Things to do this week in NYC Nov 22-Nov 29: MuseumsNovember 22, 2008 - by CG Directory Editor
Some of the world's most impressive museums and exhibits are in New York?including the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and (of course) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the great things to do in NYC is to visit these spectacular collections. Whether you're a native New Yorker or here on vacation, NYC's museums have something new and interesting to offer everybody! Here is a list of what's going on this week at museums throughout New York City.
Elements and Unknowns - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
This exhibition considers a group of artist's books, published from the late 1960s to the present, that reveal a fascination with elemental, unexplored, and overlooked spaces. Drawn from the Library of The Museum of Modern Art, the works on view span two generations of art and thought concerned with natural phenomena, bringing the viewer face to face with a natural world still beyond human control. Featured artists include Doug Aitken, Vija Celmins, Tacita Dean, Hamish Fulton, Roni Horn, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, and Tadanori Yokoo, among others.
Toddler Tales and Cuentos Para Ninos - Stepping Stones Museum
Interactive storytime held on Wednesday mornings, twice in English and 9:45am and 10:15am and once in Spanish at 10:45am. Toddlers join in a story through song, movement and art project.
Continuous Current - School of Visual Arts
The MFA Computer Art Department presents an exhibition of sculpture, prints, digital video, computer animation and interactive video installations by current students, alumni and faculty.
'Progress' - Whitney Museum of American Art
"Progress" brings together works from the Whitney's permanent collection, highlighting connections between art and visions of utopia. In the early part of the twentieth century, artists and architects like Joseph Albers, Naum Gabo, and Frederick Kiesler carried the revolutionary aims of the European avant-garde to America. The utopian impulse of these artists found its parallel in America's optimism in developing new technology and the rise of consumer culture--advancements registered in the emergence of Minimalism and Pop Art in the 1950s and '60s.
GRAND SCALE: MONUMENTAL PRINTS IN THE AGE OF DURER AND TITIAN - Yale University Art Gallery
Grand Scale displays oversize prints from the German, Italian, and Netherlandish schools from the late fifteenth century to 1630, including compositions by Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Durer, Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, Bartholomaeus Spranger and Peter Paul Rubens.
Optimism - Westport Arts Center
An exhibition examining the role of art as a form of political activism.
The Friendly Stars Planetarium Show - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
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
Planetarium show for ages 8 and up Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.
Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors - Morgan Library & Museum
The creation of Babar, the protagonist of one of the most successful children's series of all time, is the focus of this exhibition that includes some 175 works, including manuscript drafts, sketches, and watercolors for the first book by father-and-son authors Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.
Giorgio Morandi: Watercolors and Drawings, 1920 – 1963 - Italian Cultural Institute
The Italian Cultural Institute's presentation will be one of three exhibitions in New York this fall dedicated to the work of Giorgio Morandi. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964, the artist's first American retrospective, from September 16 through December 14, and Giorgio Morandi: Etchings 1912-1956 will be on view at New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò from October 1 through 31. Taken together, these three exhibitions represent the first opportunity in the United States for the public to see a significant collection of Morandi's work in one city.
A New Reality: Black-And-White Photography in Contemporary Art - Fairfield University Walsh Art Gallery
Explores the continued use of black-and-white photography as a medium of visual and historical consequence. The exhibition also reflects the expanding technical and conceptual role of photography, emphasizing its recent adaptation to the complex and psychologically charged images and narratives desired by contemporary artists. Gallery open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Also open one hour prior to curtain and during intermission of Quick Center performances.
Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914–1939 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
The first major exhibition in the U.S. to examine the impact of Futurism and Cubism on British modernist printmaking from the beginning of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Featuring the work of 14 artists, it showcases selective works inspired by Vorticism, the first radically modern, inherently abstract British art movement of the 20th century.
Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
A comprehensive survey -- the first in this country -- of the career of Giorgio Morandi, one of the greatest 20th-century masters of still-life and landscape painting in the tradition of Chardin and C�zanne. The exhibition presents approximately 110 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings from his early "metaphysical" works to his late evanescent still lifes, culled mainly from Italian collections, including those formed with Morandi's help by his friends and by renowned scholars of his art.
From Staten Island to Shangri-La: The Collecting Life of Jacques Marchais - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art celebrates its 60th anniversary of the Museum's official opening with this installation of some of the finest examples of Himalayan art from the Museum's collection, Jacques Marchais' journals and publications, rare books, memorabilia, historical photos of the construction of the Museum, and period displays of her elegant gallery installations. The exhibition reveals the previously untold story of Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an extraordinary American woman who created a Center to share with the world the ancient artistic and cultural traditions of Tibet and the Himalayan region. Arranged chronologically, this exhibition details her early life as a child actress in the late Victorian period, her social life and spiritual quest in New York City in the 1920s, and her intense desire to build an enduring monument to Tibetan Buddhism during the Great Depression and World War II.
Catholics in New York, 1808-1946 - Museum of the City of New York
This exhibition explores how a suppressed outsiders' faith became the region's single largest Christian denomination by the mid-19th century, and how Catholics transformed the cultural, economic, and political life of the broader community over time. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.
Landscape of Change - Fairifield Museum and History Center
The inaugural exhibition at Fairfield Museum and History Center, Landscape of Change, tells the story of Fairfield and its changing identity across 375 years, reflecting areas of American experience from the last period of Native American occupation through to the mid-20th century. Featuring more than 100 of the museum's best and rarest artifacts, the exhibit explores topics that highlight the development of the town at different periods in its history.
Highlights from the Morgan's Collections - Morgan Library & Museum
This exhibit presents masterworks from four of the Morgan's six collecting areas: medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary and historical manuscripts, and music manuscripts and books. This exhibition demonstrates the nature and scope of one of the world's greatest repositories of artistic, literary, musical, and historical works. Objects will change approximately every three months to accommodate the exhibition of as wide an array as possible of the Morgan's vast and eclectic holdings, as well as representative of the collections' strengths.
The Horse - American Museum of Natural History
An examination of the relationship between the horse and humans, exploring the origins of the horse family, its domestication, and how horses have changed warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life. Included are spectacular fossils and cultural objects from around the world, videos, computer interactives, hands-on activities, and touchable casts.
Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends and Lovers - BRUCE MUSEUM
A glimpse into the 20th century world of the Parisian avant-garde through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Brancusi are featured, as well as celebrities Jean Cocteau and Joshephine Baker.
George Tooker: A Retrospective - National Academy Museum
A complete examination of George Tooker, providing a comprehensive examination of his place in American art. This exhibition brings together 66 paintings and drawings.
The Unknown Blakelock - National Academy Museum
This exhibition dispels the image of Blakelock as a "mad genius," demonstrating the artistic value of his work and its influence on modern and contemporary artists. Loans from major museums across the country (Corcoran Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Denver Art Museum) and private collections from Connecticut to California present a comprehensive view of the breadth and variety of his work.
New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937–1940 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
In the late 1930s, Rudy Burckhardt -- then a recent émigré to America from Switzerland -- created what are today considered to be some of the greatest photographs of New York ever made. This exhibition presents in its entirety a unique album (acquired by the Museum in 1972) of 67 now-classic images of street furniture, outdoor advertising, and pedestrians, selected and sequenced by Burckhardt in 1940.
John Milton's Paradise Lost - Morgan Library & Museum
A celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (1608–1674) with an exhibition drawn from the Morgan's collection of the English poet's work, which includes the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost.
Family Connections: Telling Our Stories Through Heirlooms - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation give us a glimpse into life at a different time as well as insight into our own families. Family stories often accompany these objects, making them valuable, tangible pieces of an ancestor's life. This exhibit features cherished pieces that show how people forge and preserve links between themselves, their ancestors and descendants. Textiles, jewelry, samplers, books, silver, and toys will be displayed each with its own unique history.
Crystal Winter - New York Hall of Science
This exhibit teaches children about the formation, components and the decor of crystals in their various forms. Children create different crystal patterns by placing their hand over the ice to melt it, then remove it to refreeze the ice and create a new pattern. They can use polarizing films to change colors. They'll explore snowflake symmetry and step inside a giant snow globe, large enough to fit the whole family for a special portrait.
Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
This exhibition presents new insight into Van Gogh's depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist's career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind. This exhibition will be shown at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, February 13–June 7, 2009. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan - Rubin Museum of Art
A groundbreaking exhibition of rare religious Buddhist art with a special focus on ancient ritual Buddhist dances that have been preserved intact in Bhutan. The exhibition will have its only east coast showing at RMA. It comprises 87 works of art in the New York presentation, including intricate paintings and images created using applique and embroidery framed in brocade, called thangkas; gilt bronze and wooden sculptures; and ritual objects ranging in date from the 8th to the 20th century, with especially strong examples from the 17th through the 19th century.
If Elected: The Game of American Politics - New-York Historical Society
A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, If Elected: The Game of American Politics, will examine the history of American presidential elections through campaign objects and artifacts and their effect in supporting candidates and influencing voter opinion.
Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the N-YHS - New-York Historical Society
Although the Society harbors one of the earliest assembled public collections of drawings in the U.S., the aesthetic richness and historical value of these assets are surprisingly little known. Attempting to share this vast trove with the public, this exhibition features highlights from the N-YHS collection -- over 190 watercolors and drawings out of approximately 8,000 works, including rare sketchbooks and albums. The collection spans six centuries, from over 200 sixteenth-century avian watercolors and a Dutch view of New York City (1650), then know as New Amsterdam, to a complex view of the fa�ade of St. Patrick's Cathedral captured from inside Rockefeller Center and representations of the World Trade Center before and after September 11, 2001.
Catherine Opie: American Photographer - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
This exhibition brings together nearly 200 of the artist's photographs in a major mid-career survey, offering the most comprehensive presentation of her work to date
theanyspacewherever - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim has extended an invitation to a core group of artists -- Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Holler, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija -- to collectively formulate a scenario for an exhibition, one that will reflect and articulate the unique nature of their practices.
Lizards and Snakes Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
The squamates return in this popular exhibition showcasing more than 60 live animals representing 27 species from all over the world.
CARVED WITH RASPS AND CHISELS: THE SCULPTURE OF MARGARET BRASSLER KANE - Bush Holley Historic Site
An exhibition of Cos Cob resident Margaret Kane, who has worked in clay, plaster, wood, stone, and bronze, and created portrait busts, figure studies, stylized animals and large-scale reliefs depicting 20th century events and prevailing social conditions. Cost of admission to Bush Holley Visitors Center includes exhibition and guided tour of Bush Holley House.
New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters - Japan Society
The first-ever exhibition, outside of Japan, to focus exclusively on non-functional bamboo works of art.
Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze - Frick Collection
The Frick will present the first monographic exhibition ever dedicated to Andrea Riccio (1470-1532), one of the greatest and least-known bronze masters of the Renaissance.
Festival of Lighthouses Exhibit - Maritime Aquarium
More than 20 model lighthouses brighten up the holidays as local artists vie for prizes. Artisans, hobbyists, clubs, schools, families and amateurs have built past lighthouses. You decide who wins. Each visitor gets a ballot to vote for his or her favorite.
House Proud: Nineteenth Century Watercolors from the Thaw Collection - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
An examination of the evolution of the domestic interior.
How to Make a Monster: The Art and Technology of Animatronics - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
An exhibition revealing the secrets behind movie creatures and how they are made. Showcases popular movie monsters.
Street Art, Street Life From the 1950s to Now - Bronx Museum of the Arts
An examination of the street as subject matter, venue, and source of inspiration for artists and photographers from the late 1950s to the present. This far-ranging exhibition, one of the largest to consider the subject, includes street photography; documentation of performance, events, and artworks presented in the street; works using material from the street; and examples of street culture by more than thirty artists including William Klein, Lee Friedlander, Raymond Hains, Vito Acconci, Martha Rosler, Sophie Calle, David Hammons, Jamel Shabazz, and Francis Al�s, among others.
Alfred Kubin: Drawings, 1897-1909 - Neue Galerie
The first major museum exhibition of Kubin's work ever held in the U.S., focusing on his early drawings, watercolors, and lithographs, which are often nightmarish.
Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone - New Museum of Contemporary Art
The first solo exhibition and retrospective of the artist's work in a New York museum. It will include paintings as well as ceramic sculptures and furniture made by the New York-based artist over the last forty years.
The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions - Metropolitan Museum of Art
To celebrate the retiring Philippe de Montebello's years as director of the Met, the Museum's Forum of Curators, Conservators, and Scientists has organized an exhibition of approximately three hundred works of art -- from a total of more than eighty-four thousand -- that were acquired during his tenure.
Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 - Whitney Museum of American Art
Sculptor Alexander Calder is generally considered one of the most beloved, important, and critically acclaimed artists of the last century, and the Whitney is offering this eye-opening look into his early career. From the ages of 27 to 34, Calder created his first wire drawings in space, invented his signature mobiles, and began to create Cirque Calder, a miniature circus fashioned from wire, string, rubber, cloth, and other found objects, pictured above.
Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 - Museum of the City of New York
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.
Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008 - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
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.
The Seduction of Light: Ammi Phillips | Mark Rothko Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red - American Folk Art Museum
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
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.
Batiste Madalena: Hand-Painted Film Posters for the Eastman Theatre, 1924–1928 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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.
Solos: Tulou - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Presentation of an affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou.
Creative Kids Culture and Dance Activities - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Learn about which African countries celebrate the Yam Festival as part of the museum's Festivals of Culture months.
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
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
The exhibition, which will be on view at the Metropolitan from May 6 through August 9, 2009, will explore 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
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.