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Things to do this week in NYC Mar 28-Apr 4: Museums

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.

Irish Dancing Performance - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Students from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance will perform. Part of the museum's 2009 Around the World program. Each month a different country will be featured with performances and activities highlighting the traditions and characteristics of each country. Children will receive their very own Stepping Stones passport and have it stamped each time they come to the museum for an event featuring that country. In March, the museum will travel to Ireland.

Art and Artists Family Day - Bruce Museum
March 29, 2009 - Greenwich

Hands-on art-making for students of all ages in the workshop include adding to a wall mural that is part of Connecticut's Draw On! Celebration. There will be exploratory gallery hunts through the exhibition. Freestyle Arts from Arts Horizons presents their show, "Art On Stage!" Youngsters create animations on stage and have them projected as cartoon movies; make relay race abstract paintings; and more.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
March 28, 2009 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

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 - New York

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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
March 29, 2009 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

The Friendly Stars Planetarium Show - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through March 31, 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 March 31, 2009 - Bridgeport

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

Make It Plain: A Life In Speaking - The New York Historical Society
March 31, 2009 - New York

African Americans have long relied on the oral tradition of storytelling, preaching, and speechmaking to inspire, educate, and preserve their history and culture. Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., one of the nation's finest speakers, imbibed this tradition as a young man and has never forgotten the men and women whose oratorical skill in service to social justice deeply influenced him. Their examples and voices, reflected in his own, make this program both a history and an embodiment of that oral tradition at its finest.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
April 01, 2009 - Norwalk

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

Resource Center Reads! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
April 02, 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.

Panel Discussion: 2009 Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series - American Museum of Natural History
April 02, 2009 - Manhattan

Visitors are invited to attend a conversation about responding to environmental and health challenges on various scales -- from neighborhood action to national policy to global analyses. WNYC and Public Radio International's Julie Burstein ("Studio 360") leads the discussion between Peter Daszak, Executive Director of the Consortium for Conservation Medicine; Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director and Co-founder of West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. The program will be introduced by Michael J. Novacek, AMNH's Senior Vice President and Provost of Science.

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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
April 04, 2009 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Family Art Adventures - ALDRICH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
April 04, 2009 - Ridgefield

Families are welcome to enjoy an afternoon filled with contemporary art and Family Art Adventures each month. Galleries are open for exploration with Docent Art Stations offering games, simple activities, questions, and props that docents can utilize to encourage visitors to engage with the artwork, and the Education Center is open all day for experimentation with hands-on activities that are based on topics, methods, and materials addressed in the exhibitions.

Family and Children's Program: Wild, Wild World: Predators - American Museum of Natural History
April 04, 2009 - Manhattan

Imagine if you had to hunt for each of your meals or steal food from other animals using your sharp claws, teeth, or talons? In this special live-animal presentation with wildlife expert Andrew Simmon, kids and their families will be introduced to the world of the predator and get an up-close look at a golden eagle, alligator, python, bear cub.

Imaginalis - Chelsea Art Msuem
Through April 04, 2009 - Manhattan

Imaginalis is an exciting collaborative exhibition by a European artists’ collective Imaginalis. Bringing together interactive installations alongside multi-media, painting and print work firmly routed in the rich tradition of modern landscape artists, the exhibition is the culmination of a close collaborative partnership between the four artists. The Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site in Dorset, England, is the inspiration for evocative paintings and prints that blur the line between representation and abstraction. Viewing the coast from the land, sea and air layers of color convey sensations, changes in the weather and seasons. The working method behind the pictures, scouring, building accretions of paint, collaging, and sanding down, echo the history of the ninety miles of ancient coastal landscape we see today. Like the geological spectrum of the coast, these images are stratified, creating distinct bands of paint and color in complex layers built up over eons.

Time, Motion and Surprise. The Kinetic Universe of Pol Bury - Chelsea Art Msuem
Through April 04, 2009 - Manhattan

Pol Bury used various techniques, such as painting and surface textures to create sculptures utilizing light and motion. The artist developed an aesthetic of slowness; surprising, seemingly hazardous movements within the objects add time and sound as formal elements to the sculptures. For example, the operating noise of electromechanics, the tic-tac and clanging of wood and metal elements are audible in his works. The sculptures develop a bizarre life of their own which also reflect the artist's intense sense of humor.

AUDUBON'S AVIARY: SOME THINGS OLD, SOME THINGS BORROWED, BUT MOST THINGS NEW - New-York Historical Society
Through April 05, 2009 - New York

The 2009 Aviary, the last in the five-part series, will examine Audubon's debts to his predecessors alongside his radical innovations, and will illuminate his major contributions to the history of ornithological illustration and to the sophisticated development of watercolor as a medium. The Society's Audubon collection is the largest single repository of Auduboniana in the world. The N-YHS holds 435 stunning watercolors preparatory for 433 of the 435 plates in The Birds of America (1827-38).

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.

UN-SCR-1325 - Chelsea Art Msuem
Through April 11, 2009 -

The group exhibition UN-SCR-1325 brings works by eight Belgian artists together with works by eight American artists. Referencing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the exhibition focuses on the position of women in global and local sociopolitical contexts. The artwork in the show critically addresses topics such as religion, sex, identity, trauma and war.

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.

Work to Do - 112 Greene St. Studio
Through April 16, 2009 -

NYC's best street and urban artists step up to meet President Obama's call to action with a collection of works on brick walls, wood, glass, the ceiling, the floors, doors, and even hanging on the walls. Curated by Royce Bannon & the Endless Love Crew and the Combine. 6-10pm.

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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through April 26, 2009 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

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.

The Friendly Stars Planetarium Show - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through April 30, 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 April 30, 2009 - Bridgeport

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

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

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.

A NEW PRESIDENT TAKES COMMAND: FDR'S FIRST HUNDRED DAYS - New York Historical Society
Through May 03, 2009 - Manhattan

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? The New-York Historical Society offers a fascinating and compelling parallel to the past, exploring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's history-making First Hundred Days in office.

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

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

The Empty Space: Jean Miotte in the '70s - Chelsea Art Msuem
Through May 09, 2009 - Manhattan

In 1971 Jean Miotte stopped painting in oil and began using acrylic paint. This technical detail was attended by important changes to the artist's work. Acrylic paint dries quickly and requires fast and vigorous action; at the same time, it allows the artist to work in larger formats. Jean Miotte appreciated this new freedom and the opportunities of the medium. In his works from the 1970's, he concentrated on movement and rhythm and exercised great restraint in color. His approach to space and emptiness on the canvas changed and he equilibrated rhythmic brushstrokes of color with dominant areas of white paint or raw canvas. "I strive for a good balance", said Miotte, "the balance between moving form and empty space".

TAKING THE OATH: THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION - The New York Historical Society
Through May 25, 2009 - New York

Taking the Oath revisits the United States' momentous first presidential inauguration and exhibit significant artifacts from that day.

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.

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through June 08, 2009 - Manhattan

An exhibition of over 120 photographs from 1850 to the present that charts photography's development as it coincided with the exploration and the settlement of the West, and how their simultaneous rise shaped the perception of the West's physical and social landscape to this day. Closed Tues. $20.

KRAZY!: The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games from - Japan Society
Through June 14, 2009 - Manhattan

Displayed in a series of enveloping spaces designed to evoke Tokyo's clamorous cityscape by the Tokyo-based architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, KRAZY! will present simultaneous projections of anime films, accompanied by preparatory sketches and soundtracks; hundreds of comic books (including first editions and English translations), along with rare concept drawings and related action figures and other merchandise; and video excerpts and table console computer games that can be played by visitors. Altogether, 200 works of art, objects, and ephemera will be assembled to illustrate the interconnected roots and themes of the three genres and to situate them within the context of Japanese art and life.

Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400–1600 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through June 21, 2009 -

Approximately 50 works of art that illustrate the height of artistic production under court and elite patronage during the first 200 years of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910), a time of extraordinary cultural achievements. The diverse yet cohesive group of secular and religious paintings, porcelain, sculpture, lacquer, and metalwork will highlight the aesthetics, conventions, and innovations of a Neo-Confucian elite and its artistic milieu. This will be the first in a series of special exhibitions at the Museum focusing on significant periods in Korean art history.

Invention Convention Exhibit - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through July 01, 2009 - Norwalk

Encourages kids to invent and create in a space designed to spark imaginations. Exploration stations, invention capes and recycled materials await young inventors.

Stable as a Mountain - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 13, 2009 - Manhattan

Portraiture is one of the most powerful and significant expressions of figurative art, and in the Himalayas the subjects of religious portraits are exclusively religious teachers, or gurus. By preserving the physical appearance of a guru, an icon is produced that can charismatically substitute for the teacher in his physical absence. As such these portraits often embody the teachings of the guru and the traits of the enlightened mind.

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 -

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 - Manhattan

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.

From Plaster to Stone - Noguchi Museum
Through August 30, 2009 - Queens

Beginning in the 1940s, Isamu Noguchi began using small paper models as an aid in creating his larger biomorphic sculptures. Noguchi continued this practice for the rest of his career, using plaster maquettes to envision larger stone or metal works, often including penciled instructions on them to guide different technical effects. In this small exhibition created in conjunction with The Noguchi Museum's Education Department, a selection of Noguchi's maquettes is presented with photographs and finished sculptures to illustrate both Noguchi's faithfulness to his original ideas and his flexibility in response to the unpredictable nature of stone.

I of the Storm: Michael Hafftka, Recent Works - Yeshiva University Museum
Through August 30, 2009 - Manhattan

After more than 30 years of portraying the human figure with a neo-expressionist style, Michael Hafftka turns to his Jewish heritage for subject matter and inspiration in his new exhibition, I of the Storm: Michael Hafftka, Recent Work, at the Yeshiva University Museum. Frequently compared to the painters Soutine, Goya and Rouault, Hafftka here makes use of mystical images, biblical themes and the Hebrew alphabet in watercolors and oils. The exhibition runs from March 22, 2009 through August 30, 2009. Alef-Bet – A group of 22 watercolors based on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The series is an exploration of contemporary Jewish themes and a tribute to the artist’s parents who were survivors of the Holocaust. Zohar – A group of watercolors based on The Zohar, or Book of Splendor. Hafftka's expressionism serves as a visual exegesis of this 13th century Jewish mystical text, which is widely considered the most important work of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Oil Paintings – Several recent works on Jewish or biblical themes including "The Flood," "Honi Ha Me'aggel" (Honi the Circledrawer) and "Babel." A centerpiece of this group is "The Hill (Jerusalem)," a large-scale triptych that the artist recently donated to Yeshiva University Museum. The son of Holocaust survivors and refugees from Europe, Hafftka was born in Manhattan in 1953 and raised in the Bronx. After the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973, he volunteered to work on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year. The experience, which the artist says was accompanied by a series of visions and mystical dreams, led him to experiment with painting, which became his true vocation. A book of Hafftka's work, Michael Hafftka – Selected Drawings, was published in the early eighties, which led to Barbara Flynn of Art Galaxy offering Hafftka his first 82. Hafftka's work is represented in the permanent collections of, among others, The Metropolitan Museum, Museum Of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library Collection, Housatonic Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the Yeshiva University Museum.

Living Line: Selected Indian Drawings from the Subhash Kapoor Gift - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 06, 2009 -

A selection of 58 master drawings representing the distillation of the finest works assembled over two generations of collecting by Subhash Kapoor and his late father, Shree Parshotam Ram Kapoor. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of works on paper executed principally in black ink, sometimes enhanced with watercolor, typically on fine laminated papers. It will include a number of exemplary finished drawings, which were generally retained within artist studios as reference works upon which finished paintings were based.

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

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.

Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson - Museum of the City of New York
Through September 27, 2009 - Manhattan

"Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson" investigates how Henry Hudson's epic third voyage of exploration planted the seeds of a modern society that took root and flourished in the New World. The exhibition features rare 17th-century maps and globes, navigational instruments, paintings, Native American artifacts, household objects, and archaeological material from major European and American collections.

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

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.

NEW YORK PAINTING BEGINS: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PORTRAITS - The New York Historical Society
Through March 01, 2010 - New York

The New-York Historical Society holds one of the nation's premiere collections of eighteenth-century American portraits, works that art historian James Thomas Flexner called "the first flowers of our wilderness." This installation provides twenty-first century viewers with ways of understanding these remarkably innovative and engaging paintings, some of the earliest works of American art. The exhibition focuses on 26 eighteenth-century portraits that mark the beginnings of New York's primacy as a cultural center. It also includes a sampling of related objects from other N-YHS collections. It also speaks to the ways that these works have changed over time as a result of aging materials and conservation treatments.

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