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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.

Abraaj Capital Art Prize 2010 - Museum of Arts & Design
Through October 10, 2010 -

The Museum of Arts and Design presents the 2010 winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. Now in its second year, this prize is unique among art awards; not only is it the world's most generous, disbursing $1 million to its recipients, but it is also distinct in its concentration and approach, focusing on contemporary art and design from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA) region and honoring proposals conceived by an artist and curator pairing rather than individual realized works. This year's three winning duos are the Algerian artist Abdel Kader Attia with Laurie Ann Farrell, executive director of exhibitions for the Savannah College of Art and Design; the Egyptian artist Hala Elkoussy with Jelle Bouwhuis, a curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and the Lebanese artist Marwan Sahmarani with the Lebanese-Spanish curator Mahita El Bacha Urieta. Among the international panel of jurors who selected the winners from 97 applicants was MAD's Charles Bronfman International Curator, Lowery Stokes Sims.

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 11, 2010 -

In the time between Henri Matisse's (1869-1954) return from Morocco in 1913 and his departure for Nice in 1917, the artist produced some of the most demanding, experimental, and enigmatic works of his career -- paintings that are abstracted and rigorously purged of descriptive detail, geometric and sharply composed, and dominated by shades of black and gray. Works from this period have typically been treated as unrelated to one another, as an aberration within the artist's development, or as a response to Cubism or World War I. Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917 moves beyond the surface of these paintings to examine their physical production and the essential context of Matisse's studio practice. Through this shift of focus, the exhibition reveals deep connections among these works and demonstrates their critical role in the artist's development at this time. Matisse himself acknowledged near the end of his life the significance of this period when he identified two works -- Bathers by a River (1909-10, 1913, 1916-17) and The Moroccans (1915-16) -- as among his most "pivotal." The importance of this moment resides not only in the formal qualities of the paintings but also in the physical nature of the pictures, each bearing the history of its manufacture. The exhibition includes approximately 120 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, primarily from the years of 1913-17, in the first sustained examination devoted to the work of this important period. Timed tickets are required and guarantee entrance to the exhibition at the time designated on the ticket, and carry no extra charge.

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 17, 2010 -

Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island. This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Metropolitan's collection, will feature some forty photographs that reflect the artist's fearless approach to the medium. Levinstein's graphic virtuosity -- seen in raw, expressive gestures and seemingly monumental bodies -- is balanced by his unusual compassion for his offbeat subjects from the demimonde.

Doug + Mike Starn on the Roof: Big Bambu - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2010 -

Invited by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a site-specific installation for The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn (born in New Jersey in 1961) will present their new work, Big Bambu: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop. The monumental bamboo structure, ultimately measuring 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 50 feet high, will take the form of a cresting wave that bridges realms of sculpture, architecture, and performance. Visitors will witness the continuing creation and evolving incarnations of Big Bambú as it is constructed throughout the spring, summer, and fall by the artists and a team of rock climbers. Set against Central Park and its urban backdrop, Big Bambú will suggest the complexity and energy of an ever-changing living organism. It will be the thirteenth-consecutive single-artist installation on the Roof Garden.

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 01, 2010 -

Since its birth in the first half of the nineteenth century, photography has offered an unprecedented way to analyze works of art for further study. Through crop, focus, angle of view, degree of close-up, and lighting, as well as through ex post facto techniques of darkroom manipulation, collage, montage, and assemblage, photographers not only interpret the works they record but create stunning reinventions. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today presents a critical examination of the intersections between photography and sculpture, exploring how the one medium has become implicated in the understanding of the other. Through a selection of nearly three hundred outstanding pictures by more than one hundred artists from the dawn of modernism to the present, the exhibition looks at the ways in which photography at once informs and challenges our understanding of sculpture. Addressing how and why sculpture became a photographic subject, the exhibition examines pictures that range in subject from inanimate objects to performing bodies. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today features major works by Eugène Atget, Hans Bellmer, Herbert Bayer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Cyprien Gaillard, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Gillian Wearing, Hannah Wilke, and Iwao Yamawaki, among others.

Vienna Circa 1780: An Imperial Silver Service Rediscovered - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 07, 2010 -

Following the acquisition in 2002 of a pair of wine coolers from the Sachsen-Teschen Service, the core of the surviving parts was discovered in a French private collection. This superb ensemble was last displayed at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wine coolers, tureens, cloches, candelabra, candlesticks, dozens of plates, porcelain-mounted cutlery, and other kinds of tableware, totaling over 350 items, represent the splendor of royal dining during the ancien régime. It was made for Duke Albert Casimir of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822) and his consort, Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (1742-1798), daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, by the Imperial court goldsmith Ignaz Josef Würth. The Sachsen-Teschen Silver Service, an embodiment of Viennese Neoclassicism, will be shown in the context of contemporary silver from other countries.

27 Seconds - The Apollo I Tragedy - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through November 21, 2010 -

This special exhibit tells the story of the 1967 Apollo 1 tragedy when, during routine tests, fire engulfed the command capsule and took the lives of astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. Through rare photographs, artifacts and narrative, the exhibit explores this pivotal event, which riveted the attention of a heartbroken nation, set new standards of heroism and service to our country and changed the course of space exploration in America.

Anne Morgan's War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917-1924 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through November 21, 2010 -

This exhibition of vintage photographs and rare silent film footage brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken between 1917 and 1924 by 350 American women.

Collecting Biennials - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 28, 2010 - Manhattan

As a prelude, counterpoint, and coda to the Biennial, the Museum's fifth floor is devoted to artists in the Whitney's collection whose works were shown in Biennials over the past eight decades. Collecting Biennials is installed as a kind of historical survey within the Biennial, underscoring the importance of previous Biennial exhibitions in the Museum's history and the formation of its collection.

Long Island Skies - Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Centerport

This live presentation uses the Planetarium's star projector to its fullest capabilities. Learn about the nighttime sky as seen from your own backyard! We'll explore the current night sky, including the seasonal constellations, stars, planets, deep sky objects, and much more...

Great for the entire family, this show is a wonderful introduction to the brilliant night sky that can be seen on Long Island.

Following the program, and weather permitting, the Planetarium staff will open the 16" Meade telescope located in the Vanderbilt's sky observatory to look at all the objects discussed during the show, making this a unique and powerful experience for all. Intended for ages 8 to adult.

King Tut - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Through January 02, 2011 -

After more than 30 years, the record-breaking exhibition, King Tut, returns to NYC for its final stop before these ancient treasures return to Egypt forever. Revel in the splendor of the ancient Egyptian world as you view a dazzling array of possessions unearthed from his tomb, along with antiquities representing his family and contemporaries. The exhibition is open 7 days a week: Sun.-Wed., 10am-8pm; Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9:30pm. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing. Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.

Race to the End of the Earth - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Race to the End of the Earth recounts one of the most stirring tales in the annals of Antarctic exploration: The contest to reach the South Pole. This exhibition focuses on the challenges that the two leaders - Roald Amundsen on the Norwegian side and Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the British - faced as they undertook their separate 1,800-mile journeys from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the South Pole and back.

Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 02, 2011 -

In a joint exhibition with the New York Public Library, Mark Twain: A Skeptic's Progress explores the life and work of the novelist, short story writer, fabulist, critic, lecturer, and travel-writer, and his impact and enduring influence upon American literature and humor.

Italy Observed: Views and Souvenirs, 1706-1899 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 02, 2011 -

This installation assembles the rich holdings of Italian vedute collected by Robert Lehman. From paintings of Venetian life by Luca Carlevaris to a Neapolitan album of gouache drawings documenting the eruption of Vesuvius in 1794 to sketches and watercolors of Italian antiquities by visitors on the Grand Tour, the exhibition will capture the artist's romantic attraction to Italy and its irresistible Roman heritage. Joining the selection will be marketed souvenirs -- teapots, spoons, fans, and pocket watches -- on loan from the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.

Roy Lichtenstein: The Black-and-White Drawings, 1961-1968 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 02, 2011 -

This exhibition includes over forty-five spectacular drawings borrowed from museums and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style - Museum of the City of NY
Through January 03, 2011 -

Co-presented with the National Jewelry Institute, Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style highlights 80 prominent New York women who used their style, talent, or wealth to capture the attention of society and the media. The exhibition features a runway of original attire -- much of it created by the most important designers of their times -- and an impressive selection of jewelry crafted from the dawn of the 20th century to its close.

Broken Forms: European Modernism from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2011 -

The masterpieces in this exhibition include examples of Cubism, Cubo-Futurism, Expressionism, and other avant-garde movements that are central to the Guggenheim's collection.

The Yuan Revolution: Art and Dynastic Change - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 09, 2011 -

Organized to complement the Museum's major loan exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, this installation in the Museum's permanent galleries for Chinese painting and calligraphy traces the momentous stylistic transformation in painting and calligraphy that began under Mongol rule and culminated in the literati traditions of the early Ming. The exhibit will showcase some seventy Yuan and early Ming works of art from New York–area private and public collections.

Chaos and Classicism: Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 09, 2011 -

The first exhibition in the United States to focus upon this international phenomenon and to examine its manifestations in all media. Among the artists represented are Balthus, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Pablo Picasso, and August Sander. Closed Thurs.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt 1736-1783: From Neoclassicism to Expressionism - Neue Galerie
Through January 10, 2011 - New York

The first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to this major late 18th-century Bavarian-born Austrian sculptor. It focuses on the artist's so-called "character heads," among the most important works of sculpture from their era. The exhibition is organized by Guilhem Scherf, chief curator of sculpture at the Musée du Louvre.

Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 13, 2011 -

Themes of dislocation and displacement in contemporary photography are explored in this exhibition of works from the collection. Perambulations and digressions in photographic works from the 1960s and 1970s by Vito Acconci, Ed Ruscha, Richard Long, and On Kawara, and a 1968 video by Bruce Nauman, show how a work of art -- cut loose from any specific medium or physical requirements -- could take the form of a walk, a 20–foot–long book, or a rigorously nonsensical pattern of movements.

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 21, 2011 -

For much of photography's 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium's history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from the collection by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

A Song for the Horse Nation - National Museum of the American Indian
Through July 07, 2011 -

A Song for the Horse Nation presents the epic story of the horse's influence on American Indian tribes from the 1600s to the present. Drawing upon a treasure-trove of stunning historical objects -- including ledger drawings, hoof ornaments, beaded bags, hide robes, paintings, and other objects -- and new pieces by contemporary Native artists, the exhibition reveals how horses shaped the social, economic, cultural, and spiritual foundations of American Indian life, particularly on the Great Plains.


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