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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - January 12-January 14

January 8, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's no denying that Manhattan is the sparkle in New York City's eye, but that doesn't mean you have to dump out your wallet to hang out there. City Guide's compiled all the best free things to do in Manhattan this weekend, and for those wanting to explore the city's most famous borough on the cheap, this is your go-to guide.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Vietnam War - New York Historical Society
January 13, 2018 - Upper West Side

Explore this often untold history in a series of holiday weekend events. Hear excerpts from Dr. King's groundbreaking speech "Beyond Vietnam" and meet speech organizer Reverend Richard Fernandez. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Ancient Oceans - American Museum of Natural History
January 13, 2018 - New York

Join a Museum tour guide to explore the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Felix M. Warburg Hall of New York State Environment, and the Hall of Vertebrate Origins. Examine some of the world's oldest living fossils to gain a better understanding of the origins and evolution of life on Earth. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Members, please read: If you are not currently logged in, you will be prompted to do so before completing your ticket purchas

Pre-College Student Recitals - Paul Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Alaina Rea, Viola - Paul Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Kaci Cummings, French Horn - Morse Hall
January 13, 2018 - New York

Nayland Blake: Crossing Object (Inside Gnomen) - New Museum
Through January 13, 2018 - Lower East Side

Gnomen, a Hybrid Bear-Bison That Can Change Sex and Gender, Is the "Fursona" of Artist Nayland Blake. a Fursona Is an Avatar in the Furry Community, Where Personal Expression Is Bound up with Nonhuman Identities and Fantasies. in the Performance Series Crossing Object (Inside Gnomen) (2017–18), Presented as a Part of "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon," Blake Will Inhabit a Life-Size Suit of Gnomen and Make Themselves Available for Encounters with Museum Visitors. with the Title, Blake Refers to W.D. Winnicott's Notion of the Transitional Object: a Stuffed Toy or Blanket That Children Use to Construct a Sense of Selfhood Independent of Their Parents. Gnomen Serves as an Objectification of Blake's Hybrid Identity, and Their Presence in the Museum's Café and Lobby Will Allow Visitors to Make Their Own Performances of Intimacy and Distance, Whether Through Taking Selfies, Cuddling, or Adding Ribbons and Bows to Gnomen's Costume. in This, the Piece Echoes Blake's Earlier Performances, in Which the Passivity of Their Costumed Presence Foregrounds the Audience's Role in Acts of Sadism, Exhibitionism, or Nurturing. in These Intimate Situations, the Close Proximity to Gnomen Will Be T... (read more)

Apollo Uptown Hall: 50 Years After MLK: A Dream Deferred - Apollo Theater
January 14, 2018 - Harlem

The '60s: The Years that Changed America festival kicks off at the Apollo Theater with the longstanding annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from WNYC and the Apollo Theater, which features musical performances and brings together audiences from Harlem and around the city. The afternoon includes scholars, community leaders, and activists engaging in conversations that examine the future of social justice movements as we traverse the current social and political climate. The event also includes a performance by Vy Higginsen's Gospel for Teens.

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
January 14, 2018 - New York

For families with children ages 3 and up. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at our drop-in studio art-making program.

Powerful Portraits - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 14, 2018 - Hudson Square

Inspired by the collective works of renowned contemporary painter, Kehinde Wiley, young artists will create and design their own powerful self portraits using colored pencils and oil pastels.

Artistic Vanguard: The 1960s at The Art Students League - The Art Students League
Through January 19, 2018 - New York

The Art Students League of New York is a legendary community of artists—founded by and supporting artists since 1875—that has shaped America's legacy in the fine arts. This exhibition explores new experiments in post-war painting by League artists during a decade that transformed the American art world.

The Vietnam War: 1945–1975 - New York Historical Society
Through January 22, 2018 - Upper West Side

This groundbreaking exhibit explores the Vietnam War's causes, conduct, and consequences, both on the battlefront and the US home front. The exhibition recounts the heartrending events of the era and captures the perspectives and voices of its history makers—from political and military leaders, to journalists, service members, nurses, family members, and activists.

San Marco Quartet - 5 Manhattan West
Through February 21, 2018 - New York

Video Installation by David Rokeby; San Marco Quartet layers all the actions of people and pigeons on Piazza San Marco in Venice into a pair of evolving images showing two views. The images are lit by movement; things that are not moving are invisible. Walking pigeons leave worm-like traces. Gathered people disappear through their shifting motions. Tour groups flow across the image like a river. The left side combines the activities into a very long exposed image that develops over several minutes. In the projection on the right, the past fades more quickly. The moving images are presented as two video projections mirrored at their point of meeting. They use the same material and with differences in how time is portrayed. They present a record of the temporary social architecture that is shaped by the permanent physical architecture of the piazza. Curated by Pari Nadimi. ABOUT DAVID ROKEBY David Rokeby is an installation artist based in Toronto, Canada. He has been creating and exhibiting since 1982. For the first part of his career he focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. In the last deca... (read more)

Walk on the Wild Side - American Museum of Natural History
Through February 28, 2018 - New York

Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: the Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs - Museum at Eldridge Street
Through March 01, 2018 - New York

The exhibition opening for Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs will take place on Thursday, September 14 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition will be on view through March 1, 2018. Ten years ago, the Museum completed the restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. In celebration of this milestone, this photography exhibition provides a visual record of that painstaking process. These haunting photographs capture the rediscovery of the synagogue during its most precarious years. In color and stark black and white, they recall the building's undeniable poignancy and power even as it was a "rainstorm away from collapse." Images of the restoration document the synagogue's dramatic transformation and the artisans who brought the building back to life. Drawings and photographs also capture the building's 21st-century renewal and the installation of a new stained glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Rediscovery, Restoration and Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs will be on view through March 1, 2018.

Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd - Astor Place
Through March 05, 2018 - New York

Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd is the first exhibition to solely focus on built and unrealized architectural projects by Judd, one of the most recognized artists of the 20th Century. The exhibition reveals how drawing and building cultures impacted his art and suggests how his work has influenced contemporary architecture. Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd details five selected built projects and proposals, both published and unpublished, for architecture designed between 1984 and 1994 within a threefold thematic framework, providing a window into Judd's body of architectural work. The exhibition will include new representations of projects through both drawing and models, as well as photos of archival material, including drawings and models originally made by the curators, Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen, while assistants to Judd. Exhibits are open 9am-8pm Monday-Friday and 11am-5pm on Saturdays. Exhibits are FREE of charge.

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