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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.

TOUR THE PEQUOT WAR BATTLEFIELDS - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
September 20, 2008 - Mashantucket

Join Museum Research Director Dr. Kevin McBride and military researcher David Naumec as they pinpoint battle sites, routes of march and campsites of the Pequot War, which raged from 1636-1638. Limited to 20 participants. Register by September 12.

Take Part in Art - Weir Farm National Historic Site
September 20, 2008 - Wilton

Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting. Watercolor supplies will be supplied by the National Park Service.

FAMILY DROP-IN HOURS: HANDS ON ACTIVITIES - Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Through September 21, 2008 - Ridgefield

Museum visitors can extend their visit and learn more about the work and the ideas in our exhibitions when they visit on a drop-in weekend. The Education Center is open and offers self-guided, hands-on projects for all age levels.

FAMILY DROP-IN HOURS: HANDS ON ACTIVITIES - Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
September 21, 2008 - Ridgefield

Visitors can learn more about the work and ideas of the exhibitions. The Education Center is open and offers self-guided, hands-on projects for all age levels.

BY LAND AND BY SEA: ANTIQUE VEHICLES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT - Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea
Through September 21, 2008 - Mystic

Experience the village, waterfront and ships as they bustle with activity as early 20th-century cars, trucks and motorcycles go about the daily business of the 1920s. Enjoy a ride in a classic vehicle (rides originate next to the L.A. Dunton). On Saturday at 5:45pm, there will be a BBQ buffet and a concert in the gazebo, followed by a presentation on antique automobile illumination with a Gaslight antique car parade at 7pm.

BY LAND AND BY SEA: ANTIQUE VEHICLES AT MYSTIC SEAPORT - Mystic Seaport: Museum of America and the Sea
September 21, 2008 - Mystic

Experience the village, waterfront and ships as they bustle with activity as early 20th-century cars, trucks and motorcycles go about the daily business of the 1920s. Enjoy a ride in a classic vehicle (rides originate next to the L.A. Dunton). Experience a recreated 1920s farmers market. Then at 3pm, watch the finale as the grand parade of vehicles circles the seaport grounds.

Take Part in Art - Weir Farm National Historic Site
September 21, 2008 - Wilton

Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting. Watercolor supplies will be supplied by the National Park Service.

After Nature - New Museum
Through September 21, 2008 - Manhattan

After Nature" surveys a landscape of wilderness and ruins, darkened by uncertain catastrophe. It is a story of abandonment, regression, and rapture?an epic of humanity and nature coming apart under the pressure of obscure forces and not-so-distant environmental disasters. Bringing together an international and multigenerational group of artists, filmmakers, writers, and outsiders, the exhibition depicts a universe in which humankind is being eclipsed and new ecological systems struggle to find a precarious balance.

BEHIND THE MOVIE CURTAIN - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
September 27, 2008 - Mashantucket

Go behind the scenes of "The Witness" with Head Curator Stephen Cook and scholar Jack Campisi, as they reveal how the exhibit war film was shot, how the costumes were made and what props and special effects were employed.

FORENSIC ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE PEQUOT WAR - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
September 27, 2008 - Mashantucket

Join Museum Conservator Doug Currie and military researcher David Naumec as they detail findings, including mysterious conical brass projectiles, from various battle sites involving the Pequots in the 1630s.

PEQUOT WAR: TECHNOLOGY AND TACTICS - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
September 27, 2008 - Mashantucket

Discover how wars were fought in the "new world" more than 350 years ago with Museum Research Director Dr. Kevin McBride, Connecticut College professor Manuel Lizarralde, and military researcher David Naumec.

HARBOR CRUISE OF HISTORIC BLACK ROCK HARBOR - Fairifield Museum and History Center
September 27, 2008 - Fairfield

Learn about this deep protected harbor that developed as a trade port and shipbuilding center in the 1700s.

Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
September 27, 2008 - Norwalk

A day to help children and families get moving and focus on the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. Special activities include soccer clinics, demonstrations by professional sports teams, field games, tennis, a dance party, and more.

Take Part in Art - Weir Farm National Historic Site
September 27, 2008 - Wilton

Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting. Watercolor supplies will be supplied by the National Park Service.

Campana Brothers Select: Works from the Permanent Collection - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through September 28, 2008 - Manhattan

Brazilian design team Fernando and Humberto Campana mined the museum's collection departments and chose a diverse group of more than twenty objects, dating from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, to exhibit. The selected pieces, which range from book illustrations and jewelry, to furniture and wallpaper designs, blend unexpected media, layer varied forms, and weave intricate patterns and lines.

Three Guttenberg Bibles - Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 28, 2008 -

For the first time in more than a decade, The Morgan Library, presents all three of its Guttenberg Bibles, the largest number of copies in a single collection.

Louise Bourgeois - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through September 28, 2008 - Manhattan

A full-career retrospective of one of the most important artists of our time. This exhibition, which will fill the entire Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda and one adjacent gallery, will be the most comprehensive examination to date of Bourgeois's long and distinguished career.

Take Part in Art - Weir Farm National Historic Site
Through September 28, 2008 - Wilton

Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting. Watercolor supplies will be supplied by the National Park Service.

Red, Black, and Gold - Rubin Museum of Art
Through October 13, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the three unique types of Himalayan painting in which color is used to invoke mood and emotion. Red is for alarm, power, and resolve. Black is for caution, fear, and protection. Gold is for wonder, wealth, and opulence.

The New York City Waterfalls -
Through October 13, 2008 - Manhattan

This temporary, monumental public art project created by Olafur Eliasson, commissioned by Public Art Fund, and presented in collaboration with the City of New York consists of four man-made waterfalls at sites within the New York Harbor along the East River. Inserting nature into the urban landscape, they will add a striking element to the city's iconic skyline. The 90- to 120-foot Waterfalls operate daily from 7am to 10pm and are illuminated after sunset.

Circle Line Downtown is the only tour company providing the official Water Tours of the New York City Waterfalls, with four different in-depth ways to take in these breathtaking works of art: the 30-minute OFFICIAL Water Tour; the SHARK Speedboat Thrill Ride; the one-hour ZEPHYR Seaport Liberty Cruise; and private charters aboard the one-of-a-kind yacht, ZEPHYR. Circle Line Downtown cruises depart from Pier 16 at South Street Seaport. Tickets are available at Pier 16, by calling 866-9CLINE1, or online at circlelinedowntown.com.

Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 19, 2008 - Manhattan

This installation of works from the permanent collection -- the second in the Museum's new gallery for contemporary photographs -- surveys the ways in which artists have directed the camera toward photography itself, taking aim at its claims of transparency and objectivity, its ubiquity in modern life, and its inextricable ties to advertising and consumer culture. Artists include William Anastasi, Robert Heinecken, Allen Ruppersberg, Sherrie Levine, Thomas Ruff, Christopher Williams, Roe Ethridge, Liz Deschenes, James Welling, and Kota Ezawa, among many others.

Jeff Koons on the Roof - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 26, 2008 - Manhattan

An installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955), featuring several of the artist's meticulously crafted works. The works are set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture in New York City: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which offers a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Beverage and sandwich service available from 10am until closing, including Friday and Saturday evenings.

Double Exposure: Aerial Photographs of Glaciers Then and Now - Bruce Museum
Through October 26, 2008 - Greenwich

An exhibition of large-format photographs of mountains and glaciers, recorded in the early to mid-1900s and again from 2005 to 2007, that document the story of a warming planet in these panoramas of melting ice from Alaska to Switzerland. Exhibition is held in the Bantle Lecture Gallery--call ahead for schedule as it may be closed for viewing due to progamming.

Frick's Vermeer's Reunited - Frick Collection
Through November 02, 2008 - Manhattan

Particularly beloved among the paintings at the Frick are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Office and Laughing Girl, Mistress and Maid, and Girl Interrupted at Her Music. These rare canvases will be together on the same wall for the first time in 10 years.

Focus: Picasso Sculpture - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 03, 2008 - Manhattan

Pablo Picasso is perhaps best known for his paintings, but his sculptures are among the most radical, thought-changing artworks of the modern period. While the artist's two-dimensional work was frequently exhibited during his lifetime, the first comprehensive exhibition of Picasso's sculpture was mounted in 1966, when the artist was eighty-five years old. This installation provides a broad overview of the artist's career as a creator of three-dimensional objects through selections from The Museum of Modern Art's collection.

Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 04, 2008 - Manhattan

First-Ever Showing of Selections from Monumental Collection of 1.25 Million Pieces of Campaign Advertising, Propaganda, and Memorabilia! The exhibition?covering presidential politics from the inauguration of George Washington on lower Manhattan's Wall Street, to the current volatile and unpredictable campaign?will feature selections from the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of campaign artifacts alongside objects from the Museum's collection.

Kirchner and the Berlin Street - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition brings together German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's renowned Street Scenes series, created between 1913 and 1915. Considered by many to be the highpoint of Kirchner's career as a whole, this series of seven to nine paintings is showcased with forty to fifty related prints and drawings. This series dates from Kirchner's Berlin period, when the effect of life in the metropolis brought about a dramatic change in his work. Known as the co-founder of the early Expressionist group Br?cke, established in Dresden in 1905, Kirchner moved to Berlin in 1911. Here his sense of rebellion against the confining principles of academic painting and the stifling rules of bourgeois society took a new turn, as the charged atmosphere and energy of the city was felt in an expression of acute perspectives, jagged strokes, dense angular forms, and caustic color. The street life in Berlin, in particular the familiar presence of prostitutes, identified by their elaborate plumed hats, captured Kirchner's eye and inspired this spectacular series. Shown together for the first time in New York, these works exude the vitality, decadence, and underlying mood of imminent danger that characterized Berlin on the eve of World War I.

Quilters and Quilting - Wilton Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Through November 15, 2008 - Wilton

From handwork to high tech, 1800-2000, see how changes in technology brought about by the industrial revolution and modern inventions affect the art and the skill of quilt making. Hands-on activities for both old and new techniques.

Elements and Unknowns - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 23, 2008 - Manhattan

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.

'Progress' - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 30, 2008 - Manhattan

"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
Through November 30, 2008 - New Haven

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
Through November 30, 2008 - Westport

An exhibition examining the role of art as a form of political activism.

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 02, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition presents some 60 powerful and graphically elaborate sculptures and 30 rare historical photographs from the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea. The sacred objects, alongside photographs that show them in context, demonstrate the deep connection between art and community life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from public and private collections, as well as the Met's own holdings, many of the works are being exhibited for the first time in the only in-depth investigation of these art traditions in 45 years.

Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors - Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 04, 2008 - Manhattan

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.

A New Reality: Black-And-White Photography in Contemporary Art - Fairfield University Walsh Art Gallery
Through December 07, 2008 - Fairfield

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
Through December 07, 2008 - Manhattan

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
Through December 14, 2008 - Manhattan

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
Through December 31, 2008 - Staten Island

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
Through December 31, 2008 - Manhattan

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.

Highlights from the Morgan's Collections - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 01, 2009 -

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
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

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
Through January 04, 2009 - Greenwich

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.

The Unknown Blakelock - National Academy Museum
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

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
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

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.

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 05, 2009 - Manhattan

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
Through January 05, 2009 - Manhattan

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
Through January 06, 2009 - Manhattan

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: Sex Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the N-YHS - New-York Historical Society
Through January 07, 2009 - Manhattan

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 façade of St. Patrick's Cathedral captured from inside Rockefeller Center and representations of the World Trade Center before and after September 11, 2001.

Lizards and Snakes Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2009 - Manhattan

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
Through January 11, 2009 - Greenwich

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.

House Proud: Nineteenth Century Watercolors from the Thaw Collection - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through January 25, 2009 -

An examination of the evolution of the domestic interior.

How to Make a Monster: The Art and Technology of Animatronics - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through January 25, 2009 - Bridgeport

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
Through January 25, 2009 - Bronx

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
Through January 26, 2009 - Manhattan

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.

Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008 - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through March 01, 2009 - Manhattan

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.

Creative Kids Culture and Dance Activities - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through July 02, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn about which African countries celebrate the Yam Festival as part of the museum's Festivals of Culture months.

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, S�vres, 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.


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