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October 22, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor

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The Fall weekends are always filled with activities for New Yorkers on staycations and those visiting New York City on vacations. From music outdoors to fine art exhibits at museums, from children's activities to lectures, New York abounds with things to do! Check out what's going on in NYC this weekend, and take your pick from all of the fantastic options.

The Life & Legacy of Lieutenant Petrosino - New York City Police Museum
Through March 31, 2009 -

Visit the Police Museum's newest installation celebrating one of the most famous officers in the history of the NYPD. Lieutenant Petrosino arrived in New York as a young boy in 1872 and grew to become a pioneer in the fight against organized crime until his murder in 1909 in Sicily. He remains the only New York City Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty while overseas. The original photographs, documents and artifacts within this collection, loaned by Lieutenant Petrosino's family, have waited 100 years to make their first-ever public debut.

Leonard Cohen - Madison Square Garden
October 23, 2009 -

Following a sold out show at the Beacon Theatre in February, and two sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in May, Leonard Cohen returns to New York City to take the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 23. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of the most important and influential singer-songwriters of our time.

Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
October 23, 2009 -

Following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Paul Zunno played lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson Pickett. His performances are a combination of 'stories behind the music' and a downright blow-the-roof-off-joint execution and technique as a guitarist. Zunno has truly earned his reputation as an outstanding live performer. His mix of soulful singing, guitar mastery and skillful songwriting have captivated and awed audiences for years. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting.

More Info and Tix: www.zunno.com

David Foster and Friends - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
October 23, 2009 - Manhattan

David Foster, famed musical showman, producer and songwriter, will take the stage at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, October 23 with a lineup of special guests and surprise appearances yet to be announced.

Accompanying David on tour will be Philip Bailey from the chart-topping Earth, Wind and Fire, Peter Cetera, Oprah protégé Charice, and "American Idol" 's Australian heartthrob, Michael Johns, "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, Deborah Cox and more. As always with David's performances, fans can expect surprise visits at every show. With one of Hollywood's most impressive phone books, Foster has yet to reveal which guests might visit him on stage during the tour.

The Gibson Sessions - Live Music - NBC Experience Store / Studio Tour
Through October 23, 2009 -

The Gibson Sessions presents free performances at the NBC Experience Store. Artists scheduled to appear: Toby Lightman and Wes Hutchinson (Oct. 20); Ted Leo (Oct. 21); Ian Astbury (Oct. 22); and The xx (Oct. 23). All shows at 2pm.

Noguchi ReINstalled - Noguchi Museum
Through October 24, 2009 - Long Island City

A formal commemoration of the reopening of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in its completely renovated state. While the Museum's first floor galleries and indoor/outdoor space have remained relatively unchanged, this exhibition will mark the first time the Permanent Collection will be on view in its entirety since the spring of 2002. Through consultation of the Museum's vast photographic archives, every effort will be made to present the collection as close to Noguchi's original intentions as possible. By June 17, a number of objects loaned to exhibitions abroad will also be returned to their intended configuration in the Museum's galleries and garden. A number of recent acquisitions to the Museum's collections, including a recently fabricated model reproducing Noguchi's ambitious design for the five-acre site at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem from 1960 – 1965 will also be on view.

Flamenco Singing Workshop w/ Maria Montilla - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through October 24, 2009 -

Special Cante workshop w/ Maria Montilla, of Algeciras, Spain at Flamenco Latino Studio! Only for 3 days a week for the month of October:

Mondays, 6-7 pm, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays (depending on enrollment), 4:30-5:30 pm, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Saturdays, 2-3 pm, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24

at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. $25/single class, $90 4-pack of classes. www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm

Maria Montilla is a singer from Algeciras, Spain who made her New York debut at Alegrias on Broadway in "A Night in Andalucia." From 1993 - 2007 she studied at the prestigious Aula Municipal de Arte Flamenco de la Sociedad del Cante Grande de Algeciras, where she received honors in flamenco form and rhythm technique. Maria has mastered all the flamenco cante forms with distinction, and also understands the stylistic differences between cante alante (solo singing) and atras (singing for dance). She performs regularly in theaters and tablaos in Spain and Gibraltar, and tours throughout Europe. This brief opportunity for all the NY women to study with a female voice should not be missed!

Bob Weir & Ratdog - Beacon Theatre
Through October 24, 2009 - New York

Master guitarist Bob Weir founded Ratdog in 1995 after three decades playing as part of the legendary Grateful Dead. Since then, what began as a laid-back blues ensemble has developed into a top-notch, six-member rock sensation that performs both original and familiar songs.

Neal Medlyn - ...Her's A Queen, Dance Gang - Dog Breaks - Dance Theater Workshop
Through October 24, 2009 -

...Her's A Queen is Neal Medlyn's fifth pop-star opus and the first installment in a two-part Britney Spears/Hannah Montana extravaganza, built around the idea and music of Britney Spears, purity, and non-sexual touch. There will be overlapping stories and bears and abstinence and unwashed hair and dance moves and knives and snakes and laptops and cuddle parties and babies. ...Her's A Queen features Neal and Carmine Covelli with live music from Farris Craddock.

Dance Gang was founded in 2006 as a performance outlet for dancers Kennis Hawkins and Will Rawls. Dance Gang's projects include site-specific, guerilla-style performance, gallery installations, and stage work. Their newest stage work, Dog Breaks, will set the stage as the evening's opening act. Expect their signature blend of direct audience engagement and archly spurious logic as they reference pop iconography, dance, and perform live music.

David Gray - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
October 24, 2009 - Manhattan

David Gray brings his 2009 World Tour to the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 24 with special guest Lisa Hannigan. Gray's latest album, Draw the Line, is set to release this September.

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

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.

Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker - NY City Center
Through October 25, 2009 -

4 POR 4 is a collaboration between dance and visual art. Works by Brazilian artists of different times and genres are transformed into dance. Cantos (Corners), based on Cildo Meireles; Mesa (Table), Chelpa Ferro; Povinho (Some People), Victor Arruda; and Vasos (Vases), Gringo Cardia, are choreographies that bring images to life.

Hurvin Anderson - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through October 25, 2009 -

British painter Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965, Birmingham, United Kingdom) takes private and public gathering spaces as his primary subjects. People do not figure as prominently in these paintings as do the spaces they inhabit: cafés, country clubs, public parks, childhood homes and private residences converted into barber shops - small businesses that were central meeting places for Caribbean immigrants to London in the 1950s and 60s. Born in Birmingham of Jamaican parents, Anderson informally catalogues the history of that community in Britain through the spaces they inhabit. The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to exhibit works from Anderson's "Barbershop" series and other paintings in his first solo museum show in New York.

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet - The Joyce Theater
Through October 25, 2009 -

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through both its exceptionally talented corps of sixteen dancers and its concurrent emphasis on acquiring and commissioning new works by the world's most sought-after choreographers. The company's latest commission from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui features one of Europe's most successful and inventive choreographers and an original score for string quartet and piano by Szymon Brz�ska.

For more information, visit www.joyce.org

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space: James David Christie, organ - Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
October 25, 2009 -

JAMES DAVID CHRISTIE, ORGAN Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA Professor of Organ, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, OH Organist, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Works of Marchand, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Bach, Alain, Barie and Tournemire

For additional information and tickets, visit www.smssconcerts.org or call 212-288-2520.

Songs of Ascension - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through October 25, 2009 -

From the Buddhist path of enlightenment to Jacob's ladder to heaven, the theme of spiritual attainment through ascent permeates the global unconscious. In Songs of Ascension, multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk (last at BAM with impermanence, 2006 Next Wave Festival) embraces this universal notion, creating a sanctuary of music, movement, and video rooted in her evocative vocal style.

Inspired in part by sky-bound structures, Monk, together with video artist Ann Hamilton (mercy, 2002 Next Wave Festival), transforms the BAM Harvey Theater into a resonant spiritual chamber, using voice, strings, reeds, and percussion to envelop the audience in contemplative sound. Performers lend body to buoyant spirit as gossamer-like video projections flicker on the walls, sending the collective soul upwards on mellifluous currents of song.

Luna Negra Dance Theater - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
October 25, 2009 - Brooklyn

Dedicated to the works of Latino choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary by teaming up with the bold Turtle Island Quartet and legendary jazz musician Paquito D'Rivera, both multiple Grammy Award winners, in a celebration of the rich music and dance traditions of Cuba with their newest work entitled Danzón.

Van Morrison - WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
October 25, 2009 - Manhattan

Van Morrison takes the stage at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden to perform his classic hits.

NYC Dessert Fest - Beanocchio's
October 25, 2009 - Manhattan

Explore the Upper East Side’s best dessert shops. To help support the Food Bank For New York City, donations will be accepted.

George Pettignano's Ring-a-Ding Rock-a-Billy Swing - Patsy's Italian Restaurant
October 27, 2009 -

An evening of dinner, comedy, and song. A three-course dinner is accompanied by a variety show featuring comedy by the Bookends and introducing Tony Quaranti-Sounds of Sinatra. $65 (excluding drinks, taxes & gratuities). 6:30-9:30pm. Reservations required: call 212-247-3491.

Flamenco Singing Workshop w/ Maria Montilla - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through October 28, 2009 -

Special Cante workshop w/ Maria Montilla, of Algeciras, Spain at Flamenco Latino Studio! Only for 3 days a week for the month of October:

Mondays, 6-7 pm, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Saturdays, 2-3 pm, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24

at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. $25/single class, $90 4-pack of classes. www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm

Maria Montilla is a singer from Algeciras, Spain who made her New York debut at Alegrias on Broadway in "A Night in Andalucia." From 1993 - 2007 she studied at the prestigious Aula Municipal de Arte Flamenco de la Sociedad del Cante Grande de Algeciras, where she received honors in flamenco form and rhythm technique. Maria has mastered all the flamenco cante forms with distinction, and also understands the stylistic differences between cante alante (solo singing) and atras (singing for dance). She performs regularly in theaters and tablaos in Spain and Gibraltar, and tours throughout Europe. This brief opportunity for all the NY women to study with a female voice should not be missed!

Rhythms of Fall - Marquee
October 28, 2009 -

Mingle with other young professionals at one of NY's trendiest nightclubs, Marquee. The evening includes open select bar for three hours, a melange of mainstream and African beats by DJake and a chance to bid on top items at our silent auction.

Proceeds will help address the shortage of doctors, nurses and other health workers in Tanzania. Ticket are $50, $45 for medical students, residents and nurses and $75 at the door.

Click here to purchase your ticket! http://bit.ly/1QenEi

In the spirit of Halloween, feel free to wear your best costume!

Guernica at 5! Benefit - powerHouse Arena
October 28, 2009 -

As the end of the first millennial decade approaches, join Guernica in commemorating its quinquennial (this means we're turning five!). Guernica is a labor of love for all involved; to continue our award-winning coverage of arts and politics, we ask your support. Have a cocktail with the editors and rub shoulders with our illustrious supporters, readers and contributors.

Performances by Jonathan Ames, creator of HBO's Bored to Death, and DJ Didi Gutman of the Grammy Award-winning Brazilian Girls.

Benefit Committee: Tom & Susan Chehak (Chairs) Helene Brenkman Mark Dowie Mia Farrow Vallejo Gantner Tim Gray Caro Llewellyn Irshad Manji Paul Morris Robin Beth Schaer Ken Yeang Monica Youn Howard Zinn

Honorees: Wendell Potter more

All donations and ticket sales from the night are considered tax-deductible contributions.

By purchasing a ticket, you will be directly supporting Guernica's ongoing mission of expanding a grass-roots international arts and literary community.

All Sponsor contributions will be acknowledged in the evening's benefit programs, in correspondence, and on the Guernica website.

Ticket prices include food and beverage, and all ticket-buyers will receive a complimentary two-year subscription to TimeOut New York.

First fifty tickets purchased are entered for our raffle for two tickets to see Andrew Bird perform live in Philadelphia on October 25.

Buy tickets here: http://www.mycommunitytickets.com/event_info.asp?eventid=25024.

Saw Mill River Audubon Program: Ravens and Raptors - Chappaqua Public Library
October 29, 2009 - Chappaqua

Learn how ravens compare with raptors and see them up-close. Seating is limited.

Andrea Brachfeld and Phoenix Rising - The Underground Lounge
October 29, 2009 -

Andrea Brachfeld will be playing with her quartet, Bob Quaranta, piano, Andy Eulau, bass, www.andyeulau.com, and Kim Plainfield, drums, www.kimplainfield.com. Jazz and Latin Jazz originals and standards at this very accessible and intimate club.

25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Benefit Concerts - Madison Square Garden
Through October 30, 2009 -

This October, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by hosting the biggest concerts of the year. Music legends and their special guests will be your guides through sixty years of rock and roll history, held over a two-night engagement at the "World's Most Famous Arena." For more information, visit www.rockhall25.com.

Study Flamenco w/ the legendary Omayra Amaya - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through October 30, 2009 -

Omayra Amaya offers her Fall Flamenco Dance Workshop from August 24th- October 30th at Flamenco Latino Studio!

Mondays- 7:30-8:30 Technique (Adv. Beginner-Advanced) 8:30-9:30 Choreography (Adv. Beginner-Intermediate)

Tuesdays- 7:30-8:30 Technique (Adv. Beginner-Advanced) 8:30-9:30 Choreography (Advanced)

Fridays- 6-7 Manton y Baston (Intermediate-Advanced) 7-8 Choreography (Adv. Beginner-Intermediate) 8-9 Choreography (Advanced)

Location-

Flamenco Latino Dance Studio, 244 West 54th St.,4th fl., studio phone: 212-399-8519

Class Rates- Single Class: $20 6-class card: $111 8-class card: $148

For information and registration email: [email protected]

Omayra Amaya's legacy is one of a deep and proud gypsy flamenco tradition. The daughter of Olga and Curro Amaya and grandniece of arguably the greatest Flamenco dancer who ever lived, Carmen Amaya, Omayra accepts the responsibility of her heritage with the same passion and uncontrolled vagrancy of Gypsy spirit as those of her lineage. As a faculty member of the Boston Conservatory, the Boston Ballet, Harvard University Dance Department and Walnut Hill Performing Arts School, Omayra also taught and operated her own dance academy. Omayra and her company performed a critically acclaimed nine-month run of Omayra y Flamenco at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. In 1999, Omayra Amaya co-founded and was a co-director of The National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts in Albuquerque, NM. She also taught at the University of New Mexico Dance Department. Omayra Amaya Flamenco Dance Company and school is based in New York City. Omayra cherishes her legacy and continues to push the boundaries of flamenco by creating a unique repertoire that reflects her energy, creativity, passion and heritage.

www.omayraamaya.com

BOFFO Exhibition - One Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through October 30, 2009 -

BOFFO is proud to present its first exhibition, Objective Affection, from September 20 - October 30, 2009 at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, a new residential condominium located at 360 Furman Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY. The exhibition and consignment shop is open Thursdays - Sundays from 11 am - 7 pm, or by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and is FREE to the public.

BOFFO, which maiden exhibition, Objective Affection, explores the influence and allure of tangible entities in contemporary culture. The exhibition showcases the work of over 100 emergent and established artists and designers including Terence Koh, Caraballo-Farman, Jason Tomme, Efecum Kutuk, Tom Fruin, Josh Owen, Erin Fetherston, as well as designers from Areaware and Kikkerland. Through a wide variety of multi-disciplinary media including graphic design, visual art, performance, fashion, video, architecture and industrial design, the exhibition juxtaposes a mass of independent voices from artists of all ages, backgrounds and interests as a representation of the our universal similarities and individualities that are established through objects.

The Long Count - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through October 31, 2009 -

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists --brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie -- combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.

Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.

Within the Woods: Landscape Drawings by Mary Reilly - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 01, 2009 -

The finely rendered graphite drawings in Within the Woods reveal unexpected scenes of seclusion--natural vistas with meandering creeks and streams, silent forests, and majestic trees--all located in parks within an hour of the bustle of midtown Manhattan.

Garth Fagan Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through November 01, 2009 -

Soaring high and poised to celebrate four successful decades, Garth Fagan Dance lands at The Joyce Theater for its 39th season with a world premiere and a NYC premiere with a guest appearance by the Ying Quartet. Program highlights include Landscape for 10, a jewel in Fagan's repertoire set to the Brahms Violin Concerto. See the brilliance and intellect of Fagan's inimitable choreography live and enjoy a transcendent experience!

For more information, visit www.joyce.org

SITI Company - Antigone - Dance Theater Workshop
Through November 01, 2009 -

SITI Company's most recent addition to its repertoire is a starkly contemporary retelling by Irish writer Jocelyn Clarke of Sophocles' classic tale of family loyalty, patriotism, war, and the powers of the state. Antigone, the cursed daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, defies the King of Thebes for the right to bury her own brother. Do not miss SITI Company's embodiment of one of humankind's most enduring and influential stories.

Where the Wild Things Are: Original Drawings by Maurice Sendak - Morgan Library & Museum
Through November 01, 2009 -

This special exhibition features original drawings and manuscript pages from the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (b. 1928). The show is part of a citywide celebration honoring Mr. Sendak and marking the October 13 premiere of a new Warner Bros. movie adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to witness Sendak's creative process—from his early drafts about an unnamed boy in search of wild horses to the well-known narrative about a child named Max taming the beastly "things" of his own imagination. Twelve drawings and two manuscript pages will be on view in the Morgan's historic McKim building.

Ancient Paths, Modern Voices - Carnegie Hall
Through November 10, 2009 - Manhattan

China's diverse and vibrant culture will be on full display when Carnegie Hall hosts Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture. Performers -- many of whom are traveling outside China for the first time -- include pianist Lang Lang, who appears three times, including a festival-closing performance on Nov. 10th with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu; pipa player Wu Man; composer and conductor Tan Dun; Yo-Yo Ma; the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and many others. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/chinafestival.

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through November 15, 2009 -

An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.

Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 -

The introduction of esoteric Buddhism to Japan from mainland China in the ninth-century forever changed the visual landscape of Japanese religion and of Japanese art as a whole. The rituals of Mikkyo Buddhism, or the "Secret Teachings" as the newly imported doctrine was called, involve a preponderance of arrestingly beautiful and fearsome images that aim to reveal ultimate truths to the initiated. At the core of Mikkyo is the Mandala of Both Realms, paired cosmic diagrams of the Diamond World and the Matrix World. The installation explores the art of Mikkyo Buddhism from the models used to create these mandalas to the images they inspired. Important early iconographic drawings, paintings, sculpture, and textiles from the Metropolitan's permanent collection are displayed with outstanding works from other institutions and private collections.

Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 -

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, that city's Rijksmuseum sends perhaps the most admired painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) to the Met. Closed Mon. $20.

Watteau, Music, and Theater - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 -

The exhibition will explore the place of music and theater in the work of the great early eighteenth-century French painter and draftsman Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), comparing an imagery of power, associated with the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, with a more optimistic and mildly subversive imagery of pleasure, developed in contemporary opera-ballet and theater. It will show that the painter's utopian vision was directly influenced by these sister arts and will shed light on the subjects of a number of Watteau's images. In addition to material drawn from various departments of the Museum, including musical instruments, porcelains, and prints, there will be a number of major loans of paintings and drawings by Watteau and his contemporaries from other collections in the United States and Europe.

Adv. Beginner/Int. Flamenco w/ Rebeca Tomas - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 01, 2009 -

FALL FLAMENCO COURSE with REBECA TOMÁS

TIME: Thursdays, 6:00pm- 7:30pm-Starting September 24th

LOCATION: Flamenco Latino Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 4th fl. (Bet. Broadway & 8th Ave.).

COSTS: $22 Drop-In $80 for 4 classes ($20/class) $144 for 8 classes ($18/class)

CALL: 212-399-8519 for questions or to reserve.

DESCRIPTION: Each class will consist of Body and Foot technique, followed by "choreography" snippets of Palos typically danced in Tablao. The "choreography" portion will specifically focus on clarifying structural elements of each palo (i.e., llamada, letra, falseta, remate, etc.) and understanding how to communicate and have the necessary control when dancing with musicians.

Rebeca Tomás began her dance training in Granada, Spain, later moving to Madrid, where she trained at the internationally renowned Flamenco Academy, Amor de Dios. While in Spain, she appeared at tablaos such as Las Carboneras, Al Andalus, and el Juglar. In the U.S., Rebeca performs and tours with numerous Flamenco dance companies, including Edwin Aparicio Flamenco Company, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, and Jorge Navarro¹s Pasión Flamenca. In spring 2008, she received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to travel to Sevilla and deepen her studies in Bata de Cola technique. Also in 2008, she received a scholarship to attend Jacob's Pillow Summer Intensive. There, the distinguished flamenco company Noche Flamenca and Soledad Barrio invited her to join the company, with whom she has continued to dance and tour internationally.

Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography - China Institute
Through December 13, 2009 -

A revealing glimpse into rural and urban daily life in China, beyond the glossy veneer of the economic boom. For the debut presentation of this traveling exhibition in America, 100 of these photographs have been selected for their union of social documentation and aesthetic expression. Taken during the years 1951 through 2003, these photographs are of a very high aesthetic order, displaying an extraordinary range of human emotion and activity, urban and rural, public and private. The exhibit is not a study of things or of places, but of people; not famous people but the anonymous and ordinary, engaged in daily life. It presents neither ideological paragons nor moral admonitions but the vitality of a nation, lodged in its diversity. These photographs reflect the radical change the country has gone through in the past half century and break through all the stereotypes of life in China that photography itself has sometimes been used to create.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges(mixed students)

Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material.

Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!)

Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Afro-Caribbean Dance Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Come explore dance with fun and vibrant rhythms from the Caribbean...

Beginners and Advanced beginners. $12.00/class OR 5-pack for $50 prepaid in full. Credit/debit cards accepted.

Class Description: Combination of ballet, modern and jazz integrated with the flare of African-Caribbean movements. Excellent for actors and singers.

Milteri teaches Salsa at Steps Studios, NYC. Her specialty is Afro-Caribbean, Bomba/Plena. She is also proficient at tap, ballet and other forms. She performs with Danza Fiesta Baile y Teatro Puerto Riquena and portrayed Jenny la Chula, the bomba dancing hairdresser, in Thalia Spanish Theatre’s original musical "Amor Latino." Milteri has a BA in Performing Arts and Arts Education from Hunter College.

Weekly Classes at Flamenco Latino - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Flamenco Latino offers flamenco classes in their midtown studio at 244 W 54th St., 4th fl.!

Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Mon. 6:30-7:30 pm Basic Beginner Flamenco, Aurora, Mon. 7-8:30 pm Group Cante Class with Basilio and Aurora, Mon. 8:30-9:45 pm

Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Tues. 4:30-5:30 pm Adv. Beginner Flamenco Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl), Aurora, Tues. 6:30-8 pm

Begin./Adv. Begin. Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Milteri, Wed. 6:30-7:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level I with Basilio, Wed. 7-8:30 pm Flamenco Guitar Group Class, Level II with Basilio, Wed. 8:30-10 pm

Flamenco Music Ensemble with Basilio, Thurs. 7:30-9 pm

Children's Flamenco/Salsa, Aurora, Sat. 1-2 pm Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Flamenco, Aurora, Sat. 4:00-5:15 pm Sevillanas, Aurora, Sat. 5:15-6:30 pm

Email [email protected] or call now to reserve! 212-399-8519

Flamenco Class Incorporating Props (Castanets, Hat, Fan & Shawl)! - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Aurora Reyes, of Flamenco Latino, offers

Flamenco Dance Incorporating Props for Adv. Beginners Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W54 St., 4th fl. (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave.) Single class $20, 4-pack $70 (ONLY $17.50/class)

Technique and choreography for dances that use...

-- castanets and Sombrero Cordoves. For example, Tanguillos de Cadiz, and Garrotin (hat only) dances.

--Abanico (fan) as in such dances as Guajiras (fan + castanets) and Caracoles (fan only).

-- manton (shawl) used in Solea and Seguiriya.

We plan to rotate palos. We have extra fans, mantons, hats and castanets at the studio in case you forget yours!

Email or Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. www.flamencolatino.com

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights! - El Meson Asturias
Through December 22, 2009 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family.

Shows at 9PM and 11PM

El Meson Asturias 40-12 83rd St., Elmhurst, NY 11373 #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th) For reservations: 718-446-9154, www.elmesonasturias.com NO COVER.

Children's Dance Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Open House and trial classes week of September 14, 2009: Monday Sept.14, Thursday Sept. 17 and Saturday Sept. 19. Call 212-399-8519 to reserve. Enrollment for Fall Semester begins week of September 21, 2009 Mondays-Thursdays 4:00-5:00 and 5:00-6:00, Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm

Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 5-9 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 10-15

Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm Singing/Percussion/Music Ensemble, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Flamenco/Salsa, ages 10-15

Thursdays 4:00-5:00 pm Ballet/Modern, ages 10-15 5:00-6:00 pm Jazz/Musical Theater, ages 5-9

Saturday 12:00-1:00 Flamenco/Salsa, ages ages 6-10 1:00-2:00 Flamenco salsa, ages 10-15

All classes Beginner level. Enrollment levels will determine exact program schedule. Music ensemble only for older aged students who already play an instrument. Participants may purchase single clases, $20, 4-packs, $35, 12-packs $85, and soon 24-packs and 36-packs will be available. Pre-paid packages require weekly attendance. Flamenco shoes and castanets are available through subsidy. Students will also have performance opportunities.

Call 212-399-8519 to reserve a trial class or visit Flamenco Latino’s website for further details: www.flamencolatino.com

Flamenco Classes w/ Jose Moreno in Midtown - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through December 22, 2009 -

Jose Moreno offers two levels of flamenco dance at Flamenco Latino Studio.

Sundays 2-3 PM, Beginners Flamenco

Sundays, 3-4 PM, Intermediate Technique

at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th St., 4th fl. (between Broadway & 8th Ave.) 212-399-8519

Study with a true master! JOSE MORENO, dancer/percussionist/singer, is the son of famous flamenco artists Estrella Morena and Pepe de Malaga. Mr. Moreno began studying flamenco dance with his mother at age 6. He later studied with Manolete, Andres Marin, and Farruquito. He learned percussion – especially cajon – under the tutellage of Manuel Soler. Performing professionally since he was 14, Mr. Moreno has appeared with dancers Manolete, La Tania, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Joaquin Ruiz; singers Jesus Montoya, Joni Cortes; guitarists Pedro Cortes, Basilio Garcia, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Roberto Castellon, Jose Cortes (Pansequito); and in concert with Isabel Pantoja. He has performed with the companies Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Duende Ballet Espanol, Bailes Ferrer Flamenco Music and Dance, and Jesus and Suaya Montoya Company. He has also performed in the New World Symphony's concert series with singer Carmen Linares; Flamenco in the Sun; and on tour with La Tania Flamenco Music and Dance, Boston Flamenco Ballet, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Company.

Titanic - The Artifact Exhibition - Discovery - Times Square Exposition
Through December 31, 2009 -

Relive Titanic's fateful 1912 maiden voyage and take on the identity of a Titanic passenger as you explore magnificent reconstructions of the Ship's interior. Discover how the "unsinkable" Ship met its fate and connect with the passengers and crew as you view haunting personal artifacts recovered from the wreck. Largest collection of Titanic artifacts, many on display for the first time after being recovered from the ocean floor including jewels, china, documents, clothing and much more. Experience a recreation of the Ship's illustrious Grand Staircase. Open 7 days, 10am-10pm.

New Photography 2009 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 01, 2010 -

New Photography 2009 is a thematic presentation of significant recent work in photography that examines and expands the conventional definitions of the medium. Although the six artists in this installation -- Walead Beshty, Daniel Gordon, Leslie Hewitt, Carter Mull, Sterling Ruby, and Sara VanDerBeek -- represent diverse points of view, working methods, and pictorial modes ranging from abstract to representational, their images all begin in the studio or the darkroom and result from processes involving collection, assembly, and manipulation. Many of the works are made with everyday materials and objects, as well as images from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, and books. Some of the artists also work in other mediums and their pictures relate to disciplines such as drawing, sculpture, and installation. As traditional photographic techniques are being quickly replaced by digital technologies, the artists included here examine the process and structure of making photographs.

Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2010 -

This major new exhibition explores the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of extinct and living mammals. Featuring fossils from the Museum's collections, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny and speedy to sloth-like, and showcases animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Open daily. $15.

Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 03, 2010 -

This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank's influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955-56. Although Frank's depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, it soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank is considered one of the great living masters of photography. The exhibition will feature all 83 photographs published in The Americans and will be the first time that this body of work is presented to a New York audience. In addition, the exhibition includes contact sheets that Frank used to create the book; earlier photographs made in Europe, Peru, and New York; a short film by the artist on his life; and his later re-use of iconic images from the series.

Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 03, 2010 -

Featuring more than eighty exceptional drawings almost exclusively from the Morgan's renowned holdings. The efflorescence of the ancien regime and its eventual downfall provide the backdrop to a century of remarkable artistic vitality and variety that subtly chronicles the many changes taking place in eighteenth-century France. Artists represented in the exhibition include Antoine Watteau, Jacques-Louis David, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Claude Gillot, Nicolas Lancret, Hubert Robert, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Pierre-Narcisse Guerin, among others.

The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 04, 2010 -

Surrealist artists, writers, and poets placed persistent emphasis on the power of the imagination to transform the everyday. Beginning in the early 1930s, the production of elliptically erotic, sexually charged objects and sculptures became central to their concerns. This exhibition features some of the most notorious works, including Salvador Dalí's bread-and-inkwell-crowned Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim's fur-lined teacup (1936).

Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 06, 2010 -

The aesthetic dialogue between Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn is embodied in an exchange of gold, a reciprocal gift between two artists that resonates with the poetry of their respective projects. In 1990 during Horn's solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Gonzalez-Torres encountered her sculpture Forms from the Gold Field (1980-82), two pounds of pure gold compressed into a luminous rectangular mat. Set directly on the floor in an otherwise empty gallery, the work threatens to dissolve into dazzling immateriality, the sense of pure surface that its delicacy invokes. Impressed by its radical simplicity and emotive capabilities, Gonzalez-Torres shared his memory of the work with Horn when they met in 1993. A few days later, she sent him a square of gold foil as a symbol of their newfound friendship and shared sensibilities. He was so inspired by her gesture and the expansiveness of her subtle work that he fashioned his own "gold field" in her honor: "Untitled" (Placebo – Landscape – for Roni) (1993), an endlessly replaceable candy spill of gold cellophane–wrapped sweets. Having described Horn's Gold Field in his essay "1990: L.A, 'The Gold Field'" from Earths Grow Thick: Roni Horn, as "a new landscape, a possible horizon, a place of rest and absolute beauty," Gonzalez-Torres created a gleaming, topographical sculpture that, in the spirit of his work, is always free for the taking.

Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through January 06, 2010 -

The first exhibition to focus exclusively on the evolution and influence of America's first performing arts center features an extensive collection of historic and contemporary objects including photographs, ephemera, correspondence, costumes, set pieces, props and video recordings.

Intervals: Kitty Kraus - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 06, 2010 -

Kitty Kraus (b. 1976, Heidelberg, Germany) has been invited to exhibit her work for the second installment of Intervals, a new contemporary art series designed to showcase experimental projects by emerging artists. Kraus works in a spare, elegiac vocabulary of monochrome forms and humble materials such as light bulbs, mirrors, ice, and cloth. While her sculptural installations at first recall the cool, geometric precision of Minimalist art, they possess an internal volatility that can prompt their gradual fragmentation or sudden collapse. The spirit of her practice is thus more aligned with the focus on process and alchemic transformation associated with Post-Minimalism, such as the Arte Povera movement of the late 1960s or the work of Joseph Beuys and Robert Smithson. The trajectory of dissolution at the heart of Kraus's work is encapsulated in her series of bulbs or microphones encased in blocks of frozen ink, in which the heat from the embedded electronic device gradually melts the ice, leaving only a residue of murky liquid pooled on the floor or trailing the gallery walls. Likewise, her sculptures constructed from bulbs enclosed in mirrored glass boxes, in which slivers of light seep through incised edges to envelop the gallery space in delicate projected patterns are sometimes calibrated so that the heat from the light source eventually shatters the casing. As a young artist defining her career at the beginning of the 21st century -- a time of profound questioning and global crises -- Kraus rehearses the trend towards degradation and chaos known as entropy, finding a mournful beauty in the literal and symbolic failure of form.

Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733-1799) - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 10, 2010 -

Luo Ping was one of the most versatile, original, and celebrated artists in eighteenth-century China. The youngest of the so-called Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, he was a fiercely independent artist whose works -- including portraits, landscapes, and flower paintings -- deeply influenced the course of later Chinese painting. Organized by the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, the exhibition, which consists of 37 paintings by Luo Ping, members of his family, and his mentor Jin Nong, is drawn primarily from leading museums in China and will feature a number of National Treasures that have never been shown in the West. In New York it will be complemented by about a dozen works from the Museum's collection and from several local private lenders.

Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection - Frick Collection
Through January 10, 2010 -

Selected by the curators of The Frick Collection, this exhibition of more than sixty works will include drawings and watercolors by well-known masters of the French School, including Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Edgar Degas, as well as important figures who are less familiar to the general public.

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 10, 2010 -

The first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai. Arms and armor will be the principal focus, bringing together the finest examples of armor, swords and sword mountings, archery equipment and firearms, equestrian equipment, banners, surcoats, and related accessories of rank such as fans and batons. Drawn entirely from public and private collections in Japan, the majority of objects date from the rise of the samurai in the late Heian period, ca. 1156, through the early modern Edo period, ending in 1868, when samurai culture was abolished. The martial skills and daily life of the samurai, their governing lords, the daimyo, and the ruling shoguns will also be evoked through the presence of painted scrolls and screens depicting battles and martial sports, castles, and portraits of individual warriors. The exhibition will conclude with a related exhibition documenting the recent restoration in Japan of a selection of arms and armor from the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection. This will be the first exhibition ever devoted to the subject of Japanese arms and armor conservation.

Kandinsky - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 13, 2010 -

This exhibition draws from the three largest public holdings of the artist's work -- that of the Guggenheim Museum; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich -- as well as renowned institutions and private collections to bring together nearly one hundred paintings dating from 1907 to 1942. Complemented by more than sixty works on paper from the collections of the Guggenheim and the Hilla von Rebay Foundations, this retrospective retraces the painter's oeuvre, focusing on key events that informed his life and work.

Kandinsky - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 13, 2010 -

This exhibition draws from the three largest public holdings of the artist's work -- that of the Guggenheim Museum; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich -- as well as renowned institutions and private collections to bring together nearly one hundred paintings dating from 1907 to 1942. Complemented by more than sixty works on paper from the collections of the Guggenheim and the Hilla von Rebay Foundations, this retrospective retraces the painter's oeuvre, focusing on key events that informed his life and work.

Gabriele Munter and Vasily Kandinsky, 1902–14: A Life in Photographs - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 13, 2010 -

This exhibition presents German artist Gabriele Munter's photographs along with a selection taken by her companion Vasily Kandinsky, recording the years they lived, traveled, and worked together between 1902 and 1914.

Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design - Japan Society
Through January 17, 2010 -

Living National Treasure Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984) used stencil-dyeing techniques to create irresistible works of art that range from screens and kimonos to book covers and magazine designs. The combination of Serizawa's originality and vitality with the natural beauty of his materials -- cotton, silk, hemp, and other fibers decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of natural dyes -- will make this show an unmissable visual feast.

James Tissot: 'The Life of Christ' - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 17, 2010 -

This exhibition includes 124 watercolors selected from a set of 350 that depict detailed scenes from the New Testament, from before the birth of Jesus through the Resurrection, in a chronological narrative. It marks the first time in more than twenty years that any of the Tissot watercolors, a pivotal acquisition that entered the collection in 1900, have been on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 24, 2010 -

This exhibition presents tales artists told between the American Revolution and World War I about their times and examines how their accounts reflect shifting professional standards, opportunities for study, foreign prototypes, venues for display, and viewers' expectations. Artists include John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, William Sidney Mount, George Caleb Bingham, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, John Sloan, and George Bellows.

Tobi Kahn - Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century - Museum of Biblical Art
Through January 24, 2010 -

This exhibition brings together recent projects by New York City artist Tobi Kahn (chief among them Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun; Milwaukee, WI, 2008) within the context of sacred spaces conceived for the 21st century.

The Red Book of C.G. Jung - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 25, 2010 - Manhattan

The Red Book of C.G. Jung marks the first public presentation of what may be considered psychology's most influential unpublished work. Jung's fascination with mandalas -- Tibetan Buddhist representations of the cosmos used to help reach enlightenment -- is evident in these books where mandala structures figure prominently in many sketches and paintings.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection - Museum of Arts & Design
Through January 31, 2010 -

The first major museum exhibition of jewelry from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. The exhibition will be presented in the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Gallery, dedicated to the study and presentation of contemporary jewelry from around the world.

Nikhil Chopra: Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing IX - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through February 02, 2010 -

Nikhil Chopra combines strategies associated with theater, portraiture, landscape drawing, photography, art actions, and installation to chronicle the world through live performance. As the Victorian draughtsman Yog Raj Chitrakar, Chopra haunts bustling market squares, forgotten old buildings, city streets, and museum galleries to make large-scale drawings. Within the performance, daily actions -- washing, eating, drinking, sleeping, dressing, shaving, and observing -- are transformed into ritualistic spectacle. While an ambiguous past collides with a unstable present, Yog Raj Chitrakar reveals the process of documenting what he sees while exploring self-portraiture, autobiography, history, fantasy, and sexuality.

Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through February 07, 2010 -

Zurich-born, New York-based artist Urs Fischer will be the first artist to take over the entire New Museum on the Bowery. For his first large-scale solo presentation in an American museum to date, Fischer will transform the New Museum's gallery spaces by creating a mesmerizing environment featuring towering monuments, tangled abstractions, and a labyrinth of mirrors. This exhibition will be the culmination of four years of work. Neither a traditional survey nor a retrospective, but rather an "introspective," as organizing curator Massimiliano Gioni calls it, the show will combine new productions and iconic artworks, allowing for an in-depth look at Fischer's practice. Choreographed entirely by the artist, the exhibition will offer viewers the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Fischer's universe, which is both spectacular and fragile.

From Klimt to Klee: Masterworks from the Serge Sabarsky Collection - Neue Galerie
Through February 15, 2010 -

With this exhibition, Neue Galerie New York pays tribute to its co-founder, Serge Sabarsky. A tireless advocate for German and Austrian art, Sabarsky was the driving force behind the creation of the museum. He was also a dedicated collector, who acquired numerous masterworks by the artists he cherished. The exhibition demonstrates the range and quality of the Sabarsky Collection, with its holdings in works by Austrian artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, and German artists Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, among many others.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 21, 2010 -

Although lacquer is used in many Asian cultures, the art of carving lacquer is unique to China. In this technique, multiple layers (as many as 200) are applied onto a substructure in the shape of a box or some other container and individually dried and carved to create lush geometric motifs, lively representations of figures in landscapes, or birds flying among flowers. This exhibition, which celebrates the Met's collection, showcases approximately 50 examples of this art form. It features several newly acquired works, as well as an important recently restored 18th-century screen that is displayed for the first time.

Pablo Bronstein at the Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 21, 2010 -

For this exhibition, Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977) will create two new bodies of work addressing the nature of the museum. Several large ink drawings will portray a mythical history of the Metropolitan Museum, imagining the building under construction and giant artworks being transported or installed. Running in parallel, a series of smaller digital images, displayed on tables under glass, will focus on a hypothetical future of the Museum.

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.

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 07, 2010 -

Obscure in his own lifetime, Thomas Chambers found fame in the twentieth century with the discovery of The "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," a rare signed painting of his that unlocked the identity of the artist behind a singularly flamboyant group of mid-nineteenth-century American marine and landscape paintings. Chambers's expressive style and bold decorative sensibility appealed to avant-garde taste, and he was hailed as a spunky native original, "America's first modern." Although almost nothing was known about his life, his work rapidly earned a place in the growing collections and anthologies of American folk art. As more of Chambers's work came to light, a spare life story was constructed from census records, city directories, and a handful of dated paintings that document a career in the United States between 1832 and 1865. Widely recognized but little studied in the last fifty years, the artist receives here the first survey of his work since his modern debut in New York in 1942.

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 07, 2010 -

Obscure in his own lifetime, Thomas Chambers found fame in the twentieth century with the discovery of The "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," a rare signed painting of his that unlocked the identity of the artist behind a singularly flamboyant group of mid-nineteenth-century American marine and landscape paintings. Chambers's expressive style and bold decorative sensibility appealed to avant-garde taste, and he was hailed as a spunky native original, "America's first modern." Although almost nothing was known about his life, his work rapidly earned a place in the growing collections and anthologies of American folk art. As more of Chambers's work came to light, a spare life story was constructed from census records, city directories, and a handful of dated paintings that document a career in the United States between 1832 and 1865. Widely recognized but little studied in the last fifty years, the artist receives here the first survey of his work since his modern debut in New York in 1942.

Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks - Museum of the City of New York
Through March 07, 2010 -

Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks presents the work of photographer Joel Meyerowitz, who has spent more than three years recording wild places in New York City's parks. Located in all five boroughs, these escapes to the woodlands, streams, waterfronts, marshes, and beaches are among the city's greatest assets, yet they are hidden in plain sight. These wild areas, which have been left or returned to their natural state through the city's "Forever Wild" initiative, include the craggy highlands of Manhattan, the sea-facing marshes of Brooklyn, the rocky, Maine-like coastline of the Bronx, and the nearly impenetrable forests of Queens and Staten Island. Through his photographs, Meyerowitz transports the viewer into the heart of a lush wilderness, while portraying pockets of nature as an inextricable part of city life today.

Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718–44 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 21, 2010 -

The second porcelain factory in Europe able to make true porcelain in the manner of the Chinese was established in Vienna in 1718. Founded by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the small porcelain enterprise developed a highly distinctive style that remained Baroque in inspiration throughout the history of the factory, which was taken over by the State in 1744. Du Paquier produced a range of tablewares, decorative vases, and small-scale sculpture that found great popularity with the Hapsburg court and the Austrian nobility. This exhibition will chart the history of the development of the Du Paquier factory, setting its production within the historic and cultural context of Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth century. The porcelain to be featured will be drawn from both the Metropolitan Museum and the premier private collection of this material.

Lincoln and New York - New-York Historical Society
Through March 25, 2010 -

New York's role as the Union's prime provider of manpower, treasure, media coverage, image-making, and protest, some of it racist -- the 1863 Draft Riots and the robust effort to unseat Lincoln in 1864 -- are traced alongside Lincoln's concurrent growth as a leader, writer, symbol of Union and freedom, and ultimately as national martyr. Through all, from political parades to funeral processions, New York played a surprisingly central role in the Lincoln story -- and Lincoln became a leading player in the life of New York. This exhibition commemorates the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.

Anish Kapoor: Memory - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through March 28, 2010 -

Memory (2008), a new commissioned Cor-Ten steel sculptural installation by Anish Kapoor made its debut at Deutsche Guggenheim in November 2008. The exhibition, part of the Guggenheim's 50th-anniversary celebrations, presents New York audiences with a site-specific adaption of the work, conceived originally for both exhibition locations.

Slash: Paper Under The Knife - Museum of Arts & Design
Through April 04, 2010 -

Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world's renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD's Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.

Design USA: Contemporary Innovation - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through April 04, 2010 -

Design USA celebrates the accomplishments of the winners honored during the first ten years of the prestigious National Design Awards. The exhibition features outstanding contemporary achievements in American architecture, landscape design, interior design, product design, communication design, corporate design, interaction design, and fashion. Developed in collaboration with the renowned firm 2x4, Design USA focuses on innovation through the lens of technology, material, method, craft and transformation.

Monet's Water Lilies - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 12, 2010 -

The Museum of Modern Art presents an installation that will, for the first time since the Museum's reopening in 2004, feature the full group of Claude Monet's late paintings in the collection. These include a mural-sized triptych (Water Lilies, 1914–26) and a single-panel painting of the water lilies in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France (Water Lilies, 1914–26), as well as The Japanese Footbridge (c. 1920–22) and Agapanthus (1914–26), depicting the majestic plants in the pond's vicinity. These paintings have long held a special status with the Museum's audiences and, much like MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, they provide a modern oasis in the center of midtown Manhattan. These works will be complemented by two loans of closely related paintings.

Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 16, 2010 -

Photographs are often perceived as transparent windows onto a three-dimensional world. Yet photographs also have their own material presence as physical objects. Contemporary artists who exploit this apparent contradiction between photograph as window and photograph as object are featured in Surface Tension. This exhibition presents 30 works that play with the inherent tension between the flatness of the photograph and the often lifelike illusion of depth. Surface Tension highlights the ways in which artists use photographic and multi-media techniques to direct our attention to the physical surface of the photograph. Among the works featured are photographs that have been purposely scratched, burned, or painted on, as well as photograms made by placing objects directly on top of a sheet of photographic paper. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the permanent collection and features several recent acquisitions and other contemporary photographs never before shown at the Museum.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 31, 2010 -

Celebrating its twelfth year at the Museum, this highly popular winter attraction transforms the iciest day into a magical summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures.

Approaching Abstraction - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 06, 2010 -

It is commonly assumed that contemporary self-taught artists work solely in a representational style, eager to engage in storytelling and personal memory. But while the narrative tradition often is a primary impulse, a significant number exhibit a tendency to be seduced by material, technique, color, form, line, and texture, creating artwork that omits or obscures representation. "Approaching Abstraction" highlights the work of more than forty of these artists and includes European art brut masters, such as Aloise Corbaz, Rafael Lonne, and Adolf Wolfli; self-taught artists from the American South, such as Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, J.B. Murry, and Purvis Young; and lesser-known artists, such as Johnny Culver, Hiroyuki Doi, and Melvin Way. This first exploration into nonobjective expression within this field is selected entirely from the museum's permanent collection.

Up Close: Henry Darger and the Coloring Book - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 13, 2010 -

Henry Darger (1892-1973) adopted countless images from popular-media sources, such as newspapers, magazines, comics, and cartoons, but no single source influenced him as steadily as the coloring book. This intimate exhibition features nine examples culled from the museum's extensive Henry Darger Study Archive, illustrating the primary role the coloring book played for this important twentieth-century artist.

Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Norwalk

Come fall in love with the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, offering views above and below the water.


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