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Museum Events in New York City This Week - December 16-December 23

December 16, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Museum Events in New York City This Week
New York's museums have constantly changing exhibitions and special events; check in with City Guide's calendar for the latest goings-on in NYC, with all the great painting, photography, sculpture, video art, history, and general culture that the city's institutions are known for.

Architecture Tour - New Museum
December 16, 2018 - New York

Architecture tours are led by New Museum docents and focus on the Museum's building, which was designed by the architectural firm SANAA. Architecture tours are free with Museum admission. No preregistration is necessary. Tours are limited to fifteen visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Origami Folding Fun Sessions - American Museum of Natural History
December 16, 2018 - New York

Join OrigamiUSA at the Museum for special origami classes. Choose from classes at all levels and learn the art of paper folding from highly skilled teachers from OrigamiUSA.

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot - Mandarin Oriental
December 17, 2018 - New York

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot will hold a gala honoring the contributions of Jews to the world of comedy and celebrating its hugely popular, critically-acclaimed exhibit, “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World.” The gala will include a special tribute to Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the legendary Carolines on Broadway comedy club, and founder of the New York Comedy Festival. The event will also feature performances from emerging Jewish stand-up comics headlined by Modi, Yidlife Crisis, Greg Radin and Eric Neumann. Notables expected to attend the gala include former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, award-winning actor John Lithgow, comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried and comedian and actress Judy Gold. Proceeds from the evening will directly support the Museum, a one-of-a-kind global institution in Tel Aviv that tells the story of the Jewish past, present and future through relevant, engaging and ever evolving content. The Museum’s new Core Exhibition, will celebrate Jewish life and inspire appreciation of the values, history and achievements of the Jewish people.

Nytm Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software! Suggested for ages 10+

Peter Max: Early Paintings - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Through December 31, 2018 - Bethel

The art of Peter Max helped define the psychedelic 1960s, with its colorful imagery of gurus, sages, runners, flyers, Zen boats, snow-capped mountains, planets, stars, and sunbeams. His Cosmic posters were found in every college dorm room and in major museums across the globe. Peter Max has stayed in the public eye through five decades, but visitors to The Museum at Bethel Woods will have a rare opportunity to see inspiring artwork from a pivital moment in the artist's illustrious career: the period from 1967 through 1972 when his work moved from nostalgic collage-inspired realistic paintings to his visionary, imaginative Cosmic creations. Peter Max: Early Paintings brings together for the first time the collections of Robert Casterline and Shelly Fireman for a Peter Max experience that should not be missed. The exhibit will be on display through December 31st.

Luminaries - Brookfield Place
Through January 04, 2019 - Battery Park City

This holiday tradition in the heart of Lower Manhattan features a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. This interactive exhibit features three Wishing Stations located on the ground will allow visitors to send a touch-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, activating a magical display of lights and colors. Presented by Arts Brookfield, in collaboration with the award-winning design firm, The LAB at Rockwell Group.

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Schaulager, Basel, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1 present the first comprehensive retrospective of American artist Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over 20 years. Opening at Schaulager in March 2018 and traveling to New York in October of that year, the exhibition expands upon the rich holdings of the organizing institutions. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the mid-1960s to the present, Disappearing Acts provides a singular opportunity to experience his command of a wide range of mediums, from drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture to performance, film, neon, and large-scale installations.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)

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