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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.

Behind the Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 06, 2008 - Norwalk

Visitors get a rare look at the Aquarium's "backstage" operations. Scheduled before the Aquarium opens, the guided tour offers unique opportunities to walk through workings most visitors only glimpse through windows, and visit some areas that cannot be seen otherwise. Participants must be 10 years old or more; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited to 25 people, reservations strongly recommended.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
May 30, 2009 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home.

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.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
May 31, 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.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
June 03, 2009 - Norwalk

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
June 04, 2009 - Norwalk

Stories accompanied with the use of the many manipulatives offered in the museum's Resource Center.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
June 06, 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
June 06, 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.

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

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.

The 184th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through June 10, 2009 - Manhattan

From figurative to abstraction, this exhibition covers many different styles and mediums within the categories of painting, sculpture, works on paper and architectural renderings and models. This year over $55,000 in prizes will be awarded and a full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition. This exhibition is generously supported by a grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and with Public Funds From the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

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.

Tangled Alphabets: Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through June 15, 2009 -

Leon Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919-1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing. They produced their works in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil throughout the 1960s and 1980s, when the question of language was particularly central to Western culture due to the central role taken by post-structuralism, semiotics, and the philosophy of language. Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.

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

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.

The Generational - Younger Than Jesus - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through July 05, 2009 -

For "Younger Than Jesus," the first edition of "The Generational," the New Museum's new signature triennial, fifty artists from twenty-five countries will be presented. The only exhibition of its kind in the United States, "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus" offers a rich, intricate, multidisciplinary exploration of the work being produced by a new generation of artists born after 1976. Known to demographers, marketers, sociologists, and pundits variously as the Millennials, Generation Y, iGeneration, and Generation Me, this age group has yet to be described in any way beyond their habits of consumption.

Landmarks of New York - New-York Historical Society
Through July 09, 2009 -

An exhibition of 83 photographs documenting some of the most significant buildings and public parks in New York City. The exhibition has traveled to 82 countries under the sponsorship of the United States Department of State since 2006 and is now coming home to New York for its final showing. The photographs in the exhibition will then enter the collection of the New-York Historical Society, through a donation from the exhibition's curator, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.

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.

John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning - Grey Art Gallery
Through July 18, 2009 -

John Wood (born 1922) has consistently challenged traditional photography, often incorporating painting, drawing, and collage as well as cliché verre, solarization, and offset lithography. Transgressing the boundaries of "pure photography," his eclectic practice has helped usher in alternative approaches to the medium. With their adroit manipulations of picture and text, his diaristic, multi-media compositions anticipate today's digital imagery. On the Edge of Clear Meaning is Wood's first museum retrospective, spanning his career from the early 1960s to the present.

The Pictures Generation, 1974–1984 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 02, 2009 - Manhattan

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on "The Pictures Generation," a tightly knit group of New York artists who created some of the most important and influential works of the late-twentieth-century. Born into the media culture of postwar America, their overarching subject was how pictures of all kinds not only depict but also shape reality. Highly seductive photographs by Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman reveal the ways in which images from B movies and magazine advertisements determine much of our sense of who we are. Louise Lawler and Sherrie Levine examine how the myths and legends of modern art are inextricably tied to the institutions of the museum and art history. Also included are photographs by Laurie Simmons, James Casebere, James Welling, and Allan McCollum, as well as works in other media by Robert Longo, Troy Brauntuch, David Salle, among others.

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 - Manhattan

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.

The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion for Spring 2009 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 09, 2009 - Manhattan

The exhibition explores the reciprocal relationship between high fashion and evolving ideals of beauty, and will focus on iconic fashion models of the 20th century and their roles in projecting, and sometimes inspiring, the fashion of their respective eras.

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.

Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera - Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 16, 2009 -

Drawn from the Morgan's collection, the exhibition examines the origins of modern scenic design and chronicles the evolution of stage sets during the highly innovative period of ca. 1900 to 1970. On view are over fifty drawings, derived entirely from the Morgan's holdings, principally from the collection formed by the celebrated American set designer Donald Oenslager. Enriching these color drawings is related material, including musical scores, rare books, and autograph manuscripts, as well as more than thirty performance photographs documenting the finished set.

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.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through August 23, 2009 -

Fifty years after the realization of Frank Lloyd Wright's renowned design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates the golden anniversary of its landmark building. The 50th anniversary exhibition brings together sixty-four projects designed by one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures.

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.

The Sweeney Decade - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 02, 2009 -

Drawn from the paintings and sculpture of this era acquired by Guggenheim director James Johnson Sweeney during his tenure from 1952 to 1960, The Sweeney Decade features examples of international post-World War II trends in abstraction, including Abstract Expressionism, L'Art Informel, CoBrA, and Tachisme.

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

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.

The Treasure of Ulysses Davis - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 06, 2009 - Manhattan

Ulysses Davis (1914 - 1990) was a Savannah, Georgia, barber who created a diverse but unified body of highly refined sculpture that reflects his deep faith, humor, and dignity. His carvings were featured in the seminal 1982 exhibition "Black Folk Art in America, 1930 - 1980" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where they were applauded as important examples of African American vernacular art. Because he wanted his work to stay together after he died, Davis rarely sold his sculptures. He said, "They're my treasure. If I sold these, I'd be really poor." As a result, the carvings have had little exposure outside Savannah, particularly since his death, and Davis is little known outside folk art circles. In 1988, Davis received a Georgia Governor's Award in the Arts.

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics - Museum of Arts & Design
Through September 13, 2009 - New York

The first major U.S. museum exhibition to survey contemporary innovation in industrial ceramic production and the renaissance of ceramics in art and design today. The exhibition explores how artists and designers are reviving interest in ceramics through collaborations with industry that enhance and sometimes subvert the industrial process.

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

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.

Klaus Moje: Painting with Glass - Museum of Arts & Design
Through September 20, 2009 - New York

A major force in the international studio glass movement, Klaus Moje has pushed the expressive and technical possibilities of glass for more than five decades. In this comprehensive, 30-year survey, the Museum of Arts and Design traces the progression of Moje's work, from his early carved crystal glass pieces, to his intricately patterned vessels of layered glass, to his recent multi-panel fused works.

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 -

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 at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 18, 2009 -

Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan's collecting interests, the exhibition includes old master and modern drawings, literary and musical manuscripts, illuminated texts, and rare printed books and bindings. The selections were drawn from more than 1,200 works acquired since 2004 and include seminal figures from various genres.

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 25, 2009 - Manhattan

American artist Roxy Paine (b. 1966) has created a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture, especially for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Giving viewers the sense of being immersed in the midst of a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom (2009) is Paine's largest and most ambitious work to date. The latest in a diverse body of work, this sculpture is one of the artist's Dendroids based on systems such as vascular networks, tree roots, industrial piping, and fungal mycelia. Set against Central Park and its architectural backdrop, the installation explores the interplay between the natural world and the built environment amid nature's inherently chaotic processes.

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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