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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.

Family Art Adventures - Aldrich Museum Of Contemporary Art
March 07, 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.

Celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 07, 2009 - Norwalk

Discover ways to make bedtime easier for you and your children with Dr. Roca from the Stamford Hospital Sleep Center.

Creative Kids Cooking - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 07, 2009 - Norwalk

Make a tasty and green treat. Part of the museum's 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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
March 07, 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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
March 08, 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.

Celebrate Stepping Stones' 9th Birthday - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 11, 2009 - Norwalk

Buy one admission and get one free. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 11, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn healthy foods and portion size with the Barton Center.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
March 11, 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
March 12, 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.

Abraham Lincoln and His Generals - The New York Historical Society
March 12, 2009 - New York

Abraham Lincoln shrewdly ran the Civil War through his generals, George B. McClellan and Ulysses S. Grant. In this program, three experts examine the leadership and management skills of the commander-in-chief, his crucial and sometimes contentious relationships with the military men who served him, and how Lincoln's relationship with Grant compares to other notable President/General relationships in wartime, such as Truman/MacArthur and Bush/Petraeus.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
March 14, 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.

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.

GRANT AND LEE IN WAR AND PEACE - The New York Historical Society
Through March 23, 2009 - New York

NEW AUDIO TOUR: The New-York Historical Society presents an audio tour exploring the Underground Railroad during the time of the Civil war, highlighting how issues of slavery and freedom affected national politics and the actions Grant and Lee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - 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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 - 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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