's ambitious five-borough plan for sustainability by 2030: water; transportation; energy; open space; land; and climate change. The exhibition will feature architectural models, interactive displays, diagrams, renderings, photographs, hands-on examples of new materials, videos, and more, many of which have been created expressly for the exhibition.

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia: 1860-1989 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through April 19, 2009 - NY

From January 30 to April 19, 2009, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, an exhibition that illuminates the dynamic and complex impact of Asian art, literature, music, and philosophical concepts on American art. The exhibition features approximately 250 works by more than 100 artists across a broad range of media-including painting, sculpture, video art, installations, works on paper, film, live performance, literary works, and ephemera-and draws from over 100 major museum and private collections in North America, Europe, and Japan.

Take Flight Exhibit - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through April 27, 2009 - Bridgeport

A traveling exhibit that explores the creative process of flight. The exhibition allows visitors to try their hand at building their own planes and rockets while uncovering the fundamental principles of flight.

A New President Takes Command: FDR's First Hundred Days - New-York Historical Society
Through May 03, 2009 - NY

What can America expect of a new President's first months in office? How might the new administration gain support from the public? What social, economic and political forces might be in play as the President frames an agenda and puts it into action? With questions such as these occupying people's minds as America looks ahead to January 2009, the New-York Historical Society will present the exhibition A New President Takes Command, exploring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's history-making First Hundred Days in office.

Presidents, Politicians and Popular Heroes - Westport Historical Society
Through May 03, 2009 - Westport

Art show featuring folk art wood carvings from the collection of Westporters Bob and Anne Levine. The entire Levine Collection of over 800 pieces encompasses both the folk and academic styles, painted and unpainted, from the late 1700s through the 21st century, all in wood. Opening reception on January 25th beginning at 3pm.

Solos: Tulou - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through May 08, 2009 -

Presentation of an affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou.

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum - Frick Collection
Through May 10, 2009 - New York

A selection of five masterpieces of European painting from the highly acclaimed Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, affording New York and East Coast audiences the occasion to see superb masterworks from the collections of the Norton Simon Art Foundation and The Norton Simon Foundation, a very special opportunity as both institutions generally do not allow their works to travel. The five featured paintings are Jacopo Bassano's Flight into Egypt, c. 1544–45; Peter Paul Rubens' Holy Women at the Sepulchre, c. 1611–14; Guercino's Aldrovandi Dog, c. 1625; Francisco de Zurbarán's Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633; and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's Birth of Saint John the Baptist, c. 1655.

The Fertile Goddess - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 31, 2009 - Brooklyn

The oldest sculpture in the Brooklyn Museum represents a woman; it was made by people living in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), Syria, or Turkey in the late sixth or fifth millennium B.C.E. Nine such ancient figurines from the Museum's collection are the focus of this third Herstory Gallery exhibition, which explores them as a source of inspiration for Judy Chicago's depiction of The Fertile Goddess at The Dinner Party. The tenth figurine, on loan from Judy Chicago, is the Ceramic Goddess #3 (1977), a larger version of the female figurine on the place setting runner for The Fertile Goddess at The Dinner Party.

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.

Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words Is - New-York Historical Society
Through July 12, 2009 - NY

A draft of the epoch-making "House Divided" speech, stirring notes for an address against slavery, a telegram encouraging General Ulysses S. Grant at a turning point in the Civil War, and the resolution for the Thirteenth Amendment bearing the President's signature: These are among the rare and important letters, papers and official documents in Abraham Lincoln's own hand that will be on display, as the New-York Historical Society presents, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words.

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses - National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center
Through August 03, 2009 - Manhattan

Fifty-five native dresses from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basins regions comprise this overview of Native American dresses.

Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, 1800-1850 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 09, 2009 - NY

The porcelain factories of Berlin, Sevres, and Vienna achieved an extraordinary level of both artistic and technical skill in the first half of the nineteenth century, and the quality of painted decoration practiced at these three factories at that time has never been surpassed. This exhibition brings together approximately seventy-five superb examples from these three European porcelain manufactories and illustrates the exchange of ideas and styles between the factories that resulted in some of the most remarkable porcelain ever produced.

Climate Change: The Threat to Life and A New Energy Future - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 16, 2009 -

This major new exhibition will explore the science, history, and impact of climate change, and illuminate ways in which individuals, communities and nations can reduce their carbon footprints.

Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 17, 2009 - Manhattan

A painting tradition established in the traveling courts of the great Tibetan Karmapas, most of what we know of the Encampment Style belongs to its 18th-century revival by the great scholar-painter Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne (1700-1774). A combination of Indio-Nepali and Chinese artistic influences, the Encampment style was fostered under the tutelage and support of Situ, who acted as both artist and patron. For the first time anywhere, Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style traces his career and artistic legacy.

Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 13, 2009 - NY

Drawn entirely from the extensive resources of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance will present a grand array of artworks created during one of the most celebrated dynasties in Chinese history. Featuring 80paintings and calligraphies, including masterpieces by Wen Zhengming (1470–1559), Dong Qichang (1555–1636), and Chen Hongshou (1599–1652), the exhibition will examine various artistic trends as well as the distinctive personal expressions of many of the leading artists of the time. The works will be complemented by a selection of textiles, ceramics, lacquers, cloisonnés, jades, and bamboo carvings that will showcase the material prosperity experienced during the period.

Taking the Oath: The First Presidential Inauguration - New-York Historical Society
Through October 02, 2009 - NY

n honor of the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009, Taking the Oath will revisit the United States' momentous first presidential inauguration and exhibit significant artifacts from that day, including Washington's inaugural chair and the Federal Hall balustrade.

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