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June 16, 2019 - 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.

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)

The Second Migration: From Lower East Side to Greater New York - Museum at Eldridge Street
June 17, 2019 - New York

At the turn of the 20th century, more than half a million Jewish immigrants, from countries in Eastern Europe, lived on the Lower East Side. But just 20 years later, less than half that number still called the neighborhood home. What came after the Lower East Side for America's Jewish immigrants? This five-part class begins with a focus on the iconic Jewish Lower East Side before following the migration of New York's Jews – uptown and across the rivers. Most sessions will include walking; please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Summer Garden Concert: Cello & Violin - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 18, 2019 - New York

Listen to music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included. Award winning cellist Christopher James and violinist Jon Block perform classical solos and duets from the Baroque to Romantic periods. $15 Adults, $5 Children Under 12, Members Free and babies under 1 free For more information and tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4242498

Lunchtime Lecture-Behind the Scenes Look at Portraiture in the 19th-Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 18, 2019 - New York

Lunchtime Lecture: Behind the Scenes: 19th-Century Portraiture Get an inside view of our current exhibition as educator Natalia Sokolva shares insights into “Portraiture Then and Now” illustrated by the Museum’s collection of 19th Century portraiture as well as modern portraits on view throughout the Museum. June 14, 12:30. Bring your lunch, and share an informal discussion.

80th Anniversary of the Whitestone Bridge: Author Talk with Jason Antos at BHS - Bayside Historical Society
June 20, 2019 - Bayside

On April 29, 1939, the Whitestone Bridge opened to traffic. To commemorate its 80th anniversary, Bayside Historical Society welcomes Jason Antos, author of "Images of America: Whitestone," to speak on the remarkable history of this connection between Queens and the Bronx, and gateway to the 1939 World's Fair. Learn some fascinating facts as Jason chronicles this facet of Whitestone’s development. Cost is free for BHS members and $5.00 for non-members. RSVP at https://www.baysidehistorical.org/events-1/80th-anniversary-of-the-whitestone-bridge-author-talk-with-jason-antos

Biodesign Challenge Summit 2019 & Student Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception - Museum of Modern Art: Titus 1 Theatre
Through June 21, 2019 - New York

The Biodesign Challenge is shaping a new generation of biotechnologists. We partner students with scientists, artists, and designers to envision, create, and critique the future of biotech. Over two days, 36 student finalist teams from 9 countries showcase biotechnology projects they have developed before esteemed judges from academia, the arts, and industry to compete for prizes. Join our audience of 400+ at the Museum of Modern Art and Parsons School of Design for the BDC Summit—an event that brings together finalist teams with leading voices in art, design, and biology. Please join us to celebrate the student projects at an opening reception for the gallery exhibition that will showcase student projects. This event will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on display until Saturday, June 22. Venue Address: DAY 1, THURSDAY, JUNE 20 Summit, 8:30am – 6:00pm Parsons School of Design Tishman Auditorium 63 5th Avenue New York, NY 10003 Reception and Exhibition 7:00pm – 9:00pm Parsons School of Design Making Center 66 5th Avenue New York, NY 1001 DAY 2, FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Summit, 8:30am – 6:00pm Museum of Modern ... (read more)

Artist's Perspective - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 22, 2019 - New York

An Artist’s Perspective: Craftsmanship in 19th Century through Today View and touch artisan made furniture and artifacts of the 19th century as artist Eliana Perez leads you on a tour of our period rooms to uncover the connections between artisanship, historical production, and traditional workmanship with methods visual artists employ today. FREE. Reservations required.

Artist's Perspective - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 22, 2019 - New York

An Artist’s Perspective: Craftsmanship in 19th Century through Today View and touch artisan made furniture and artifacts of the 19th century as artist Eliana Perez leads you on a tour of our period rooms to uncover the connections between artisanship, historical production, and traditional workmanship with methods visual artists employ today. FREE. Reservations required.

Where We Live NYC Summit - Museum of the City of New York
June 22, 2019 - New York

Free food, performances by local artists & museum access. Help build a more just and inclusive city! We've been working with residents and community leaders to better understand how fair housing issues like segregation and discrimination impact New Yorkers. Come hear what we've learned and share input on where we're going. Please RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/where-we-live-nyc-summit-tickets-60476319299

Solstice Saturday: New Inca Son - National Museum of the American Indian
June 22, 2019 - New York

Celebrate the summer solstice with New Inca Son. Acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years, these performers present the music and dance of Andean culture.

New Volunteer Information Meeting - Museum at Eldridge Street
June 23, 2019 - New York

Volunteers at the Museum at Eldridge Street are part of something bigger than just one building. Some of our volunteer opportunities are in the docent cohort! Docents are our ambassadors, our guides, and our family. By joining our docent cohort, you will learn about the history and culture at the Museum at Eldridge Street, engage with a dynamic population of visitors and guests, and meet individuals who share your love of volunteering and history. We warmly invite you to join the team as a docent, a program volunteer, or a museum volunteer and help us to share the past with visitors from around the globe. Get ready to meet fellow prospective volunteers and learn more about the training process and docent experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

THE BIRDS: the Hidden Audubon Murals of Washington Heights - Church of the Intercession
June 23, 2019 - New York

Calling all Bird Watchers and Urban Nature Enthusiasts…. Experience an adventure uncovering the Audubon Bird Murals of Washington Heights. Walk across the urban landscape of Milliesland, John James Audubon’s country estate 1842-1851. Visit Audubon’s grave in Trinity Cemetery. Discover the Audubon Bird Murals. Find secret locations where contemporary artists interpreted and painted Audubon’s climate endangered birds throughout Northern Manhattan. Above a subway stop, wrapped around a bodega’s ice cooler and covering the walls of walkups and early twentieth-century apartment buildings. OH, THE BIRDS YOU’LL FIND… A yellow-throated warbler, a fish crow or a boat-tailed grackle. Your guide Mary-Beth will share stories and give insights about the birds and the artists inspired to paint the murals. Plus, uncover John James Audubon’s story starting with his illegitimate birth in Haiti.

Backyard Wilderness - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are in our own neighborhoods and communities, arming explorers of all ages with the tools and inspiration to discover the wonders of nature at their fingertips. The film reveals animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. Screening through June 30, 2019, Backyard Wilderness will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm, and in 3D at 10:30 am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. Times are subject to change. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply.

Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas - Brooklyn Museum
Through June 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this yearlong activation, Brooklyn artists Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas present their work in our public spaces—the plaza green, steps, and promenade outside and the lobby within—emphasizing the Museum as a civic space for conversation and learning. Through their text-based works, these artists use language, questions, and humor to engage topics ranging from national debates to local community issues, sparking dialogue around some of the most pressing questions of our time and inspiring us to listen, share with one another, and connect through art.

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 15, 2019 - New York

Experience Tibetan Buddhism like never before at The Rubin Museum. With 60 objects on display, explore 8th to 19th century Tibet in a new way that show little-known aspects of life through power and legitimate rule of political power as a global phenomenon through art. This exhibit, opening in February is curated by Karl Debrczeny.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 - Grey Art Gallery, New York University
Through July 20, 2019 - New York

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989 is a long-awaited and groundbreaking survey that features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture. Presented in two parts—at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art—the exhibition features artworks by openly LGBTQ artists such as Vaginal Davis, Louise Fishman, Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Barbara Hammer, Holly Hughes, Greer Lankton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Joan Snyder, and Andy Warhol. On view at the Grey Art Gallery from April 24 through July 20, 2019 and at the Leslie-Lohman Museum from April 24 through July 21, 2019, the exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art.

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art - American Folk Art Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

The exhibition Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from March 19 through July 28, 2019. Around 100 works by 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century self-taught artists highlight the history of of New York City as a financial and financial and commercial capital. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, independent curator and author of Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball, and Young America: A Folk Art History, among other books. The coordinating curator is Stacy C. Hollander, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator of the American Folk Art Museum. Made in New York City will tell its story from two perspectives simultaneously: "The Art of Business" focuses on the people and places that were part of the city's thrumming commercial life. "The Business of Art" highlights the products of the artists, artisans, and manufacturers – the commercial signs, store figures, and early advertising images that they made. The exhibition will draw on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Histori... (read more)

Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art - American Folk Art Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

The exhibition Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art will be presented at the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) from March 19 through July 28, 2019. Around 100 works by 18th, 19th, and early 20th-century self-taught artists highlight the history of of New York City as a financial and financial and commercial capital. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, independent curator and author of Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety, The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball, and Young America: A Folk Art History, among other books. The coordinating curator is Stacy C. Hollander, deputy director for curatorial affairs and chief curator of the American Folk Art Museum. Made in New York City will tell its story from two perspectives simultaneously: "The Art of Business" focuses on the people and places that were part of the city's thrumming commercial life. "The Business of Art" highlights the products of the artists, artisans, and manufacturers – the commercial signs, store figures, and early advertising images that they made. The exhibition will draw on the collections of a number of New York City museums, including the American Folk Art Museum, The New-York Histori... (read more)

Among Others: Photography and the Group - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 18, 2019 - Manhattan

Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan's collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery. In arranged sittings, form is content: when commissioned to photograph the royals of Germany and England at a wedding in 1894, James Russell and Son's Studio instinctively centered its composition around the family's matriarch, Queen Victoria. Camera artists sometimes insert themselves into the action, as Susan Meiselas did when mingling with carnival strippers, first to portray them behind the scenes and then to photograph those in the audience from a performer's perspective. Action can also be a pose: in 1970, when asked to create a positive poster image for the Gay Liberation Front, Peter Hujar asked the group's members to run toward him on the street, enacting their slogan, "Come Out!!" Ingenuity may be called for when one's subjects are all too well-known: a press photographer, Jean-Pierre Ducatez, appealed to the primal desires of Beatles fans by zeroing in on the lips of each band member, creating a captivating game of who's-who. Bringing together works from the 1860s to the present, Among... (read more)

Matt Keegan: what was & what is - Court Square Park
Through August 18, 2019 - Long Island City

For over a decade, Matt Keegan has worked to synthesize his interest in language, whether rooted in pedagogy and cognition or the vernacular and social. He works in sculpture, photography, and video, and for his SculptureCenter commission he integrates these various ways of working. Installed in Long Island City’s Court Square Park, what was & what is distills real estate development’s rhetorical and visual devices in an object that speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City.

Simone Fattal solo show - MoMA PS1
Through September 02, 2019 - Long Island City

From March 31 to September 2, 2019, MoMA PS1 presents Works and Days the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal (Lebanese and American, b. 1942). Curated by Ruba Katrib, this retrospective brings together a selection of over 100 abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings and collages created over the last 40 years. Drawing from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry, these works explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

Salvation by the Sea - Coney Island History Project
Through September 02, 2019 - Brooklyn

The exhibit Salvation by the Sea explores an era when the Coney Island beachfront saved lives and provided a livelihood for waves of immigrants who arrived from the 1870s-1920s. The Coney Island History Project is open weekends and holidays, 1-7PM, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Free admission.to one and all!

South Street Seaport Museum Public Sails on W.O. Decker Now Available - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 07, 2019 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces  Public Sails on W.O. Decker NOW AVAILABLE The South Street Seaport Museum announces public sails on W.O. Decker. Tours can be booked in advance, $35 with pre-paid museum admission ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children.) Tickets for W.O. Decker are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1011575. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038.  NEW: Cruise on W.O. Decker Take a 45-minute ride on New York's last working New-York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker and see the lower Manhattan skyline like never before. Decker will cruise the tip of lower Manhattan, giving its riders stunning views of the skyline, Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument and river views of One World Trade Center. For the first time, Decker will be available for public sails on Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 25.  W.O. Decker, the last surviving, New York built, wooden steam tugboat (later refit with a diesel engine.), was built in 1930 by the Newtown Creek Towing ... (read more)

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 08, 2019 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 May 25 - September 8, 2019 The South Street Seaport Museum announces Pioneer Sailing Season 2019: Sail New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer from May - September 2019 departing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport Museum. Advance tickets for the 2019 season are now available and can be purchased at http://seaportmuseum.org/sailnewyorkharbor. Tickets are $32 Adults, $28 Seniors and Children ages 0-12. Use code EarlyBird19 and receive a $3 discount on tickets booked before the start of the season. Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's exhibitions, so bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! (Please be sure to arrive with ample time if you wish to visit the museum before.) In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built... (read more)

Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 15, 2019 - Manhattan

"Comrades! I am the bard of Democracy," Walt Whitman announced in a notebook in 1859. Over his 73 years (1819–1892), he essentially made good on that claim. From humble origins in Long Island and Brooklyn, he earned a global audience that never stops growing. On the two hundredth anniversary of his birth he continues to speak to new generations. The exhibition explores Whitman's process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when Whitman began to write more privately and poetically, to his final years. Whitman not only sounded a "barbaric yawp" over the rooftops of the world, but he also helped his country to reconcile its famous contradictions through his inclusivity and his extraordinary body of work. Several of Whitman's notebooks will be on display, as well as his portraitist's copy of Leaves of Grass (1855) and the famous letter written to Whitman by Ralph Waldo Emerson commending that book. The exhibition will establish Whitman's unblinking witness to the Civil War and display the great poems that he wrote in honor of the martyred president including "O Captain! My Captain!" Also on view are documents from Oscar Wilde, Hart Crane, Fe... (read more)

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America - National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 16, 2019 - New York

One of the most influential, innovative, and talented Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Cannon’s work—as an artist, poet, and aspiring musician—is deeply personal yet undeniably political, reflecting his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political period during which he worked. Cannon preferred bold color combinations, mash-ups between Native and non-Native elements and never shied away from the complexity and nuance of identity politics. Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens, and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary. T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America celebrates Cannon’s creative range and artistic legacy through numerous paintings and works on paper, as well as his poetry and music.

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Ancestral Connections - National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 30, 2019 - New York

Ancestral Connections explores how ten contemporary artists draw on aspects of their heritage—sometimes combined with personal experiences or tribal history—to create new and compelling works of art. Some have been shaped by their traditional homelands and landscapes, while others draw on traditional worldviews, lifeways, and artistic traditions or remembered ancestors. As a whole, the works illustrate how connections to Native culture, tradition, and history serve as a catalyst for contemporary Native artistic expression.

South Street Seaport Museum announces new exhibition The Printed Port - South Street Seaport Museum
Through October 01, 2019 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces new exhibition The Printed Port at Bowne & Co. Printing Offices The South Street Seaport Museum announces a new exhibition entitled The Printed Port at the Bowne & Co. Printing Offices. Entry to the new exhibition is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038. New Exhibition: The Printed Port The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. Bowne & Co. founded in 1775 and part of the South Street Seaport Museum since 1975, was one of hundreds of shops that made up  characterized the seaport district. The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection, including 19th-century and early-20th century printing presses. A survey o... (read more)

E. v. Day: Breaking the Glass Ceiling - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through October 27, 2019 - New York

Known for her gravity-defying suspension sculptures that explore themes of science fiction, space, gender, and humor, E. V. Day illuminates contradictions in gender roles and stretches the confines of social stereotypes. In her new site-specific installation in the central Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery, E. V. Day will use turnbuckles, monofilament, and angle iron to build multiple suspended trajectories in the ceiling, using the columns and walls as mounting points. Day will employ chains, brass rods, elastic cords, and hardware to build tension, highlight resistance, and imply velocity. The ceiling installation will be complemented by shattered glass images displayed around the perimeter of the gallery referencing cosmic aspirations — the strong desire to achieve something that might feel just outside of one's reach.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Oceans: Our Blue Planet - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2020 - New York

Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on Earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed humans to go farther into the unknown than ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, this film reveals the untold stories of the ocean's most astonishing animals.

Fear & Force: New York City's Sons of Liberty - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through August 22, 2020 - New York

Opening August 22 // Mesick Gallery We may not like paying taxes but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance. Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor. Opening reception on August 21 by invitation only. Become a Museum Member today and receive an exclusive invitation!

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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