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August 7, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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The Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Natural History ? these are just a sampling of the many great museums open to the city. If you're wanting to spend some time exploring these cultural gems, then City Guide's guide to museum events in New York City this weekend will be your best companion.

Lunchtime Lecture: Dining at the Mount Vernon Hotel - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
August 11, 2017 - New York

In the 1820s New Yorkers were already a city of foodies, with imports arriving from the Far East and the Caribbean; and with the opening of the Erie Canal, the price of flour made bread available to all. Hear what dishes were popular in the 1820s. Discover how we ate, what we ate, and when we ate. Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 12, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt! A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out whodunnit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

P Credit Course: Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration, and Community Action in Nyc History - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 12, 2017 - New York

José "Yogui" Rosario. Dancers, Randall's Island, c. 1974. Courtesy of José "Yogui" Rosario and Pablo E. Yglesias. Course Information 3 P Credits (with ASPDP registration) 36 course hours The Museum of the City of New York is a CTLE certified provider. Course Description Get energized and have fun this summer as you learn about the history of New York City's diverse population and rich immigrant cultures through the lens of dance. Experience and practice multiple engagement strategies and write lessons that engage your students through music, dance, cultural studies, and history. Suitable for educators of all grades – and requiring no prior dance experience (or ability!) – this course is inspired by the Museum of the City of New York's newest exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York (open June 14 - November 26, 2017). Learn about salsa's often-overlooked ties to activism in the city; how swing challenged racial segregation during the Harlem Renaissance; how hip hop was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970s and grew to have a global impact on music, dance, and fashion; and how bachata is bringing new beats to New York alongside immigrants from the Domin... (read more)

Chinatown: A Walk Through History - Museum of Chinese in America
Through August 12, 2017 - New York

Uncover the history of one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community from its origins as a Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. Highlighted sites include the oldest streets of Chinatown, a Catholic church, the oldest general store in Chinatown and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown's turn-of-the-century "bachelor society."

Cuba - American Museum of Natural History
August 13, 2017 - New York

¡Cuba! is co-curated by Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Chris Raxworthy, curator-in-charge in the Museum's Department of Herpetology. ¡Cuba! was developed in collaboration with the Cuban National Museum of Natural History. Major funding for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Significant support for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Ford Foundation. Generous support for ¡Cuba! has been provided by the Dalio Ocean Initiative. Proudly supported by

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
August 13, 2017 - Upper East Side

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. Free with museum admission.

Tai Chi For Beginners at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - China Institute
Through August 14, 2017 - New York

Event Fee: Free for CI or MJH Members/$10 Non-Members (each session) Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Chinese practice of Tai Chi in one of MJH's peaceful spaces with sweeping views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty. Alex Hing is a senior student of Grandmaster Williams C.C. Chen and has practiced Asian martial arts for over 25 years. Mr. Hing is a New York region Yang-style gold medalist and ranks third internationally in the heavyweight pushing hands division. He has taught Taijiquan at China Institute for over 10 years.

VIRTUAL WORLDS TEENS CODE! - The Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 18, 2017 - Chelsea

This summer create art with the visual programming language Pure Data while exploring Himalayan art and culture at the Rubin Museum, located in the heart of Chelsea. Study the math behind the "sacred geometry" of mandalas Meet like-minded teens who are passionate about art and its power to shape society Learn to code with professional graphics programs

Feasting on Flushing - Museum of Chinese in America
Through August 19, 2017 - New York

n conjunction with Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America, MOCA has partnered with Queens-based food writer Joe DiStefano (Chopsticks and Marrow) for a specially designed food tour of Flushing. Limited space so purchase your tickets today. Downtown Flushing is the most vibrant and diverse Chinatown in New York City offering a wealth of regional Chinese cookery as well as Korean, Malaysian, and Indian cuisines. Explore the myriad flavors of its bustling streets, food courts, and markets. Taste your way through a who's who of regional Chinese cuisine—including the fiery fare of Sichuan, the Silk Road-inflected cuisine of Xi'an, as well as freshly made Cantonese rice noodle rolls, and the cumin-encrusted Dongbei classic known as the Muslim lamb chop —while visiting the neighborhoods' famous food courts, restaurants, and hawker stands. Watch hand-pulled noodles being made at Golden Shopping Mall and savor creamy dou fu fa at Soy Bean Chen Flower Shop. There will also be a chance to shop at a Malaysian grocer and even a visit to the Ganesh Temple to sample dosai. The tour meets in Flushing, Queens. Exact meeting location will be sent to all r... (read more)

THE JAZZ AGE: AMERICAN STYLE IN THE 1920S - Cooper Hewitt Museum
Through August 20, 2017 - Upper East Side

The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste in design and art during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age explores the significant impact of European influences, the rapid growth of cities, avant-garde artistic movements, new social mores and the role of technology. Seeking to define the American spirit of the period, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 rarely seen examples of interior design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, art, architecture, music, and film. Co-organized by Cooper Hewitt and the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Jazz Age gives full expression to the diversity and dynamism of this brilliant decade.

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia - Center for Architecture
Through August 26, 2017 - Greenwich Village

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia presents the houses by Japanese American architect and Taliesin student Kaneji Domoto in Westchester County's Usonia, a small community for which Frank Lloyd Wright designed the site plan in accordance with his urbanistic principles. Featuring material from private archives never-before shown publicly, the drawings, artifacts, models and photographs exhibited show how Domoto's work applied Wrightian idiom and provide a glimpse at life in Frank Lloyd Wright's inner circles. Curator: Lynnette Widder, Lecturer in Discipline, Sustainability Management, Columbia University, Co-Author, Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow Exhibition Designer: Studio Joseph

Noah's Beasts: Sculpted Animals from Ancient Mesopotamia - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 27, 2017 - New York

Animal representations in the sculptural arts of the ancient Near East are remarkable for their evocative expressive power. Beautiful and durable, these artworks have withstood the millennia and preserve the record of humanity, its concerns and beliefs, for all subsequent generations. Often combining great attention to naturalistic detail with elements of stylization, the ancient sculptures—made in both stone and metal, some even with silver and inlays of shell and lapis lazuli—have a strong visual appeal; yet they also lend insight on the sacred, profane, sacrificial, and practical realities of the early Sumerian agrarian society, which is popularly known as the cradle of Western civilization. This exhibition presents Mesopotamian sculptural works from ca. 3300–2250 B.C., bringing together for the first time pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Babylonian Collection, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Cylinder seals relating to each of the sculptures are also presented, including a remarkable seal from the Morgan's collection showing animals acting as human. Through a focused consideratio... (read more)

JEWELED SPLENDORS OF THE ART DECO ERA: THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN COLLECTION - Cooper Hewitt Museum
Through August 27, 2017 - Upper East Side

One hundred extraordinary examples of cigarette and vanity cases, compacts, clocks, and other luxury objects will be installed in the Teak Room, including exquisite works from the premier jewelry houses of Europe and America. Personal gifts from Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933–2003) to his wife, Catherine (b. 1938), the collection was amassed over three decades and displays the excitement, innovation and creativity of the Art Deco era at its most luxurious.

Neptune Revisited: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building - CONEY ISLAND
Through September 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brought to you by Coney Island History Project The Coney Island History Project's special exhibition for the 2017 season is "Neptune Revisited: Terra Cotta Relics from the Childs Building, Last of Coney Island's Boardwalk Palaces." A selection of original polychrome pieces from the Childs Restaurant Building will be on display along with archival photographs, ephemera, and an illustrated timeline of the history of the building and its restoration. Also on view are historic artifacts, photographs, maps, ephemera and films of Coney Island's colorful past. Among the treasures on display is Coney Island's oldest surviving artifact, the 1823 Toll House sign which dates back to the days when the toll for a horse and rider to "the Island" was 5 cents! Visitors are invited to take free souvenir photos with the iconic Spook-A-Rama Cyclops and an original Steeplechase horse from the legendary ride that gave Steeplechase Park its name. Located on West 12th Street at the entrance to Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, the Coney Island History Project's exhibition season is from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 1:00pm-7:00pm. Admission is free of charge.

Collecting the Arts of Mexico - The Met
Through September 04, 2017 - New York

In 1911, Emily Johnston de Forest gave her collection of pottery from Mexico to The Met. Calling it "Mexican maiolica," she highlighted its importance as a North American artistic achievement. De Forest was the daughter of the Museum's first president and, with her husband, Robert, a founder of The American Wing. The De Forests envisioned building a collection of Mexican art, and, even though their ambitions were frustrated at the time, the foundational gift of more than one hundred pieces of pottery anchors The Met's holdings. Today, more than a century later, their vision resonates as the Museum commits to collecting and exhibiting not just the arts of Mexico, but all of Latin America. This exhibition highlights the early contributions of the De Forests and others, and presents recent additions to the collection for the first time.

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) occupies a lofty place in American cultural history. He spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of this country's most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as "Civil Disobedience." But his lifelong journal—more voluminous by far than his published writings—reveals a fuller, more intimate picture of a man of wide-ranging interests and a profound commitment to living responsibly and passionately. This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal brings together nearly one hundred items in the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the author. Marking the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth and organized in partnership with the Concord Museum in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, the show centers on the journal he kept throughout his life and its importance in understanding the essential Thoreau. More than twenty of Thoreau's journal notebooks are shown along with letters and manuscripts, books from his library, pressed plants from his herbarium, and important personal artifacts. Also featured are the only two photographs for which he sat during his lifetime,... (read more)

Henry James and American Painting - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

The analogy between the art of the painter and the art of the novelist is, so far as I am able to see, complete. Their inspiration is the same, their process (allowing for the different quality of the vehicle), is the same, their success is the same. They may learn from each other, they may explain and sustain each other. Their cause is the same, and the honour of one is the honour of another. Henry James and American Painting is the first exhibition to explore the author's deep and lasting interest in the visual arts and their profound impact on the literature he produced. Offering a fresh perspective on the master novelist, the show reveals the importance of James's friendships with American artists such as John La Farge (1835–1910), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), and James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). While the author decided early on that the pictorial arts were not to be the arena in which he would work, the painterly quality of his writing has enthralled readers for over a century. Co-curated by acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín and Declan Kiely, head of the Morgan's Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the exhibition includes a rich and eclectic selection... (read more)

This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) occupies a lofty place in American cultural history. He spent two years in a cabin by Walden Pond and a single night in jail, and out of those experiences grew two of this country's most influential works: his book Walden and the essay known as "Civil Disobedience." But his lifelong journal—more voluminous by far than his published writings—reveals a fuller, more intimate picture of a man of wide-ranging interests and a profound commitment to living responsibly and passionately. This Ever New Self: Thoreau and His Journal brings together nearly one hundred items in the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the author. Marking the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth and organized in partnership with the Concord Museum in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, the show centers on the journal he kept throughout his life and its importance in understanding the essential Thoreau. More than twenty of Thoreau's journal notebooks are shown along with letters and manuscripts, books from his library, pressed plants from his herbarium, and important personal artifacts. Also featured are the only two photographs for which he sat during his lifetime,... (read more)

Henry James and American Painting - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 10, 2017 - New York

he analogy between the art of the painter and the art of the novelist is, so far as I am able to see, complete. Their inspiration is the same, their process (allowing for the different quality of the vehicle), is the same, their success is the same. They may learn from each other, they may explain and sustain each other. Their cause is the same, and the honour of one is the honour of another. Henry James and American Painting is the first exhibition to explore the author's deep and lasting interest in the visual arts and their profound impact on the literature he produced. Offering a fresh perspective on the master novelist, the show reveals the importance of James's friendships with American artists such as John La Farge (1835–1910), John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), and James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). While the author decided early on that the pictorial arts were not to be the arena in which he would work, the painterly quality of his writing has enthralled readers for over a century. Co-curated by acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín and Declan Kiely, head of the Morgan's Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, the exhibition includes a rich and eclectic selection ... (read more)

Mindful Connections - Rubin Museum
Through September 15, 2017 - New York

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Every month trained guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote engagement with works of art and each other. This program meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complimentary tea in Café Serai. Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences. To register, please see the online form. Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Splendors of Korean Art - The Met
Through September 17, 2017 - New York

This year-long presentation brings to The Met masterpieces from the National Museum of Korea. The exhibition offers stellar examples of Korean art in areas not often represented in American collections as well as treasured highlights from The Met collection. Organized chronologically from the Late Bronze Age to the 21st century, the exhibition conveys the broad framework of Korean art history. Among the objects reflecting key genres and themes of Korean art are strikingly modern-looking pots and glittering jewelry from ancient burial sites; exquisite gilded Buddhist sculpture from the seventh through the seventeenth century; sophisticated celadon and metalwork of the Goryeo dynasty; porcelain with delightful and distinctively Korean designs; and paintings on diverse subjects from the Joseon and early modern periods.

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 22, 2017 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program alternate Fridays through September 22, 2017 The South Street Seaport Museum announces its summer program of Free Fridays! Every other Friday between 3-7pm, the Seaport Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations at Bowne Printers, and more!    The Free Fridays program will feature special activities on selected topics; the upcoming Free Fridays program on June 16 will feature the Seaport Museum's flagship Wavertree and will offer visitors a special opportunity to step aboard, grab a halyard and raise one of the ship's sails!   The 2017 Free Fridays program is presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation andis supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.    On June 30th, the Free Fridays program will feature a special curatorial and collections walkthrough of the new exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First-Class and Thi... (read more)

Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours - Village Alliance
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village today remains a cultural melting pot. The 'Village' has been, and remains a bohemian capital, a center of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the 'Beat' and 60's counter cultures. Join a FREE Greenwich Village walking tour led by the Village Alliance, each Saturday from June through September and see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and the places where today's locals continue the Village vibe. Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village's most important landmarks, including – Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio. See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock. Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record. Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week. See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the 'Village Beat'. Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared 'Right Makes Might', gaining him the preside... (read more)

Free Saturdays - The Jewish Museum
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

Late Antique Textiles and Modern Design - The Met
Through October 01, 2017 - New York

Artists and designers often look to the past to find inspiration for their own work. This exhibition—drawn entirely from The Met collection—compares foliate patterns and roundels that are found on textiles from the Late Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic periods in Egypt to similar motifs in postcards by the Wiener Werkstätte and on garments designed by Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949). Created in Egypt between about 200 and 600, the textiles on view include a child's dress; fragments from a sleeve, tunic, and blanket or cover; and other fragments whose original use is not known. Variations of the scrolling vines and stylized motifs that adorn these textiles can be seen on works created nearly 1500 years later. The renowned Spanish-born designer Mariano Fortuny was active in Venice, where he founded a textile workshop and commercial silk printing factory. His exquisite designs fuse the ancient and the modern, the local and the exotic. Three different Fortuny-designed silk coats from the first three decades of the 20th century are shown over the course of the exhibition. In cut and ornament, these items harken back to Late Antique historical sources. Founded in 1903 in reaction... (read more)

On The Line: Intrepid & The Vietnam War - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through October 02, 2017 - New York

On October 16, 2015, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will unveil On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, a major exhibition exploring the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid's history. The exhibition, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, will offer a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history.The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition will focus on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew "on the line"—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history will serve as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home. The exhibition will include artifacts, photographs and film clips from the Museum's collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The exhibition will also draw from the Museum's Oral History Project, an initiative launched in 2013 to record and prese... (read more)

Circle of Dance - National Museum of the American Indian
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

A five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C. It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish. During the 18th century, widespread prosperity and successful military campaigns brought political stability, while also securing the trade routes that permitted the importation of gemstones over the Silk Roads and through sea trade routes from as far away as Europe. Showcasing a selection of 75 exquisite carvings drawn from The Met collection, this exhibition presents the lapidary art of China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Featuring not only jade, the most esteemed of East Asian gems, but also agate, malachite, turquoise, quartz, amber, coral, and lapis lazuli, the exhibition reveals the extensive variety of hardstones and full palette of vibrant colors that were favored at the imperial court. Exploring the diverse subjects and styles of Qing lapidary art, Colors of the Universe illustrates the extraordinary imagination and technical virtuosity behind these miniature sculptures.

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed. The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed a flowering of Chinese drama. Under the patronage of the Qing court (1644–1911), performances—including the "Peking Opera"—filled the Forbidden City in Beijing. A form of traditional Chinese theater, Peking Opera was developed fully by the mid-19th century, and because of the form's minimal stage settings and the importance of exaggerated gestures and movements, costume played an unusually significant role. This exhibition includes superb examples with interior markings indicating their use in court productions.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

This exhibition, featuring 45 magnificent examples of Chinese carved lacquer drawn entirely from The Met collection, will explore the development of this significant artistic tradition. Among the objects on view will be works created as birthday gifts bearing symbols of long life, such as peaches, cranes, the character for longevity (shou), and representations of children. One of the highlights is a unique, large, lobed tray of the 14th century, carved with a delightful scene showing two women and 33 children. Other early pieces on view include a dish with a scene of long-tailed birds and hollyhocks. A rare screen that was produced by Lu Guisheng—a famous 19th-century artist and one of the few individuals working in lacquer whose name is recorded in Chinese history—provides a spectacular finale to this tradition. Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found in southern China, hardens when exposed to oxygen and humidity and can become a natural plastic. Tinted with cinnabar (red), carbon (black), and other minerals, it has been used as an artistic medium in China since at least the sixth century B.C. Carved lacquer, which involves applying multiple layers of lacquer onto a subst... (read more)

Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs - The Met
Through October 11, 2017 - New York

Since The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, the institution's physical space and collection have grown and its curatorial departments have diversified. The first Asian works of art to enter the collection—mostly ceramics and lacquers—were acquired in 1879 and originally accommodated in what was then called the Department of Decorative Arts. Only in 1915 was a separate Department of Far Eastern Art established, and it was not until 1986 that its name was changed to the Department of Asian Art. The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of The Met's galleries of Asian art as the building's footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown. Forever a work in progress, The Met's collection of Asian art is ultimately the product of the passion and scholarship of the many collectors, curators, donors, dealers, and directors who have together shaped the Museum's holdings and legacy.

Back in Time Walking Tours - Back in Time Walking Tours
Through October 21, 2017 - New York

The Big Apple is filled with a rich and colorful history. Every cobblestone has a story, every building a lifetime of lives. Join us as we roll back the clock to explore the old days of New York’s most interesting neighborhoods and the lives of the people who walked these same steps decades and centuries ago. On one of the specially crafted Back In Time Walking Tours, guides in period costume will whisk you away to a long forgotten era. See New York City as it was while being entertained along the way by riveting stories, melodic songs and nostalgic poetry performed by professional actors and musicians. Each tour is only 90 minutes, but the memories are guaranteed to last a lifetime. There are currently two tours available, both originating in Lower Manhattan.

Exhibit: The Rise of Newspapers in the 19th Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Controversial elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery! In 1820s New York, as these issues inflamed public discussion, the burgeoning newspaper industry fanned the fire and competed as forums for debate! This exhibit looks at the newspaper industry of the 1820s –and the bold entry of women and African Americans into the business of print.( Open during Museum hours, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.) Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 - The Met
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not." Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions was installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing will be on view in its complete state through January 28, 2018, when it will be painted over.

The New Yorker - National September 11 Memorial Museum
Through May 24, 2018 - New York

New on View "Cover Stories: Remembering the Twin Towers on The New Yorker" is an exhibition of 33 covers from the weekly news and culture magazine. From the time the original World Trade Center first rose into the skyline, it began appearing on covers of The New Yorker. For years, artists treated the Twin Towers playfully. After 9/11, somber imagery emerged. While the destruction of the towers was not depicted, the anxiety and sadness engulfing the nation took form on New Yorker covers after the attacks. Over the years, the covers commemorated the loss of the towers while documenting the revitalization of the site. The exhibition runs through May 2018.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

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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